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High School Tourney Time Part 4

February 28, 2006 at 9:27pm By: D.M.B. Posted in D.M.B. Sports Report

The girls take to the court starting this thursday to kick off state basketball.

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Another Bond

February 28, 2006 at 1:23pm By: Mr. Wilson Posted in The Lincolnite Blog

The City Council last night voted to place another bond issue before voters. This time it’s a $2.7 million project to purchase 130 acres of green space adjacent to the South Beltway. The land will resemble the narrow green strip that follows Highway 2 from 17th to 56th Street.

I can’t help but be disappointed. In earlier discussions Lincolnites had set their sights high, proposing to extend Wilderness Park around the city as a massive and unprecedented green belt. The South and East Beltways were the perfect routes for this massive urban woodland. The bond issue that will go before voters in May is a joke in comparison.

The costs of the earlier grand vision would have been astronomical, of course, and it’s nowhere near certain that enough land could have been easily acquired to make the project worthwhile. But boy, wouldn’t it have been fun to try? I think Lincolnites could have latched onto that vision far more easily than they’ve latched onto the vision of a revitalized Antelope Valley, a renewed Downtown, or even a new convention center.

Just Decide

February 28, 2006 at 1:21pm By: Mr. Wilson Posted in The Lincolnite Blog

Douglas Theatre Company President David Livingston just wants the Lincoln City Council to make up its darn mind. I can’t say I blame him. I often feel the same way about our noncommittal City Council.

In this case, Livingston simply wants the City Council to say for certain whether the city’s theater policy is going to stick around for good. Councilman Jon Camp’s halfway solution—scrapping the current policy in seven years—has yet to be voted on. Even if it passes Douglas will have no guarantees. What’s to prevent the council from extending the restrictions indefinitely? Ultimately the theater policy is driven by the government’s fear of its constituents’ decisions. It’s all too paternal for my tastes.

More broadly, David Livingston has hit upon a frustration many Lincolnites have with the City Council. The Council, for whatever reason, is terrified of commitment. It’s not that I want seven inflexible automatons, but is it too much to ask for them to make up their minds now and then?

Mayor Seng’s Nicknames

February 27, 2006 at 1:24pm By: Mr. Wilson Posted in The Lincolnite Blog

I attended a gathering last night and somehow the conversation suddenly shifted to Mayor Colleen Seng’s many nicknames. Some of the nicknames included:

  • Edith Bunker
  • Grandma
  • Old Mother Hubbard
  • Mother Goose
  • The Great Ribbon Cutter

What are some of your favorite Mayor Seng nicknames?

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.

“My Speech To The Martians”

February 19, 2006 at 10:05pm By: Mr. T Posted in Mr. T's Den

Jack Handey returns at Studio 360, one of my favorite podcasts. I spit out my Samurai Sam’s chicken and rice all over my computer when listening to this.

Write About

February 19, 2006 at 10:03pm By: Mr. Wilson Posted in The Lincolnite Blog

I think it’s about time I gave my readers some say in what I write about. What do you say? What Lincoln-related topics should I cover?

Friday Fun

February 19, 2006 at 4:21pm By: Mr. T Posted in Mr. T's Den

Here’s a nice item for people in the Omaha/Council Bluffs area: “Word of Mouth Iowa” is a non-profit which focuses on providing dental care to poor families and individuals in the area. Dental care for the poor isn’t the sexiest of bandwagons, so word of mouth doesn’t get a whole lot of people lining up to donate money. So the Director, a Louisiana-native who has relocated to Iowa, has been throwing Mardi Gras balls for the past several years to raise funds, and word is that the food and festivities are the most authentic thing at least in this part of the country. This year, the director is also providing free tickets to some of Omaha’s Katrina evacuees as well- which, according to FEMA - was last numbered at 575.

15-17-43-44-48-29

February 19, 2006 at 2:04pm By: Mr. Wilson Posted in The Lincolnite Blog

A winning ticket was purchased in Lincoln. Is it yours?

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?

Dinosaurs and Disasters

February 17, 2006 at 1:29pm By: Mr. Wilson Posted in The Lincolnite Blog

Looking for something to do this weekend? Check out Dinosaurs and Disasters at Morrill Hall. Or maybe Extreme Weather on the Great Plains at Mueller Planetarium (which just happens to be in Morrill Hall).

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.

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