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May 19, 2010 | 07:44 AM
Sometimes it's easy to complain about being the editor of a local community newspaper.

There can be very long Mondays and Tuesdays. Often the weekends are interrupted with events and photo opportunities. Then, there are the council meetings, people complaining about the comments on the Web site and why you didn't remove them. And, of course, you have to deal with the person who questions why you weren't at that special Friday night event to take a photo that anyone could have submitted.

But, sometimes it's easy to admit that I may have one of the coolest jobs anywhere.

I've been a Milwaukee Brewers fan all my life. Forgive me, but during a few of those struggling years the Brewers had, I didn't pay much attention to them.

However, I grew up just a few miles from County Stadium and some of my fondest memories are of me and my father going to Brewers games, just him and me.

Later, after I moved away and when the Brewers weren't good at all, I lost interest in them. I still paid attention to how they were doing overall, but didn't really go to too many games.

Then, in 2001, when Miller Park was built, my interest in the Brewers was revived. Couple that with the addition of some young, talented players, and I again enjoy going to games.

So, I was pretty excited months ago to find out that Brewers all star leftfielder Ryan Braun was going to open a restaurant right down the block in the old Cactus Club. I admit, I have a Ryan Braun T-shirt I wear to the Brewers games and he is one of my favorite players.

Anyway, last month I had the opportunity to meet Braun's agent Nez Balelo and had a few minutes to talk to him when he was here checking out the restaurant's progress for Braun.

But, last Thursday afternoon was even better.

I was ready to interview Time Is Now To Help founder Sal Dimiceli about his seven years of writing the W.C. column and helping local poverty-stricken people.

Before he showed up, he called to tell me he was running a little late. But, he certainly made up for it. He told me he was friends with Tom Romano, who is involved in the new Ryan Braun's Tavern and Grill. Dimiceli said that Braun was going to be at the restaurant and we could stop by to meet him. Actually, they were going to wait for us to stop over at a certain time.

It was a rare off day for Braun, so this was a special treat.

Sal and I headed over to the restaurant and we both had a chance to shake hands. I kept cool as Sal showed Braun some of the letters he has written and what he and the community have done to help those in need. I remained quiet, just shooting pictures of Braun checking out the Lake Geneva Regional News — how cool is that?

Braun and the others were pretty busy ensuring everything is right with the facility, which is expected to open in June. But, I had a few seconds to ask Braun how he liked his new restaurant. He seemed very excited about it. A few more pictures and then, before we left, one final handshake and some pleasantries with Braun and Balelo.

Although I didn't have the opportunity to ask Braun about why he likes Lake Geneva, whether he plans to buy a house here, or if he expects to spend a lot of time at his restaurant and in Lake Geneva, it was still interesting and fun to feel a part of it.

It's not just about meeting a top baseball player. Let's not forget the fact that Republican gubernatorial candidate Scott Walker stopped by for about a 30-minute interview earlier this month and U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan, a possible future presidential candidate, has been here on numerous occasions to talk. Last summer, I had a few minutes to interview Travel Channel personality Andrew Zimmern.

Thinking about those opportunities and experiences, there's not much I should be complaining about.

I guess it's just all in a day's work here as the Regional News editor.

Seiser is the editor of the

Regional News.

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