Can we get a few more degrees, please? Teens would be a relief. Twenties would be grand. Above freezing would be an absolute dream (banned punchtuaction). Thankful the roads are dry and we’re almost through January. Days are getting longer. The sun is shining.
Wishing everyone a good day.
- NonAFSCMEStateEmployeeFromChatham - Wednesday, Jan 26, 22 @ 7:55 am:
After last night’s win, the Fighting Illini can be temporarily renamed the Surviving Illini after blowing the big leads but still managing to win by one.
I know we’re all sick of it, but this week I had to bury a 50y.o. unvaccinated friend without other risk factors from Covid who leaves behind a spouse and 4 kids.
If you’re not gonna get the shot, then please at least consider giving yourself a bit of space from other people or even better wear a mask around them. I promise you, his kids will wish he did for the rest of their lives.
- NonAFSCMEStateEmployeeFromChatham - Wednesday, Jan 26, 22 @ 8:29 am:
I only caught the 7-7:30 portion of the show this morning (I’ll check to see if the rest gets saved online later), but Madonia’s show on 1450 during that half-hour this morning sounded like a pre-funeral for the State Journal-Register. With about 3 former SJR staffers on talking about their times at the paper (and how “good they had it” under Copley ownership), and lamenting about how Gatehouse and Gannett have deteriorated the paper. Sam hinted that other former SJR people might have been interviewed at other parts of the show this morning.
Saw that Shia Kapos at Playbook attended the Aurora City Council meeting last night to see how constituents reacted to Irvin running. Nothing truly interesting came of it, but it brings up how the Mayors running for higher office could be confronted outside of planned campaign events.
Two more friends have COVID this week. One a nurse, one a teacher, both successful dodgers of the virus since pandemic onset. Both also properly vaxxed and boosted and not doing too badly, though I found out Omicron can give you a terrible backache.
The SJR has been on life support for years. It’s pretty much a zombie that doesn’t know it. Which is really sad if you remember the Journal, the Register, and the Sun.
But they pretty much did it to themselves with their all over the place non-transparent pricing that had you paying as much as $80 and your neighbor paying $35 or less for the same product. And most the stories are two days old with not much local news except sports. Now they are cutting out Saturday delivery. Don’t know why I keep taking it except I do like doing the puzzles on paper and don’t like the online interface.
- Grandson of Man - Wednesday, Jan 26, 22 @ 9:52 am:
Today is a glorious anniversary for Chicago and our state, 36 years ago, 01/26/86. Let us go about this day with quiet reverence and appreciation.
If you have any non-owned stray cats or dogs who you see hanging around your place it would be a blessing to put out some extra food for them this morning. It is brutally and dangerously cold for them at these temperatures.
Delta dental finally paid my dentist for work done in July 2020. 18 months. Maybe delayed because of the state backlog, and maybe Delta had offices closed because of Covid, or some of their people quit and they can’t find replacements? I don’t know, but there is room for improvement.