West Side Stories

A Tosa resident for almost 20 years, Karen is a mom and freelance writer, addicted to playing tennis. When not on the tennis court, she spends the fall and winter in the stands at Green Bay Packer and Marquette basketball games.

Karen is the author of “Grab a Bite,” a dining out column and the former community columnist for the Wauwatosa NOW newspaper.

The Perfect Last-Minute Packer Gift

Mayfair, Packers, Tosa Business


Do you have a Packer fan on your shopping list? And does he/she seem a little bit down in the dumps right now? I found the perfect gift for them.


Saturday night, while strolling through Mayfair Mall, my husband and I came upon what may be one of the most clever, albeit poor sport, gifts this Christmas. OK, it may be a bit Grinch-like and I don’t necessarily agree with the sentiment, but you have to admit that this t-shirt will have that Packer fan chuckling, despite the disappointing football season.


This t-shirt is sold in a tiny kiosk outside The Gap. The proprietor told us that he saw a similar shirt that actually said: “GM Ruined My Christmas,” no doubt worn by somebody who works for the automaker. It inspired him to create this t-shirt. I say, bravo, well done!


This particular shirt will be on its way to Kentucky tomorrow for my brother-in-law who has a blended family – Packer fans and Viking fans living under the same roof. Poor guy. He needs something to smile about, don’t you agree?

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