The Obamas have some competition in the T-shirt aisle.
Dexter said on July 4, 2009 at 12:28 pm
…at least there are no roadside insta-flea markets set up selling “STANLEY CUP CHAMPIONS DETROIT RED WINGS” this year…
beb said on July 4, 2009 at 1:19 pm
I was hoping that Sarah Palin’s inexplicable decision to resign from office would drive Michael Jackson off the TV. Sadly, my hopes have been dashed.
How far across a fence do you have to lean while chopping down a lilac bush before the defense of “it was an accident” becomes unsupportable? I ask because our lilac bush took a major hacking and while our neighbor apologized and said it was an accident he was taking on main trunks at least three feet on our side on the fence.
Deborah said on July 4, 2009 at 1:31 pm
I’m happy not to be living in or heading to LA this coming week.
We are about to leave for a quick trip to South Bend, Bob Dylan is playing there today with Willie Nelson and John Mellencamp. I’m along for the ride, my husband is a huge Dylan fan. This was an unexpected show for Dylan. It’s supposed to rain and the venue is at a stadium. So it will probably be unpleasant.
moe99 said on July 4, 2009 at 2:09 pm
I will bet that Ms. Palin’s troubles that caused her to resign were not the privacy lawsuits–the state pays for the defense of those unless and until she’s shown to have acted outside her scope of duties as governor. I think there are some things that we have yet to hear about that will be shown to have been the catalyst. And I think the article in Vanity Fair is a good summation of her career these past two years or so.
brian stouder said on July 4, 2009 at 2:33 pm
Well, this 4th of July, I have my green tee with the autograph of “A.Lincoln” written across it in large letters (from the library in Springfield), and my Obama tee from a street vendor during the May primary visit to the Fort.
MJ doesn’t seem to fit Independence Day…
Dexter said on July 4, 2009 at 3:45 pm
I wore my Net Jets tee shirt to the Fly-In but switched to my AE Outfitters Volkswagen Microbus tee already…more comfortable . And I broke out my flag-based ball cap , once a year, today’s the day.
Joe Kobiela said on July 4, 2009 at 5:55 pm
I wish I could have made it over to Bryan this morning. It’s a short hop from Auburn. I have attended that fly-in in the past, always good food. Unfortunately I had to go to Charlotte N.C. last night and did not get home till 5am. Did the t-6 show? My dad soloed one in 1949 when he was 19. Lied about his age, took the college equivalence exam and got in the Air force. Was caught, and would have got thrown out except he was in the top of his flight. Unfortunately he failed his final physical with a inner ear problem,discharged, and in 1952 was drafted and joined the 82nd Airborne.
My dad was my first passenger when I got my License in 1980.
Dexter said on July 5, 2009 at 1:49 am
Pilot Joe: I don’t know for sure, because after we ate we decided to climb this huge man-made hill by the watershed project to eyeball the planes as they took off and flew right over our heads. I had binoculars , but I am not astute enough to ID planes flying overhead…then after just twenty minutes my friend got an emergency call about a leaking water heater and we had to skedaddle back to his car so he could address the problem at his home. I guess the highlight for me was the crane that cruised right over us.
News from “Taste of Chicago”—
“Five people arrested for carrying guns appeared in Cook County Court Saturday, with a judge setting bail at $100,000 for four of them. Charges are pending against a 15-year-old boy who brought a loaded sawed-off shotgun in his backpack into the Taste, Drew said.”
yes…a 15 year old boy and a LOADED sawed-off SHOTGUN !!
coozledad said on July 5, 2009 at 10:03 am
Nancy: I think Chris Onstad must have read your post Friday:
Jeff (the mild-mannered one) said on July 5, 2009 at 12:57 pm
Don’t know enough to comment on this, but someone here will — http://www.nytimes.com/2009/07/05/opinion/05barlow.html
nancy said on July 5, 2009 at 2:57 pm
I saw that today. Interesting, but it’ll never happen, as cycling is still seen here as some sort of commie pinko activity better enjoyed in Portland. That doesn’t stop me from enjoying my daily bike rounds, and there may be hope for a few dedicated bike lanes on avenues such as Woodward, et al. The new Dequindre Cut trail is lovely, I’m told.
