Leslie's Omnibus

PSA

Via Second City Cop, Mary and Densey Cole need your vote here. What for?
On May 27, 2009, my fiancé Densey, a Chicago Police Officer, was paralyzed in a head-on collision while responding to a burglary call. He was in a coma for four weeks, but we were married in the hospital when he awoke. Almost a year later, Densey grows stronger daily, but our lives are forever changed. With mounting medical bills, we can't think about our dream wedding on a beach in Playa Del Carmen, Mexico. Densey has a machine that helps him stand for 30 minutes. To see him waiting for me, words cannot describe the feeling that would give me.
Come on! Help them get the wedding of their dreams.
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Welcome Instapundit readers! Thanks for stopping by, and be sure to vote!
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Update: First an Instalanche and now an Ambu-lanche! Also many thanks to LL for picking up the torch and running with it!
Leslie

Saturday Ramblings

Giggle of the Day:


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Quote of the Day:
CLIMATE scientists yesterday stunned Britons suffering the coldest winter for 30 years by claiming last month was the hottest January the world has ever seen.
Yep. That sneaky global warming certainly fooled the UK. Texans, too.
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Now you don't have to have a list of signatures in order to run for office in Illinois -- both Mayor Shortshanks and Governor Give-a-Lot are asking for resumes online.

(And, as I predicted, Governor Give-a-Lot is indicating he has no love for the plan to end free rides for seniors program -- even though it would save in the neighborhood of $30 million annually and only people who can damned well afford to pay their own reduced fee will be affected. But someone might think he was being a big ol' meanie, and he can't stand that. I'm sure he's a very nice man -- but he's a lousy governor.)
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Style points to the Old and Evil one!
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Spit-Take of the Day:
Dad: Never trust a priest with a boner. And definitely never trust a nun with a boner.
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License to slut around??? But it's all in the name of "humanity."
Leslie

Road Conditions

7:58 p.m. And if the earthquake in Chile and resulting tsunami weren't caused by global warming after all, then:


Right?

5:50 p.m. Well, that was interesting.

5:47 p.m. From PTWC, thanks to everyone who listened to the warnings, obeyed directions and cooperated with authorities.

5:44 p.m. PTWC is cancelling tsunami warning. Cautions waves and undertow still unstable. Say's he wouldn't go back in the ocean for at least the next couple of hours. (Can we run a lottery on how many tourists will ignore that?)

5:41 p.m. "Rushing water is a powerful thing. Only 6" of rushing water will sweep you off your feet." Good to know. "Tsunami is the #1 natural disaster killer in Hawaii and surf is the #1 accidental killer in Hawaii."

5:36 p.m. "This is what I live for. It's science at it's best."

5:33 p.m. FEMA is ready, just in case!

5:31 p.m. Kudos to PTWC and Civil Defense for a job well done.

5:26 p.m. Geology lesson over. But, sure as shootin', some idiot somewhere in the world will blame this all on global warming anyway.

5:23 p.m. Oooh! Geology lesson in plate tectonics and the Ring of Fire. Neat.

5:20 p.m. Golfers still hoping the golf courses open in time for them to get in a round this afternoon. Glad to see folks have priorities in order.

5:19 p.m. There have been 36 aftershocks in Chile since the initial earthquake. Sheesh.

5:17 p.m. Last tsunami activity of any magnitude was back in 1960. Anything they learn from this is helpful for the next time a tsunami comes.

5:14 p.m. For you mainlanders, "A tsunami wave is not a surfing wave; it's more like a very rapid tide." So take your surfboards and get off the beaches until the "all clear," you idiots.

5:09 p.m. More important questions -- Will city services open back up when the "all clear" is given? Golf courses, public parks, others? Incredible.

5:08 p.m. Civil Defense helicopters are gone and boats are being let back into Hilo Bay.

5:06 p.m. "All clear" anticipated in 20 minutes or so.

5:05 p.m. Tsunami warning for Vancouver, BC.

5:02 p.m. Another surge due in the next couple of minutes.

5:01 p.m. Got a relative in Hawaii and can't reach 'em by phone right now? According to KITV, they're more than likely safe and sound. Relax.

4:44 p.m. No "all clear" from State Civil Defense yet. Stay out of the water. Don't head home yet.

4:41 p.m. 4th wave just rolled in. Not quite as large as the last one.

4:39 p.m. Have to see a significant difference in the size of the surges before the watch is called off, and we haven't seen that yet.

4:36 p.m. There are people bringing their kids to the beach at Waikiki Bay to view the sights. It's still not safe. Be an idiot yourself, but get your kids out of there!

