Tuesday, July 22, 2014

You got me waiting

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When I wasn't looking, something left this partially eaten foodstuff on my stoop.

* For your consideration: Letter from Langdon: Reliably Unpredictable:

Between now and the year 2040, farmers will need to produce as much food as was grown in the previous 1,500 years. That’s because by then, world population levels are expected to exceed 9 billion. On top of that, greater weather variability means higher temperatures, and production shifts to the north, to places like North Dakota where it used to be impossible to produce long maturity crops like corn.

* Somewhere in South Dakota: Boat ramp time lapse.

* On a big boat line... (Amazing pre-Tumbling Dice song.)

Posted by: Marie at 10:21 PM |

Monday, July 21, 2014

Pick up a flat rock

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Sunrise.

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Lunch.

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Green on green. I like the color of this house.

* Knock it off already with wry references to 'the Twitter' -- Zorn. [People who say "the Twitter" are the same people who said, or would have said, "farm out." -- me.]

* Skip it across Green River.

Posted by: Marie at 10:46 PM |

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Long ago life was clean

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Songs of the Civil War, I think, at Union Square Park.

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* Invasive species: Buddleia: The plant that dominates Britain's railways.

* Legendary blues-rock guitarist Johnny Winter dead at age 70. "Winter rose to fame in the late 1960s and ’70s with his performances and recordings that included producing his childhood hero Muddy Waters."

* This is about so much more than a classic Chicago Victorian: Sweet home Chicago? The house where Muddy sang the blues awaits a rescue.

* Chicago: Great Neighborhood Walks: Exploring The Turrets Of Armitage.

* A few Second Empire-styled Victorians at 21st and Ashland.

* Sex was bad and obscene ... Victoria was my queen.

Posted by: Marie at 10:31 PM |

Saturday, July 19, 2014

I hope you have a lot of nice things to wear

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A few weeks ago, I was reading my book near the pond a couple blocks from my neighborhood when I felt like I was being watched. Without moving a muscle, I turned my vision to the side and saw this little furry face craning its neck to get a look at me. At first, I thought it might be a rabbit. When I turned my head to get a better look, it did a quick about-face and dove into the weeds. It was so fast, but I was pretty sure it wasn't a rabbit. I wondered if it might be a prairie dog or even a beaver. Hey, I'm a city girl. I don't really know what these things look like.

Then last night I was driving in the same area when a very large gaggle of very large geese decided to walk across the road right in front of me. After the geese passed, but before I could hit the gas, a beaver scampered (waddled, sauntered; what do beaver do?) across the road about 15 feet in front of my car. Wow, it really is a beaver, I thought. How cool. A beaver right here in the city.

Then this afternoon, I'm sorry to report, the beaver was dead in the road. It had obviously been hit by a car. I tried to imagine how fast someone was driving to be unable to brake the car for the little thing. I was so sad. I am still sad. Why.....

* But then a lot of nice things turn bad out there...

Posted by: Marie at 10:22 PM |

Friday, July 18, 2014

I am leaving

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The former Ellis's Your Out Inn a block down, on the left, re-opened this week. I can't remember the last time the Budweiser sign was lit up. Sometime last fall, probably. But, it's not just a tavern anymore. No, it's tavern and a gambling joint. it seems every bar in town has now become a place for legalized gambling. Even bars that were closed for months, years, have come back with gambling as the main feature. Is there any bar in town that isn't a casino? Is that the best we can do? Is that all we got? Do I sound like church lady? Sorry. But, damn.

* February 2014: Gaming gold rush: 81 Springfield establishments have video gambling machines.

* June 2014: Local Business Notes: 140 outlets, 405 terminals licensed as new city gambling ordinance takes effect:

May figures from the Illinois Gaming Board show $22.7 million was wagered and $20.9 million won in Springfield. The state’s share of taxes from gambling totaled nearly $450,000, while the city collected nearly $89,000.

* I haven't paid much attention to video gambling before now, but, wow, somebody's raking it in: Illinois video gaming statistics.

* I am leaving. But, I will still remain.

Posted by: Marie at 10:12 PM |