Pick up your copy of SIDEBURN here, see caption with the picture below for my part in this edition of this beautifully improbable marriage of motorcycle racing and art rendered quarterly on paper.
I took a break from homework to swing by the McKinley Marina in Downtown Milwaukee to check out the ice racing for a minute. Got to see the one of many one and only Evel Knievel getting sideways on the ice. The Mama Tried motorcycle show and Flat Out Friday has been taking place this weekend and today is Slippery Sunday.
Riding on the McKinley Marina once Lake Michigan freezes thick enough is a winter tradition in downtown Milwaukee. Drill ice studs into those dirt bike tires and run what you brung. Winter is only so long – get out and enjoy it!
I think us Midwesterners generally develop an appreciation for the ephemeral. Otherwise we develop winter depression or move. Here are a few friends of mine racing motorcycles on studded tires on the frozen McKinley Marina in downtown Milwaukee. On the other side of the breakwater people are ice fishing. We’ve all got our seasonal loves. Unless we have a February heatwave, I expect the ice should be solid for Slippery Sunday during the weekend of Mama Tried Motorcycle Show (if that’s where they decide the ice racing will take place).
Mama Tried has been a really interesting experience this year. I’ve met a handful of people who have come to my home city as a respite from their lives. Growing up here, Milwaukee never seemed to be a destination, always a swampy confluence which young native Milwaukeeans made a point to say they wanted to leave. I’m glad to see that perception is turning around, and sometimes because people from the outside are here to point out the value they find. But it’s also because we have some really fantastic things beginning to take place over the past few years. A few of my friends raced on the indoor oval, and I’m excited to do the same in a couple of years. Lots of good.