4:31 p.m. PTWC rep says, "I think we've dodged a bullet." But that doesn't mean the event is over.

4:28 p.m. PTWC rep says 6' oscillations from trough to crest of last tsunami wave. Not nearly as bad as anticipated. Still unwilling to say more than "wait and see."

4:27 p.m. Trough before next surge clearly visible in Mauna Loa Bay.

4:20 p.m. To idiot surfers at Waikiki -- "Even if it might not be dangerous, the surf isn't even that good right now." Get the hell out of the water.

4:10 p.m. Looting in Hawaiian Paradise Park area. There are opportunists even in paradise...

4:08 p.m. The mail is being delivered today; please don't go home to pick up if you live in a low-lying area. D'oh.

4:07 p.m. The bus is running today, except in evacuated areas. Important news!

4:05 p.m. Swells 1 meter high and one meter low so far.

4:04 p.m. PTWC rep unwilling to say it's a small-scale tsunami; "We'll have to wait and see."

4:02 p.m. Pacific Tsunami Warning Center says Hilo Bay has had two small surges at 20 minute intervals.

3:45 p.m. CDT Tsunami event has been confirmed. Police chase people away from the beaches. As soon as they leave, the people come back so they "can see some waves." Idiots.

Want to follow the tsunami watch in Hawaii? KITV is streaming live. (And of course there are a few idiots ignoring every warning and playing on the beach or swimming in the water. Future Darwin Award winners, every one.)
Leslie

World Tour

Malta?
Leslie

Drive-Bys

From Barrie in AZ:


(I'm a realist. You?)
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Greg du Toit is more than a little bit crazy... but he takes fantastic photos.
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For those who think Sarah Palin should grow a thicker skin when it comes to the word "retard," I give you a Redneck Mommy who'd agree with her on that issue:


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I had one of those weird convergences of thought where Amy Alkon popped up twice -- once with her sending my thoughts bouncing thither, and once with another post sending me bouncing back yon. You see, she wrote a post about an email a professor sent to a particularly irksome student, which led me to thinking about Crankylitprof , who regularly applies the cluebat with righteous weal, and just how much she'd have approved that post. Later, I found this series of delightfully passive-agressive pokes at cell phone users that I was sure would get Amy's approval. One of these days soon, after I whittle down the current load of reading materials on my nightstand and in my Kindle, I'm going to have to order her book.
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More on vajazalling. Here's my question: Do you have to go commando and wear nothing but skirts or dresses if you emblingen the girlie bits? I mean... I'd hate to sacrifice a really nice pair of La Perla's to getting snagged on... ouch!!! It hurts to even think about it.
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Why do I love El Cap? Because he's a poet and an artist, of course!
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Giggle of the Day:

Funny Pictures of Cats With Captions
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Great Reader must be weeping in his kimchee that a South Korean won gold in Vancouver, but I say to him, "It's Friday! Let's Dance!" Not to rub it in, but...



Who else is joining the dance party? Lessee..

Ellison is dancing with himself to the little white chune box.

Kerrcarto is Livin' a Dream.

Billy Sweetfeets Gingersnap is rockin' a frog song.

And my Barstool Blog Son is doing the World News Polka.
Leslie

Theater District

Last night I got to see one of my absolute favorite actors in not one, but two incredible plays! Brian Dennehy was at the Goodman Theatre doing "Hughie" by Eugene O'Neill and "Krapp's Last Tape" by Samuel Beckett. He was excellent in the first and outstanding in the second. (Yeah, he may be aging... but he still blows my skirt up.)

If this particular one-two punch ever comes your way, run, don't walk, to get yourself tickets!

Sunday night, I'm off to the Irish American Heritage Center to see Seanachai Theatre Company's production of "Dancing at Lughnasa." If you've never seen a show by Seanachai, you're missing a real treat.

Finally, I just saw that Mandy Patinkin and Patti Lupone will be playing at the Cadillac Palace from the second through the seventh of March. I may just have to go see them, too.

You know, I had forgotten how much I love theater, and it's a crying shame, seeing that I work within walking distance of the Cadillac Palace, the Goodman, the Shubert, the Blackstone and the Chicago theaters.

I'm working on less talk and more action when it comes to buying tickets to coming attractions.
Leslie

World Tour

Qatar????
Leslie

Drive-Bys

You want incentive to have a blogmeet in Chicago? Okay, I'll give you incentive.
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I don't know Mr. Tomaszewski from Adam, but what a lovely epitaph:
Tom Tomaszewski left his native Chicago for Poland shortly after World War II and fell into a love story that changed his life forever.
We should all be so lucky, huh?
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It looks like somebody down in Springfield has finally figured out that this program is not necessary. Now let's see if they can get it past the governor, who's just as bad as our former Governor Give-away....

