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Final Figures

August 22, 2006 at 12:25pm By: Mr. Wilson Posted in The Lincolnite Blog

Like it or not, the city’s budget has been finalized. The new levy is 28.337 cents, up from 28 cents prior to the final valuation numbers coming in. Mayor Seng plans to sign the budget, even though she disagrees with some of the Council’s decisions. I don’t think she has a choice, politically speaking; if she plans to run for reelection, being the Mayor who voted against a tax decrease would not go over well. Then again, one always hopes that the public’s best interests, not political aspirations, drive politicians’ decisions.

Party Central

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

Yet another sign that classes are starting up again: wild party complaints. Lincoln police received 51 such complaints over the weekend. Darn kids. Since when was going back to school a reason to be festive? I would think a wake would be more appropriate.

Noisy Summer Nights

August 22, 2006 at 2:28am By: Mr. Wilson Posted in 625 Elm Street

I took Robbie and Daisy for a walk around the neighborhood tonight. The walk itself wasn’t all that eventful, except that at times there was such a racket I could hardly hear myself think. But the noise wasn’t from traffic, or a bad garage band, or anything like that. Nope, it was from a combination of tree after tree filled with hundreds of birds, along with a chorus of cicadas in the background.

I used to hate that sound. It signaled summer’s waning days, and in my memories I associate the sound with having to go to bed early, while it was still partially light out, because I had to go to school the next day. I would lie there in bed unable to sleep, with that sound pounding on my ears.

Those were good days.

Tonight I dusted off dozens of happy flashbacks. And while Robbie looked around in sheer awe at the size of the world around him, I wondered: what sorts of fond memories will he have of beautiful summer days like this? I’m eager to make some of those memories with him.

School Days

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

UNL is back in session today. Study hard, kiddos.

It’s always easy to tell when classes begin because the bus fills up for a couple weeks. There will be another surge next week when LPS opens. And in a bit of good news for Downtown bike lane supporters, the 14th Street bike lane was hopping with commuters this morning.

Finally!

August 21, 2006 at 12:20pm By: Mr. Wilson Posted in The Lincolnite Blog

As a Lincoln Southeast graduate I give a big “Hooray!” to the building’s upcoming facelift.

Workplace Humor

August 18, 2006 at 5:45pm By: Mr. Wilson Posted in The Lincolnite Blog

Neal said he would send along one of his sketches if the Journal Star didn’t take it. Well, the folks at the LJS thought the cartoon was “too risque”. Their loss is our gain. Thanks for sharing this with us, Neal!

Neal Obermeyer cartoon

Test Drive the New Website

August 18, 2006 at 5:30pm By: Mr. Wilson Posted in The Lincolnite Blog

I couldn’t wait any longer, so right before I went to lunch I decided to open up the new design of Lincolnite to all logged in members. It isn’t 100% completed yet, but it’s getting there. What do you think?

What’s that you say? You haven’t joined yet, so you can’t see the new site? Well then just go right ahead and register now. You want to see the pertty new website, don’t you?

Friday Five

August 18, 2006 at 12:30pm By: Mr. Wilson Posted in The Lincolnite Blog

Five things you’ll never hear the City Council say:

  1. “If there’s one thing that’s true about Lincoln, it’s that homeowners just don’t pay enough property taxes.”
  2. “Let’s hold hands and sing. Kum bah yah, my Lord. Kum bah yah…”
  3. “We ♥ Mike Spadt.”
  4. “The ‘City Council Gone Wild’ calendar will be available for $19.95 from many local businesses.”
  5. “Mayor Seng, you are a brilliant human being. How can we best work with you to address our differences of opinion for the betterment of Lincoln?”

UNL is a Top 100 School (Just Barely)

August 18, 2006 at 12:20pm By: Mr. Wilson Posted in The Lincolnite Blog

The University of Nebraska–Lincoln is still a top 100 school, according to the latest U.S. News and World Reports rankings. UNL’s 98th ranking is the same as last year. That’s surprising, considering how substantially the University has improved in areas like research. Then again, like all such rankings, they are only meaningful if you buy into the ranking organization’s decisions about which data to measure and which to ignore.

