It’s Bay View, nighttime Trick or Treating time again. When I was a resident of Bay View, I was happy to participate, and gave myself over 100% to the event, even going so far as to dress up myself. There was a real sense of community about it. Unfortunately, I no longer live in Bay View.
The thing is, I haven’t moved. Believe me, if I had moved, I’d have mentioned it here. In fact, I didn’t know that I no longer lived in Bay View until one day, when I was out walking my dog, I came across this spray-painted on the sidewalk:
I live on the upside-down side.
Trust me, this took some getting used to. From then on, when people asked me where I lived I said: “I live in Bay…(sigh) I just live in Milwaukee.”
But here’s the thing: Come Trick or Treat time, Bay View graciously extends their border to include the home where my wife and I live. Never mind that I now have to participate in both Milwaukee’s daytime Trick or Treating AND Bay View’s nighttime Trick or Treating. Such is the bane of being a Bay View Ex-patriot.
I have a question however: Who decided this? I mean, Bay View is not an actual city like Wauwatosa, Shorewood, Whitefish Bay, St. Francis or Cudahy; it’s a community, a made up construct like, say, Riverwest. When you call the Fire Department in “Bay View,” it’s a Milwaukee truck that shows up.
And the criterion of “Bay View” is certainly not a “view” of the “bay;” that would be a narrow strip of the city roughly two blocks deep.
But it’s apparently official enough to spray paint it on the sidewalk. Believe you me, I’d get arrested if I spray-painted this on the sidewalk:
And it would be a Milwaukee cop doing the arresting.
I guess nothing says “Bay View” like spray-painting the sidewalk to let others know that they aren’t.
Stay classy, Bay View.