Latest Blog Posts

Twenty Four

May 18, 2007 at 12:20pm By: Mr. Wilson Posted in The Lincolnite Blog

The Cable Advisory Board has recommended that Time Warner Cable give customers affected by the Passport/Navigator fiasco a $24/month rebate. That represents approximately 35% of an affected customer’s bill. I don’t see it happening, especially since TWC has already come to agreements with many individual customers, but hey, stranger things have happened.

Frankly, I would rather see TWC put the money into infrastructure upgrades. I could really go for some 20 Mbps Road Runner…

A Michael Scott Moment

May 17, 2007 at 11:08pm By: Mr. T Posted in Mr. T's Den

As I sit and wait for tonight’s season finale of the best show on TV right now, thoughts turn to recent rumors about a possible 2008 Bloomberg and Hagel ticket. Here are some random thoughts if Bloomberg decides to spend half his fortune on a campaign and Hagel stops grandstanding for the media/blogosphere for a minute:

Scenario 1: Bloomberg/Hagel run as Republicans. This would be the smart thing for them. Bloomberg tunes down his lefty-social side a bit, and he and Chuck embrace a mixed platform of Reagan-era, small-government domestic policies and an international pragmatist approach to Iraq based on Baker-Hamilton. They have a valid shot of taking the Republican nomination and possibly beating Hilary because A) enough Republicans pretty much hate Bush and are getting sick of the war, B) also dislike the current slate of candidates, and C) are horrified of the thought of Hilary (or a Mormon) as president.

Scenario 2: Bloomberg/Hagel run as right-leaning independents. Although I think “decimate” is a little too strong a word, I think this ticket would have much more of a negative effect on the Republican party than Perot did for them in 1992 (and Nader did for the Democrats in 2000). It probably guarantees that the Republicans don’t win because enough moderate Republicans sick of Iraq/Bush vote for Bloomberg/Hagel. It then becomes a question of whether moderate, Reagan-type Democrats will choose between a known moderate male (Bloomberg), or the once liberal then a hawk now a who knows what female Machiavellian Hilary. My prediction is that most would probably turn to Hilary and she would win, but it would be very close.

Regardless, it would set a strong precedent for a third party ticket in coming elections which would probably be a healthy thing in the end.

And those are my thoughts as I wait for tonight’s finale of The Office

All Smiles

May 16, 2007 at 10:00pm By: Mr. Wilson Posted in The Lincolnite Blog

Hey, I think we know that guy...

Congratulations, Neal! We’re all invited, right?

Shrimp

May 16, 2007 at 5:40pm By: Mr. Wilson Posted in 625 Elm Street

It’s official: Robert is a shrimp. He weighed in at a slim-and-trim 19 pounds 4 ounces at the doctor’s office this morning, putting him in the 5th percentile. Sheesh! Height-wise he’s doing better, standing tall at the 25th percentile. And as a direct result of everybody giving him a big head by constantly calling him “adorable”, his head circumference is right at the 50th percentile.

At the other end of the spectrum is my nephew Sam. Sam is 5 months old and he just weighed in at 19 pounds. What a horse!

Happy Birthday, Robert!

May 16, 2007 at 1:15pm By: Mr. Wilson Posted in 625 Elm Street

Happy first birthday, Robert!

I wish I had time to write more, but we’re getting ready to head to the doctor for his 12-month checkup. I will say this: in some ways it seems like it was just yesterday that we first met him in Boston (and he pooped all over me), and in other ways it seems like he has been a part of our lives forever. Hey, The Missus, remember when we used to go to movies? Seems like a long time ago, doesn’t it?

As I stand here watching Robbie toddle around the kitchen and look out the back door, I can’t help but think the next year is going to be pretty darn fun. Now if I could just stop saying “no” all the time…

Hey DirecTV, Look Over Here!

May 15, 2007 at 12:30pm By: Mr. Wilson Posted in The Lincolnite Blog

Given Time Warner’s recent PR problems in Lincoln, and given LES’s hints that it is interested in exploring broadband over power lines, and given the City of Lincoln’s stated interest in expanding the availability of internet access to more citizens (whew!)...

...wouldn’t it be cool if DirecTV were to choose Lincoln for their experiment? Granted, they are looking for a “top 50” city and Lincoln is only the 74th largest. But come on, DirecTV, let’s talk!

Kabuki is Gone ... Sort Of

May 15, 2007 at 12:25pm By: Mr. Wilson Posted in The Lincolnite Blog

Kabuki, the Japanese restaurant and sushi bar at 48th and Highway 2 in the Briarhurst Shopping Center, appears to have closed. Sort of. In its place is Oyummy (gag!), a Chinese restaurant and Japanese sushi bar. I wonder if the name change is primarily a marketing move. I think most Lincolnites think Japanese food is scary (ew, raw fish and squid!), but Chinese food is safe.

Whatever the case, I still love the fact that there’s a sushi bar next door to a bait shop. I still grin when I see those signs side-by-side.

