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Spring is Arriving in Lincoln

March 6, 2006 at 11:44pm By: Mr. Wilson Posted in The Lincolnite Blog

Looks like it’s supposed to rain over the next couple days. I know it’s way too early to get my hopes up, but wouldn’t it be great if we could make it through spring and into summer with a nice, solid foundation of moisture in the soil and in area lakes and ponds?

And have you all noticed how we went from virtually zero morning bird noise to a springtime morning symphony in the span of just about three days?

Daisy May, Astronomer

March 6, 2006 at 11:32pm By: Mr. Wilson Posted in 625 Elm Street

Daisy discovered the moon today. It really wouldn’t have been a notable event, except that she seemed so fascinated by it. She was completely captivated, to the point that she nearly tipped over from staring upwards too long. It was inspiring to watch. I turned my head and looked at the moon, too. It was beautiful, that half moon high in the crisp, blue, springtime Nebraska sky. I looked back at Daisy, imagining how her little doggy brain must have been working overtime trying to figure out what the moon was. Maybe, just maybe, at that moment she was pondering, in puppy terms, the size of the world around her, that it was far, far bigger than the little area she gets to walk around every day. I imagined that maybe she was actually achieving some sort of canine-sized philosophical nirvana. I was so proud at that moment.

Then Daisy looked me square in the eyes, leaned over, and proceeded to lick her crotch. Dogs are stupid.

Freedom From Association Takes a Hit

March 6, 2006 at 7:18pm By: Mr. Wilson Posted in 625 Elm Street

I’m not crazy about the Supreme Court’s (unanimous) decision to require universities to host military recruiters if the universities accept federal money. The Court’s reasoning seems to indicate that freedom of association does not include freedom from association, a position I view with unease. Granted, the universities in question are suckling at the public teat (another issue altogether), and it seems reasonable for those funds to come with certain strings attached. But it is also a form of government blackmail. That our government engages in this sort of extortion all the time doesn’t make it right; indeed, it bothers me how complacent Americans are about this sort of thing.

If this case involved another government agency—HUD, perhaps—rather than the military, I don’t think I would be as wary of the Court’s decision. But something about the military, of all bodies, squeezing its way into private spaces where it is not welcome strikes me as foreign. A little Soviet, perhaps. Police state-ish. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not suggesting an equivalency. But it just doesn’t feel right.

Personally, I’d like to see our government be secure enough with itself that it doesn’t have to resort to this sort of bullying. I don’t see that happening any time soon.

48th and O-No!

March 6, 2006 at 6:56pm By: Mr. Wilson Posted in The Lincolnite Blog

I suppose the big news in Lincoln today is closing of 48th & O and the related re-routing of traffic. I’m sure glad I don’t regularly need to pass through that area. It doesn’t sound like much fun at all.

On the plus side, I hope the new and improved O Street means a new and improved area all around. The new shopping area on the southeast corner will get things started, and I suspect other developments will follow.

At least there are other ways to get around the 48th and O area. Imagine the troubles that’ll be caused by the closing of the O Street viaduct leading to and from West O. There aren’t many ways to get across the tracks to West Lincoln. I’m especially concerned for the “limited mobility” folks who can’t easily add a couple miles to their journey.

Crash? Come On…

March 6, 2006 at 5:57pm By: Mr. T Posted in Mr. T's Den

I really am surprised that “Crash” won. It really wasn’t that great of a movie at all. It wasn’t bad, but it wasn’t great. There was like only one or two scenes that I thought were good (one of them was the Tony Danza scene). A lot of the rest I felt was overly engineered writing with a very minimal “oomph” effect for a movie that was focusing on racism. Gee who’d have known that some LAPD cops are racists? And Ludacris’ script (and acting performace) was ludicrous. “History of Violence” was better than “Crash” in my opinion, but wasnt nominated. Some of the academy’s decisions are just strange…

Starship Troopers

March 5, 2006 at 5:47pm By: Mr. Wilson Posted in The Lincolnite Blog

When the new parking garage/high-rise proposal was first announced, I didn’t think there would be much of an uproar about the Starship 9 going the way of the Dodo. The place is grungy and ill-maintained, and nobody goes there any more. Right?