In the meantime, the CTA and its labor unions continue to flail away at each other and the $95 million+ budget deficit that caused cuts to jobs and services in the first place. You know things are bad financially when even Jesse Jetstream concedes:
"The workers can't very well allow their health care and their 401(k)s and their pensions to be gutted,'' Jackson said after the meeting at CTA headquarters. "But the shortfall is limiting what the CTA can really do too." [Emphasis mine]
Yup.
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Hit by a train twice in two weeks? Sounds like somebody is bucking for a Darwin Award... or a lawsuit.
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Ooooh! Look, fellas! Apple's bringing those apps back... and making them easier for you to find.
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Yeah, I really rooted for Kelly Osbourne during the last season of Dancing With the Stars. Why? Because the chick tells it like it is:
Working out sucks, it’s miserable. You sweat and you stink, but then you’re done — and you see that just taking an hour three times a week can change you so much.
She doesn't sugar-coat stuff and make you think she got that way magically.
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Via my Barstool Blog Son... another contest to win tix to Craig Ferguson when he comes to Chicago.
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Can I just say one thing? Not in this lifetime!

(But the comments are most excellent.)
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Giggle of the Day: Stuck In Pittsburgh



(For my BlogDaddy.)
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Charlie Delta's Cat:

Funny Pictures of Cats With Captions
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Leslie

World Tour



Looks like the United Nation dropped in for a visit while I was in the arms of Morpheous, doesn't it?
Leslie

Drive-Bys

Anyone for a little poutine? There are certainly plenty of places to get it in Chicago! (And get your mind right out of that gutter!)
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Assigning really good mentors to rookie teachers in the Chicago Public School system is a great idea. It'll be interesting to see if this is beneficial -- in teacher retention, quality of teaching and in turnover reduction costs -- in the long run.
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Giggle of the Day, Part I:


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Giggle of the Day, Part II:

funny pictures of dogs with captions
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Ear Worm of the Day:



I know it's not Christmas... but we've had and awful lot of the white stuff lately, and this has been banging around my cranium all day.
Leslie

The End of the Line

Quote of the Day:


Saltavit. Placuit. Mortuis Est.

Rest gently, Mr. Moeller.
Leslie

Quick Stop

27 Things Men Never Say With A Straight Face? Yep.
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Veal Shanks with Bacon and Preserved Lemon -- Mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm!!!
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That's about right:

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One more thing:



Mmmmm!
Leslie

Rubber-Necking

Apple has no sense of humor at all... and, if I were a guy, I'd kind of wonder what was the point of having an iPhone if I couldn't have apps like this:



(Don't say I never gave you anything, fellas.)
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And, BTW:

demotivational posters
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Leslie

Boots 'n Bluebonnets 'n BlownStars

I got a note from the lovely Miss Nancy about the Saturday portion of this trip:
If we start out early Sat morning, and go down to my work area, and have breakfast (can do it at a healthy organic food store that does a kick ass buffet or a restaurant that does biscuits and sausage), then, you and 'Pup can go and do a quick tour of ...where ever.

Then, we can decide....

What do you want to do? Options include:

1) a quick trip.... (down and back and a quick tour and toe dip) to Galveston, the trip down there would be about a 3 hour round trip.

2) A tour of the museum district and a trip inside the museum of your choice (Fine Arts? Natural History?) We could do a drive thru of downtown, tho no tours avail as in Chicago..alas!

3) Shopping in the Village at University Place.. one of the more eclectic areas of town and in the general area of the original Goode Co BBQ and several OTHER Goode co restaurants and a club

4)...?
Now... PJ and Jim live in the Galveston area, although PJ says she's also frequently in Houston and might be able to catch up with us there. (But, if we went to Galveston, I could perhaps meet Baby Trouble, Rico Loco and the rest of the gang, too...) Jim did mention something about hauling out the hardware and making things go blammo on the shooting range, which would require some lessons for moi. On the other hand, El Cap and Michelle and Walrilla are already in the Houston area, and might have some dandy ideas, as well.

Then there are those of you I haven't heard from yet.

I've never been to Houston. What are the must-sees?

And you are coming, aren't you?
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Update: El Capitan says:
If you're going to Galveston, you probably ought to swing by the Johnson Space Center on the way there or back.