Downtown is No Home for Homer’s

May 15, 2007 at 12:20pm By: Mr. Wilson Posted in The Lincolnite Blog

Homer’s, long a staple of Downtown retail, is closing its Downtown location. It’s not a huge blow for Downtown, but it certainly doesn’t help the city’s efforts to draw more retail to the area.

In place of Homer’s Lincoln will get a new sandwich shop, Erbert & Gerbert’s, a sandwich chain with stores in the north-central U.S. I hope I don’t sound ungrateful when I say “Woo, another sandwich shop!”. They wouldn’t open up shop if they didn’t see an opening in the market. Here’s hoping I have a new regular spot to eat, but I’m a little concerned: E&G’s uses Jif instead of the far-superior Skippy. I’ll try not to hold that against them.

Dear Mayor Beutler…

May 14, 2007 at 12:25pm By: Mr. Wilson Posted in The Lincolnite Blog

As Mayor Beutler takes office, what advice would you offer him? Here are a couple off the top of my head:

  • Lincoln wants a strong leader right now. But please, lead, don’t push.
  • A large part of Mayor Seng’s image problem was that she allowed herself to stay in the shadows. Keep yourself visible. For example, have you considered following Chief Casady’s example?
  • You’re going to have to solve some tricky budget problems this year, and probably throughout your term. I hope you have somebody on your staff who can help you communicate to the public the consequences of various budget scenarios.
  • When I referee, my pre-game instructions to my assistants often begin: Don’t screw up. Cover each others’ back. Make each other look good. The rest of the pre-game builds from there. The folks who work with you might benefit from similar instructions, repeated often.
  • Have fun.
  • Call me, we’ll do lunch. I’m not exactly sure how that will help you as mayor, but it would make this blogger’s day.

Extreme Home Envy

May 14, 2007 at 12:20pm By: Mr. Wilson Posted in The Lincolnite Blog

If you’re curious what it’s like inside an Extreme Makeover: Home Edition house, you’ll have your chance to find out this Saturday and Sunday from 11:00am to 6:00pm. Expect lots of oohs, ahhs, and whispers of “I can’t believe they picked this family” throughout your tour.

State Soccer Update

May 14, 2007 at 12:44am By: Mr. Wilson Posted in 625 Elm Street

Well dang.

Read more...

Lord Of The Rings Online

May 12, 2007 at 3:02pm By: Mr. T Posted in Mr. T's Den

image

I have been playing Lord Of The Rings Online recently. This MMORPG just came out in late April, with numerous - mainly positive - reviews appearing in IGN, Games Radar, and Yahoo!

Without regurgitating what has already been written, here are my 2 copper pieces.

Read more...

Robert’s Latest Photo Shoot: Round 5

May 12, 2007 at 12:30pm By: Mr. Wilson Posted in 625 Elm Street

The last bath of photographs from Robert’s April 27 photo shoot.

Read more...

Off to Omaha

May 11, 2007 at 12:35pm By: Mr. Wilson Posted in 625 Elm Street

I received my State Soccer Tournament reffing assignments last night. I ended up with two centers (one today, one tomorrow) and an alternate (today). Everybody received either two or three game assignments. I’m trying to read the assignors minds. Do I still have a shot at centering a final? Let’s see…

On the one hand, the two centers may indicate that they like me in the center, which would bode well for a final center. Or they could be saying “here are your two centers for the tournament, thanks for playing” and I’m out of luck for the finals. Both of my centers are first-round matches; I think a semi-final center would definitely have ruled out a final center. Hmm.

So why the interest in having a center in the finals? For the same reason that teams want to make it to the finals, of course. The four championship matches are the four top games of the year. Who wouldn’t want to be a part of that? There’s a lot of stress involved, but that’s part of the fun. I enjoy the game within the game.

Regardless, I’m looking forward to the two assessments I will receive after my two centers today and tomorrow. I used to dread assessments but now I enjoy them. The feedback is almost always valuable. The two assessors I’ll speak with today and tomorrow are two who haven’t seen me work in a while, so that will give me a chance to hear some perspectives I don’t get very often.

Enough of that referee baloney. Who is going to take State this year? Get your picks in.

Friday Five

May 11, 2007 at 12:30pm By: Mr. Wilson Posted in The Lincolnite Blog

This Sunday is Mother’s Day—you remembered, right?—so here are five things you should do with mom this weekend:

  1. Visit the Haymarket Farmer’s Market tomorrow morning. When she says “Isn’t that pretty!” or “Doesn’t that look tasty!”, buy it for her.
  2. Take her for a stroll at Pioneers Park. If you’re feeling adventurous, follow the cross country (running) trail or wander through the Nature Center. Or if mom is the athletic type, you can’t beat the MoPac trail.
  3. Help her plant her flower garden. It should be a great weekend for it.
  4. Take her to the Lincoln Children’s Zoo and take lots of photographs, even if the youngest “kid” on the trip is 42.
  5. Finish off the afternoon or evening with some ice cream at Ivanna Cone. Mmmm.

Edited to add: Apparently number six on the list should be “Go fly a kite”.

The Blogs

Syndication icon

Toolbox