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Wednesday, July 11th, 2007 | You Call This News? | 1 Comment

Many congrats to friend and coworker Jillian and her man, Matt. They got engaged while on a trip at the Apostle Islands. (Scenery? Check. Ring? Check.)

So when’s the date? (Kidding! I’ll be nice and give you a week or so to discuss those sorts of details before I start asking.) ;)

Man, the first world eats a lot of junk food

Tuesday, June 19th, 2007 | You Call This News? | 3 Comments

Nice little photo essay by Time Magazine on what the world eats.

(Via The Morning News)

Next step – rocket science, part II

Monday, June 18th, 2007 | You Call This News? | 1 Comment

Suspects Steal Wrong Half of ATM

I thought you checked the plans

Thursday, June 14th, 2007 | You Call This News? | 1 Comment

When in Rome, always know where your aqueducts are.


(Via The Morning News)

All better

Tuesday, June 12th, 2007 | Fun With Teh Intarweb, You Call This News? | No Comments

My neighbor and her recently-moved-in boyfriend are upstairs screaming at each other and stomping their feet to make their points. (Yes, a point is more strongly made if my light fixtures rattle and shake.) So I was more than happy that I decided I’d take one quick look at MetaFilter before I went to bed to see if there was anything interesting. Found this wonderful story about a Craigslist ad from a couple heading to Toronto for their wedding. It completely made my day.

Plane crash update

Saturday, June 9th, 2007 | You Call This News? | 2 Comments

It’s not so much an update on last week’s plane crash, but on the transplant patient who was awaiting the receipt of the donated lungs. He found another donor.

How sad

Monday, June 4th, 2007 | You Call This News? | 5 Comments

Coming home up the lakefront tonight, I passed what seemed like every emergency vehicle in the city. Turns out a Cessna Citation went down in the lake shortly after takeoff from our airport. Two crew members and four physicians from a donor organ procurement team were on board. That was around 4pm. It’s now 9pm. The planes and helicopters are still flying over my house and the lakefront is still crawling with search and rescue people. As yet, though, they haven’t found the plane or anyone on board. There’s a slim chance they could have survived this, but it’s not looking good. Even sadder: the team was in town to pick up a donor lung for a recipient waiting back in Michigan.

Depressing all around.

Better late than never

Tuesday, May 22nd, 2007 | Bloggity goodness, You Call This News? | 2 Comments

Life has been busy lately, here in Czeltistan. As such, I’ve missed out on a couple of congratulations that I should pass along:

1) Congrats to Grizzly Dad on the ever-so-adorable Baby Grizzly. Hope you enjoyed your sleep while you could get any.

2) Congrats to Linus on the new, and also quite adorable, niece and on the new housing purchase.

How very adult-like of both of you. :)

Welcome home, Wizard of Waukesha

Thursday, May 10th, 2007 | Tunes!, You Call This News? | 2 Comments

Les Paul is back in town this weekend. He visited the Downer Theatre yesterday for the premier of his biography (which will air on PBS on July 11). He’s doing a benefit concert tonight out on the west side for the Les Paul Experience at the Waukesha Co. Historical Society. $300 a ticket, and it’s long-since sold out. That’s no small feat in this town.

Wish I could have gotten in on some of the Les Paul fun while he was in town, but it just wasn’t meant to be. Still, it’s fantastic that he gets such an awesome “welcome home” when he comes to visit. Wish he’d come back more often.

A good reason to get a second opinion

Tuesday, May 8th, 2007 | You Call This News? | No Comments

Whoops. Shouldn’t have gone on that spending spree. On the plus side, you’re not going to die. (At least not yet.)

Eastern Market update

Friday, May 4th, 2007 | Design-y Bits, You Call This News? | No Comments

In case you missed Vidiot’s comment in my last Eastern Market post, there’s now a Save Eastern Market site up and running. It’s got news and updates on the fire, vendors and reconstruction efforts. It’s also got some info on the Georgetown Library fire from the same day. (Busy day for the firemen in the District, I guess.) They’re also selling a very snazzy t-shirt (seen above) to help the cause.

I’m so depressed

Monday, April 30th, 2007 | You Call This News? | 3 Comments

Historic Capitol Hill Marketplace Burns

I’m also really glad I finally was able to make it over to the market on my last trip to DC. (Though knowing what was lost makes me even more depressed.) I really hope they’ll be able to rebuild. It would be such a shame to lose that place.

Photos from the blaze can be found here, and I’ve got a couple photos from our visit in my Flickr photostream.

Bad place to be a cabbie

Thursday, April 26th, 2007 | You Call This News? | 1 Comment

2 million people, no street names or address numbers. Welcome to Managua!

Save the cookie

Monday, April 16th, 2007 | You Call This News? | No Comments

This may not affect some of you the way it affects us here in Milwaukee, but if you’d like to show your support for Midwest Airlines in their fight against a hostile takeover by AirTran Airways check out this site.

Dear AirTran,
Keep your paws off my favorite airline. I mean it.
Moose kisses,

(Thanks to coworker Joel for the heads-up.)