As for off-the-wall sights atround town, there's the Beer Can House, the Orange Show, the Art Car Museum, the National Museum of Funeral History, the Downtown Aquarium and, or course, my favorite mystery bookstore, Murder By The Book.
Argh!!! Too. Much. Choice!
Leslie

World Tour



Turkey, Israel and Columbia all in the same night?
Leslie

Quick Stop

Giggle of the Day:

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I joined the Betty White to Host SNL (please?)! fan page, because I love that great old gal. It appears that Lorne Michaels is listening, but I personally think it stinks that he's invited her to co-host the Women of Comedy episode because doubts she can do it alone:
This tag-team approach will allow Lorne Michaels to appease White-on-SNL zealots (half a million and counting!) without making the 88-year-old shoulder the burden of all 90 minutes on her own.
Personally, I'm in Michael K's camp:
If her SAG lifetime achievement award speech didn't convince him...


... and her ability to take a tackle didn't convince him...


... or maybe he thinks she's too much of a delicate flower to handle SNL's sense of humor...

... then again, maybe he's just afraid she'll be stealing the thunder and chewing up the scenery around all those youngsters who are just occasionally funny, whereas Betty is always funny:


Whatever the case, he's wrong and my money's on Betty. I demand satisfaction! Betty as sole host!
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Aha! Via Kerrcarto of the Criplets fame, I see that if Lorne Michaels doesn't do my bidding when it comes to Betty, I can send him a little gorilla poop to express my dismay. I'll bet they've never gotten that at 30 Rock before...
Leslie

Rubber-Necking

Just when you think you've seen it all:
Police say a man was arrested after admitting to, and being caught on DVD having sex with his picnic table repeatedly.
I'm going to have to bleach my brain out after that one...
Leslie

Tootin' The Horn



I can't name names, but a couple of bloggers I know and love have become an item...

... and I couldn't be happier for them.

Congrats, you crazy kids! I did a little happy dance in your honor:

Leslie

Road Conditions

We've got more snow coming. Haul your old dinette sets, lawn chairs, traffic cones, etc. back up onto your front porch this afternoon, as you'll need them to call "dibs" once you shovel your parking spot out again in the morning.

And, for God's sake, don't move the stuff that marks the spot that someone else has called dibs on, or you'll end up with one or more of these.

Geeze! Even Mayor Shortshanks is a proponent of dibs!
Leslie

Sunday Schedule

Mmmmmmmmmmmmm! (I can haz mine own one plz?)
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Haaaaaaaaahahaha! It's about time!

I still maintain that the reason Climategate is ignored by big media here in the U.S. is that our government is too heavily invested -- financially, emotionally and scientifically -- to admit the large-scale fraud that was perpetrated against us.

So many people have identified themselves so closely with the idea of global warming that to admit the data isn't and never was there is to call themselves frauds. Those are the folks that should be furiously demanding that the light of truth shine on the isssue, instead of continuing to bury their heads under a blanket of lies. The only reason they don't, I believe, is that they're affected by a weird version of Stockholm Syndrome -- let's call it Copenhagen Climate Council Co-Dependence, shall we?
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Nice to see that the paparazzi has done as Tiger asked and left his wife and daughter alone. Shitheads.
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I needed a happy story, and Ellen and Kara gave it to me.
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I still get a link from Gutrumbles every once in a while. Today was one of those days, so I headed on over there for a stroll down memory lane with the ghost of Old Crankypants, who dearly loved music.

This post, originally posted in June of 2004, made me wish he'd chosen to take better care of himself so he'd have stuck around long enough to really embrace Youtube, which was relatively new technology back in mid-2006 when he passed from this world out into the ether. Surely he'd still have posted stuff this and this (his only two Youtube links) from time to time, but he'd certainly have posted a hell of a lot more like this for your listening pleasure:


(You're not gone if you're carried in someone's heart, Rob. And your friends still miss you a lot.)
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She then goes into long explanation of what that's not true. I can sum it up more succinctly:
He speaks perfectly well and we understand his explanations and his politics just fine; many of us just happen to reject them.
See?
Leslie

World Tour

Egypt? Ah, well... as Harvey points out, that's nothing compared to having out-of-this world visitors.

Seriously, how cool is that?
Leslie

Saturday Ramblings

Question of the Day: If drivers who go faster than the speed limit are called speeders, what are drivers who go slower than the speed limit in the left lane of a multilane highway?