Wrongo.

I’ve been impressed by the Starship Troopers, the defenders of Lincoln’s two buck “dollar theater”. I had no idea so many people were so passionate about the Starship. Unfortunately for them, there aren’t enough of them to halt the Starship’s demise. But based on what I’ve read and heard there ought to be enough of them to justify a replacement sooner rather than later.

Giving Up the Ghost

March 3, 2006 at 1:24pm By: Mr. Wilson Posted in The Lincolnite Blog

A few blogs on the Lincolnite blogroll have given up the ghost over the past month or so. It’s unfortunate to see them end, but I thank their authors for trying. I think this is a good time to put out the call for some new blogs to add to the blogroll. I know a lot of new Lincoln-related blogs have popped up lately. Which ones am I missing? Let me know about them in the comments.

Coming Clean

March 3, 2006 at 1:20pm By: Mr. Wilson Posted in 625 Elm Street

They say the first step in correcting a problem is admitting it. I have a biggie to admit: I watch Beauty and the Geek. It’s awfully hard to believe that I watch anything on The WB, but in my defense I only get 20 channels, so it’s not like I’m working with a huge selection.

I don’t know what it is about BATG, but I’ve found myself coming back to it every week. It’s not especially well produced, there isn’t much human drama, it doesn’t “challenge” me in any way, and I don’t really relate to the participants. And yet, there I was last night watching Ankur and Jennipher get the boot.

Oh well, I’ve made it this far through the season so I suppose I should declare a favorite. Of the final two pairs, I’m rooting for Cher and Josh. I’m not a big Josh fan—he reminds me of a guy I strongly disliked back in high school—but he and Cher are the best team remaining.

Boy, first I started watching Numb3rs despite the massive suckitude of its writing. Now I’m watching Beauty and the Geek. Where will the downward spiral take me next?

Come on, folks, help me feel better by owning up to some of your own dirty television watching secrets. Please?

Coming Soon: Planet Sub

March 2, 2006 at 11:14pm By: Mr. Wilson Posted in The Lincolnite Blog

I noticed today that Planet Sub will be moving into the location vacated by Kep’s Sporting Goods on P Street downtown. It’s an awfully big storefront for what appears to be a fairly simple deli, so it’ll be interesting to see how they fill up all of that space. Looks like they’re shooting for an April opening.

Testicular Fortitude

March 1, 2006 at 10:55pm By: Mr. Wilson Posted in 625 Elm Street

I had a great lunch over at PO Pears today. I went with the Rhythm and Bleus burger, while my dining companion, Husker Pilot, opted for a more traditional boring burger. But that wasn’t the story of the day. Nope, the real story was dessert: a heapin’ helpin’ of fried testicles. Mmmm! It was my first experience with Rocky Mountain oysters, and I’ve got to say I was impressed. They were a little chewier than I expected, but the flavor was fantastic. In fact, they were good enough that they may have created a new customer for the annual Testicle Festival at the Round the Bend Steakhouse this summer.

On a more general note, PO Pears is a great restaurant. What a wacky place. Every city needs a screwy restaurant like that.

Slimy Ernie

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

I’m a big Ernie Chambers supporter in general, but when he does things like threaten to block Lincoln-related legislation merely for spite, I really loathe the guy. The source of his ire is Sen. David Landis’ LB1105, which would prop up the Qwest Center with extra tax dollars. (If I understand the bill’s summary correctly, the tax dollars would come from expanding taxable events at the Center, not from the general tax pool.) I completely understand Senator Chambers’ anger. The Qwest is yet another large civic project built on false promises and unrealistic revenue projections. But why go after Lincoln in such a petty and childish (read: Chambers-like) way?

Here’s an even better question: why is Lincoln’s David Landis driving an Omaha-centric bill? Shouldn’t he be focusing on matters a little closer to home?

Sharks in Space

March 1, 2006 at 1:21pm By: Mr. Wilson Posted in 625 Elm Street

Lawyers in space? Now that’s the kind of thinking I like to see from our state’s leaders.

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