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I’m Rich!

June 29, 2005 at 2:36pm By: Mr. Wilson Posted in 625 Elm Street

My financial troubles are behind me. I now earn no less than $125,000 per year. Hot diggity!

I wish.

But somebody thinks I’m rich. Why else would I have received a copy of L, “Lincoln’s Premier Lifestyle Magazine”? Inside is an ad for the magazine:

SELL MORE TO THE AFFLUENT

L Magazine is your opportunity to reach Lincoln’s upper income households…

Reaching households with an income of 125,000 [sic] or more.

L Magazine is also mailed directly to all doctor’s offices, health clubs & spas.

Maybe I’m not rich, but I’m actually just a doctor’s office, health club, or spa.

Security Through Transparency

June 29, 2005 at 2:29pm By: Mr. Wilson Posted in The Lincolnite Blog

I’m a big believer in security through transparency—as opposed to security through obscurity—and I applaud the efforts of the scientists who wrote a paper describing vulnerabilities in the milk supply. I don’t know why terrorists would bother going to all the trouble of poisoning the milk supply when a couple car bombs would be just as effective in freaking people out, but what do I know? I wish somebody would write some detailed papers on topics a bit more important than the milk supply, such as airport (in)security.

Eminent Domained

June 29, 2005 at 12:30am By: Mr. Wilson Posted in 625 Elm Street

It isn’t necessarily a unique idea, but Logan Darrow Clements is the first to follow through on threats to bulldoze the home of a Supreme Court Justice who dislikes private property rights.

It’s Hot Out There

June 26, 2005 at 8:47pm By: Mr. Wilson Posted in 625 Elm Street

Yup, these symptoms pretty much describe me right about now. How come baseball season is always so blasted hot?

1, 2, 3 Strikes ... and Pass Out

June 23, 2005 at 11:48pm By: Mr. Wilson Posted in 625 Elm Street

It’s off to the ball diamond for me right after work today. I’m taking the plate in the first game because my partner will show up pretty much at game time; I’ll have the bases in the second game. It will be interesting to see how I handle the heat. I did the plate in a game on Tuesday in Papillion and I survived, but every time I bent over to brush off the plate sweat (almost) literally cascaded to the ground from under my cap. The temperature is supposed to be even hotter tonight. Yeehaw! The heat must not have bothered me too much on Tuesday; I heard hardly a peep about my strike zone, and I was described to my partner by both teams’ coaches as “consistent.” That may sound like faint praise to you, but to an umpire that’s pretty good.

I watered my front lawn last night and this morning for the first time this summer. I’m following the advice of an article I read online. I let the grass grow fairly tall, I never mow off more than 1/3 the length of the grass, and I only water when the grass shows the first signs of distress. Then I put about one inch of water down, in two 1/2 inch batches. I’m not sure how well that technique will work throughout the summer, but my grass is thicker than last year, and the roots seem to be fairly strong. My lawn can’t get too much worse, so anything is worth a shot.

Does anybody out there have a bunch of dirt they want to get rid of? I need lots of fill dirt. I’m talking truckloads here, not just wheel barrows. But even a cubic yard or two would be a great start. Anybody?

Hacking Away at Property Rights

June 23, 2005 at 5:01pm By: Mr. Wilson Posted in 625 Elm Street

I don’t know whether to laugh, cry, or vomit.

Boy Scout Found

June 23, 2005 at 2:46pm By: Mr. Wilson Posted in The Lincolnite Blog

Did you hear about the 11-year old Boy Scout who went missing for four days in Utah? It turns out he became lost in an area my dad and I spent some time in a few years ago. We couldn’t believe that the kid stayed lost so long. It’s a large wilderness area, sure, but there are plenty of easily-visible waypoints and trails all over the place. How could he have managed not to get himself found? Now we know: he hid from rescuers. He feared being kidnapped more than he feared being lost in the woods for four days.

To be honest, I wouldn’t mind being lost for a few days in that area. It’s very pretty, heavily forested but spotted with lush meadows and wetlands, and there are tons of small lakes scattered about. My dad and I have spoken about going back this summer. I don’t know if we’ll make it or not, but this event may be enough to kick-start our plans.

It’s Enough to Make Me Join the ACLU

June 23, 2005 at 3:27am By: Mr. Wilson Posted in 625 Elm Street

In a fit of

stupidity

business as usual, the House today voted 286-130 to celebrate freedom by pissing on freedom. How nauseatingly ironic.

It makes me angry enough that I am almost prepared to promise to burn a flag in protest should the Senate happen to pass the resolution. Almost.