Answer of the Day: The Princess Mom... and most Florida drivers. (A law like this would have bankrupted her.)
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Update: It's one of those days where it seems like everything I read makes me think of the Princess Mom. Sigh.
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Taking "going green" too far? You decide.
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I've been saying for a while that the Kindle should be cheaper... or even used as a loss leader. Seems like someone at Amazon was paying attention.
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Yes, I found Google Buzz incredibly annoying. Yes, I'm glad Google made it possible to turn it off. This is a prime example of a technology roll out done entirely wrong. I didn't ask for it, didn't want it, and resent the hell out of having my privacy invaded that way.

Update: Lawsuit!
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Head-Scratcher of the Day:

engrish funny mild fragrant
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Leslie

World Tour

Peru AND Panama?
Leslie

Trippin' After Dark

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Last night I had a dream that lasted all night long, and, because I sleep with the radio on, this story influenced the dream heavily. You see, I went to NIU from the fall of 1976 through December of 1977.

Somehow in my dream, I was back at NIU as an adult. I'd been given a single apartment on the first floor in a very busy dormitory building. I went off to class, and found myself very comfortable with the curriculum, and looking forward to doing well.

After the first day of classes I went back to my apartment, only to find that there were several older women and their suitcases milling around my small living room. I got a bit upset and threw them all out, then headed out to find a resident advisor to figure out who let them in and make sure it didn't happen again.

Of course, I got waylaid and dragged into a cultural event taking place in the lobby -- a ballet of sorts, where they kept dragging people from the audience up on stage and into the dance. Lucky me, I got chosen.

A prima ballerina and her partner were leading the whole thing, and somehow we ended up dancing together in a very elaborate collaboration (shades of Tim Burton), with the whole corps de ballet behind us, when suddenly a cell phone went off. The prima ballerina held up a hand, everybody stopped, and she hauled a cell phone out from underneath her tutu.

While she chattered away in French with whomever was on the line, the male dancer gave me a quizzical look. I winked at him, and he made a silly face back at me.

The prima ballerina snapped the phone shut and then announced there'd been a shooting and the whole building was locked down, and directed that we should go back to our rooms and lock ourselves in.

I headed back to my apartment, only to find a Polish maid dragging an Electrolux vacuum around the place and a bunch more old ladies and their suitcases in my living room.

I threw up my hands in disgust and asked what they were doing in my apartment. One of the ladies explained that, since I'd registered late, I got the apartment usually assigned to visiting professors. "Young lady, they've put you in CANADA," she said.

"Get out! Get out! Get out!" I said.

Then I woke up.

(And no, this was not a catnip-induced dream.)
Leslie

Quick Stop

Great Reader is distracted by his ruvly Kim, off installing blamboo flooring. But, as Great Reader always says, "It's Friday! Let's Dance!"

Inspired by the ruvly Kim and her BLAMBOO flooring:



Great Reader, Jr. gets in on the act, too!

How about you? What's on your dance card today?

Update:

Billy Sweetfeets Gingersnap is Star Trekkin'!

Paul's fomenting Anarchy.
Leslie

World Tour

Iceland?
Leslie

Quick Stop

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Well, okay... except maybe this opinion, which I found hilarious:
Well, I WAS wondering what would happen if you stuck Marie Antoinette, three coffee filters, and one of those old ladies from The Far Side in a blender. Now we know.
Leslie

Leslie

Gone to the Dogs

Yeah, the Scotty won. But I'm still heels over head in love with the French Bulldog.
Leslie

Boots 'n Bluebonnets 'n BlownStars

The lovely and talented Miss Nancy and I have been trying to plan a date for a blogmeet around Bluebonnet season for years and have finally just said, "Screw it! Let's do it!"

Here's the plan, and it's a loose one:

Thursday, April 8th:
  • Noon - ? Sightseeing in Austin.
  • We're parking our cabooses at the Super 8 Austin Downtown/Capitol Area (1201 N. I-35).
  • Dinner/drinks with whoever might be in town and want to meet for dinner. We're open for suggestions.
Friday, April 9th:
Saturday, April 10th:
  • Sightseeing in Houston (my first trip, yay!) with 'Pup and/or anyone else who's interested in making sure I see the best of your city.
  • Dinner at Goode Company with as many of y'all as possible.
Sunday, April 11th:
  • Take Miss Nancy and 'Pup somewhere really nice for brunch as a thank-you. (Suggestions, please!)
  • Hit a garden center or two. It's a tradition.
  • Head home!
The airfare was cheap (under $250 round trip) and the hotel was cheap (under $75/night). Anyone is welcome to join us; just give us a shout so we know to be looking for you!
Leslie

Detour

Oh, joy. Just got this little missive from my office building's management company:
Dear Tenants,

We have been notified that a protest pertaining to health care reform is scheduled to occur at the building this afternoon, beginning at approximately 4:00 pm and ending around 6:00 pm.

