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The Diagnoses

February 22, 2006 at 9:08pm By: Mr. Wilson Posted in 625 Elm Street

Are you ready for my official diagnoses (plural)? Here we go:

  • Influenza
  • Ear infection (both ears)
  • Conjunctivitis (pink eye) (both eyes)
  • Strep throat

I had already self-diagnosed the first three. I’ve had my share of ear infections and pink eye over the course of my life, so I recognize those symptoms pretty easily. Strep is a new one for me, though.

I’m pretty ticked at my body’s immune system. This sort of breach of homeland security is inexcusable. I mean, who’s running this operation, the Michael Brown of white blood cells? Any one of those illnesses would be bad enough alone, but all four at once? Unacceptable.

I just fired off an e-mail to work telling them that I won’t be in at all this week. I will probably try to remote in for a couple hours tomorrow and Friday. I have plenty of sick hours, but I don’t want to blow any more of them than I have to.

I just added up all of the calories I’ve consumed this week. Up to now I’ve put only about 1,000 calories into my body, most of those from juice, and I’m not the least bit hungry. That’s a pretty strange reality for somebody who enjoys food as much as I do. Somebody call the all-you-can-eat buffets and tell them to watch out, because if I feel better this weekend, I’m going to have to make up for lost time.

Blah blah blah, enough about me. Hopefully I’ll feel well enough tomorrow to yack about Lincoln again.

Oh, and congrats to the Powerball winners. What an interesting mix of Lincolnites! They made Lincoln look pretty darn good on a national stage. We owe them our thanks. Oh, and we should thank them for all of those tax dollars, too.

The Flu, Day II

February 21, 2006 at 2:54pm By: Mr. Wilson Posted in 625 Elm Street

Good news: I slept like a rock. Bad news, when I woke up, my temperature was 101.8, the highest it has been so far. I don’t feel like I’m on my death bed or anything, which is nice. Just really fatigued and sore. At least I’m not puking. Instead, today’s new symptoms are a nice dry cough and sore throat. Fantastic.

Already today I’ve watched Saved By the Bell, The Littles, and now I’m half-way through Tim Burton’s excellent Big Fish. Next I might try to watch The Lord of the Rings straight through. That’s, what, 9 or 10 hours?

Whatever I do, I just have to make sure I catch Jeopardy! Yesterday I think I would have come in second, but I could have won if I had wagered enough in Final Jeopardy because all of the contestants missed the final question. (Err, answer?) It was something like:

This Prime Minister, assassinated in 1995, was his country’s first to be born in that land.

I thought it was pretty easy, but two people guessed Indira Gandhi, and one didn’t guess at all. Do you know it? Answer: Yitzhak Rabin. In all fairness, the wording was pretty tricky. Rabin wasn’t actually born in Israel. He was born in Jerusalem before Israel existed. Note the use of the phrase “in that land”, not “in that country”. (Highlight the text to read the answer.)

Okey dokey, that’s enough typing for now. I’m freezing. Back to Big Fish.

The F Word

February 20, 2006 at 1:35pm By: Mr. Wilson Posted in 625 Elm Street

I’m celebrating President’s Day by staying home with the flu. Wheee.

It kicked in late last night. About 11:45 PM I moved to the guest bedroom because I was shivering uncontrollably and I didn’t want to bug The Missus. Right now I’m operating on about three and a half hours of sleep; I figure I’ll catch up over the course of the day. Headache, body ache, fever, dry cough. Should be a fun day!

On the plus side, I’ve already watched two episodes of Saved By the Bell. Sweet.

Please Stay Away from Lunarpages

February 17, 2006 at 6:41pm By: Mr. Wilson Posted in 625 Elm Street

I’m merely adding my voice to an already boisterous crowd, but I want to encourage all of you here at Lincolnite to stay away from Lunarpages web hosting. Lunarpages used to host Lincolnite, but I left back in December after some unplanned downtime and a subsequent horrible technical support experience. That was followed by another tech support nightmare involving another domain I support (but do not own), related to the first nightmare. Well guess what: I just wrapped up yet another tech support nightmare, related to both of the first two nightmares. To make a long story short, Lunarpages’ backend housekeeping is incredibly shoddy, and it resulted in a number of e-mails intended for this domain disappearing into the abyss.

But as Levar Burton always says, don’t take my word for it. Find out why so many others think Lunarpages sucks.

