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First Snow

Submitted by Leo Klein on Sat, 12/4/10 (3:43pm)

Hey, San Diego and Tampa: Eat your hearts out! (Corner of Fullerton & Kenmore, just outside of DePaul's Richardson Library).

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Bateman School Condo Having Trouble Being Sold

Submitted by Leo Klein on Thu, 11/11/10 (10:40am)
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First there was my father's bachelor apartment on Burton near Wells which apparently the current owner can't sell for the life of him -- current asking price: a measly $1.8 million (down from $3.1 mil).

Now there's the place where I went to school on Astor and Burton -- the former McCormick Mansion, donated by the McCormick family to Ellen and Alice Bateman to run as a school. I went there from kindergarten to 8th grade. The place later closed down and was divided into separate condo units.

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Living the Digital Life - Amtrak Edition

Submitted by Leo Klein on Sat, 8/21/10 (3:10pm)
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Roy's got a post on all the digital paraphernalia he was lugging around on a recent trip to Boston. This reminded me of my own experience going to Springfield -- and how attached I still was to the 'Cloud' no matter what the circumstances were.

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Illinois State Fair in Springfield

Submitted by Leo Klein on Thu, 8/19/10 (1:25am)
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I had a great two days down at the State Fair in Springfield. The town itself is a great place just for walking around. Weather this year was borderline perfect. Now all that's left is going on a diet for the next 18 months.

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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".*

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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.

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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:

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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.

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