Saturday, July 14, 2007


If 8-tracks are your bag, then check out my Daily Page article about 8-track culture at the east side eatery Tex Tubb's Taco Palace.

Friday, July 13, 2007

A sense of place

Web sites that let me track the movements of packages are Satan. Look, it's in San Jose. Look, now it's in Sacramento. Meanwhile, life passes me by.

Thursday, July 12, 2007

Bad word

"'There are innumerable examples of warm items,' [President Nixon] wrote, saying that he had been 'nicey-nicey to the cabinet, staff and Congress around Christmastime' and that he had treated cabinet and subcabinet officials 'like dignified human beings and not dirt under my feet.'"

-- Neil A. Lewis, The New York Times

Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Save me a spot

It is a Wednesday in July, which means that tonight is Concerts on the Square. From my office window overlooking Pinckney Street just off the Square, I already can see groups of music lovers staggering toward the Capitol with their coolers and camp chairs.

The time is 1:56 p.m.; the music starts at 7. Just how early do people start showing up for this thing?

Monday, July 09, 2007

Blast from the past

Lo, I have unearthed some of my earliest journalistic creations, including an unsigned short I wrote during my tenure as an intern at the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, ca. 1998-1999. The topic: fallout shelters. I also wrote a couple of entries in the magazine's short-lived Web Watch series.

Read my Daily Page report on the always-interesting window dressings of St. Vincent de Paul.

Sunday, July 08, 2007


Just back from Chicago where I a) saw the Police at Wrigley Field, b) viewed giant ferns at the Garfield Park Conservatory, c) was sad to learn that Trader Vic's at the Palmer House has closed, for now at least, and d) saw a Preston Sturges film I'd never seen, Christmas in July -- on the big screen of LaSalle Bank Cinema, no less, plus a Merrie Melody ("Robin Hood Daffy") and a Three Stooges short.

Attesting to the savvy of the LaSalle Cinema folks is the fact that the Stooges flick, "Healthy, Wealthy and Dumb," had virtually the same premise as Christmas in July: a poor sap wins a slogan contest on the radio, or seems to, and hilarity ensues.

More on the Police soon, but just now I'm exhausted.