We recognize that this is a high-traffic period, with most tenants leaving the building to head home. We expect the protest to be a peaceful one, but we wanted to notify our tenants of the situation. Chicago police are aware of this protest, and we will have extra security on site to calmly manage the situation. If any more information comes to us during the day, we will notify you immediately.

If you have any questions, please contact the building management office at (312) XXX-XXXX.

Thank you,

The Office of the Building
Good thing it's Therapy Night and I can wait them out at Lloyd's. (Yes, the location has changed -- Rocko's (a/k/a All Star's) closed, and we're still awaiting the opening at the new Washington & Wells location. For those who are interested, I talked to Tina (yes, our Tina) at the Oak Brook location, and she's says the new joint will be opening soon. Yay!)
Leslie

World Tour

Lebanon?
Leslie

New Daily Affirmation

moar funny pictures

Yep.
Leslie

Sunday Schedule

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Now that's romantic:
When Valerie Myers opened her Valentine’s card this morning she could have been forgiven for feeling a slight sense of déjà vu.

For 31 years her husband Ken has sent her the very same card. But to stop their romance going stale, he has added a new – and very cryptic – message each time.

The father of five designed the large padded card himself in the Seventies while working as a freelance card designer.

He first sent it to Valerie in 1979 – five years after they wed – with the coded inscription ‘Aisle ooh view’ – meaning ‘I love you’.
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See? I told you Craig Ferguson was the best of the late night talk hosts.
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Want to know that your donated dollars are going to the most effective organization possible? Add the Charity Navigator to your favorites.

(And read the descriptions carefully. You've got to wonder about the altruism of an agency that would post the following: "The Lambi Fund never dictates to a community organization what should be done; through discussion and reflection, the peasants decide what is best for their community and present the project to the Lambi Fund for support." In this day and age there's an agency that refers to people as peasants???)

Which did I choose? Local, but highly-rated Bright Hope International. Based on what I saw at their site, I'll be adding them to my annual giving list.
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Look! A new Simon's Cat video:



The origin's of Simon's Cat?



Yeah. I bought myself a little Valentine gift after seeing that.
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From the British scientist who started it all:
  • Data for vital 'hockey stick graph' has gone missing
  • There has been no global warming since 1995
  • Warming periods have happened before - but NOT due to man-made changes
Now let's wait and see how long it takes for Big Media here in the States to pick up on this.
Leslie

Saturday Ramblings


I'm thinking El Capitan needs this book so he can learn how best to defend himself against the dread anti-pirate potato canon.
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Quote of the Day:
It's my belief that if one person falls down in this world, there should be two people right there to take her by the hands and pick her up. One falls down, two pick her up. Let it begin right here.
Amen.
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Ooooh, look! We might be able to actually dance on the ceiling yet!
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Hmmmmmm. It sounds like Hair Boy finally got himself a governor who has a big set of stindeens. He must be beside himself with glee.
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After any one of these messages, I'd be taken aback. Get all of them at once? I'd be at home with the covers pulled over my head!
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No one was harmed here, and the hospital has gone out of it's way to make sure a mix-up like this never happens again. They've gotten every apology in the world. It's time to withdraw the frivolous lawsuit.

Don't these idiots get that it's stupid lawsuits like this that drive up health care costs???
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I guess this explains why so many schools in this state absolutely suck. Why should kids have to pass with reasonable grades when their teachers can't???
Leslie

Rubber-Necking

Fairly accurate:

Your result for The Quick & Painless ENNEAGRAM Test...

7 - the Adventurer

Thanks for taking the test !

you chose AX - your Enneagram type is SEVEN (aka "The Enthusiast").

"I am happy and open to new things"

Adventurers are energetic, lively, and optimistic. They want to contribute to the world.

How to Get Along with Me

• Give me companionship, affection, and freedom.

• Engage with me in stimulating conversation and laughter.

• Appreciate my grand visions and listen to my stories.

• Don't try to change my style. Accept me the way I am.

• Be responsible for youself. I dislike clingy or needy people.

• Don't tell me what to do.

What I Like About Being a SEVEN

• being optimistic and not letting life's troubles get me down

• being spontaneous and free-spirited

• being outspoken and outrageous. It's part of the fun.

