4.26.2006

Bags o' plenty

I've been helping my mother pack up her stuff to move this weekend. Loading will require going down a spiral staircase that turns 180 degrees, through 2 doors, up 3 stairs, through a courtyard and a big iron gate to the truck parked on the street. Mom has wisely hired movers.

Amazingly, we got a loading permit for 8-5:30 through the city of Chicago with a single phone call.

One of the oddest things about this experience is boxing up Mom's stuff and realizing that in some ways, I *am* becoming my mother. It's a bizarre realization. I mean, we all know we are gonna lean that way anyway, but it a whole other thing entirely to suddenly envy mom's giant popcorn tin filled with Target bags.



Or her nifty crap containers. You know, like little rubbermaid or tupperware or cool boxes in which to store all your can't-live-without-crap.

Or her amazing collection of office supplies. Ingenious tape dispensers and pens.

I mean, at some point, we all have to just look at ourselves and say, yip, that right there, that sunk in. Bag hoarding. Or cracking your knuckles. Or the way you mow the yard. Or drive your car.

For me, it's the bags....

4.20.2006

It's my birthday...

...born April 21st at 2:38pm in Cincinnati, Ohio.

And, I picked noon to midnight in the baby pool at work for my supervisor.

Hope for good weather all day---I'm hoping to cookout tonight with some friends and my nephew and enjoy the weather....

4.18.2006

As seen on a local listserv

From Mathew Gross | Deride and Conquer]
Dear World (specifically, Democrats and Republicans in Congress, Talking Heads on the TeeVee, Respected Members of the Fourth Estate, Our Fine if Excessively Solicitous Allies Abroad):

We now have a President who is threatening preemptive nuclear war.

What are you doing about this?

Are you okay with this?

Did I miss the memo or is this not clinically insane by any definition of the word?

Sincerely,

A Concerned Citizen

4.15.2006

Mom's place-soon to be condos...

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4.13.2006

Jackpot

Getting boxes 4 mom's move

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4.12.2006

OSHA says what?

Digit idgit! Printing press-1 Ex-hand model-0

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4.11.2006

Mecha-Cheney booed at game

Crooks and Liars has the video.

I almost felt sorry for him. And then I remembered he was a robot and that was the end of that.

4.10.2006

my new fridge thanks to sagefool

...and my first moblog.

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CU March and Rally for National Day of Action

Kiyoshi Martinez from The Next Frontier has a post up about the march and rally Monday in Champaign. It started at Neil and Green and ended on the Quad. He also posted some photos on Flickr.

Another person on LiveJournal has posted photos as well. There's even more by the same photographer here.

4.07.2006

Test your brain

Ok. Someone sent me a link to a brain-teaser.

Directions:
Click on link then click on blue circle.

Everybody has to cross the river.

Only two persons on the raft at a time.

The father cannot stay with any of the daughters without their mother's presence.

The mother cannot stay with any of the sons without their father's presence.

The thief (striped shirt) cannot stay with any family member if the policeman is not there.

Only the father, the mother and the policeman know how to operate the raft.

To start, click on the big blue circle on the right.

To move the people, click on them.

To move the raft, click on the pole on the opposite side of the river.
I only killed 2 girls and 3 boys before I figured it out.

Books, books, books

It's that time of year again---book sale time!!!!!

The Urbana Free Library schedule is as follows:
  • Thursday, April 27: Pre-sale for Members only. $10 annual memberships are available at the door beginning at 4 PM. Sale runs 5PM--8:30PM
  • Friday, April 28: Full Price Day. 9AM--5:30PM
  • Saturday, April 29: Full Price Day. 9AM--5:30PM
  • Sunday, April 30: Half Price Day. 1PM--4:00 PM
  • Monday, May 1: Book Giveaway---all remaining books are free! $1.00 donation at the
  • door. 9AM until all books are gone.
UC Books to Prisoners (UCBtP) *also* has a book sale coming up. Their Spring Book Sale is scheduled for Saturday and Sunday, May 20 and 21 at Lincoln Square Mall. I don't have the hours for the UCBtP sale yet, but when I learn them, I'll pass them along.

Mark your calendars.

