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Yesterday, was my first day driving for Lyft and Uber.  I had some speed-bumps but by the end of the night I felt like I was playing Daniel in France’s hit movie Taxi.

With my first attempt of the day, I tried to go to the Milwaukee Airport to get a passenger but failed.  I logged-in on my apps but I wasn’t collecting any requests. I quickly gave up and texted one of my friends who has experience driving.  He told me about this parking-lot at the entrance of the airport which is GPS coordinated where all drivers must go in order to get a “queue” line-up for an airport pick-up a passenger.

After lunch, I returned to the airport and joined the airport queue.  After waiting a few minutes, my phone dinged and a ride request from Ana appeared.  She was in town from San Diego for her grandchild’s baptism and of course to see her daughter (a Marquette Alum).  I informed Ana that she was my first ever passenger—she was excited.  Right off the bat, I had issues with Waze and my GPS navigational system.  Thankfully, Ana was very patient with me as we made our way to Wauwatosa.  She wished me luck in my job search and tipped me five bucks!

Another passenger was very happy despite just finding out that it may be two months before he can move back into his house after he suffered a fire last week. He was a big hockey fan and immediately commented on my Alex Ovechkin jersey that I was wearing.  He spent much of this five minute ride explaining to me why he despised the Chicago Blackhawks—needless to say, it was very entertaining.

My night concluded giving back-to-back-to-back rides to three separate ladies.  The first was from a young lady named Megan who was impressed with my 5-star rating.  She only requested a ride because “her feet hurt.”  So, our ride together was literally 6 blocks.  My next ride was for a UW-Milwaukee Finance Professor who appeared she could pass as a student herself.  Turned-out she was only 27 years young!  After dropping of the Professor, I picked-up a UWM-Student.  I jokingly told her about the young-looking professor I just met and she told me that she had a young Asian looking professor last semester for her Finance class—imagine if she was her student—small world!!

Anyways, this UScreen Shot 2017-04-18 at 1.01.47 AMWM student requested a ride to the Irish Pub in the Third Ward.  She voluntarily divulged that she was nervous on what she was getting herself into.  She apparently dated her best friend who she broke up with; but surprisingly she was able to salvage her friendship with him.  Now, she is dating one of her ex’s friend’s; and tonight will be the first time they will all be hanging out together…

Let’s see what today holds!

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It has been years since I’ve written a post but in my defense it’s been difficult with my work schedule as I work nights in the Casino & Hospitality industry.  When I’m not working, I’m spending my free time at the BMO Harris Bradley Center supporting my beloved Marquette Golden Eagles or going to watch former MU greats Dwyane Wade, Wesley Matthews, Jimmy Butler and Jae Crowder take on the Milwaukee Bucks.

(Geoff Burke/USA TODAY Sports)

(Geoff Burke/USA TODAY Sports)

On Saturday, March 7, 2015 I had the opportunity to see the Washington Wizards play the Bucks. Being from Arlington, VA you would think I’d jump at the chance to see my hometown play.  However, I opted to skip the game and sleep instead. That being said, I will never  pass-up seeing the Wiz Kids play ever again; thanks to NBA Champion, Paul Pierce and John Wall, the 2010 1st-overall NBA Draft Pick.

I was lucky enough to sit  at a bar in Milwaukee, WI when the “The Truth” came out. First, Paul Pierce, nicknamed “The Truth” by Shaq was sitting alone at the bar, smoking a cigar and drinking a ginger ale.  He was focused on reading the captions from the soundless special which FSN was airing about Kevin Garnett–Pierce’s former teammate and close friend.  KG recently returned to the Minnesota Timberwolves, the team that originally drafted him in 1995.  In 2007, KG was traded to the Boston Celtics, where he joined Pierce and the two went on to win the 2008 NBA Championship. Pierce started laughing out loud when FSN showed the same video that I posted on my facebook page, 4 days earlier.  I personally thought, it was so cool witnessing Pierce watch this clip.

