Milwaukee and the Midnight Showing of HP7 Part 2!
Last month I traveled with my parents and older brother to Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Our first stop was to the Milwaukee Art Museum, well worth the $12 student admission. After the museum,we went to the Basilica of St. Josaphat (Joe-suh-fit) which was just a short drive from the downtown area, originally built in the 19th century. The church’s vaulted ceiling and ornate marble architecture are superb. We then went on a tour at the Miller Brewery, which concluded with free beer samples and pretzels. As a 19 year-old I had to instead drink Coke and lemonade (the humiliation was horrible). We shared top-notch seafood, pulled-pork sandwiches, a gyro, and a burger topped with red pepper all at the Milwaukee Public Market. A real high-light of the trip was the Bastille Days French Festival in the downtown area, with food and merchandise vendors galore. Free cake too! (Did Marie Antoinette really say “let them eat cake?”). Last but not least was a tour of the Jelly Belly Factory not far from the Wisconsin-Illinois border (More samples!!). Oh yeah- and we stopped at Sprecher Micro-Brewery to pick up some gourmet soda in Glendale, WI.
For the first time Ehhhhhhvvverrrrrr I was asked to go with a group to a midnight showing, specifically to Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows Part 2. To be frank, I am not a fan of the Harry Potter series. I have read the 1st, 4th, 5th, and 6th books. Why did I skip books two and three? That is a mystery. But I must say I thought Part 2 was EPIC; one gnarly way to end the series. The importance of friendship, reconciliation, sacrifice, and the embracement of death were all fancifully touched upon. If you are a practicing Catholic like myself you should be able to notice how Harry Potter is basically a “Christ” figure, Dumbledore is God (in the Purgatory/heavenly train station scene at least), etc. Obviously, whether or not you are religious you will enjoy HP7 Part 2 for its triumphant finale.
I am looking forward to my fourth mission trip through my home parish, Corpus Christi in Carol Stream, IL, at the end of this month. We will be taking a 16 hour drive, by way of coach bus, to Turtle Mountain Indian Reservation in North Dakota. I am sure you are all thinking that I will go insane from being on a bus with 40 other people for that long of a time. You are right, which is why I will savor what is left of sanity. And believe me- I sure need your prayers and good wishes.