The New Lincolnite is Coming

August 18, 2006 at 12:20pm By: Mr. Wilson Posted in The Lincolnite Blog

No seriously, I swear it’s true. The new version of Lincolnite is nearing the point where I’ll be ready to unveil it. Sure, I’ve been talking about it for months. But this time I’m serious. There’s a new wiki-fied directory that’s a little rough around the edges right now but should be fun to play with. Last night I set up the new Lincolnite forums. Hopefully many of you take advantage of that. And of course there’s the spiffy new look. The events calendar will be there, but I’m working behind the scenes on a much (much) more advanced personalizable calendar solution behind the scenes. And the new classifieds aren’t quite ready for prime time, but they’ll be ready soon enough.

Anyway, I want to thank those of you who have hung around here on Lincolnite to see where I take this thing. I can’t wait to stop working on the design and really start focusing on putting together some quality content for you.

Lincolnite logo

Huh?

August 17, 2006 at 3:20pm By: Mr. Wilson Posted in 625 Elm Street

This Dreamweaver error threw me for a loop just now.

Error message with the text: Closing this window will cancel the file activity. Are you sure you want to cancel? OK / Cancel

The Language of Cry

August 17, 2006 at 12:30pm By: Mr. Wilson Posted in 625 Elm Street

I always used to wonder how in the heck parents knew what their infants wanted when they cried. I would hear parents say “oh, he’s hungry”, or “he’s just tired,” or “he’s working on a number two”. To all of you future parents out there I say this: you’ll figure it out. Seriously, don’t worry about it.

And don’t worry if other people think you don’t really know what your baby wants. They’re probably wrong. We have run into this problem a few times. I’ll pick on my parents as an example. A recent conversation between The Missus and my mom went a little like this:

Grandma: He has been a little fussy this afternoon.
The Missus: Is he hungry? That sounds like a hungry cry.
G: No, I don’t think so. He pushed the bottle away.
TM: He may still be hungry. Here, let me see.
G: No, see? [She puts the bottle in his mouth for half a second. Robbie doesn’t immediately take it.] He doesn’t want it.

This continued for a few minutes, with The Missus becoming ever more agitated while her baby cried in grandma’s arms. Eventually The Missus got Robbie, held a bottle in his mouth, and he took it. Over the next hour he downed a whopping nine ounces of formula, way more than he would normally eat in that period. Clearly he was, indeed, hungry.

Now, I’m not trying to put down my mom here. She knows she goofed. It’s not her fault she didn’t read Robbie’s crying correctly. I’m just passing on this anecdote to remind parents that although grandparents are a great resource and they know a lot about parenting, often maternal/paternal instincts are the best guide. You can’t spend that much time around your child without picking up on his unique behaviors and quirks. More often than not your best parenting coach is your own child.

A Fresh Breeze

August 17, 2006 at 12:25pm By: Mr. Wilson Posted in The Lincolnite Blog

I know it’s early, but has anybody had any experiences with Windstream yet? Is it the same old Alltel, or can you tell any differences?

I Rung Him Up!

August 17, 2006 at 12:25pm By: Mr. Wilson Posted in The Lincolnite Blog

A big congratulations to the Pinnacle Bank American Legion Baseball team from Lincoln Southwest, which made the American Legion World Series. I umpired for some of those guys starting all the way back when they were little squirts. Good job, guys.

Peek at Eastwood’s Movies

August 17, 2006 at 12:48am By: Mr. T Posted in Mr. T's Den

Some time ago I posted a quick note about a pair of Clint Eastwood WW2 movies that are supposed to come out this fall/winter, depicting the Iwo Jima battle from US and Japanese perspectives. Looks like an early trailer is available for the public (from Warner Bros.’ Japanese site).

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