• being generous and trying to make the world a better place

• having the guts to take risks and to try exciting adventures

• having such varied interests and abilities

What's hard about being a SEVEN

• not having enough time to do all the things I want

• not completing things I start

• not being able to profit from the benefits that come from specializing; not making a commitment to a career

• having a tendency to be ungrounded; getting lost in plans or fantasies

• feeling confined when I'm in a one-to-one relationship

SEVENs as Children Often

• are action oriented and adventuresome

• drum up excitement

• prefer being with other children to being alone

• finesse their way around adults

• dream of the freedom they'll have when they grow up

SEVENs as Parents

• are often enthusiastic and generous

• want their children to be exposed to many adventures in life

• may be too busy with their own activities to be attentive

Renee Baron & Elizabeth Wagele, The Enneagram Made Easy. Discover the 9 Types of People.

Harper: San Francisco, 1994, 161 pages

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In The Rear-View Mirror

As of today, I'm eight weeks butt-free. Yay!

(Next issue? Getting off my rapidly-expanding hiney and getting myself back into shape. That's my job for this week. Find a place with a treadmill with my name on it...)
Leslie

Drive-Bys

Giggle of the Day:

funny pictures of cats with captions
see more Lolcats and funny pictures

... which inspired me to remind Great Reader that, "It's Friday! Let's Dance!"

I'm a Wild Cat Daddy:



Update: Others who joined the Friday dance party?


CharlieDelta goes BOOM!

Paul dives back into the mosh pit.

Kerrcarto goes freestylin' (and as far as I'm concerned, that's dancing on wheels).

Billy Sweetfeets Gingersnap goes Techno-Gummi.
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Why do I love Betty White? Here are 10 good reasons!
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Quote of the Day:
If I said “The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints,” would I be correct?
Heh.
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Three Blogthings for Valentine's Day:




You Have a Serious Heart



You believe that love is not a mystery. Love is respect, nurturing, and affection. Love is not drama.

You love with your head before you love with your heart. It's not love if it doesn't make sense.

Your heart is not easily tricked or fooled. You only have feelings when it is the real thing.

Your love life is only a part of your whole life. Love has its place, but you don't obsess over it.







Your Love Quote is Cynical



Love is the triumph of imagination over intelligence.







Men See You As: A Difficult Challenge



You must be an incredible hottie...

Because it's the only way you can pull of the ice queen act

You're the type of woman that men love to chase

But if you don't stop running, you'll never get caught!


Leslie

Drive-Bys

Because I adore clever, snarky people, I share this with you. That's at least a week's worth of giggles.
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I wondered about this Tea Party candidate in Texas, then Kerrcarto filled in the details, and it's not good. Ah, well.
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In other political news that is good news, Col. Allen West is running again. I'm behind him 100%:



Good luck, sir!
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I can get a Craig Ferguson fix any time I want now. Yahoo!
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The worst restaurant names in the world?
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The Chicago Tribune has added a new blog where there's dialog between the reporting staff and the readership. Cool stuff.
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Ta-ta for now. I'm off to celebrate!
Leslie

Tootin' the Horn

Received in today's mail:

I'm going to be a NANA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Leslie

Book Your Ticket

I've met the only second book* that made me cry "Uncle!" and toss it aside unfinished.

If you're an F. Scott Fitzgerald fan, goody for you -- but, "The Beautiful and Damned" lost me on a number of levels. Fitzgerald's worst offense, however, is that he utterly disdains his main characters. If I can't find something (anything) to like about a character within the first half of a book, it's a problem -- and Fitzgerald's Anthony and Gloria are all surface and no soul. Yuck.

Enough! There are too many other good and great books out there to waste my time on this.

Speaking of which, I received a box in the mail from the Venomous One just loaded with literary goodness. Between that, the two Edward Rutherford Dublin books I got used in hardbound, and, found as a result of Suzette's current reading list, this interesting biography, I've got plenty on my plate.
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*The first book I met that I couldn't bring myself to finish is Tom Wolfe's "The Bonfire of the Vanities," and his characters are simply loathsome. I've started that book three times, and three times I've thrown in the towel.
Leslie

World Tour

It's always interesting to see the places people stopped by from overnight. Kenya???
Leslie

Quick Stop

Quote of the Day:
I take it he lost points for not sticking the landing?
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Ear Worm of the Day:



That's been rattling through my head since early this a.m.
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New to the blogroll is 007 and a Half. Since I am known as "003" at this joint, I love anyone who'll use a number and be damned proud of it!
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The pithy responses in this post could have been written by any number of bloggers I know. The snark factor is off the charts.
Leslie

Road Conditions



On the way to the train station this a.m.
We had to walk in the street,
as the sidewalks were knee-deep in snow

How deep? Knee-deep!

On the way home last night.

All that, and an earthquake,* too (which I, of course, slept right through).

