I didn't hear the fireworks that accompany the beginning of Summerfest. You can't see them because fireworks fired off at noon, on what could easily be the longest, brightest days of summer just seem to be tiny puffs of smoke. But, you can hear them loud and clear across downtown. In a few hours the cheap parkers will be walking by my office window. It's just about one mile to the Summerfest grounds from here, so the parking fees are very cheap. Little do these misers know that it is another half-mile to the Marcus Amphitheater once you reach the north gate. Add a few beers to the belly, sit in the hot sun, walk, walk, walk, eat some grease, and you are dead meat. So, if I could give any advice regarding Summerfest it would be to PAY THE EXTRA CASH AND PARK CLOSE TO SUMMERFEST! Another bit of advice would be to LEAVE YOUR COWBOY HAT AT HOME. Yes, go directly to the country stage with your fancy dress shirt and boots, but leave the faux worn cowboy hat at home. They block the view, and more importantly, they point out those of you who came in from waaaay out of town to see their favorite band. You are welcome here in Milwaukee. Heck, stay for an extra day, just keep that cowpoke cap in your pick-up. Don't get me wrong, I have to think hard about what I wear when I go to the fest. I don't want to pretend that I'm not 42 years old, and I certainly won't slide on a pair of bleached out 501's and some white New Balance tennies either. It's a fine line between goober and proper, let's all try to stay behind the line, shall we?