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RIP Paper Boy

April 26, 2006 at 12:25pm By: Mr. Wilson Posted in 625 Elm Street

The paper boy is dead, or at least nearly so. Once every boy’s dream first job, the task today is more often than not handed off to an anonymous adult.

I was a paper boy for several years, beginning in fifth grade and continuing all through junior high. I began with the Lincoln Journal and I experienced the gradual merging of the Journal and the Star. I used to walk the route every day with my dog, Jodi, the ten-pound black schnoodle I never had to put on a leash. On Sunday mornings my dad would drive around with me in our old Ford conversion van, and when we finished we would have breakfast at Hy-Vee with the hunters in their orange vests. I delivered papers in sun, rain, sleet, hail, and snow. Once it was so icy and windy that when I accidentally dropped a newspaper, I had to skate after it for two blocks as it slid down the street. I even delivered papers through a couple tornado warnings. My mom wasn’t happy about that.

In a way it’s a little sad that my kids won’t at least have the chance to have such a cool first job. But then again, by the time my kids are old enough to want a job, all sorts of new opportunities will have opened up.

So long, paper boy.

Jane Jacobs Dead at 89

April 26, 2006 at 12:20pm By: Mr. Wilson Posted in 625 Elm Street

Jane Jacobs, author of Death and Life of Great American Cities is dead at age 89 (subscription or BugMeNot required). That won’t mean anything to most of you, but those of you who study the urban form know that Jacobs was a legend in her field. RIP.

Super Taco

April 24, 2006 at 5:45pm By: Mr. Wilson Posted in The Lincolnite Blog

Swoof, over at Eatin’ in Lincoln, recently made a trip to Super Taco, located near 56th and Holdgrege. Looks like I might be heading over that direction for a bite to eat one of these days.


April 24, 2006 at 5:40pm By: Mr. Wilson Posted in The Lincolnite Blog

My apologies if Lincolnite loads a little slowly or oddly (i.e. the page doesn’t load entirely) today. I’m told there’s a bottleneck somewhere leading to Lincolnite’s server. There is no problem with the server itself.

Weekend Wrap-Up

April 24, 2006 at 12:25pm By: Mr. Wilson Posted in 625 Elm Street

All in all I had a pretty decent weekend. I didn’t get nearly as much trash pick-up done as I would have liked, but I think I had a pretty good excuse. I received a last-minute plea to help train some new Little League umpires for the upcoming season. At first I was pretty bummed that I wouldn’t have a photo of a big stack of trash bags to show off today, but the training session went really well, despite the fact that I ad libbed the entire thing. Trash pick-up along Beal Slough will just have to continue indefinitely until I get it all collected.

On Saturday I had the pleasure of centering the Lincoln Lutheran vs. Elkhorn boys soccer match, featuring the top two teams in Class B. As I expected it was a great match. Elkhorn ended up winning 2-0 with goals in the 75th and 76th minutes. Look for an exciting rematch at the State Tournament.

An assessor was present in the stands so my assistants and I received some great feedback following the match. The assessor seemed pleased with my performance overall. He only really dinged me for two things, both of which I agreed with, and both of which are easily fixable. He must have thought, after seeing me a couple times this season, that I’m doing fine, because Saturday night I received my assignments for districts. I’m not only assigned to the state’s strongest district (4 teams in the top 10 in wildcard points), but I’m assigned to two centers, including the district championship match. That bodes well for some good assignments at the State Tournament, including my goal for the season, earning a center in one of the four State Championship matches.

On Sunday I umped a couple baseball games, both of which went extremely smoothly, save for a 30 minute lightning delay. My partner was a Wesleyan student who was umpiring in Lincoln for the first time. He did a great job.

I finished off the weekend with a trip to Crawdaddy’s with The Missus and Husker Pilot, who just returned from AMS (Academy of Military Science). Welcome back, HP!

Lone Star Cliche

April 24, 2006 at 12:25pm By: Mr. Wilson Posted in 625 Elm Street

Can we please declare an end to the overuse and abuse of headlines in the form of “Opponent Hooks ‘Horns” and “‘Horns Hook Opponent”? Pretty please?

My Tilt

April 24, 2006 at 12:20pm By: Mr. Wilson Posted in The Lincolnite Blog

Last week’s Tilt article generated a decent amount of conversation, and that conversation got me thinking about my own biases and how people perceive me. Most of you have never met me and don’t really know who I am, and yet you probably have a number of preconceptions about me. I would love to know what some of those preconceptions are, so if you don’t mind humoring me, I’d appreciate if you would answer these questions. There are no right or wrong answers, only your perceptions.


You’re Looking for WHAT?!

April 22, 2006 at 12:20am By: Mr. Wilson Posted in The Lincolnite Blog

I am disturbed. Somebody arrived at Lincolnite looking for yak urine fertilizer. Not only that, but Lincolnite is the #1 result. Which was the offending page? Why, a rant about bad chili at Bison Witches, of course.

And just to clarify, I finally got up the nerve to go to Bison Witches again about a month ago. The chili was excellent.

Coach Solich drugged?

April 21, 2006 at 6:22pm By: D.M.B. Posted in D.M.B. Sports Report

In what could turn out just to be a hoax or the weirdest story I have ever heard, there is rumors flying around that Coach Frank Solich of the Ohio Bobcats was drugged during a night out drinking. The much publicized arrest for public intoxication last November earned the former Nebraska head coach a stern reprimand from Ohio University, could have been as a result of a drug called GHB, or more commonly referred to as the “date-rape drug.”

