Some things don’t change much

Our brief visit to Wisconsin was to catch the Cubs at Miller park. Having never been to Miller Park we arrived early to get our bearings and have a little something to eat and get a drink somewhere nearby.  Uninterested in any chain restaurant we searched for a local pub and found ourselves at the Icehouse where the well-worn tables with mix and match chairs, the long bar, pool table and pinball machines, along with a full menu of cheap fried food and friendly atmosphere was the perfect ticket.

We got a friendly “oh You Guys are Cubs fans” kind of look followed by the, “You’ve got a great team this year.”   Of course we were wearing our Cubs tee-shirts, but we quickly settled in and had ourselves a couple of Miller brand beers and some hand-cut fries. It’s been about 30 years since Kenny last sat down in a Wisconsin tavern and had a beer. Nothin’ new to report there.

The conversation got lively as people showed up and game time approached. Of course, being from out of town, we didn’t know about the free game shuttle until after we pre-paid for parking. So off we went for our Miller Park adventure. Good park, great seats, and a heck of a lot of traffic after the game. The free shuttle will be on our list if we ever return to do it again.

After the game we found ourselves in a modern era bar and grill not far from our hotel. Along with some great barbecue riblets, we had a spirited all-bar conversation about baseball that ran on  for a good hour. Everyone got their chance and the general consensus was that we would have made the best sports radio show of the night. As far as we know, the mike was off.

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