My Weekend Plans

February 17, 2006 at 1:29pm By: Mr. Wilson Posted in 625 Elm Street

The Missus and I are headed to Nebraska City tonight for a relaxing stay at the beautiful Lied Lodge and Conference Center. We’ll have a nice dinner, spend some time in the hot tub, and then I’ll sit back and watch a little Sports Center since we don’t have cable at the house. What? Why are you giving me that look?

Jesus' geneology, from the St. John's Bible

Saturday we’re going to head to Omaha. We haven’t set a plan yet, but we’re thinking about either going to the Henry Doorly Zoo and checking out the indoor exhibits, or perhaps going to the Joslyn Art Museum to see the St. John’s Bible exhibit. The Bible’s creation is funded by St. John’s University in Collegeville, Minnesota, a school I very nearly attended.

On Sunday The Missus and I will get together with my parents and my sister’s family for my sister’s birthday dinner. She has requested one of my favorite meals: meatloaf and mashed potatoes. Mmm, nothing like comfort food to finish off a cold weekend.

What’s everybody else up to this weekend?

Six Things About Nebraska

February 17, 2006 at 1:23pm By: Mr. Wilson Posted in 625 Elm Street

This article about Nebraska by an ex-Nebraskan is a great Friday read.

Hat tip: Beerorkid.

A First Look at Doughboyz

February 16, 2006 at 1:47am By: Mr. Wilson Posted in 625 Elm Street

The Missus and I just arrived home from Doughboyz Bistro (“fun Italian food”). Some of our quick and unorganized thoughts after our opening night visit:

  • The name struck us as a little misleading. “Bistro”, to me, translates to “small, dark, and snooty”. Doughboyz is indeed small and cozy, but it’s not dark and it is definitely not snooty. It’s closer to a pizzeria in my mind, although that isn’t entirely accurate either. Cafe, maybe?
  • The front doors are great. Big, curved, and very unique. Nice first impression.
  • The interior is smallish, but definitely not cramped. As you might expect, the color theme centers around red and green, along with a cream. Peppy big band music played in the background.
  • The servers are young, friendly, and energetic. Then again, it’s easy to be energetic on opening night!
  • There were very few patrons. I think the lengthy opening delays helped to scare folks off. They will come eventually.
  • The Missus and I started with the Artie Spin spinach and artichoke dip, served warm with crunchy bruschetta. Good stuff with a little zing. A bit pricey at $7.85.
  • For our entree we ordered a small DBQ chicken pizza. It was a floppy thin crust pizza topped with a homemade zippy barbeque sauce, onions, chicken, and feta and mozzarella cheese. It was very tasty, and it had a little spiciness to it that separates it from some of the sweeter bbq chicken pizzas in town. We would have liked a few more pieces of chicken on our pie.
  • Watch out for the pizza stands. The Missus managed to dump half of our pie on the table. She blamed it on the stand, but I suspect an element of user-error. (Just kidding, honey!) Spilling a pizza is a good way to get every server in the joint to jump to action lickety-split.
  • There are three sizes of pizzas, 14”, 16”, and 18”. They are labeled as feeding 1-2, 2-3, and 3-4 people, respectively. The 14” easily feeds two people. (Well, two non-teenagers, anyway.) With appetizers, drinks, and desserts, you might even fit three people on a 14 incher. Which raises a problem: a single person can’t really order a pizza without having a ton of leftover slices. That might scare a lot of people off. I would like to see, perhaps, a 10” option for singles.
  • The pizzas were on the pricey side. Ours was $15.50 (another factor that discourages singles from ordering a pizza), and a couple crossed the $20 barrier for the 18” size. In fact, a lot of the prices were on the high side. Clearly Doughboyz has a target audience in mind. Hint: it isn’t the daVinci’s and Valentino’s audience.
  • We were served a complimentary “Piezookie”, a large, warm chocolate chip cookie topped with ice cream. Mmm.
  • Other items on the menu included a number of unique pizzas; a couple pastas; several sandwiches; and a kids’ menu. I’m going to try to get my hands on an electronic copy of the menu to share with y’all.
  • The owners are very interested in your feedback, so let them know what you think about any little detail. How do I know? Because one of them spent some good time chatting with The Missus and I. (By the way: sorry I didn’t introduce myself at the restaurant, guys. I wanted to be Joe Public on my first trip so as not to bias your interactions with me.) Lincolnite is read by the folks we talk about, so if you don’t get a chance to talk to the owners personally, feel free to speak to them indirectly on here.

