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Annual Independence Day Cook Out

Submitted by Leo Klein on Fri, 7/3/09 (8:56pm)

We had our annual Independence Day Cook Out in Lincoln Park near Addison. The weather was perfect and we didn't leave till 7pm -- to see the fireworks downtown.

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Holiday Dinner at Mom's

Submitted by Leo Klein on Sun, 12/28/08 (11:16am)

Yes, we were able to fit in everyone who came. Got back home late.

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Yes, It's that Time of Year: Blue Beanie Day 2008

Submitted by Leo Klein on Wed, 11/19/08 (2:11pm)

Courtesy of Jeffrey Zeldman:

Announcing the second annual Blue Beanie Day! Show your support for Web Standards and Accessibility. Please join us on Friday, November 28, 2008 in celebrating Blue Beanie Day.

Friday, November 28, 2008 is the day thousands of Standardistas (people who support web standards) will wear a Blue Beanie to show their support for accessible, semantic web content.

1st Day at OAR

Submitted by Leo Klein on Mon, 3/17/08 (6:20pm)

Today was my first day as Web Coordinator at the Office of Admission and Records at UIC. Bunch of nice people and lots of possibilities for the site.

On a totally unrelated note, here's a shot from the day before of my sister blowing out the candles on her birthday cake.

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Holiday Dinner

Submitted by Leo Klein on Wed, 12/26/07 (10:17pm)
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End of year get-together. It was nice to see everyone. Alas, being the cook, I was cooped up in the kitchen for way too much of it. Next year, I'm ordering out!

P.S. Managed to do all the dishes within 24 hours of the event. Yes, I know, a miracle.

Happy Blue Beanie Day

Submitted by Leo Klein on Mon, 11/26/07 (3:46pm)

I support web standards and accessibility -- and so can you!

9/11 Home Video: Lower Manhattan Two Weeks After the Attack

Submitted by Leo Klein on Tue, 9/11/07 (5:08am)

I've witnessed two major events of "historical" proportions, one very good and one very bad. The very good one was the Fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989. The very bad one was 9/11 in New York.

At the time of 9/11, I was living in Manhattan. Here are a number of video clips I took around two weeks after the attack.

We see the flyers for missing persons, a NYFD Fire Station set up almost like a shrine; we see the World Trade Center in smoldering ruins with debris everywhere; finally we see energetic attempts to get things back in working order.

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July 4th BBQ

Submitted by Leo Klein on Wed, 7/4/07 (1:21pm)

Living the High Life at the Lake in Lincoln Park -- with relatives and old friends from both coasts in for the occasion. A perfect day.

Berlin 1987: Summer of Hönkel

Submitted by Leo Klein on Sun, 6/3/07 (1:38pm)

With all the talk of anniversaries, I thought I'd mention the "Summer of Hönkel" which happened in West Berlin twenty years ago.

It was a hectic period of cultural ferment and turmoil. "Hönkel" -- which I think was a beer -- was supposed to represent this vast chaotic mix.

I was reminded of it most recently by this picture in Flickr. The picture is of a supermarket that went up in flames in the course of a riot on May 1 1987. My house was across the street from the supermarket.

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