The Thread That Ties us Together

By: Mr. Wilson on November 30, 2007
I have a little mini-poll for you folks: I am currently wrapping up a little add-on for ExpressionEngine (the software that runs this site) that enables "threaded" (aka "nested") comments. That is, it allows you to reply to comments. Thus, rather than a simple date-ordered display of comments, you get something like this:
Comment   Retort #1     Counter-retort   Retort #2     Insinuation that retorter smells funny       Denial of malodor ... and so on
I would like to know if you folks think we should give that a try here on Lincolnite. I'm not going to state a preference one way or the other because I don't have a preference one way or the other. Besides, I'm not the one doing all of the commenting around here, you are. If there are feelings for or against the idea, I'd love to hear them. And if you just don't give a darn, I'd like to hear that, too.

Off the Edge

By: Mr. Wilson on November 30, 2007
I'm disappointed to hear that Back to the Bible's Edge64 has closed. Actually, it apparently closed a couple months ago. The concept -- a concert facility and coffee house for teens -- sounded neat to me. The location definitely could have been better, though.

Everybody Loves a Parade

By: Mr. Wilson on November 30, 2007
Ahh, nothing like a little sleet and rain in the forecast to remind us all that it's Star City Holiday Parade time. Who plans to go tomorrow? I would love to take Robbie, but we won't go if it's going to be wet. We can manage the cold, but cold and wet just isn't going to happen. I marched in several SCHPs, back in the day. I remember when I used to think the parade was long. Ha! Then I went to the Fiesta Bowl Parade, and I thought that was long. Ha! Then I went to the Rose Bowl Parade. That is a long parade.

A Collector’s Dream

By: Mr. Wilson on November 29, 2007
Lincoln City Libraries is auctioning off old magazines. You can inspect the offerings today and tomorrow from 1:00 to 4:00pm. Bids are due tomorrow. Right now, only titles in the A-H range are up for grabs. Too bad. I guess I won't be picking up old issues Ranger Rick to bring back some elementary school memories.

This Robin is in No Mood to Sing

By: Mr. Wilson on November 28, 2007
City Councilwoman Robin Eschliman sure comes across as cranky in today's Deena Winter column. Or maybe it's just me. In any event, Ms. Eschliman's suggestion that the city's union employees be forced to give to United Way is hardly rational. The best way to encourage charity and goodwill is certainly not to mandate it.

That’s One Lucky Family

By: Mr. Wilson on November 27, 2007
Trang Nguyen is darn lucky he's still alive after re-entering a burning building to rescue his son. Those stories seem like they almost never end well. Thank goodness this one came out ok. In fact, none of the family members even had to go to the hospital. Sure, their house is gone, as are most of their possessions. But considering the family easily could have been without a dad and brother, they're awfully lucky.

Let’s Get Physical

By: Mr. Wilson on November 27, 2007
Anybody know anything about Star City Boot Camp? Apparently it is:
A four-week outdoor program of fitness instruction, nutritional counseling and motivational training. You will be inspired and have fun while participating in a fantastic workout led by Certified Adventure Fitness Trainer, Jody Berg. Each day, camp will be one hour in length starting at 5:45 am.
Unfortunately, it's just for women. Not that I'm looking to participate in a fitness program right now, but even before I heard about SCBC I had always thought a boot camp-style training program could be a lot of fun. I'm sort of weird that way. If anybody has participated in the program or knows somebody who has, I would enjoy hearing your thoughts on the program.

The Peacock Struts its Stuff

By: Mr. Wilson on November 27, 2007
The Missus tells me she saw a billboard tonight announcing that The Peacock, a new Indian restaurant, is open in the strip mall on the southeast corner of 27th and Pine Lake. Can anybody confirm that? If true, we may give it a try either on Wednesday or over the weekend.

Quick Correction

By: Mr. T on November 27, 2007
Contrary to earlier reports that the space on 13th and L which housed the old M13/Ma Lou's restaurant would be converted into a coffee shop, instead it seems that the location is being remodeled into a mens' barber shop which may open as early as the middle of next month. Speaking of Ma Lou - her new Manila Bay restaurant has been open for several weeks now - katty corner from where she was before on 10th and O. An LJS review is still forthcoming for a to be announced hard opening.

Catalyst Mum

By: Mr. Wilson on November 26, 2007
There sure hasn't been much buzz lately about the ol' Catalyst One project, has there? I wonder if that falls into the category of "no news is good news", or if the silence implies something less positive for the project. Originally I thought we were supposed to have news within 6 months, which would have been approximately mid-September. As I read through my materials, though, I see that the real timeline for negotiations is anywhere from six to 18 months. In other words, that ugly slab of blacktop could be there for another year or more.

Antelope Valley’s Park Gets Some Details

By: Mr. Wilson on November 26, 2007
Lincoln's "Central Park" gets some details in today's Journal Star. Actually, there aren't really any surprises. If you have followed the Antelope Valley news over the past few years, or if you have read through the AVP website, you'll recognize most of the plans. The pricetag for the park comes in at around $7.6 million, a little less than half of which is being taken care of by the 2015 Vision folks. The only thing that bothers me about the park -- and it has bothered me since Day 1 of this project -- is the water. Will it be filtered upstream to help keep it clean? How will we assure a good presentation both during dry spells (low water) and wet spells (high water)? These aren't unanswerable questions, but what concerns me is that folks have been asking those questions for years now, and nobody official has chipped in a response. The park will need a name. Right now a portion of the area is called Trago Park. It's not clear if that name will stick, or if the entire park will renamed. If you were to name this new park, what would you call it? Note that the easy "Antelope Valley Park" is probably out since it would be too easy to confuse with the existing Antelope Park.
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