Now with wildlife.
Bob (not Greene) said on May 29, 2011 at 5:10 pm
It FINALLY stopped raining here after two waves of big storms, lots of lightning, etc. Hope it misses you. Summer will officially hit here tomorrow. Sunny, near 90. I’m making ribs — all damn day. I can’t wait.
nancy said on May 29, 2011 at 5:41 pm
Not likely. It’s in Ann Arbor now, and will probably be here within the hour.
Cicero is Hispanic? Why did I have the impression it was full of Orthodox Jews with 14-child families? Or am I thinking of Skokie?
Bob (Not Greene) said on May 29, 2011 at 6:10 pm
You must be thinking of Skokie, although it’s not ultra orthodox as far as I know. Kinda not in my neck of the woods, though. Cicero – once Al Capone’s suburban headquarters — is about 90 percent Hispanic, although the political leadership is still pretty well mobbed up and, except for a couple years after Betty Loren Maltese went to federal prison, dominated by white ethnics.
Deborah said on May 29, 2011 at 6:23 pm
Bob NG, did you see the forecast for Chicago? More storms expected starting around 9pm. But tomorrow it’s supposed to get up to near 90 as you said. We’re celebrating my husbands birthday tomorrow out on the deck (or esplanade as they call it here). Everyone thinks our building has a pool, we’ve heard that one was planned but since it would occur over the underground parking someone decided that wasn’t a great idea. It’s a fantastic place to sit out and look out over the lake in the summer, even if it doesn’t have a pool. Outdoor pools in Chicago are kind of a waste, I think.
Bob (Not Greene) said on May 29, 2011 at 6:40 pm
Deb, say it ain’t so! I’m so sick of this weather. Hope you’re feeling better, by the way. That’ll teach you to walk in the rain! I kid, I kid! Enjoy summer by the lake — even if it last only until tuesday.
John G. Wallace said on May 29, 2011 at 8:26 pm
Skokie – “Illinois Nazis…. I hate Illinois Nazis!”
Saw more rain and thunderstorms heading through your area Nance… You guys can’t catch a break. I’d bottle up some sunshine and send it north if I could in exchange for a day of rain. Still a container gardener… seems to work best for me in every locale.
coozledad said on May 29, 2011 at 8:42 pm
Waterfowl must be the closest living thing to the big aquatic dinosaurs- grumpy and very defensive of their spoiled rotten young.
Ducks, however, seem to be cheerfully stupid, and not very effective parents, as our body counts would indicate.
We’ve never had any swans. I’ve heard they’re insanely aggressive. (This from a guy who nearly lost a nipple to a gander).
nancy said on May 29, 2011 at 8:45 pm
I’ve had veteran DNR guys tell me they won’t go near them. I shot this picture from an elevated path along the lake, and both adults hissed rather viciously. Cygnets are too cute to resist, though.
Bob (Not Greene) said on May 29, 2011 at 10:58 pm
Deb, 9:56 p.m. and no rain. Sitting in the backyard, drinking a beer, listening to music. It’s summer. Officially.
Deborah said on May 30, 2011 at 12:54 am
I seem to have been wrong about the storms, the forecast is saying clear skies until Tuesday now.
Dexter said on May 30, 2011 at 2:19 am
We were sitting on new patio furniture in Toledo,enjoying slabs of ribs and all sorts of sides,when “it” blew up fast.
We rushed the food and beverages inside in time to save it, but the brand new crank-down umbrellas over the tables were still up, and the wind grabbed them and knocked the tables over. It then hailed for a minute or two, and got dark. By that time, the TV was focussing on Monroe, Michigan. It looked bad, tornado warnings , too, also tornado warnings back home here in Williams County.
I took the dogs back home and I drove through Fayette and West Unity, Ohio….both towns lost many large trees, some huge ones, totally uprooted.
Deborah, my brother and his family rode the LSD. They started a little late and were herded off the Drive at 31st on their northbound leg and forced to ride on streets and the the Lakefront Path back to their Loop garage. Rain north, good riding south of the Loop, and fog obliterating lake views from the Drive..THAT’s FOGGY !
Linda said on May 30, 2011 at 6:43 am
Wow! I didn’t hear about any bad Toledo weather–went up to Dearborn to Greenfield Village for their Civil War reenactment stuff, and while it threatened rain in southern Wayne County all day, it didn’t rain until about 6 p.m. By the time I got to Toledo, everything was calm and the clouds parted. The things that happen when you leave town for a few hours…
Deborah said on May 30, 2011 at 7:36 am
Dexter, it was so foggy yesterday morning I could barely see the bikers on the drive from my place above. There didn’t seem to be many down there. I hear it costs $45 per person now, up from $35.
prospero said on May 30, 2011 at 9:08 am
Interesting story about the origins of Memorial Day.
prospero said on May 30, 2011 at 11:54 am
Sometimes a case comes along that makes me wish I went to law school. I’d guess this structure wasn’t erected in the dark of one night.
Of course,geese are used as guards. A goose bite is painful, and, in the case of a male intruder, a goose is strategically advantaged anatomically.
prospero said on May 30, 2011 at 12:30 pm
Good account of Indy. Apt comparison to Jean Van de Velde and Lindsey Jacobellis. First time since 1912 the winner hadn’t led before the last lap. Only second time the leader into the last lap lost.
Dexter said on May 30, 2011 at 5:55 pm
Like nearly all midwesterners, I live near Canadian geese. I don’t like them for selfish reasons, I guess…they poop all over a nice pathway at the watershed project area , making a mess out of what should be a great park.
Still, it is heartwarming to see, as I did Friday, a family of six of the geese and goslings walking in a yard . I hope they all live happy goose lives.
Linda said on May 30, 2011 at 9:08 pm
Re: the story on Memorial Day. When I moved to Memphis in the mid 80s, I was told that they only closed the library recently for Memorial Day, because it was heretofore considered a “Yankee” holiday, whereas the REAL war holiday was Robert E. Lee’s birthday in January.
prospero said on May 31, 2011 at 6:57 am
In most Southren states, Linda, they can’t get this straight, and calling a day Confederate Heroes Day seems particularly odious. Marking Jeff Davis’ birthday is just bizarre, as Jeff was, himself. (This is one of those rare occasions where Wiki is actually accurate.) My family lived in Memphis when I was a kid. We went to open housing marches and campaigned for JFK. People thought we were strange, or Yankees, or commoniss, I guess. We were also suspect because we went to Catholic Church. I did go to Babdiss camp, where kiddy didling was absolutely rampant, but that can’t be right, only priests do that. O tempora, o mores.
prospero said on May 31, 2011 at 7:52 am
Palin by Ann Telnaes.
prospero said on May 31, 2011 at 8:27 am
But corporations are people with 1st Amendment rights.
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