Who would drug the head football coach?  And if it did happen, why would they drug him?  With GHB?

Achy Breaky Ref

April 21, 2006 at 5:45pm By: Mr. Wilson Posted in 625 Elm Street

Ugh, it’s that point in the soccer season when referees who have been doing a lot of games start to feel tired and worn out, and injuries start popping up. I am surprisingly energetic, despite a history of problems with in-season fatigue. But I’ve been bit by the injury bug. First came what appears to be an anterolateral shin splint in my right leg. It doesn’t bother me much when I walk or run forward, but changing directions, running backwards, and side-stepping are all somewhat painful.

Then last night I developed what could be a much more serious injury. (Where “serious”, in this case, means that it could really screw up my ability to referee for a while.) Not five minutes into my first game last night I felt a twinge, and I instantly knew what had happened: groin strain. The last 75 minutes of that game were not especially enjoyable. I then had to go ref a youth game immediately afterwards. The muscle felt like it loosened up a little, but I still had to be pretty cautious. I hoped that a good night’s sleep would magically cure me. It didn’t.

So here I am, a referee with a respectable chance of earning the honor to center one of the state championship games, and I’m injured. Just to make things fun, I’m scheduled to center what should be a great match between two of the state’s best boys teams on Saturday, and last I heard an assessor plans to be there. (That’s a good thing, by the way. It’s hard to get better without being critiqued by an assessor now and then.) I don’t want to, but I may have to bail out of some of my game assignments next week to allow myself some time to heal.

If anybody has any magic healing potions or techniques, I’m all ears!

Chief Tom on Concealed Carry

April 21, 2006 at 12:25pm By: Mr. Wilson Posted in The Lincolnite Blog

I am going to withhold commenting on Mayor Seng’s proposed concealed carry ban for a while, but I couldn’t pass up this quote from the Journal Star article on the topic:

[Police Chief Tom Casady] said it’s rare for citizens to protect themselves with concealed weapons. He can only recall one incident in 32 years of law enforcement.

Uhh, Tom? That’s because concealed weapons were illegal during that time.

Friday Five

April 21, 2006 at 12:25pm By: Mr. Wilson Posted in The Lincolnite Blog

Five Lincoln restaurants I miss:

  1. King’s
    A chili cheese dog and chocolate shake (with the tin!) sounds mighty tasty right now.
  2. Jabrisco
    Black and white soup, anyone?
  3. Rock ‘n’ Roll Runza
    I miss the original RnRR, not that crappy fast food version.
  4. Eighth Street Iron Works
    I only got there once, mere days before it closed, but the experience was memorable. Anybody have their meatloaf recipe?
  5. Jax
    The Missus and I went to Jax for many of our “formal” dates.

Clean Your Corner This Weekend

April 20, 2006 at 12:30pm By: Mr. Wilson Posted in The Lincolnite Blog

Don’t forget to Clean Your Corner of Lincoln this weekend. When I first decided to do this I didn’t realize I had chosen Earth Day weekend, but all the better I suppose. Pick your favorite corner of Lincoln—any public area—and do your part to clean it up.

As I originally announced I’m going to clean up along Beal Slough between 40th and 48th Streets.

I’m just not sure when I’m going to be able to do it. I should be able to get in an hour or two both Saturday and Sunday mornings, but then I have two soccer games to ref on Saturday, and three baseball games to ump on Sunday. To achieve my goal of a complete clean-up of Beal Slough I may have to extend my work over several subsequent days. It’s not what I had originally planned for myself, but ultimately what’s important is that the job gets done.

I will be at the creek on Saturday morning for at least a few hours.

I hope to see you out and about this weekend. Whether you pick up a lone cup blowing in the breeze, or a truckload of trash, I hope you take some time to Clean Your Corner of Lincoln.

Do You Know What Today Is?

April 20, 2006 at 12:25pm By: Mr. Wilson Posted in 625 Elm Street

Today is 4/20. Giggle.

The Missus and I supped at Outback last night. We hadn’t been there for ages, nor had we been near 48th and ‘O’ since the construction began. It felt strange blowing through that intersection without stopping. The food at Outback was pretty decent, and the service was very good, if a tad too perky at times for my tastes. We ended up sitting next to two middle-aged women having a girls night out, which was a bit of a downer. They bitched about, well, just about everything, but as far as I could tell none of the stuff they talked about was really that big of a deal. Smile, ladies! You’re eating good food, you’re with nice company—quit complaining about stupid crap and enjoy the moment.

Today through the weekend look to be beautiful spring days. I hope you have plans to get outside and enjoy them.


April 20, 2006 at 12:25pm By: Mr. Wilson Posted in The Lincolnite Blog

The Lincoln Journal Star’s political leanings are no big secret, and it’s not like they have any obligation to be “fair and balanced”. (Any news organization that says it is without bias is lying.) But this morning’s article by JoAnne Young on Bush’s budget cuts struck me as particularly slanted and sloppy.

Actually, I’m just moaning because articles like this remind me how much I miss finding real news and intellectual stimulation in my newspaper. Oh well, the Journal Star is what it is. And lately, it’s like reading a print version of Lifetime.

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