Books to Prisoners Sale
Books to Prisoners sale this Saturday

4.05.2006

More info on the incident at Duke

Police Uncover New Duke Lacrosse Emails (from Breitbart.com)
Hours after an exotic dancer was allegedly raped by members of the Duke University lacrosse team, a player apparently sent an e-mail saying he wanted to invite more strippers to his dorm room, kill them and skin them. It was not clear whether the message was serious or a joke.

...

In the e-mail, addressed "To whom it may concern," the player says he has "decided to have some strippers over" to his dorm room, "however there will be no nudity."

"I plan on killing the bitches as soon as the walk in and proceding to cut their skin off," the author of the e-mail says, adding in vulgar terms that he would find the act sexually satisfying.

The e-mail was signed with what police said is the player's jersey number.

Duke Lacrosse Coach Resigns, Rest of Season Cancelled (from ESPN.com)
Duke University's lacrosse coach resigned Wednesday and the school canceled the rest of the season amid a burgeoning scandal involving allegations that three players on the highly ranked team raped an exotic dancer at an off-campus party.

Mike Pressler spent 16 seasons at Duke and won three Atlantic Coast Conference championships. Last year, his team appeared in the national championship game.

"Coach Pressler offered me his resignation earlier this afternoon, and I accepted it," said Duke athletic director Joe Alleva. "I believe this is in the best interests of the program, the department of athletics and the university."
Limbaugh Calls Alleged Rape Victim a Ho (from Media Matters)

LIMBAUGH: They're -- they're busy. They're busy. The Reverend Jackson is in New Orleans. He's leading a big march there tomorrow. The march is -- what is it called? The -- the march for the right to return a protected vote and reconstruction. He's trying to -- they got problems down in New Orleans. They don't have voter base, and Sharpton's working on a New Orleans deal, too. He's trying to figure out how he can get involved in the deal down there at Duke where the lacrosse team --

CALLER 1: Yeah.

LIMBAUGH: -- uh, supposedly, you know, raped, some, uh, hos.

And then he apologizes for us *hearing* it, but not for saying it....

CALLER 2: Well, why would you call them hos on the national --

LIMBAUGH: Well, because, because I'm running on fumes today, [caller], and I felt terrible about it. And I knew somebody was gonna call and give me a little grief so I'm takin' the occasion of your call to apologize for it. That was, it was a terrible slip of the tongue. I'm sorry. But it wasn't the worst one that has been said recently. You want -- do you know who Keanu Reeves is?

4.04.2006

*Clickety*

I have no idea what this is, but I feel compelled to share it.

Google video entitled russian climbing---definitely an understatement.

Edit: Okay, apparently this is "parkour." Here's a link to a "beginner" parkour video.

There's more at Parkour.com.

Interesante....

There's a post on Metroblogging Chicago with an interesting map and list of all the langauges spoken in Illinois and where those populations are located. The interactive map at MLA is kinda cool.

Over half a million Spanish speakers in Cook County alone, but less than half a million Polish speakers. My mother's parents were Polish and emigrated to Chicago. I still remember eating ice cream as a small child in their tiny apartment in Chicago and my grandparents chattering away in the background in Polish. But they never taught their children Polish. They used it as their secret language. And now they're gone and it looks like the Polish language is on it's way as well.

4.02.2006

In Memoriam

The News-Gazette has a story about John Lee Johnson's funeral.

[Elder Larry] Simmons recalled a story about two men walking down a path, one stepping over a fallen branch and continuing onward and the other stopping to move the branch out of the way for those who would come along after him.

John Lee Johnson, Simmons said, was like that man who stopped to move the branch.

Simmons said no one could ever take Mr. Johnson's place, but people can honor his memory by continuing to work on the causes to which he devoted his life.

Vote and speak out at public meetings, he urged.

"We honor you by not letting your work be in vain," Simmons sang in the latter part of his eulogy.

See also:
John Lee Johnson benefit announced
Update on John Lee Johnson benefit
Goodbye, John Lee Johnson

Uh-huh...what he said....

Check out Old Guy's post "Once from Column B."

For some reason, I can't get his stuff to show up on bloglines. I almost missed it. Good thing the Squire posted a link.