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Why the Push for Expanded Booze?

June 9, 2010 at 12:15pm By: Mr. Wilson Posted in The Lincolnite Blog

I hadn’t really thought about it this way until now—I don’t know why it took me so long—but what’s with the push to expand alcohol use in Nebraska? There are two concurrent pushes going on right now: the possibility of extending bar closing times from 1:00am to 2:00am; and the possibility of permitting alcohol in state parks.

I’m generally an anti-prohibitionist so neither of these two proposals is particularly offensive to me. My interest is piqued not by whether or not these two things will happen, but rather why they’ve been proposed at all, and why they’re being proposed at the same time. Is there a tax incentive to sell more booze (notwithstanding the additional enforcement costs that come with these two proposals)? Is this part of a greater relaxation of attitudes about the use of chemical intoxicants, the likes of which is easing marijuana prohibitions across the country? Did the alcohol industry make a particularly large set of donations to politicians this year?

I’m stumped. Where is this push coming from?

New Big 10 expansion news

June 9, 2010 at 4:16am By: D.M.B. Posted in D.M.B. Sports Report

Well, no inside info right now, but from what we’re seeing it looks like this long drawn out process could come to an end very soon.

Late last week the Big 12 fired the last bullet in their gun giving Nebraska and Missouri until this Friday to declare their allegiance to the Big 12 or not.

Here’s what you need to know about that: The Big 12 can’t do ANYTHING to force Nebraska to say anything. It was a desperate attempt to find out where Nebraska and Missouri is at, and that’s all. 

Well, it now seems that we will get an answer on Nebraska to the Big 10 as the Omaha World Herald is reporting that Nebraska could receive an invite to the Big 10 as early as Friday.

Hopefully this will all be over soon.

Those Mysterious Poles

June 8, 2010 at 2:05pm By: Mr. Wilson Posted in The Lincolnite Blog

While jogging on the Rock Island Trail this morning I noticed that several metal poles have been erected alongside the trail beneath the Sheridan Boulevard bridges. I couldn’t tell what they were going to become. I can think of two possibilities:

The first possibility is that they’re going to attempt to somehow “seal up” the underside of the bridge. Kids have messed around under there for years. Perhaps the City is finally tired of cleaning up their messes. In the past 20 years I’ve never noticed anybody doing anything particularly bad under there, but it’s not like I’ve ever had reason to linger.

The second possibility is that they’re going to build some sort of canopy over the trail to protect trail users. Protect them from what, though? Are pieces of the bridge falling off? Are pooping pigeons a problem?

Do any of you know what’s going on under there?

I See You

June 8, 2010 at 2:00pm By: Mr. Wilson Posted in The Lincolnite Blog

Looking for a reason to fly out of the Lincoln Airport but you can’t justify the higher cost or limited flight selection? If you’re the shy type, you’ve got a new reason to fly LNK: Eppley has a full-body scanner. You know, the ones that can see everything. I can see the new slogan now: Lincoln Airport - Fly the Prudish Skies!

Hey, it could work.

Where in Lincoln is this?

June 7, 2010 at 1:02pm By: Mr. T Posted in The Lincolnite Blog

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EDIT: Solved!

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New Location? No Problem

June 7, 2010 at 12:00pm By: Mr. Wilson Posted in The Lincolnite Blog

I’m glad to hear the new location for Matt Talbott Kitchen hasn’t been a problem for most people. It would have been a shame had the Antelope Valley Project torpedoed such a community asset.

Matt Talbott’s former location sure looks weird these days. Have you been in the area? The strip between Vine Street and P Street sure doesn’t look like it used to when I lived at 23rd and T. Hopefully it’s all for the better—and worth the expense. Time will tell.

That Other Sports Event This Summer

June 7, 2010 at 11:40am By: Mr. Wilson Posted in The Lincolnite Blog

While most of Lincoln is focused on a certain big sports event in July, one major event has been left to lurk in the shadows. The poor Cornhusker State Games, normally a highlight of July around here, has been bumped up to June. And from what I hear, it’s suffering mightily as a result. I’ve heard that soccer, for example, only has 30-some teams registered. That’s really, really low.

Are any of you planning to participate in any of the CSG’s many activities? Are any of you not going to participate because of the date change?