Well, at least it’s an interesting week

Wednesday, April 11th, 2007 | Again with the hockey, You Call This News? | 3 Comments

Ah, early April. Spring, right? You’d think so, but no. It’s currently snowing. A lot. Like “up to 10 or 12 inches by tomorrow” a lot. Poor little daffodils. They were all happy to see the warm weather and now they’ll be lucky to see the top of the snow (if they live that long).

I blame Cleveland, personally. Their stadium’s snowed in, so the Indians are in town to play some games at Miller Park. (Get your commemorative t-shirt here.) Looks like they brought the snow with them. Ha ha, guys. Very funny. Don’t forget to take it back home with you when you go.

The weather’s perfect for hockey, though. It’s the end of the AHL regular season and the beginning of the NHL playoff season, so there’s no shortage of games this week. Looks to be a good post-season this year — the Admirals, Red Wings and Predators are all still playing. I could not be happier. (Much as I love my Wings, I think I’m going to have to throw a tiny bit more support behind the Preds. The roster reads like last year’s Admirals’ line-up. Home team boys make good, and all that.)

And speaking of hockey, I found out at last night’s game that hockey-buddy Ian has made it past his final immigration hurdle and is now just awaiting info on what day he’ll be attending his naturalization ceremony. Hooray! (Naturally, he’s already an honorary citizen of Czeltistan. We’re more than ok with dual-citizenship. In fact, it’s kind of required.) So congrats, Ian. Thanks for choosing to add one more sane person to the country. We can use the help.

In slightly sadder news this week, my friend Devi was diagnosed with MS. She’s being amazingly positive about it all, which is kind of inspiring in it’s own right, and even moreso when you find out she’s one of the many Americans without health insurance. Talk about adding insult to injury. This is the part of the story where I should insert a massive screed about the stupidity of this nation not providing health benefits for its citizens, but frankly, it’s too depressing for me to even think about right now. Maybe another time.

Lest I leave you all on such a downer, there are some other good things to be happy about this week. For one, there’s that Friday night Deerlick show I mentioned a few posts earlier. I’m really looking forward to that. (Note to self: Get fresh batteries for the camera.) And Saturday we’ll be having my grandmother’s 90th birthday party. 90! Way to go, Grandma! Then after that, Enter the Haggis is playing at Points East Saturday night. They played at my stage during Irish Fest last year. Unfortunately, since IF moved the merchandise area around to the back side of the stage, I no longer get to see and hear the bands. It’ll be nice to finally get to see an entire set of the band’s. I’m looking forward to seeing them all again. I promise that this time, I’ll try my best not to unknowingly slip into a Toronto accent while talking to them. Kept having to stop myself from doing that at the Fest. I never mean to do that with accents, and it’s never done to poke fun. I’m just kind of a mimic when it comes to accents different from mine. Must be a coping mechanism I have to help me blend in with people I’m talking to. Just don’t ask me to accurately reproduce the accents later, when I’m away from the people speaking them. :)

Ok. I’ve meandered and rambled on long enough. I’m done now. Stop on out to check out one of the bands if you’re looking for something to do Friday or Saturday. Make sure you say hi if you do. I should be pretty easy to find in the crowd.

Wrong career again

Monday, April 9th, 2007 | You Call This News? | 2 Comments

I knew I should have been a scientist.

Scientists have created a mathematical formula of how to make the perfect bacon butty.

Four researchers at the Department of Food Science spent more than 1,000 hours testing 700 variations on the traditional bacon sandwich…Fifty volunteers also judged each sandwich according to its taste, texture and flavour.

Um, hello — dream job.

Passover Coke

Wednesday, April 4th, 2007 | You Call This News? | 1 Comment

Since a number have people have asked me about it in the last few weeks, this is just a reminder to pick up your Passover Coke now. Remember — you’re looking for the yellow cap and the U-P symbols.

I was having trouble finding it locally over the weekend, but Mom reports she found it at the Sendik’s in Mequon (I couldn’t find it at their Whitefish Bay location). I’ll call around later today and see if I can find any other local suppliers.

Update: Passover Coke can also be found at the Pick n’ Save on Port Washington Rd. in Glendale. Both locations carry 2 litres and the harder-to-find cans. Please note: Caps on these bottles are white, not yellow, and you won’t find the U-P markings. But the label says “sucrose” not “high fructose corn syrup,” and I was assured this was the Coke the manufacturer told them was kosher for Passover.

Virtual bowling?

Wednesday, April 4th, 2007 | You Call This News? | 3 Comments

Not that Water St. getting another new bar is any news, but one that features virtual bowling? Um… yeah. I think I’ll pass. If I want bowling, I’ll go bowling. No shortage of bars in the bowling alleys around here and I still can’t figure out the appeal of pretending to bowl. (The Dude would not abide.) Besides, I had enough of that basement to last me a lifetime, thanks to my days at the Shepherd.

File under: Not a good career move

Monday, March 19th, 2007 | You Call This News? | 3 Comments

An intern with the National Archives stole about 165 Civil War documents — including the War Department’s announcement of President Lincoln’s death — and sold most of them on eBay, prosecutors charged Thursday.

Rest o’ the story here

Thou shalt not give archivists a bad name. It’s one of the commandments. Dumbass.

It’s that time of year again

Thursday, March 15th, 2007 | You Call This News? | No Comments

Passover Coke is coming! Woot!