Some places questions come and go, while some places questions become icons. Mandatory Milwaukee is all about the latter. Join us as we revisit beloved and well-worn local staples with fresh eyes, and explore how they might figure in the city’s future ponder that eternal Milwaukee wintertime question, “Why do I live here?”

It happens every year. The bustle of the holiday season gives way to the doldrums of winter. Temperatures plummet. Snow falls. And falls. And falls. The shoveling—oh god, the shoveling. The Packers lose the NFC Championship Game. All seems lost.

It’s around this time, usually in February, when you look outside and/or look at the temperature and wonder: “Why do I live here?”

“Remind me again, Larry. Why do I live here?” also works.

Yes, like our past award-winning Mandatory Milwaukee column on kicking icy chunks of slush out of your vehicle’s wheel wells, wondering why we live in this permafrost hell hole is more of a Mandatory Wisconsin, or a Mandatory Midwest concern. Maybe it hits you when you’re facing 10-foot snowdrifts in Saukville. Maybe it hits you when you’re shoveling out your car in Chicago. Maybe it hits you when it’s minus-nine in Minneapolis. But it hits you. Yes, it always hits you.

But let’s focus on Milwaukee. Why do we live here? Well, we’ve put together an outdoor- and warm weather-focused (and non-pandemic) photo gallery to remind you. That’s it. Some nice photos of when it’s nice outside. Concerts, the skyline, more concerts, anything to take our collective minds off of [gestures wildly].

Hang in there, Milwaukee. This will all get better soon.

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Matt Wild weighs between 140 and 145 pounds. He lives on Milwaukee's east side.