if you moved away from wisconsin what would you miss (Milwaukee: sales, vehicle registration)
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I have lived in a few states since leaving WI.
You can find packer fans everywhere.
Here in Portland, there are a few packer bars.
When you go into these places on game day, you would think you were in Shawano, Milwaukee, Marshfield or literally any other WI town.
You won't miss them too much - although when you go into work on Monday, not too many of your coworkers will care to talk about the Pack except for hard core fans of the game in general.
Here is a list I posted a couple of months ago, so I'll repost it here since it is appropriate.
I have lived away from Wisconsin for 18 years, but I come back to visit twice a year.
1. Fall; Autumn. The beautiful foilage and hillsides covered in blazing colors, the fresh snap to the air.
2. Holy Hill in the fall.
3. Apple orchards in the fall. How I miss the scent of fresh apple cider being pressed, and then drinking said cider later that day.
4. American Players Theater in Spring Green--a forty minute drive from Madison. I wish I were walking up the hill to see a Shakespearian play right now. The sound of the whipoorwills and crickets under a starry sky while watching "A Midsummer's Night Dream" by some of the best actors in the business--well life doesn't get much better than that for me.
5. Madison Rep. Theater. Small, intimate with very good plays.
6. Badger football games. I'm not a huge sports fan, but the sea of red and the amazing marching band always does it for me.
7. Friday night fish fries.
8. A brandy old fashioned sweet before the fish fry.
9. Living somewhere with mainly Catholics and Lutherans...they don't try to convert you constantly. I moved to Texas and all of sudden my neighbors were asking me which church I belong to. I'm Jewish,and don't necessarily feel like announcing my religion two minutes after meeting someone. Nobody once ever asked me what church I belong to in Wisconsin.
10. The excellent public schools. My kids have attended great schools in Texas because we have lived in very affluent areas, but WI schools don't just teach to the test--the teachers are encouraged to use creative teaching styles and to encourage creativity in students. I have been to the Destination Imagination Global finals three times with my kids' teams, and I was amazed at how many WI teams were in the top five in their categories. This from such a small state!
11. Sitting in the house at night watching giant snowflakes come down--so cozy.
12. Walking at night during a snowfall. There is a muffled hush on an evening like that and only the crunch of snow under your feet can be heard.
13. The many festivals and art fairs during the summer. Any weekend in the summer you can find a festival or art fair close to Madison.
14. Concerts on the square in Madison.
15. Being able to wear a light jacket in the summer. What a relief!
16. High school football stadiums that look like they belong to a high school, not a college, because education, not football is the priority.
18. The little towns that look so neat and tidy and charming.
19. Being able to ski on a week night after work. I could drive up to Devil's Head or Cascade Mt. and be back by 10 pm. Sure they aren't mountains--just hills, but that's a lot of fun.
20. Lakes, lots of lakes. How many wonderful hours did I spend sailing, water skiing, or just lying out in the sand next to many beautiful lakes in Madison and the surrounding area. I'm thinking about Devil's Lake right now.
21. Hiking and jogging by the lakes and in the woods.
22. The pretty green rolling hills of Southwest WI.
23. The fact that WI is a swing state. Whether you are a Democrat or a Republican your vote really counts. In many states, like Texas, you are out of luck if you are in the opposing party. I'm a Democrat, and my vote hasn't counted and will probably never count.
24. The freedom kids have. My sister lives in a suburb of Milwaukee and her children and her neighbors are outside all day on their bikes, running around. There weren't "play dates" when they were young. Some kid would just come knocking on the door like when I was a kid.
25. The mixture of older and newer homes. When you live in new suburbs of big cities, the houses are very cookie cutter. In WI, there is a variety.
OK, that's 25 reasons off the top of my head. Wisconsin isn't perfect, but it has a lot of great attributes that I truly miss. I'm sure when I move to Albuquerque next month, there will be many wonderful things about Texas I will miss too.
It's kind of tough for me to come up with stuff that is not specific to my life situation. i.e. I'd miss my neighbors, my friends, my church, kids' preschool, etc.
I don't have too many general things I would definitely miss about WI. The main things I can think of right now are:
1. Low vehicle registration fees - $75.00 per year is rather reasonable nowadays
2. "Only" 5.5% sales tax
3. The lack of toll roads
4. WI also a swing state, which makes politics more interesting (and annoying at times)
5. All of the good micro-breweries around, but depending on where I moved to, those could be replaced
1. the pretty rolling hills and lakes
2. the feel of a 35 degree sunny day after a cold snap---just walk around in a sweater
3. the summers in Milwaukee with the festivals along the lakefront and summerfest
4. the campus area of UW in Madison with State Street
5. driving around the Kettle Moraine area in the fall
6. having a dinner of a good brat and custard at one of the great drive ins in Milwaukee
7. driving along the river banks from Prarie Du Chien up to La Crosse
8. the people of Wisconsin who respect privacy
9. Packer Sundays----you can go outside for a little walk and hear a pin drop
10.discussing what went wrong with the Brewers again and next year
11. Holy Hill on a clear summer day
packer fans are probably 20% of football fans out here, and the only time I can't see a game is when the vikings play at the same time, on the same network, which happens 1-3 times a season.
Miss being along lake michigan, because it's one place you can go to relax and find nobody around. Even though a lot of it is technically private property, I've never had people shoo me away. Great place to relax and meditate. So much has been developed in the Ozaukee county area since I left that just having those amenities so close by, having that bike path, having the clean, sophisticated, upper class feel that the Grafton area has now, with all the natural beauty as well. Miss the good cheap smoked fish I got from that little shop in Port along the bike path.. smoked fish is EXPENSIVE and limited in variety out here. Though from what I've read about all those quagga mussels in the Lake, the fish population could be in jeopardy.
Kettle Moraine, the Dells, Door County, the list goes on. I'm lucky to at least have some state parks nearby and large lakes though, and easy interstate travel to nearby cities, but it's mostly the job that keeps me here, in South Dakota.
Haha I was going to say Culver's as well, but they are going national.
I think just the feeling of being in a somewhat insulated bubble of nice, down to earth people on a regular basis is something many visitors or former residents will miss.
Also, the farm/forrest/agriculturel poductive countryside is very scenic. And very iconic to Wisconsin, but probably a lot of the Upper Midwest and Great Lakes as well-
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