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Cheap Watts

August 27, 2007 at 1:00pm By: Mr. Wilson Posted in The Lincolnite Blog

It is becoming a bit of a cliche, but Lincoln still has some of the cheapest electricity in the country, at $61.00 per 1,000 kWh. To celebrate, I’m going to knock the AC down to 68 and turn on every light and appliance in the house.

Robert and the Refrigerator Magnets

August 24, 2007 at 6:12pm By: Mr. Wilson Posted in 625 Elm Street

It isn’t the most exciting video of Robert, but here’s a clip I recorded yesterday:

Another South Downtown Change?

August 24, 2007 at 2:17pm By: Mr. T Posted in The Lincolnite Blog

Heard today that the building on the west side of 13th and L that used to house the short-lived Ma Lou’s and M13 Sandwich Shop has been sold to new owners. Coming in 2008? A coffee shop and bakery. If true, this will be good for me as it is right on my daily commute to work.

Exporting Inmates

August 24, 2007 at 1:40pm By: Mr. Wilson Posted in The Lincolnite Blog

Lancaster County Corrections Director Mike Thurber wants to house as many as 100 inmates outside of Lancaster County, due to overcrowding at existing facilities. Why don’t we just export all of the inmates? Then our new tourism campaign could tout that Lancaster County is “criminal-free”!

Would any of you amateur (or professional) criminologists or sociologists care to take a stab at the problem’s root causes and possible solutions? Clearly the County thinks a new $94 million jail would help. What other options are there in the mean time or instead?

O Asian, Where Art Thou?

August 24, 2007 at 1:36pm By: Mr. Wilson Posted in The Lincolnite Blog

I didn’t even realize O Asian Garden (27th and O) had closed, but apparently the space has been acquired by the credit union next door. So much for my plan to give O Asian a try this fall.

Hail To the Chief

August 24, 2007 at 1:30pm By: Mr. Wilson Posted in The Lincolnite Blog

Lincoln’s new fire chief will be announced today at 1:30pm. To refresh your memory, the candidates are:

  • Robert Brown, chief of the Stafford County Fire and Rescue (Washington, D.C.)
  • Niles Ford, deputy fire chief in Fulton County, Georgia (Atlanta)
  • Mark Rohlfing, assistant fire chief in Omaha

Good News For Lincoln Entemologists

August 23, 2007 at 1:33pm By: Mr. T Posted in The Lincolnite Blog

Jake “Weird Expression” Cake is promising to take the winner of his /identify this bug/ photo contest out to lunch in Downtown Lincoln at either Oso, Yia-Yia’s, or Roost.

Rally for Alex Svoboda This Sunday

August 23, 2007 at 12:55pm By: Mr. Wilson Posted in The Lincolnite Blog

I don’t know if former Lincolnite Alex Svoboda deserved harsh treatment by North Providence (Rhode Island) police officers. Maybe she whacked one of them with a drum stick, and maybe she reacted poorly when they took offense at the whacking. But come on, officers, does it really require a rough take-down and knee inversion to subdue a small woman at a peaceful demonstration? Whatever happened to “minimal necessary force”? Anyway, I have watched a lot of videos of similar incidents. Sometimes the protester is obviously at fault, sometimes it’s the cops, but usually all of the parties involved are to blame thanks to hot heads, overreactions, and swelled egos. It’s too bad nobody had a video camera.

Note to police departments: Want to secure easy convictions? Always record video at these events. Note to protesters: Want to secure an easy victory in your civil suit against the police? Always have several video cameras on hand. There, now that everybody is watching each other, we can all get along.

I digress. None of that is what this post was supposed to be about. There will be a support rally on Sunday. The LJS is silent on the date and time, but the Nebraskans for Peace blog says 12:30 on the north steps of the Capitol.

Bats in the Belfry

August 23, 2007 at 12:50pm By: Mr. Wilson Posted in The Lincolnite Blog

I love how the LJS picked a menacing pose for their close-up of a bat in an article about bats and rabies. Two bats in Lincoln have positively tested for rabies so far this year.

I don’t want bats in my house, and I certainly don’t blame people for getting nervous when they manage to get inside. But have you ever been near a bat? They’re cute little guys. Like little mutant mice. I mean that in a good way, though it doesn’t sound real positive, does it?

