Summer, nearly here.

What a weekend. Two soccer games, the first sail of the season, the St. Joan of Arc fair, a dinner out to more or less celebrate our anniversary, and flower day at the Eastern Market. One of those weekends when you need another weekend, just to recover.

You don’t need a blow-by-blow, but hear this: I’m terribly disappointed that I didn’t win the Basket of Cheer at the St. Joan of Arc fair — a wheelbarrow full of so many bottles of booze I could have opened a tavern and not restocked for a year. Five bucks seemed a small price for a chance to win this third-place prize (first was a new lawn mower, which I don’t need). Ah, well. I guess Jesus loves me anyway.

The first sail was glorious — stiff breeze straight out of the west, clear skies, a rare day above 70 degrees. I picked up a little split of champagne en route and we all had a drink, plus a bit for the boat and the lake. Kate made a face at her own taste, and we told her about Dom Perignon’s eureka moment when he accidentally made champagne (“I am drinking stars!”). She was unimpressed. I wonder if any of the Dom’s Own was in the Basket of Cheer.

So, bloggage:

HoffaFest 06 — No body yet. We’ll keep you posted.

But many bodies in the Wayne County morgue after some bad heroin comes to town. Gotcha WMD, gotcha WMD!

He climbed Mt. Everest, even though he’s… something. Gay, blind, whatever.

I should say, though, that errors are errors, and then, there are errors: The lead story on Indiana’s NewsCenter Sunday 6:00 P.M. newscast was that former Mayor Ivan Lebamoff “was laid to rest today.” According to Eric Olsen, funeral services had taken place earlier in the day at St. Nicholas Eastern Orthodox Church. … Funeral Services will be held on Monday at 11:00 A.M.

Every so often people ask me what’s the big deal if newspapers and TV stations cut staff, so what if fewer people are there? So what if we save money by hiring greenhorns? So what, so what, so what? Well, because sometimes you bury a guy a day early, that’s what. Presumably they spelled his name correctly, though; I’ve tuned in local TV in Fort Wayne to find a former mayor, Win Moses Jr., ID’d in his super as “Wynn Moses.”

(Oh, and speaking of local media and the work it’s been doing lately, Fort Wayne Observed broke the actual news of the former mayor’s death more than four hours before the evening paper did.)

Curse you, John Scalzi, and your infernal link to the Make Your Own Motivational Poster generator.


Between you and those damn videos, I may not get anything done tonight.

Housekeeping note: I put up a few recent clips in pdf format on a new page, The Clip File. It’ll be a work in progress.

Posted at 8:09 pm in Housekeeping, Media, Same ol' same ol' |

14 responses to “Summer, nearly here.”

  1. ashley said on May 21, 2006 at 8:38 pm

    WMDs? Sign me up!

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  2. Dorothy said on May 21, 2006 at 10:16 pm

    Re Sopranos: How did Carmella have room in her luggage to pack 6 or 7 different coats? She looked fabulous in each one, but come on – all those coats?! She must have been naked underneath each one because she couldn’t possibly have had room for anything in her luggagae besides coats and slacks.

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  3. alex said on May 22, 2006 at 12:13 am

    Speaking of Indiana’s so-called News Center, their May sweeps topics this week will be “Tatoo Regrets” and “Stupid 911 calls.” This is actually somewhat more dignified than the CBS affiliate, WANE, which was serving up sex offenders from the registry. In one of these freak shows, they cornered some toothless old coot who lived across the street from a playground. For the benefit of the cameras he defiantly strode up to the fence and leered at women pushing their toddlers on a swing. I doubt it boosted the ratings at all, but it’s certainly a priceless capsule of life this low-rent little part of the universe. TV news around tendsto be like Jerry Springer only without the studio audience.

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  4. The Other Nance said on May 22, 2006 at 2:45 pm

    Spriggy’s looking extremely well for his years! Go Dog Go!!

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  5. mary said on May 22, 2006 at 3:06 pm

    I wondered the same thing. Ever try to pack a coat? They take up the whole suitcase.

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  6. mary said on May 22, 2006 at 3:21 pm

    On the other hand, maybe she only brought one and bought the others there with all the cash Tony laid on her. She’d have to buy more luggage too.

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  7. nancy said on May 22, 2006 at 3:35 pm

    Wardrobe is always a quibble in TV and movies, since most of us don’t keep double-sided tape in our dresser drawers, and lack Julia Roberts’ ability to run full speed and leap between parking-garage levels in high heels. I figured we’d see Carmella in at least one Hermes scarf before she left, however; they’ve been very aggressive with product placement lately.

    Still, that was a great episode. I’ve been noticing the editing more this season; did you catch the cut between Carmella’s astonished gaze at the statues on the bridge and the guy cleaning the sign at the Bing? That was precisely my feeling when I got back from Paris — you know, like my eyes were wounded by all the crap in an American urban streetscape.

    And Adrianna looked so fabulous. She found Cosette!

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  8. mary said on May 22, 2006 at 3:39 pm

    Before Carmella saw the statues in Paris, Tony was seen with a statue in Paterson, New Jersey…a statue of Lou Costello. I recognized it from my old home town.

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  9. Dorothy said on May 22, 2006 at 3:59 pm

    Thanks for chiming in on The Sopranos, ladies. I felt badly about horning in on Nancy’s discussion about her Sunday entry. But I had just finished watching the show last night, came downstairs to shut off lights, etc. and had to unload that nagging thought about the episode!

    I swear I’m goign to re-wind my tape and count how many different coats she wore. I, too, thought perhaps she bought some of them there. Still…it just looked like the wardrobe department had bought all these great coats and had to justify the expense. So the plastered them on Edie Falco every time the scene changed. And you’re right Nance – Adrianna looked fantastic, too!

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  10. mary said on May 22, 2006 at 4:37 pm

    She wore a tan full length coat twice, a gold quilted jacket once or twice, a lavendar coat once, a white jacket once, and a black coat when she was leaving NJ. Five? I could have missed one.

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  11. mary said on May 22, 2006 at 4:40 pm

    It was a really good episode, wasn’t it. I think AJ is going to get whacked at the construction site, by the way. Not sure why, or who does it, but it works in so many ways.

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  12. nancy said on May 22, 2006 at 4:45 pm

    I also noticed her traveling coat was snow-white. She must have had a first-class ticket to wear white on a transatlantic flight, eh?

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  13. Dorothy said on May 23, 2006 at 8:27 am

    Thanks Mary! Saved me the effort of rewinding the tape!

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  14. harry near indy said on May 23, 2006 at 12:37 pm

    cute pic. is that your dog?

    and thanks for the link. i plan to make my own poster but use it as my computer’s wallpaper.

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