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Hungry But Uninspired

April 5, 2006 at 12:30pm By: Mr. Wilson Posted in 625 Elm Street

Tonight is Date Night, but I can’t think of a good place to go eat. I’m hungry from all the reffing I’ve been doing, but it’s a generic hunger, not anything specific to a particular dish or theme. I’ve thought of a few possibilities:

  • Grandmother’s: a plate of Super Nachos sounds tasty, and we haven’t been there in a while.
  • Stauffer’s: I still can’t believe we’ve lived within blocks of this place for 2 years and we’ve never eaten there. I guess I’m still bitter that Julio’s closed (a decade ago!)
  • Crawdaddy’s: doesn’t a Big Ass Burrito sound tasty? And its proximity to Ivanna Cone means I can leave the Haymarket absolutely stuffed.
  • Outback: it’s been ages since we’ve been there, and I feel like supporting construction-affected businesses around 48th and O.
  • Something Italian. I had an awesome meal (Spiedino di Mare) at Carrabba’s Italian Grill up in Omaha last fall, but I’m not going to drive up there tonight. Hey Carrabba’s, Lincoln wants you!

Anybody have any suggestions? Are there any great new places that I may have missed?

One Day at a Time

April 5, 2006 at 12:20pm By: Mr. Wilson Posted in The Lincolnite Blog

Looks like Mr. T exposed himself this morning in the letters to the editor section of the Lincoln Journal Star (last letter):

...A note to my fellow Lincolnites: Beware of the city criminalizing you through obscure parking laws in order to obtain revenue. I just fell victim to this when my car was ticketed twice for violating a 24-hour parking law I had never heard of while I was out of town on vacation.

Upon returning, the city attorney’s office informed me this law was “common knowledge” and, despite my need to use on-street parking at my apartment, the city’s law required me to move my car from one side of the street to the other or around the corner ever 24 hours.

Of all the ludicrous laws! How is an honest, law-abiding citizen to keep up with them all? I hope sharing my $20 tough-luck lesson will help others avoid breaking the law unwittingly and being taken in by Lincoln’s underhanded means of procuring revenue.

Christa Kinsley, Lincoln

Hmph. You might’ve thought Mr. T’s name would have started with, y’know, a T. Oh well, this sounds so much like Mr. T it has to be him.

Anyway, in

Mr. T’s

Miss Kinsley’s defense, the 24-hour law is pretty harsh. As hard as it is for the auto-dependent among us to believe, some people actually don’t need their cars for days or weeks at a time. Forcing those folks to move their cars every day seems awfully silly.

On the other hand, the city needs some way to identify abandoned or trouble cars, and the city’s streets shouldn’t be used for long-term storage. So how can we approach a win-win on this? I have two top-of-the-head ideas. First (and most obviously) we need to extend the length of time vehicles can be parked on-street. I think I can make a solid argument for anywhere from 36 to 72 hours. The police won’t like the longer time span because it will complicate their job a bit, but the law should be designed not for the enforcers, but for those it is enforced upon. Areas for which the 24-hour restriction still makes sense can and should remain 24 hours, but there will need to be a clear and obvious reason for that limit to remain in effect, and the shorter time limit should be made clear with signage.

My second idea is some sort of “I live in this neighborhood and I need a car but I don’t drive every day so quit harassing me” permit. For an annual fee, persons who can prove their residence in an area would be given a sticker (a window decal, most likely) that would permit them to park on the street for longer than usual. The fee should cover only the cost of the program; it should not be a revenue-generator. Vehicles would have to be parked within two linear blocks of the residence to which they belong. I’m not crazy about creating more red tape but, well, it’s just an idea.

Anybody have any other ideas? Or is anybody brave enough to face Mr. T’s wrath and defend the status quo?

Happy 123456 Day

April 5, 2006 at 6:02am By: Mr. Wilson Posted in 625 Elm Street

The time and date are now 01:02:03 04/05/06.

That is all.

For the Restaurateur in All of Us

April 4, 2006 at 12:29pm By: Mr. Wilson Posted in 625 Elm Street

For several years now I’ve thought that owning a restaurant or being a professional waiter would be fun (except for the crappy hours). I think that’s why I so enjoyed Anthony Bourdain’s Kitchen Confidential when I read it a while back. Well, yesterday I ran across some more great reading related to the restaurant biz: Waiter Rant, a blog by an anonymous professional waiter in New York. It’s not just that he writes about his restaurant that interests me. He writes exceptionally well and the guy can really tell a story. Check it out, even if you’re not a budding restaurateur.

