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Introduction to 'Inside the Bubble'

Mike Vickery (a.k.a. Mike "Dusty" Vickery) makes his debut as Greendale Patch's newest columnist.

Talk about pressure…  As it has been 39 months since my last Inside the Bubble (ITB) – which I recollect as being fantastic – you could assume I would have a cornucopia of pent up material for this column.

As it turns out, with the lack of column activity, I lost my qwerty keyboarding skills. I could text this thing in, but my editor is expecting a little something more than 140 characters.

However, pecking one key at a time, I do have something for the old and something for the new.  What could be more fair?

FOR THE OLD ITB READERS: While I am hoping this column is reaching scads of new readers, I do want to pay homage to the loyal readers of the original ITB.  Since we are talking to almost a half dozen people here, let’s connect that past to this present.

What has changed between 2007 and now?  Here is a snapshot of 2007:

1)      Back in 2007, SouthMess (a.k.a. Southridge) was a mall in flux with an incredibly ugly, half finished remodeling job on its highly visible south side. 

2)      In 2007, a gallon of gas was well over $3.

3)      In 2007, the Greendale High School Marching Band was the reigning State Champion. 

4)      In 2007, the Greendale High School Pom Squad was the reigning Midwest Champion. 

5)      In 2007, John Hermes was continuing his long run as the Village President.

Really...are we that dull?  Well, it certainly looks like I took off the right 3 years.  Apparently we can pick up right where we left off. 

But if we look a little harder, there have been some changes.  Grange Avenue lost its teeth- jarring, “Baja Off-Road” status with an excellent use of ARRA money.  The Bowling Congress is gone..  And this column can no longer be used to line the parakeet cage – unless you do not mind a soiled laptop.

FOR THE NEW ITB READERS: Just to get us all on the same page, here is some history of this column. 

The original ‘Bubble’ appeared in the Greendale Village Life, (later the NOW section in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel) -  making its debut in July, 1999 and running in an appropriately irregular pattern until January 2008.

Trust me, the original Inside the Bubble was insanely popular, often drawing more ‘Grange Avenue corridor' readers on a weekly basis than the Magna Carta and the Bill of Rights – combined.

It also was a litter box favorite.  Cats were some of my most avid ‘readers’. I still get thank you notes from appreciative felines... very touching.

Going forward, Inside the Bubble proudly takes its place in the Greendale Patch – Greendale’s electronic daily newspaper.  It will be a regular in the Thursday edition. 

As it did in its original run, Inside the Bubble will cover life inside the dome we affectionately call “home”.  It will give Greendalers a chance to share a community laugh - and more importantly, the chance to laugh at Greenfield.  They so have it coming with their fancy new high school. Welcome to the joys of Indoor Plumbing, Greenfield.

ITB topics? Our schools, our musicals, our Twi-Night Baseball, our deer population, our total lack of ‘right-hand turn only’ lanes – you can see nothing is off limits. Hard hitting journalism, to be sure.

Bottom line: Inside the Bubble will be as it was – a unique look at our unique community.

Gary Prestidge April 14, 2011 at 11:54 AM
Looking forward to your weekly insight into our village Mike!
Rhonda Simonson April 14, 2011 at 01:34 PM
Now I have something to look forward to on Thursdays!!!
gene Bibis April 14, 2011 at 02:47 PM
from gene Bibis Good to have you back. Now I can follow the news from Florida. See you in Destin this Spring with the other Greendalers??
Julie Ernest April 14, 2011 at 06:07 PM
Congrats! Some things don't change, like the enjoyment I derive from reading your column. It is good to see you back in "print" . Kudos to you, Mike! Julie Ernest The Woodlands, Texas
Carol Liebscher April 14, 2011 at 07:37 PM
Will be great to hear Greendale news-much needed! Looking forward to your articles. Thanks for taking it on. Carol Liebscher
Allan Sikorski April 14, 2011 at 09:50 PM
Wow, half of your 2008 readers have left comments. the other half are electronically challenged except for their pacemaker. Mine is a medtronics and it makes me jump a little when I use WI-FI. Look forward to more humor..
Michelle Clements April 15, 2011 at 12:50 AM
Nice Mike! I didn't know the Bowling Congress left...what a shocker. Great column!!
Kindra Roberts April 15, 2011 at 12:58 AM
Great column Mike!!!
Jan Seitz April 15, 2011 at 01:59 PM
Great to see you in print again! I always looked for your column first in the Village Life. Keep up the skewed views!
Dennis Towle, Jr. April 15, 2011 at 04:47 PM
Love the column, and I don't even live there...
Janine Winters April 15, 2011 at 06:57 PM
I am a first time reader to your column and I must say I do appreciate the great humor. Keep us smiling.
Dave Olsen April 16, 2011 at 05:56 PM
Mike, Our cat has been in a funk since January of 2008. Now we know why. Welcome back. Dave Olsen
Edie Orr April 16, 2011 at 09:37 PM
You make me smile and look forward to more of your observations. Keep up the good work. Edie Orr East Peoria, IL
Mike Vickery April 17, 2011 at 01:41 PM
Wait a minute... this reply is funnier than anything in my column! Good stuff, Dave...
Dana Weber April 17, 2011 at 07:13 PM
Mike Mike Mike!!! So glad to "see" you again in the blubble. I hope you and the rest of us Greendale tennis parents suffering from Post Traumatic Mold Syndrome (PTMD) don't experience blurred vision so that you may write and we may enjoy the new cyber version of ITB :-) Tom and Dana! (P.S. we should get some of the tennis pics posted in the Patch)
Judy Fons April 18, 2011 at 01:22 PM
A little late, but welcome back, Mike. Looking forward to some intersting pieces. Make hard copies for your in-laws. Judy
Ron Barbian April 19, 2011 at 01:10 PM
Ron Barbian Mike, excited you are back. Your insights into our bubble are always worth reading.
Mike Vickery April 19, 2011 at 06:24 PM
Dana! Send those tennis pics to the editor. Viviana would love them, to be sure!
Viviana Buzo (Editor) April 19, 2011 at 06:51 PM
I got them!
Pam Hansford April 20, 2011 at 10:21 PM
Hi, Mike - while I've never been to Greendale, I now have a pretty good visual of your charming city and wish you all the best in keeping us all smiling with your keen sense of humor. Pam Hansford Centennial, CO
Dana Weber April 22, 2011 at 10:26 PM
I did, she did, we did!
Rob Clapper May 04, 2011 at 03:25 AM
Very very funny. I'm now a Mike V. disciple....!
Kaye May 06, 2011 at 03:10 AM
Hi Mike...Even though I live in the other "Green" community now, I will read "The Patch" to see what witty things you have on your mind...missed reading your article. Janice Hermes

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