Big 10 expansion news

June 5, 2010 at 9:26pm By: D.M.B. Posted in D.M.B. Sports Report

So, its a subject that has been talked about adnauseam, but what do we REALLY know? Big 10 wants to expand. That’s about it. We’ve heard a lot of rumors on who they want (Notre Dame, Nebraska, Missouri, Rutgers, Texas, Syracuse, Pittsburgh, etc…I could go on forever) We’ve heard timetables (12-18 months) But its been all just that, rumors.  The Big 12 recently held their Athletic Directors meeting in Kansas City and A LOT happened down there from what I understand.

Inside I’ll let you know what I’ve heard.

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Planning to Plan

June 4, 2010 at 12:54pm By: Mr. Wilson Posted in The Lincolnite Blog

Lincoln is updating its comprehensive plan and long-range transportation plan. If this sounds familiar, it’s because we’ve been here before. This process repeats every five years.

I don’t have much to say about the process or the plans at this point. There is a meeting on Tuesday (PDF) and some other public meetings upcoming, so keep an eye on those. And I’ll have plenty more to say about these planning topics over time. (Such as: let’s get started on the damn south and east bypasses!)

You know, these planning exercises would be so much more fun if we actually had the money to do all the things we wanted to do.

Teen Angst

June 4, 2010 at 12:45pm By: Mr. Wilson Posted in The Lincolnite Blog

The Wilsons went to Stransky Park last night for their Thursday night concert series. Last night’s performers were bands from Academy of Rock. There’s some pretty good talent among those performers.

The real entertainment for The Missus and me was watching all of the teen concertgoers. To say we were amused would be an understatement. I’m just not around teenagers very often these days—at least not off the soccer field—so it’s easy for me to forget just how goofy teens can be. The uneven growth patterns. The I’m-trying-so-hard-to-be-unconventional clothes. The look-at-me-but-don’t-look-at-me behaviors. The raging hormones.

And to think I used to be one of them.

But I digress. I love Stransky Park, and the concert series is a great thing for that neighborhood. Bravo to the organizers for putting the event together.

Free Family Activities

June 3, 2010 at 12:15pm By: Mr. Wilson Posted in The Lincolnite Blog

The Missus has been beaming about two free activities for kids in Lincoln she recently discovered. The first is the Lincoln Libraries Summer Reading Program. Robbie is all signed up and ready to read.

Yesterday, The Missus took Robbie and our niece to the sprayground at Trago Park. Apparently the kids had a blast. Not only that, but apparently the scene was perfect: beautiful weather; kids playing; and a healthy public space atmosphere that drew a variety of people to the area to sit, play, or study.

What free family-friendly activities have you discovered around Lincoln?

Oh, It’s You Again

June 2, 2010 at 2:00pm By: Mr. Wilson Posted in The Lincolnite Blog

One of the things I like about Lincoln is that it’s big enough that you aren’t constantly surrounded by the same people everywhere you go, yet you’re likely to run into somebody you know with regularity. I know plenty of people dislike that latter point: they feel like they always run into people they know. They can never get away!

Where do you stand on that issue? Do you like that you can go about your day around town and pretty much be assured of seeing somebody you know, no matter where you go? Or do you wish you could be more anonymous in your own town?

That Was a Tasty Sandwich

June 2, 2010 at 1:45pm By: Mr. Wilson Posted in The Lincolnite Blog

I’ve been meaning to get to Ba Lee 1 (downtown at Centennial Mall and O) for a while now. Mr. T is a regular (read his review) and he always speaks positively of it. I finally went with him last Friday at lunch.

Wow.

The worst thing about Ba Lee 1 is the prices. They’re too low. There’s no way they can stay open very long if they’re only charging $2.75 for those sandwiches (and $0.75 for pop). The sandwiches are big and they’re awesome. They would be a bargain at $4.00, if not $5.00. Since I want to continue enjoying these sandwiches for a long time, I hope the owners raise prices a hair to give themselves a little more breathing room in their operating budget. Maybe they could even afford to spruce up the joint a bit with some fancier menus and decorations.

Ba Lee 1 gets two solid thumbs up from me. I’ll be back.

The Vote By the Numbers

June 1, 2010 at 12:50pm By: Mr. Wilson Posted in The Lincolnite Blog

If you’re a political numbers junkie, you will want to check out the Journal Star’s analysis of the arena vote. There are few surprises: support tended to come from precincts with more money, which in turn corresponds with south, east, and northwest portions of the city. Young voters didn’t show up to the polls—a potential liability for supporters—but older voters picked up the slack and voted yes anyway.

I also have some thoughts about arena spokesman Dick Campbell’s interpretation of the data, but work calls. I may come back to that later today if I have time.

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