BYOB, But Leave the Noisemakers at Home

April 4, 2006 at 12:24pm By: Mr. Wilson Posted in The Lincolnite Blog

The City Council got a little feisty with “party houses” yesterday, upping minimum fines and increasing the likelihood that some property owners could see jail time for maintaining a “disorderly” house. I support the move in principle, but we’ll have to see how the new ordinance is applied before I can say for certain that it is a good way to improve Lincoln’s notorious party neighborhoods. For example, will the LPD feel empowered (or pressured) to throw $250 tickets at home owners after a simple noise complaint without first issuing a warning, all in the name of cleaning up neighborhoods but at the expense of common sense? Will the fines be disproportionately directed at particular citizens (college students) while others are let off the hook?

Folks ought to be able to do just about anything they like in their homes, but not at the expense of their neighbors’ sanity. I hope that’s the message that goes along with enforcement of this ordinance, not something more draconian like “no having fun after 10:00 p.m.” The purpose of this, and any, ordinance should be to improve the quality of life in Lincoln, not to make more people criminals.

Your 2006 College Basketball National Champion is…

April 4, 2006 at 4:28am By: D.M.B. Posted in D.M.B. Sports Report

Florida.

*yawn*

The Departed

April 4, 2006 at 2:31am By: Mr. T Posted in Mr. T's Den

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Martin Scorsese. The man can do no wrong? I recently found out that he is remaking a pretty good HK cop/gangster film - “Infernal Affairs” for a 2006 release starring Jack Nicholson, Leonardo DiCaprio, Matt Damon and others. The trailer for the original movie is here (US release) but little has come out so far on Scorsese’s secretive version. Another one to add to the list of must sees for 2006. It will probably come out in the fall. That seems to be the general rule for good movies.

Barry Bonds: sham or legend?

April 3, 2006 at 8:18pm By: D.M.B. Posted in D.M.B. Sports Report

My favorite sport, by far, is baseball.  Football is a close second, but baseball is my favorite.  With the MLB season underway last night, there is one person looming over all of baseball. Barry Bonds. The slugger is only 6 home runs away tying Babe Ruth and 47 away from tying the home run king, Hank Aaron. But with the steroid issue at hand (and an investigation about to begin) the over-riding question is, is Barry legit? Let’s get one fact straight, Barry Bonds has never tested positive for steroids. Barry has certainly been tested after baseball instituted their steroid ban over 2 years ago and he has never failed a test. His connections toBalco and Victor Conte are well documented. His body transformation is well documented. But the #1 question is, “does Barry Bonds deserve to be the holder of the home run title?” My answer is a reluctant yes. If Barry did take steroids, he broke no rules.MLB had no testing policy so there for it was “legal” to take performance enhancing products.  MLB benefited greatly by the home run chase of McGwire and Sosa in 98, it brought the game back from their strike in 94. And now they are going after Barry. Unfair I say. Barry may rub people the wrong way and he does have an ample amount of arrogance but there is no denying that he is a great hitter and should be considered one of the greats of all time.

Congressional Idiot

April 3, 2006 at 5:45pm By: Mr. Wilson Posted in 625 Elm Street

I can’t read any more about Rep. Cynthia McKinney’s run-in with Capitol police. The woman makes me absolutely furious. She is so convinced of her own superiority (and victimhood) that she…

No, I can’t. If I keep ranting I’ll say something I’ll regret later. I’ll sum up by simply saying:

Cynthia McKinney is an egomaniacal bitch.

Nebraska should be in the final 4

April 1, 2006 at 10:39pm By: D.M.B. Posted in D.M.B. Sports Report

Nebraska beat Colorado which beat UNC-Willmington which beat George Mason.

Nebraska beat ISU who beat Northern Iowa who beat LSU.

Nebraska beat Northern Colorado who beat Eastern Michigan who beat California who beat UCLA.

Nebraska beat Oklahoma St. who beat Tennessee who beat Florida.

Ok…maybe I’m streching it a little bit.

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