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Burnt

July 6, 2006 at 12:20pm By: Mr. Wilson Posted in The Lincolnite Blog

I really feel for the individuals and families that lost everything in Tuesday’s house fire near 15th and D. The fire began when a 7 year-old boy, supervised by his mother, accidentally knocked a firework onto its side and leaves were ignited under the house’s porch. The accident is especially ironic since the boy and his mother were being careful to place their fireworks on a sheet of plywood to ensure that they fired from level ground.

I haven’t seen any information about a support fund for the affected individuals yet. If you hear of something, please post details here. In the mean time Red Cross is providing aid.

France v. Italy

July 5, 2006 at 10:15pm By: Mr. T Posted in Mr. T's Den

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While tough guy, English Eric Cantona wannabes continue to whine and navel gaze about their horrible tournament performance, the French National Team (propelled by Zidane, Makalele, Henry and a complete warlord/maniac Ribery) has made its way to the World Cup against powerhouse Italy. I would have been happy with a Germany win in this cup, but who thought France would actually make it this far? I don’t know about the rest of you fools, but I am rooting for France.

Three Years of The Wilsons

July 5, 2006 at 1:00pm By: Mr. Wilson Posted in 625 Elm Street

Today is our third anniversary. Why The Missus continues to put up with me I’ll probably never understand. But she does, and for that I am thankful.

In three years we have made some pretty decent headway on our to-do list together:

  1. House
  2. Dog
  3. Kid #1
  4. Kid #2

Looks like we need to update our list or we’ll soon run out of things to keep us busy.

Lots of folks out there are looking for the secret to the perfect marriage. We aren’t perfect, but I will tell you what has worked well for us so far. In short, we communicate well. We talk a lot on pretty much any topic you can think of. Drugs, sex, rock and roll, the quantity and nature of Robbie’s poop over the past 24 hours—we cover it all. We even managed to always have something to talk about while we were holed up in Boston. Have you ever spent eleven days in almost constant contact with your spouse? (Outside the honeymoon period, that is.) There are lots of opportunities to drive each other mad. But I think The Missus and I came out liking each other even more, and amazingly, even after being together for nearly ten years, I think we learned some new things about each other.

On top of it all, though, we are best friends. We were best friends from the very beginning. That’s what keeps us so strong. I don’t think every successful couple has to be best friends, but our relationship fits our personalities very well. When we first began dating I often mused on how different we were, and that we proved that opposites attract. I even did a psychology project on the topic. Today I see that we are not opposites at all; we are surprisingly similar. She, the daughter of liberal New York Jews, and I, the son of conservative Nebraska Christians. Whodathunkit?

And of course many of you have been pretty important in making The Wilsons who we are today. So to you, I say thanks. And to The Missus: Happy Anniversary.

Shocking

July 5, 2006 at 12:30pm By: Mr. Wilson Posted in The Lincolnite Blog

State Senator Marian Price wants automatic external defibrillators (AEDs) in every Lincoln Public School building. The Board of Education recently rejected the idea on a 4-3 vote. The Board didn’t like the installation costs ($140,000+), maintenance costs, liability issues, and so on.

AEDs are proven to help save lives in critical scenarios. I wonder how many lives could potentially be saved by following Senator Price’s plan? My gut tells me it’s probably quite a bit less than one life per year, but I could be wrong. How much are we willing to spend per life saved per year? It’s a valid economics question, even though it does make you feel a little dirty for thinking of a life in terms of dollars. One hundred forty grand doesn’t strike me as an obscene cost, but by the time you factor in hidden and ongoing costs, maybe it’s not worth it any more. I don’t know.

In the Cards

July 5, 2006 at 12:25pm By: Mr. Wilson Posted in The Lincolnite Blog

Shame on Councilman Ken Svoboda for using a shady return address on graduation cards his campaign sent to Lincoln’s high school graduates. The cards featured a return address of city hall. I’m a little surprised his campaign was dumb

unwise enough to let that sort of a thing slip. If you’re working on a campaign you’ve got to know that sort of thing isn’t kosher.

Warehousing Down South

July 5, 2006 at 12:25pm By: Mr. Wilson Posted in The Lincolnite Blog

Neighbors might not like the idea of the area housing industrial uses, but I think it’s great that somebody is already proposing a 300,000 square foot warehouse near 25th and Saltillo Road to take advantage of the future South Beltway. The Beltway needs to be as much an economic engine as a transportation corridor.

Don’t Forget the Big Kids

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

Cheers to Jessie Lierz and Paige Bakula, both age 11, who want parks designers to remember big kids, too (last letter):

We would like to express our feelings about the new Roberts Park equipment. We are very displeased with little slides, swings, and no basketball court.

Our new park is very small and the builders think there are lots of kids around the age of 2-6 that can play with the equipment. We would like the builders to know that there are a lot of kids around the age of 8-13 who can’t play on the equipment.

We would like bigger slides, so it would be more fun for us older kids. We would like one of the swings to be higher so we aren’t scraping our feet and touching the ground. We would like our basketball court back, and we would like the baseball diamond that they told us we would have.

We would truly like bigger and better equipment for our park. Plus a new bike rack.

Good letter, kids. Good luck to you.

A Rare Complaint

July 4, 2006 at 6:52pm By: Mr. Wilson Posted in The Lincolnite Blog

It is rare indeed to see the government complaining that its vehicles aren’t on the road enough.

Stormy Weather, Revisited

July 4, 2006 at 6:48pm By: Mr. Wilson Posted in The Lincolnite Blog

I was right, there really haven’t been many tornadoes this year. It’s not a bad problem to have, but it has made this year a bit dull for those of us who love a good storm.

The Reason for the Season

July 4, 2006 at 1:00pm By: Mr. Wilson Posted in The Lincolnite Blog

A gentle reminder:

John Trumbull's 'Declaration of Independence'

Go Get Your Hens Laying Eggs

July 3, 2006 at 12:00pm By: Mr. Wilson Posted in The Lincolnite Blog

Lincoln vendors can begin selling fireworks today from 8:00 AM to 11:00 PM, and tomorrow from 8:00 AM to Midnight. Happy shopping!

Goal Pt. 5

July 1, 2006 at 1:25am By: Mr. T Posted in Mr. T's Den

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France: Thank you for helping us liberate our nation from colonialist England 200 years ago. Now, please help the entire world and free us from the tyranny of egotistical Brazilian World Cup buffoonery.

As for you England: I hope you are crushed by Portugal.

Communication Update:

Yes Zidane: the smiling, soccer-ball, yoda-dude creature is talking to YOU. And he wants YOU to help beat those punk-ass Brazilians tomorrow.

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