Overall The Missus and I enjoyed Doughboyz, and we will definitely go back. After our second visit—whenever it comes—I will write up a more formal review. (I don’t write reviews until after at least two visits to a restaurant.) [UPDATE: My Doughboyz review is now up.] I encourage y’all to give Doughboyz a try. You may even want to check it out early (i.e. before it gets written up in the Ground Zero), because it looks like you won’t have to worry about a huge crowd. What say we start our own Lincolnite-generated buzz for Doughboyz, shall we?

Finally Open

February 15, 2006 at 6:58pm By: Mr. Wilson Posted in 625 Elm Street

After a long wait, The Missus and I are headed to Doughboyz tonight on our weekly Date Night. I’ll give y’all the skinny later tonight or tomorrow. Or better yet, stop on by and celebrate opening night with us.

Looking Up

February 14, 2006 at 1:30pm By: Mr. Wilson Posted in 625 Elm Street

Will Lincoln have a new high-rise to look up to several years from now? That would be great to see. The major problem I have with the idea is that it is inverted. The idea, as presented by the Journal Star, is to build a parking garage that happens to have a high-rise on top. That is backwards. The emphasis ought to be on bringing in a high rise, with a parking garage on the bottom. If we emphasize the parking garage, we’ll get the parking garage. If we emphasize the high-rise, our odds of getting both are tremendously improved.

Remember The Grand? The proponents (the City, the Downtown Lincoln Association, and others) emphasized the idea of a theater, maybe with some other cool stuff (housing, retail, offices) thrown in. Since the proponents were happy to settle for a theater, they just got a theater. (And a very un-downtowny theater at that.)
Parking garages don’t mean squat in the big scheme of things, and they certainly won’t support the long-term sustainability of Downtown Lincoln. Let’s not settle for just a parking garage.

Bond Issue Vote Prediction

February 14, 2006 at 1:29pm By: Mr. Wilson Posted in 625 Elm Street

I predict the bond issue will pass today. The margin will be 60/40 in favor, +/- 5 percentage points.

My Vote

February 14, 2006 at 1:22pm By: Mr. Wilson Posted in 625 Elm Street

Many of you are probably wondering how I’m going to vote on the school bond issue today. To be honest, until fairly recently I wondered how I would vote today. I’ve got my vote figured out now, though.

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High Humor

February 10, 2006 at 1:25pm By: Mr. Wilson Posted in 625 Elm Street

I have a confession to make: The Missus and I watched a dirty movie recently. A filthy, wretched, hide-the-kids-and-put-grandma-to-bed kind of movie. Yup, we watched The Aristocrats.

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Smoked Out

February 10, 2006 at 1:25pm By: Mr. Wilson Posted in 625 Elm Street

Looks like Lincoln’s last smoking ban holdout—well, other than the Freedom Flyer—is being shut down. Sultana’s Kahve owner Jamal Husein plans to fight the city’s decision. I wish you luck, Mr. Husein, but I don’t think even the multiculturalism card is strong enough to overcome the health nannies.

A Rarity: I Agree with the AG

February 9, 2006 at 6:38pm By: Mr. Wilson Posted in 625 Elm Street

I can’t believe it, I actually agree with Jon Bruning! He has risked going to jail by asking the state Supreme Court to force Lancaster County District Judge Steven Burns to release his reasons for vacating the grand jury investigating Regent David Hergert.

I also agree with Bruning on this point:

“This is not North Korea,” Bruning said. “This is America. And in America we have a free court system, we have a free people, we have a First Amendment that allows a free press to write down the free speech of its citizens.

“And I am ashamed anytime that our system fails ... by closing itself off and conducting itself in secret,” Bruning said. “This government needs to be open, whether it’s the legislative branch, the executive branch or the judicial branch.”

Trouble is, I’m not sure how much Bruning himself believes it.

Nabity Sez: Cheat the Cheaters

February 9, 2006 at 3:33am By: Mr. Wilson Posted in 625 Elm Street

From the Nabity campaign:

Team Nabity Supporters
KPTM Fox 42 television station in Omaha is doing an online poll that has been running for over a week.

I was in first place for over seven days until KFAB said something this morning and the Osborne and Heineman camps have been stacking the system to get on top.

Please take a minute to log onto http://www.kptm.com and place your vote for Dave Nabity and help us out. I’m told that they count one vote per computer so if you have multiple computers or if you know someone who has an office where there are many computers, please have them vote as well.

Thanks so much and lets go get it done!

Sincerely,

Dave

Ahh, beautiful. It’s nice to see our candidates for governor acting with the maturity and professionalism we expect of them.

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