There are some drawbacks to this weather, but you've got to keep things in perspective. And if all else fails, at least know how to put an artificially rosy glow on your outlook.
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*I found this map fairly disconcerting, as I had no idea that there was that much seismic activity in the middle of the country.
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Update: Because we don't need any more people turning up their toes after shoveling, go read this.
Leslie

World Tour

Libyan Arab Jamahiriya?
Leslie

Drive-Bys

Quote of the Day:


Heh.
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I saw some pretty cool ideas for "repurposing" (hip-speak for reusing) stuff you already have here. While I'm in no way, shape or form a green nut, I'm enough of a true Yankee cheapskate to hate to see useful things go to waste.
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Speaking of waste, if this reporter hadn't gone from school to school for this story, how much more good food would have gone straight into the garbage?
On a cool fall morning in a North Side lunchroom, tiny Chicago Public Schools students lined up for breakfast.

Once in their seats, they fiddled with milk cartons, tore open cereal containers and sipped from their juice cups. But most never got to the waxy apples or unpeeled oranges on their trays.

About 10 minutes later, a lunchroom worker commanded them to toss the rest of their food and get to class.

"If you take any food out of this room," she threatened, "they will stop the whole breakfast program."

I gasped and urged a little girl to keep her untouched orange.

"Just put it in your backpack," I whispered. She looked at me like I was nuts.

Dutifully, the children dumped piles of untouched fruit into plastic bins and walked to class.

That's just nuts, and I'm glad the school district did something positive to stop the waste and feed hungry kids.
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This is a fascinating story, and it will be interesting to see if the Cook County Forest Preserve did indeed have presidential permission to take tribal land. Given that at the time of the taking government frequently played fast and loose with Native American rights, I don't doubt that the family may well be in the legal right here.

Stay tuned!
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Giggle of the Day:

funny pictures of dogs with captions
see more dog and puppy pictures

Spell check. I haz it.
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When they straighten out the glitches, I want one of these.
Leslie

Road Conditions

It's a messy morning rush due to the current snowfall here in Chicago. According to traffic reporter Leslie Keiling, "They driving like MORONS out there." Take public transportation, despite the cuts, if you can. You'll still get there faster and safer.
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If you're not from around these parts and don't know how to make the best of a snow day, go here for some really good tips!
Leslie

World Tour

Marshall Islands?
Leslie

Tootin' The Horn

My Barstool Blog Son pointed out this contest to win tickets to see my beloved Craig Ferguson at the Chicago Theater on May 1st.

The contest runs from February 8th to the 12th. Go ahead and enter.

(But I'm going to win, because I want it more!)

Why do I love him so? Behold:

Leslie

Drive-Bys

Quote of the Day:
I imagine right now Satan’s imps are trying to start a snowplow…
Heh.
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For all those people who are being inconvenienced by CTA bus and el service cuts, remember this:
Free rides for senior citizens and other categories of riders account for a big source of lost revenue -- more than $60 million a year, officials said. The CTA provided 68 million free rides in the first 11 months of 2009, said Karen Walker, CTA chief financial officer. That's an increase of 16.8 million free rides compared with the same period in 2008, she said.
I have no problem issuing free cards where there's a genuine need, but many seniors in the Chicago area can well afford to pay their own way. This is just one more of those cases where Governor Quinn's largesse makes no financial sense whatsoever.

Yeah, yeah -- Blago started it. Quinn, however, could have and should have put an end to that program. He just can't bring himself to do it.
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Man, this sounds like a great leap forward in dental care. When can we get this here in the U.S., please?
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Hmmmm.... why does this post on 44 extreme snacks make me think of Elisson?
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Steve Dale would like to remind cat lovers everywhere that a good way to open your heart for Valentine's Day is to support the Winn Feline Foundation's Ricky Fund for feline hypertrophic cardiomyopathy research.

I know that this is a subject near and dear to Steve's heart, as I was Ricky's breeder. Steve has been a dear friend, and is a great champion for this common and often fatal form of feline heart disease.

If you can, go here and drop a buck or two.
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Giggle of the Day:

funny pictures of cats with captions
see more Lolcats and funny pictures
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As a very early birthday gift to me, The Plumcake posts the recipe for one of my favorite sneak-up-and-bite-you-in-the-butt (because it tastes good and you just can't taste how strong it is) cocktails. You guess the month. And it's no wonder I have a girl-crush on her!
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If you read no other article from the New York Times this year, read this one about the Jihadist Next Door. Positively terrifying!

(Swiped from leeann, who usually writes the funny, but not this time.)
Leslie