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1st Day Back at Library Reference

Submitted by Leo Klein on Sat, 1/2/10 (7:46pm)
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Meanwhile in other news...

Today was my first day back at Library Reference at DePaul. Winter Session starts on Monday.

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In Berlin When the Wall Came Down

Submitted by Leo Klein on Mon, 11/9/09 (8:57am)

I was in Berlin when the Wall came down. In fact I had been living there since 1984.

I had just woken up from an early evening nap when one of the people from the Wohngemeinschaft where I was living told me the Wall had come down.

This seemed strange since it looked perfectly intact only an hour before when I had gone to sleep.

Of course my room-mate was exaggerating. In fact, the Wall hadn't come down -- it had simply opened up. You still had to show your ID to get through. There was one or maybe two cross-points. These are important distinctions which I'll get back to in a moment but at that point it really didn't matter. I like everyone rushed out to welcome the incoming East Germans at Checkpoint Charlie, buying a bottle of Sekt (German sparkling wine) along the way.

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So Where's the Cake?

Submitted by Leo Klein on Sat, 10/31/09 (12:56pm)

So the email goes out: "pumpkin nut/raisin bread" in the Reference Workroom.

Sounds nice, huh? So what's left when the Saturday crew finally shows up? You're looking at it.

Outrageous!

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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.

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German Day in Chicago

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

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Back to School at Depaul - Library Reference Edition

Submitted by Leo Klein on Thu, 9/10/09 (8:32pm)
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Actually the school year started on Tuesday but it's the first day back for me!

On a side note, DePaul Library now has a new Twitter account: http://twitter.com/dpulibrarian

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Back to School at UIC

Submitted by Leo Klein on Mon, 8/24/09 (9:07pm)
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Today was the first day of school at UIC. The weather was great.

The first picture is of the East Campus at around noon. The second picture is later in the day of new student Alex (son of friend Aaron) sampling local delicacies -- including a polish sausage with grilled onions and fries from Jim's Original Maxwell St Polish and an authentic piece of original baklava from the Pan Hellenic Pastry Shop on Halsted.

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Pictures from the Illinois State Fair

Submitted by Leo Klein on Thu, 8/20/09 (9:24pm)
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I had a great time at the Illinois State Fair. I was there on Tuesday and Wednesday. Usually the first day, I hang around the city and the second day, I hang out at the fair.

It's a pretty city.

Of course, I was bummed out to see that Boone's Saloon had closed. The backyard patio was a perennial stop for me.

One thing you absolutely must do when you're at the Fair is see the Butter Cow in the Dairy Building. This year, the Butter Cow was joined by a youngish Abe Lincoln, this being the 200th anniversary of his birth.

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DePaul Makes It into Andrew Sullivan's 'Daily Dish' -- in Reverse

Submitted by Leo Klein on Mon, 8/3/09 (5:54pm)
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Here's something interesting. Andrew Sullivan, on his blog, The Daily Dish, has been featuring a series of user-submitted photos called, 'The View From Your Window'. And wouldn't you know, Saturday, he ran a picture from DePaul!

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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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