Shortly after, two-time NBA All-Star, John Wall and Pierce’s current teammate walked up.  They started talking about their 91-85 loss they had suffered hours earlier.  Pierce was giving “JW” some constructive criticism by telling him to attack the paint. by saying “You sets too many ball screens, you’re the point-guard JW, you don’t set screens, you go around them.” Wall responded by saying “I got you but it doesn’t help when he (Gortat) is always standing at the elbow instead of under the basket.

(L-R) MU Players: Steve Novak, Jimmy Butler, Lazar Hayward, Wesley Matthews.

(L-R) MU Players: Steve Novak, Jimmy Butler, Lazar Hayward, Wesley Matthews.

Then walks-in another Wizard and former Bucks player, Drew Gooden along side a “jersey chaser.”  When Gooden walked-in he started talking to “P” so I started small talk with JW telling him that I was raised in the DC area in Arlington.  Pierce overheard me and joined the conversation saying he lives in McLean (the city next to Arlington). P asked what brought me out to Milwaukee? I replied by saying I went to school at Marquette which opened the door to a three hour conversation with these three players. I told them that I was huge fan of teams with former MU players like Wesley Matthews (Portland) and Jimmy Butler (Chicago).  At which point, Pierce said “It’s a shame to what happened to Wes,” who suffered a season ending injury (torn achilles), two days ago while playing for the Portland Trailblazers.  Then I mentioned that it sucks Jimmy Butler is also currently out with an elbow injury. Pierce jokingly replied “…and (Dwyane) Wade is always injured!”  I laughed, and stated that I have Wade’s college jersey signed and framed in my apartment.  I said I had all former MU players currently playing in the NBA jerseys signed, except for Jae Crowder.

I transitioned the conversation to March Madness and asked Wall if he thinks his Kentucky Wildcats were going to run the table and that sparked the debate of “The greatest player to play at Kentucky.” The debate was between Rajon (Rondo), Wall, and Anthony Davis.  Pierce teased and but I think he seriously meant it when he said Rondo. “Rondo has an NBA Championship and all you need is one of those under your belt and you’d be the best.”  Gooden said Wall has the potential to be the best especially because “you lead the league in minutes played.” However, Wall ended the debate by saying “AD brought a championship to UK and he has a Gold Medal from the Olympics.”

(L-R) Wall, Rondo, Davis.

(L-R) Wall, Rondo, Davis.

Pierce and Gooden both attended Kansas University and they joked saying its clear championships matter because when they enter the practice facility in Lawrence, the player with the biggest picture on the wall is Mario Chalmers.  Gooden laughed as he said he’s played in the Finals in high school, college and the NBA and lost all three times.

Then I looked at my phone and saw that Randall Cobb, WR for the Packers and agreed to re-sign with Green Bay! Wall asked if I was a Packers fan?  I said yea, even though I was raised in DC my Dad raised me as a die-hard Cheesehead.  He replied by saying Cobb, was his friend because they attended UK together.  I said that Cobb agreed to a 4-year-deal for $40 million, $17 million guaranteed.  I asked Wall who he supported, to my shock he said the “Cowboys.”  I told him not to ever mentioned that out loud in DC.  I inquired more to why he was a Dallas fan, since he’s from North Carolina.  He replied by saying “I’m a momma’s boy.” — I laughed.  I asked Pierce who he supported– Well “I’m from LA and since we don’t have a team, the Pat-riots” he replied.  Gooden chimed in saying “The Rams will be moving to LA soon.”

Again, I changed the conversation by asking Wall what city was their favorite to play on the road?  Wall responded by saying “That’s easy NYC or LA.”  I turned the question to Pierce (excluding NYC & LA) and he answered “Toronto. The people are friendly, the city is beautiful, the restaurants are delicious, and the city is diverse.”

Then Gooden randomly changed the subject back to the Wizards current state-of-play saying he wishes “Head Coach Wittman would take a page out of future Coach Pop (Gregg Popovich – Spurs) and quit running so many plays in practice.”  Wall and Pierce, both agreed saying that it’s exhausting as they play so many games and Pierce pointed out again that Wall leads the league in minutes played.  Not following the Wizards at all, I’d still agree with the players considering the players play so many games! They (the players) clearly know how to play but it has to get exhausting traveling and playing back-to-back nights.

