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2010 UIC Richard J. Daley Urban Forum

Submitted by Leo Klein on Tue, 4/27/10 (1:38pm)

The annual UIC Urban Forum took place today. Mayor Daley spoke at the opener and then took part in one of the panel discussions later on. Obama Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel also was there -- participating in a lively discussion along with Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter, Motorola CEO Greg Brown and moderator Judy Woodruff.

Discussion at these things tends to lead to platitudes ("collaboration", "shared resources" -- and considering the venue -- "more support for education"). My favorite moment came when Woodruff went on and on about people's "anger" and Rahm pointed out that it might have something to do with the economic situation. "But why does the press focus on it then," Woodruff asked. Rahm looked at her and smiled: "that's the subject for another panel".*

* Quoted from memory.


Oy, What a Day

Submitted by Leo Klein on Mon, 4/19/10 (2:57pm)

CTA Mouth Warbler II

Submitted by Leo Klein on Thu, 1/28/10 (9:33am)

cta_logo_125x125.jpgFollowing up from last week, here's what I heard on the El going to Skokie last night:

"Attention Passengers: Please do not attempt to board the train -- the doors are closing".

Actually the delivery for this one was pretty good, though again, a touch on the long side.


Mouthful to Say for CTA Train Drivers at Each & Every Stop

Submitted by Leo Klein on Thu, 1/21/10 (6:20pm)

CTA Logo Has anyone else noticed drivers on the El announcing at every stop:

"Do not attempt to board the train. Doors closing."

That's a huge mouthful to say. No wonder they flub up every third stop or so. But what really gets me is that cognitively I don't think this works. In such a quick moment before the doors are about to close, you really need something snappier, simpler -- something like:


Early Voting - Primary 2010

Submitted by Leo Klein on Sat, 1/16/10 (7:06pm)

With an early voting location at the CPL branch at Lincoln Park -- just across the street from DePaul -- you can't get any more convenient. Not surprisingly, for a (February) Primary, traffic was light. I walked right in, no waiting, no line.


Best Most Outrageous Bank Fee Ev-a

Submitted by Leo Klein on Sat, 11/7/09 (8:52am)

Just noticed that the scoundrels at Chase are now charging me on an account that I don't use much a $6 monthly "Inactivity Fee". (Larger image.)


What I Learned Today: Women & Booze in China

Submitted by Leo Klein on Thu, 10/1/09 (7:38pm)

From the Berkshire Encyclopedia of China:

"Traditionally, women did not drink alcohol. Today most women in China still shun liquor and choose non-alcoholic beverages. However, because business deals in China are closed more often at dinner tables than in meeting rooms, a growing number of enterprises and government agencies require that their public relations officers, mostly young women, develop a great capacity for drinking, much to the chagrin of the public." [Jiu Wenhua, "Wine Culture", Berkshire Encyclopedia of China, v.5, p. 2448]


Flu-Shot Day at UIC

Submitted by Leo Klein on Tue, 9/29/09 (1:05pm)

The sticker reads, "I Got My Flu Vaccine! Did You?"

Normally I don't bother but this year, it seems like there's a heightened awareness. Judging by the larger crowd even at 10 in the morning, I'd say a lot of people were feeling the same way.


German Day in Chicago

Submitted by Leo Klein on Mon, 9/14/09 (9:59am)

Over the weekend, we went to German Day in Lincoln Square in Chicago. I've been going to this thing since I was old enough to slip into a pair of lederhosen (obligatory photo of Leo as a toddler with the first Mayor Daley).