Two Restaurant Notes (Plus a Few More)

August 22, 2007 at 1:37pm By: Mr. Wilson Posted in The Lincolnite Blog

Sure seems like there have been a lot of restaurant-related posts lately. As an unapologetic consumer of mass quantities, I think that’s a good thing. Here are two more restaurant notes for you:

First, I noticed that Five Willows (48th and Pioneers) is advertising that their restaurant is coming soon. I want to say that I once heard it would be a vegetarian restaurant, or at least very vegetarian friendly. I might be imagining that, though, so don’t hold me to it. No word on a date.

Second, Vincenzo’s is opening a seafood joint in the Haymarket called Crabby Bill’s Sea Food Shack. I place the likelihood of “I Got Crabs from Crabby Bill” t-shirts at 90%.

Edited: Oops, I’m a doofus! I forgot to add these notes that Swid was kind enough to send my way:

  • Taco Bueno on N 27th opened on Saturday - the downtown location will probably open sometime next month;
  • De Leon’s has opened another location on 48th & Vine (next to the former Godfather’s/future Jimmy John’s);
  • Roost Gourmet Sandwiches is now open;
  • Cliff’s is open in their new location;
  • The State Theatre is offering free admission to college students August 24-30.

Thanks, Swid!

Somebody Has a Gun to His Head

August 22, 2007 at 1:15pm By: Mr. Wilson Posted in The Lincolnite Blog

David G. Brady of Lincoln works for the State, and apparently one of his employers (that’s you and I) is forcing him to work at gunpoint. What other explanation could there be for him to put up with this litany of abuses for 25 years? The poor man!

Even with a gun to his head, Mr. Brady isn’t afraid to let his employers have it. He says we are “morons”. Frankly, I don’t want my employees to talk to me that way. Mr. Brady, feel free to clean out your desk. I’m sure you will appreciate the freedom of no longer being forced to work at such a horrible, awful, no-good job.

It’s Like a Local Version of Where’s Waldo

August 22, 2007 at 1:10pm By: Mr. Wilson Posted in The Lincolnite Blog

Quick, see if you can identify everybody in today’s cartoon by Neal Obermeyer. (As of 8:00am it isn’t online. Hopefully it will be soon.) I recognize several local, umm, “characters”.

Edited: You can see the cartoon at Neal Obermeyer’s website.

What is Deceptive?

August 22, 2007 at 1:05pm By: Mr. Wilson Posted in The Lincolnite Blog

When it comes to advertising practices, what is deceptive? Is it deceptive to advertise that a certain price comes with limitations? How clear must the limitations be? How much responsibility falls upon the customer?

I really want to know your thoughts. Attorney General Jon Bruning thinks the bozo gas station owners along I-80 in central and western Nebraska may be committing a crime. But I don’t take his opinion on this very seriously; he is running for public office, after all. (Not that I would accuse Mr. Bruning of allowing his future job aspirations to control his decisions at his current job. No, politicians never do things like that.) These are our laws we’re talking about here. Where do we want to draw the line between deceptive advertising and caveat emptor?

Do-It-Yourselfer

August 22, 2007 at 1:00pm By: Mr. Wilson Posted in The Lincolnite Blog

I have a really hard time feeling sorry for Jim Brewer. After Monday’s storm a “giant tree branch” dangled over his house. So who did he call? A tree trimmer? His insurance company? His friends who own chain saws and tall ladders? Nope.

He called the cops. And they said “You’re on your own”. Mr. Brewer said “I was just really, really ticked that they didn’t send anybody out and just look at it and give me some advice.” Judging by the article in the LJS, apparently that’s appalling. I had no idea the city was in the business of giving tree trimming advice.

The city certainly should come to the rescue when life and limb (ha!) are in danger. It doesn’t sound like that was the case here.

What did Mr. Brewer end up doing? He contacted a professional tree remover who was at his house by 10:00pm that night. Problem solved. Now why didn’t I think of that?

Back To Black

August 22, 2007 at 12:14am By: Mr. T Posted in Mr. T's Den

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I have really enjoyed some of the retro-type, stax, motown and memphis-influenced stuff that has come out in recent years like I Am Shelby Lynne (one of my favorite albums of recent years) and The Greatest. How did I miss Back To Black when it came out this spring? A very enjoyable album indeed, and so far the one I have played the most this summer. Grab this one.

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