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John Manke is an active former Bay View resident who is involved in numerous neighborhood organizations, including the Bay View Historical Society, the Humboldt Park Fourth of July Association and the Shore Shore Farmers Market. He believes Bay View has a fine tradition in its past that we do not want to lose in the future.

Having too much to drink

  One time we were celebrating a softball victory after the game. We were told to have a beer, and I had a whole pitcher of beer downed in a short time. My wife had to drive me home that night. I only had one beer, a whole pitcher of beer. I grew up on beer. My dad said that he would rather have us have beer than soda when we were kids. It saved on the dentist bill. We were limited to just one beer at a time and had to drink it in the house. My dad said that if you work like a man, then you are intitled to drink like a man. Many years ago, I gave up on all alcohol as it interfered with my medicine. I don't need to drink any alcohol. A good bottle of water will replace the urge to drink alcohol.

Many years ago I gave up on smoking, because it was banned at work, and it was not that important to me to smoke a pipe anymore. Cigarettes never appealed to me. They tasted like tissue paper when smoked. Cigars were alright, but it was hard to keep them lit, much as a pipe did. Smoking was easy to give up. It was too expensive to buy pipes and tobacco. I would get a sore mouth while smoking a pipe.  I am glad that smoking was banned at work.

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