I was walking either to or from the Dudley Building the other day, when I snapped the picture off to the side there. As I snapped, a tentative title popped into my head, “The Tradition Continues.” Which it does, which is womderful. But I also have to say, it is not MY tradition. I did not grow up musically at Inner Sleeve, I am a relative newcomer to Wausau.
There is a funny thing about moving to a place on purpose, when that place is not Los Angeles or New York. Often times the natives of that place will look at you in wonderment when you say, “Well, I looked around and of all the places I could have moved, I came here.” About eight times out of ten, no matter where you are, the next word is, “Why?” It is always funny to me how many people undervalue their hometown.
Just the other day I met another person who chose to move here, and when we both said that we had done this, we almost immediately starting listing off the wonderful things we found here, something along the lines of “The Grand, the art museum, the CVA and no traffic jams!” And there is so much more, of course.
But at this point I am going to turn it over the the natives and the near natives. What is your Wausau tradition? What did you grow up with that is still around? What has gone that you miss? What do you want to make sure your kids do?
Let’s put that comment box to some good use. I want to know what I missed by not growing up here and what my kids should not miss out on now.
PS: There seems to be some kind of problem with the automatic spam filter on the blog. It has “eaten” at least three legitimate comments that I know of — and maybe more. I have alerted the WordPress folks about this and hopefully it will get fixed soon. Just my luck to make this kind of post at this moment. 🙂 If you post a comment, you might want to copy it to your clipboard before you hit “submit.” If it vanishes instead of appearing on the post you may have been bitten by the bug. You could take a moment then to fire up your email program, paste the clip and send it to me. Thanks for your patience!