Addendum: Foretenberry, Osborne, and Terry all voted in favor of the measure. Not that anybody is surprised.

Burn Baby Burn

June 22, 2005 at 2:28pm By: Mr. Wilson Posted in 625 Elm Street

“To burn a flag is to disrespect America.” And therefore we need to piss on the Constitution to put out those freedom-hating flames.

Strange Crew

June 21, 2005 at 8:51pm By: Mr. Wilson Posted in The Lincolnite Blog

It happens every year around this time: the drama dweebs are in town.

They’re an odd bunch, those drama dweebs. They descend upon the UNL campus and noodle around Downtown each summer when they come to attend some sort of camp that caters to their kind. They’re easy to spot: in addition to conspicuous nametags dangling from their necks, their dress is ostentatious and their actions even moreso. Even when you cannot see them, you can certainly hear them. They’re a loud bunch.

In fact, the drama dweebs are such a strange lot that I have to wonder if they are brought here, not to attend a camp, but to be the unwitting subjects of some psychological or sociological study. I think the camp is just a ruse.

In any event, keep a lookout for the attack of the drama dweebs. And for Pete’s sake be careful, lest you become an accidental participant in one of their bizarre dramatic efforts.

Our Senator is an Idiot

June 21, 2005 at 3:14pm By: Mr. Wilson Posted in The Lincolnite Blog

Chucky is at it again, picking on poor old George, trying to stir up anti-Iraq angst among partisan Republicans and moderates alike. Unfortunately, Chuck doesn’t actually provide any evidence for his statements. Not that that matters when you’re running for president on a “my party sucks, but vote for me anyway” platform.

‘‘Things aren’t getting better; they’re getting worse,” said Hagel, a member of the Foreign Relations Committee. ‘‘The White House is completely disconnected from reality. It’s like they’re just making it up as they go along. The reality is that we’re losing in Iraq.”

That’s all well and good, Chucky, but would you care to offer some supporting evidence? What would it take for you to consider the U.S. to be winning (or even maintaining the status quo) in Iraq? I put about as much faith in Chucky’s interpretation of the situation in Iraq as I do Dick Cheney’s. Cheney, incidentally, insists that the insurgency is in its “last throes”—also without any supporting evidence, and contrary to recent events.

But the real Idiot of the Week award goes to John McCain. McCain insists that “what the American people should have been told and should be told [is that] it’s long, it’s hard, it’s tough.” Uhh, Johnny? Open your freaking ears. The Bush administration miscommunicates (or doesn’t communicate at all) about a lot of things, but one thing Bush has done reasonably well is point out that the War on Terrorism™ ain’t gonna be easy.

“Small” Lots Win Big

June 21, 2005 at 2:49pm By: Mr. Wilson Posted in The Lincolnite Blog

The City Council voted to allow the Garden Valley development to proceed in North Lincoln. This despite the development’s “small” lot sizes of 3.6 units per acre. “Small” is, of course, relative. In this case, the term was thrown about by neighboring acreage owners who, in a fit of nimbyism, insisted that the po’ folk who might actually be able to afford a house on the smaller lot not be allowed to build in their area.

The “small” charge was ridiculous on its face for many reasons, but one of the most important is found in the Comprehensive Plan. The Plan says that Lincoln’s new developments should be built at densities of 4 to 5 lots per acre.

It’s Finished. (Almost.)

June 20, 2005 at 3:35am By: Mr. Wilson Posted in 625 Elm Street

It took a long time to get to this point, but as of 8:26pm tonight I can finally say it: the patio is finished. Almost. I need to sweep finishing sand into the gaps between the bricks over the next several days, but that’s a pretty minor final touch. The patio looks really good right now. I’m really glad we decided to go with brick pavers rather than a plain cement patio (or even a wooden deck).

I’m going to sleep very, very well tonight.

A Bird in the Garage is Worth…

June 18, 2005 at 7:30am By: Mr. Wilson Posted in 625 Elm Street

I had an interesting experience last night. I discovered a bird sitting in the rafters in my garage. No big deal, right? The garage door was open, so surely the bird could just leave on its own.

Or not.

The damn bird could not figure out how to get out of the garage. It flew around the garage, banged into the walls and rafters, and at one point got itself stuck in an exhaust fan in the ceiling. I tried to help (by threatening it with a broom) but to no avail.

I didn’t see it this morning, so either it found a way out last night before I shut the garage door, or it is laying dead in a corner somewhere. Stupid bird.

Don’t Click It

June 16, 2005 at 2:41pm By: Mr. Wilson Posted in The Lincolnite Blog

A webdesigner asks, “Is clicking really necessary?” He thinks not. Do you agree?

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