The night concluded when I requested we change the TV Channel from FSN to ESPN to watch Sportscenter.  When the bartender changed the channel, a March Madness commercial was shown and there was John Wall in his Kentucky uniform hoisting up a three… The clip showed Wall releasing but not the finish, and I assumed the shot went in but Wall yells “BRICK!” indicating he hit the back of the rim and missed the shot.  Then he fast forwards to the end of the commercial, and say’s “watch me tackle my teammate at the end” and we all start laughing as he tackle his Wildcat teammate to the floor, at the end of the commercial.  When I think back about when Wall was in college, I picture his dance moves… which he brought to the NBA Rookie Photo Shoot:

Prior to departing with their driver, the three players thanked me and let me know that they enjoyed our conversation.  Needless to say, never it a million years did I think I would be able to have a conversation like this but hey it’s March so let the madness begin!!

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When I enrolled at Marquette in the Fall of 2005, my parents were super excited for me. I knew Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners were going to be interesting because my sister, Cecile and my Dad both attended and graduated from Wisconsin-Madison. Thanksgiving, we would begin the trash talking of the UW vs MU game which was always set to tip the first weekend in December; also the weekend ALWAYS before Finals which sucked!!!

The week leading up to the In-State-Rivalry game I would always tag my family members that attended UW in joke photos I’ve created.

MY first In-State-Rivalry game that I attended was at the Kohl Center where my Grandma had season tickets 10 rows up-center court on the bench side. It was perfect because on my left was my Grandma and my aunt and uncle Pat (all UW grads). While I was one seat over the center-court line on the Marquette side. Just before tip, my Grandma whispered in my ear “Christophe, you are not part of the Remington Family during the next 2 and half hours!” I laughed and said “O.K. Grandma, whatever you say.” Throughout the game she literally would elbow me in my side, when I cheered for my Golden Eagles. At the end though, she got the first laugh because the Badgers won that game 77-63. However, I got the last laugh in when I reminded her that Marquette leads the overall head-to-head series with the more victories.

Here is a list of my family members and their spouses that have attended UW-Madison for undergrad or Law School:
– Grandpa Frank Remington (UW-Athletics Hall of Fame and former Law Professor)
– Grandma Remington
– Mike [Dad] – Undergrad & Law
– Cecile [Sister] – Undergrad
– Uncle Frank – Undergrad & Law
– Aunt Debbie – Law
– Cousin Frank – Undergrad
– Cousin Patrick – Undergrad
– Cousin Andy – Undergrad & Law
– Cousin Michael – Undergrad
– Uncle Jim – Undergrad & Law
– Cousin John – Undergrad & Law
– Cousin Christine – Undergrad & Law
– Josh (Christine’s hubby) – Undergrad
– Uncle Pat – Undergrad & Med School
– Cousin Jake – Undergrad & Law School
– Bridget (Jake’s wife) – Undergrad
– Uncle Tom – Undergrad
– Aunt Ann – Undergrad & Law School
– Cousin Gregory – Undergrad & Law School

When Christmas comes around, if Marquette wins, I bask in the glory and continue to get shunned by my family or if Wisconsin wins, I lock myself in my room because all my Dad will talk about is how great the Badgers are and how amazing the Big Ten Conference is.

Lincoln supports MU on UW's Campus atop Bascom Hill. Created by: C.Remington (me)

Lincoln supports MU on UW’s Campus atop Bascom Hill. Created by: C.Remington (me)

Fear the predator

Fear the predator

My senior year when MU beat WI 61-58!

My senior year when MU beat WI 61-58!

