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Friday 2 November 2007

I can't remember the last time Chicago got all the way through October without a freezing day. This year, even by November 2nd, we still haven't officially had a freeze.

Also, tomorrow has Chicago's latest sunrise: 7:25 am. For those 33 years old and under, it's the latest sunrise ever. (During the 1973 energy crisis, Chicago didn't return to Standard Time in the fall.)

Delayed edit, 11:05pm: Moments after posting this, O'Hare recorded its first freezing temperature since April 16th.

Friday 2 November 2007 07:34:59 CDT (UTC-05:00)  |  | Chicago | Weather | Astronomy#
Thursday 1 November 2007

From September:

Thursday 1 November 2007 08:46:31 CDT (UTC-05:00)  |  | Daily#
Wednesday 31 October 2007

Former Illinois Governor George Ryan will join a growing club of incarcerated Illinois politicians next Wednesday:

A federal appeals court today denied former Gov. George Ryan's bid to remain free on bail while he asks the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn his corruption conviction.

The ruling by the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago increases the likelihood that Ryan must report to prison by Nov. 7. He can still ask the U.S. Supreme Court to extend his bail, however.

Wednesday 31 October 2007 13:12:25 CDT (UTC-05:00)  |  | US#

My friend Sean visited over the weekend and brought with him a stuffed toy his wife made for Parker. The results were predictable, though Parker dispatched this one much faster than the vet toy he got for his birthday:

Wednesday 31 October 2007 10:33:12 CDT (UTC-05:00)  |  | Daily#
Monday 29 October 2007

From this past weekend, in Lincoln Park, Chicago:

Monday 29 October 2007 09:17:20 CDT (UTC-05:00)  |  | Geography | Daily#

The Chicago Tribune ran an editorial Sunday calling for a recall amendment to the Illinois constitution. My response:

Regardless of what you think of Blagojevich's performance, Illinois needs a recall amendment like a fish needs a bicycle.

Monday 29 October 2007 09:12:29 CDT (UTC-05:00)  |  | Chicago | US#

No, not those Sox; the other Sox.

One curse down; one to go.

Monday 29 October 2007 07:03:10 CDT (UTC-05:00)  |  | Cubs | Kitchen Sink#
Thursday 25 October 2007

The splash of sunlight on Parker's face makes me think he's probably a pretty happy dog, despite the crate:

Thursday 25 October 2007 13:51:38 CDT (UTC-05:00)  |  | Daily#
Monday 22 October 2007

Congress has passed legislation creating a national registry of people with ALS:

The legislation would establish the first ever national patient registry of people with Lou Gehrig’s Disease, or amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, to be administered by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The registry would collect information leading to the cause, treatment and cure of the deadly neurological disease that took the life of baseball legend Lou Gehrig in 1941.

In tangentially-related news, Saturday's remembrance will be at 11 at the Kenilworth Union Church.

Monday 22 October 2007 13:22:49 CDT (UTC-05:00)  |  | Kitchen Sink#
Wednesday 17 October 2007

My body doesn't know if I got up this morning at 7 or midnight. I can't decide whether or not I'm hungry. And because I neglected to check email for two days, I had 980 messages totalling over 600 MB (one of my friends sent me the same...photos...four...times), of which 650 were spam.

I will now collect my dog.

Wednesday 17 October 2007 15:37:39 CDT (UTC-05:00)  |  | Geography | Kitchen Sink | Parker#
Saturday 13 October 2007

I'm traveling this week. Three guesses where:

Saturday 13 October 2007 12:38:20 CDT (UTC-05:00)  |  | Geography#
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