Ultimately, the problem is sprawl. (And weather.) Dedicated cyclists don’t think anything of a 20-mile commute, but it’s hard to imagine dilettantes who live farther from the center city than, say, Grosse Pointe going for it. But who knows? Odder things have happened.
moe99 said on July 5, 2009 at 3:14 pm
Good piece on healthcare that works in other countries (France and Holland). I have to say that during my one year stay in Belgium (’78-’79), I was required to have health insurance, selected a healthcare provider from a number of choices, and was able to be seen quickly when there was a medical emergency and well treated.
Ps, I think John Cole at Balloon Juice gets Palin just right:
beb said on July 5, 2009 at 3:24 pm
While last night (the 4th) wasn’t as scary as some New Years celebrations, it was loud and smoky. Even my wife, returning from her afternoon shift at work noted how smokey the area was from all the fireworks.
Jolene said on July 5, 2009 at 5:57 pm
Couldn’t believe the article re bicycling didn’t have a single word to say about the weather! Talk about an oversight.
Dexter said on July 5, 2009 at 8:07 pm
I have ridden city streets many times as I have blogged about here at nnc.
Even a few years ago, Detroit was the easiest, most car-free city of them all to ride a bike in. I used to street-park for free near the old Tiger Stadium and pedal up Michigan Avenue to Woodward and then over to Comerica Park for ball games. Folks back home thought I must be nuts to leave my car in Corktown and then cycle back there after the game, but there wasn’t anybody ever around to knock me over the head! Ya can’t have a crime without a criminal!
I have two areas I want to cycle: Grosse Ile and Belle Isle. One of these days, maybe…
Deborah said on July 5, 2009 at 8:29 pm
Sunday evening 7:20 pm CDT. As my daughter says stick a fork in me, I’m done. What a great holiday weekend, one of the best! I love Friday holiday weekends over Monday holiday weekends. The weather was fantastic (except for those 3 hours standing in the rain listening to Mellencamp and Dylan in South Bend, we skipped out on Willie Nelson, not really fans even though the rain had stopped by then, 3 1/2 hours on your feet in the rain is enough). In Chicago the weather this weekend has been amazing, cool and slightly breezy despite the humidity this morning. Hard to believe it is July. Much as I hate for it to end, I can go back to work tomorrow with the thought that this has been one of the best holiday weekends I can remember.
Jeff (the mild-mannered one) said on July 5, 2009 at 9:33 pm
Truly, it’s felt like one of the bestest ever (says the house expert, aka the Lad) —
here are some photos of same if you can stomach the relentless midwestern charm of it all.
The only thing we missed was sparklers in the lawn, not out of misplaced sense of safety, but because i forgot to buy some. We had poppers, which were deemed acceptable. No fireworks images, because i gave up on taking pictures of those years ago. It just never quite captures what you’re yearning to hold onto a bit of.
Dexter said on July 6, 2009 at 1:48 am
This link is just one of many Detroit videos by this woman, most of them are cycling videos. The bicycle-lady in this video is also mentioned in the nyt story, and FWIW, when I parked my car down here (where this video was shot), I parked it just over the Fisher Freeway near Rosa Parks Blvd. (12th Street) right by the pedestrian freeway walk-over bridge. As you can see…man, there ain’t NO traffic any more down there….
brian stouder said on July 6, 2009 at 8:31 am
Well, assuming there is no sex-scandal or naked pictures of one (or more) of the Palins, her resignation might be her attempt at genuine Randy-ism. Remember all that froth about witholding one’s talents from society, when that society needs to change its erring ways?
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