Sunday, September 28, 2014

Look around

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Elvis, accept it.

* The first thing I do on Sunday mornings is check into Twitter to see what Peter has tweeted overnight. It's heart-pounding, edge of your seat stuff. It's also not stuff for the faint of heart -- for the recipient or the deliverer: Chasing Mayhem With Peter Nickeas, the Chicago Tribune’s Overnight Crime Reporter.

* A Strange Cloud Over St. Louis Turns Out to Be an Enormous Swarm of Butterflies.

* Reading can teach you the wrong way to write.

* Opening Lines.

* A new kid in New York:

All young artists coming to the city face a pragmatic choice: how to earn a living and still have time to pursue your art. Back then it usually boiled down to waiting on tables or driving a cab. I had made that decision on my earlier attempt to work in the theatre. I chose the cab because, first, I love driving and hate standing up for long-periods of time and secondly, your hours were your own. Once you had the car, you could drive to a rehearsal, rehearse and then go back to work.

* It was going on 2:00 in the morning. Lost in my thoughts in the back of a cab and no longer annoyed about the expanding hole in the shin of my pantyhose, I just wanted to get home so I could fall into bed. Maybe it was the hour, or maybe it was the cutting Chicago cold that goes through every layer to rattle your bones, but the street was dead. The town was dead.

The snow began to fall. I put my hand on the cabbie's shoulder and said, look at this. He pulled over to the curb and stopped. And we both rolled down our windows and hung our heads out into the quiet night to take in the beauty of light wisps of white snow blowing in artistic circles just half a milimeter above the black pavement.

Right there.

* The leaves are brown and the sky is a hazy shade of winter....

Posted by: Marie at 9:51 PM |

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Whisper secrets to the wind

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Caged with a bunch of others of its ilk.

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1955 Olds Super 88 Coupe, with Washington State plates, sort of in the wild, but not really, because the Route 66 Festival is in town, even though this was no where near the goings on at the time. Also, I only needed to do a quick Google search to verify the make and model, since I do know my Oldsmobiles. It's one of my more advanced skills.

* Utah: 4 People Prosecuted Under #AgGag Law for Photographing Factory Farm From the Road.

* You know how sometimes you go out to dinner on a Friday night and the hostess says the wait will be 20 minutes, or an hour, or longer, and you have to decide do you really want to wait that long or just go someplace else? Well, if you want to eat at Hot Doug's in Chicago this week, the wait is ten hours and the line is down the block(s). And you will wait because the place is the stuff of legends and sadly, Friday is their last day in business.

* Tweet of the week: "If we may ask a favor, please don't go trying to sell spots in line and please don't look to buy them, my friends. It makes things weird." -- Hot Doug's.

* Video: Red and white 55 88 in Staunton, Illinois.

* No Jaws: The 10 best quotable films.

* Your baby doesn't want you anymore. It's over.........

Posted by: Marie at 9:23 PM |

Friday, September 26, 2014

Everybody cries

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* This is embarrassing and disgraceful and painful and disgusting: Ex-Sen. Roland Burris accused of shake down in court documents:

Former U.S. Sen. Roland Burris tried to "shake down" a business for a $250,000 a year job as a financial consultant in return for Burris' help promoting the business's products to the U.S. military, court documents in a trial due to to start next week allege.
The explosive allegations emerged Friday at a hearing ahead of the trial of South Sider C. Gregory Turner, who is accused of illegally trying to help lift U.S. sanctions against Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe's regime.

Burris was the junior United States Senator from Illinois when this allegedly took place.

* Previously on this blog:

* And everybody hurts sometimes..............

Posted by: Marie at 10:08 PM |

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Whisper secrets to the wind

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Willard Ice.

* If, like the rest of us, you've been sitting around wondering whatever happened to Fact Magazine, this headline probably had something to do with it: 1,189 Psychiatrists Say Goldwater is Psychologically Unfit to be President!

* Beautiful: Crescent moon over the Crescent City.

* Your baby doesn't want you anymore. It's over....

Posted by: Marie at 10:04 PM |

Monday, September 22, 2014

Lost or changing as the days come down to you

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* I meant to post this last week: The True Story Of How One Man Shut Down American Commerce To Avoid Paying His Workers A Fair Wage:

In 1894, Chicago was the Midwest’s gateway to the rest of the United States. Twenty-four different railroad lines centered or terminated in Chicago, covering the nation in over forty thousand miles of rail. Farmers, merchants, craftsmen and factories hoping to bring their goods to the rest of the nation — and potentially, to the rest of the world — had to first bring those goods to Chicago to begin their journey down one of the city’s many rail lines. Without Chicago’s railroads, much of the country lost its access to the nation’s commerce and was essentially plunged back into a pre-industrial economy.
On May 11, 1894, a strike began just outside of Chicago in a company town run by one of the wealthiest Americans who has ever lived. By the strike’s bloody end, up to a quarter of a million workers joined together in solidarity with the strikers. Two federal judges, working in close collusion with federal officials who were themselves very much in league with Chicago’s railroad executives, would place the full power of the federal judiciary on the side of union-busters. President Grover Cleveland, acting on the advice of the railroad attorney he placed at the head of the Justice Department, would eventually send federal troops to Chicago. At the height of the conflict, Harper’s Magazine claimed that the nation was “fighting for its own existence just as truly as in suppressing the great rebellion” of the Confederacy.

* Correction: I gave the mayor credit for the bike lanes, when in fact, it was a decision by the Springfield Planning & Zoning Commission: Second Street gets bike lanes, but reviews are mixed,

* Constant stranger, you're a kind person. You're a cold person, too. It's down to you...

Posted by: Marie at 9:52 PM |