Monday, June 3, 2013

Rules & Regs & Bras & Bowling


 

Picture this: Late 1960’s, a historic Milwaukee bowling alley and bar named Holler House.  Marcy Skowronski, the 30ish owner and relative of the original 1908’s owners, is sharing a drink with some friends. Swept up in the sexual revolution, and with a few drinks down, it was decided that the sign of societal oppression would be removed.  Bras in hand, burning was put aside in favor of tossing them on the pipe network running just below the ceiling.

 


Naturally this caught on and liberating chests from restraints became the things to do (at least at Hollar House.) And if we are honest, how many women wouldn’t want to make a small gesture of societal protest while tossing back a beer?  

 

Many years and bras later, Marcy is 87 and still going strong.  The bra collection continues to grow and all is right in the world. . .



until . . .



a city inspector decided, for the first time in 45 years, the supportive underwear were clearly a fire hazard.


 
Bras down and gestures of liberation squashed, in favor of preventing any spontaneous combustion of padding.

 

End of the story?



No way!
Public outcry led to a “reexamination” of fire code standards.

 

Marcy has scheduled a re-hanging celebration and plans for all the proceeds to go to “buying a little common sense for the Department of Neighborhood Services.”

 

So, here is my question.  If a neighborhood can override an official decision by a governing body, why can’t we, as a nation, override some of the ridiculously official decisions implemented by our governing body?

 

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