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It is only fitting that my Grandma, Sue Remington, would pass on the day of the year, where the sunlight lasted the longest of the year–on the Summer Solstice.  She was 89 years-old when she died in her home in Madison, WI.  In this very house on Dartmouth Street, she raised a family of five boys and a daughter.  These same children (my Aunt and Uncles), were along her bedside to show their love and support as my my Grandma peacefully slept away.I was raised just outside Washington DC by my Papa, Michael Remington, who was my Grandma’s oldest son.  Growing-up, we were fortunate to have the means to be able to travel to WI, as a family, to visit my Grandparents (Sue & Frank).  I will forever remember Grandma as a traditional, competitive, and humorous human being.Our family vacations to the Mid-West, consisted of canoeing down the Brule River, fishing for northern pikes, playing king of the raft, eating pie in Port Wing, and me almost biting my tongue off (I have scar to prove it).  In the evenings, when we weren’t exploring the outdoors of Iron River, we had family dinner at the cottage.   Grandma was all about the Clean-Plate-Club. She would say “Food wasters don’t get dessert.”  Dessert normally consisted of a scoop of ice cream from a gallon jug (I have a ton of cousins).In the morning, I would awake to the smell of maple syrup and pancakes on the griddle. According to Grandma, we were not allowed to sit at the table unless we had brushed our teeth and washed our face.  Another rule that Grandma enforced was no hats inside.  When I say she enforced this, she scolded my Uncle Pat, a little over a month ago for sitting down at the dinner table, wearing a HAT when my Papa and I were in town visiting.In addition to being very traditional, Grandma was also very competitive.  She was the biggest Wisconsin Badgers fan that I knew.  She had 50-yard-line seats at Camp Randall during the Fall.  During the Winter, you could find her sitting center court at the Kohl Center.  As you can imagine, when I transferred to Marquette, basketball season became very interesting within my family.  The already in-state-rivalry just became a little bigger to include the Remington Family.  During my first year at MU, the Golden Eagles played at Madison and I requested a ticket to join my Grandma for the game.  Just before the opening-tip, Grandma looked at me and said with a straight face, “Christophe, you are not part of the Remington family during the next 2.5 hours!”  I thought she was kidding but through the game she would nudge her elbow into my side when MU made a good play.  At one point, she told me to “keep it down” when I cheered one of Dominic James’s dunk!  In fact, after the game, I asked Grandma if she would wear a shirt that said “Marquette Grandma” and her response was priceless, “Over my dead body.”  Well I guess, I should go pick her up a shirt from the Spirit Shop (only kidding).Her competitive personality didn’t end with the Badgers.  It was also prevalent at her dinning-room table were Grandma and I competed in a card game called “Casino.”  The point of the game was to get to 21 points first; based on a complicated scoring system.  I was one of Grandma’s toughest opponents.  From what I hear, my cousin Natalie is also really good.  Grandma rarely beat me because she claimed that I was “a little rascal” because I never built any “piles.”However, even though I beat Grandma during the majority of our card matches; she did beat me at something more significant.  One summer, in Northern WI, my Dad, Grandma, and I played 9 holes in at the Poplar Golf Course.  Papa, obviously dominated; but 2nd place came down to the final hole where Grandma beat me by one stroke sinking a high-pressured putt.  Grandma was a gracious winner and that day was one of my favorite days spent with her and my Dad.Grandma was not just traditional and competitive–she was also naturally funny.  She had the most random ideas in the world.  One of which took place during a dinner conversation which I recorded on my camera.  Unfortunately, my apartment in Milwaukee was robbed and the thieves took my laptop which the video was saved on.  However, I still remember this conversation as if it took place yesterday.  This dinner took place about seven years ago, when Grandma suggested that she wanted to open a “Drinking School” she explained that kids need to learn how to drink responsively.  She wasn’t implying that her grandchildren where alcoholics because I asked just that!  She truly believed that it was a good idea to open this school.  When asked, “where will you teach classes?” she said “here” meaning her house.  Everyone laughed.

From this video above, you can witness Grandma’s great sense of humor.  You can also see her fierceness doing a fist bound, as well as her love for dogs.  Present in this video are myself, grandma, my cousin Frank, and my girl friends dog, Maisy.

Grandma will be survived by 20 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.  But more importantly, by her only daughter Ann and her five sons Mike, Jim, Tom, Pat, and Frank as well as their spouses.  We will forever remember Sue Remington as a caring and loving grand/mother.

FAMILY PHOTOS (Click here)

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