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Tickets

Recently I went to the KU campus to turn in an application at the Kansas Union. Knowing that there are some places that require a parking permit or have parking meters, I looked around the parking lot before I pulled in to make sure that I would ... Continue reading

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Summer heat is back!

So, it turns out that August is now officially my least favorite month. I'm not a fan of the heat. I can tolerate it, but would much rather have cooler weather all summer long. Oh well, every year I don't get my way. Most of this summer, ... Continue reading

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The Refrigerator Cooking Challenge

My friend Moxie and her squeeze decided recently to endeavor on what they call a "refrigerator cooking" challenge. This meant that they were not going to make a single trip to the grocery store or eat out for two weeks. They went cold turkey, if you will. ... Continue reading

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I am a slave!

Recently we decided to replace a fence damaged during the tornado some years ago. The surveyor came and staked the property line. Wow, were we surprised. I thought we owned the land upon which the city has placed their sidewalk. I had been willing to accept some ... Continue reading

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War Memorial

I have yet to see anything in the LJW about the proposed Vietnam War Memorial in Wichita that some Vietnamese Americans want to put up. A single bronze statue in honor of those men from both the American and South Vietnamese armed forces. Apparently there is an ... Continue reading

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The thin white line

I was away on vacation when I read online that the city put in bike lanes for a couple of blocks of Ninth Street. After wading through as many of the predictable comments at the end — “I once saw a bike rider run a red light!!!”; ... Continue reading

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Sand Bar Street Party

The fire marshal, the police and authorities took a deep breath and said "ok" and they closed the street. The many hundreds of folk who turned up to watch Captain Jack and the Band had a great time. I know of party goers in their 70's and ... Continue reading

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In Plain Sight 8/2/2009

Previous:IPS 7/27/2009 Next:IPS 8/2/2009 jehovah_bob is this week's winner. See below for the complete photo 1st image: http://worldonline.media.clients.ellingtoncms.com/img/blogs/entry_img/2009/Aug/02/DSC_4676a.JPG 2nd image: http://worldonline.media.clients.ellingtoncms.com/img/blogs/entry_img/2009/Aug/03/DSC_4676b.JPG 3rd image: http://worldonline.media.clients.ellingtoncms.com/img/blogs/entry_img/2009/Aug/04/DSC_4676c.JPG 4tth image: http://worldonline.media.clients.ellingtoncms.com/img/blogs/entry_img/2009/Aug/05/DSC_4676d.JPG Well, at least I'm on time this week. I don't have any clever, deceptive, or confusing clues. Well, maybe the ... Continue reading

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A creepy plant

Today I went out to Baker wetlands to take pictures and found this totally creepy plant-Dodder. This is a parasitic plant that no longer has chlorophyll. Instead it gets its food by absorbing it from other plants. I had never seen this plant before so I was ... Continue reading

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Treasure # 7 - FOUND by Donovan & Emma!

Congratulations to Donovan and Emma...who are shown standing in front of the 'V' at Conrad & Viola McGrew Nature Preserve with Oliver's treasure http://worldonline.media.clients.ellingtoncms.com/img/blogs/entry_img/2009/Aug/02/S3_35423_1_1.JPG It was a close chase for riches, however. As Donovan, Emma and their father were leaving the park, they met another group of ... Continue reading

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Brother, can you spare a dime?

A few days ago, there was a letter to the editor that painted a picture of young families forced to seek assistance on the streets of Lawrence. That article got my attention. I was both angry and exasperated. My anger stems from disgust with our very wealthy ... Continue reading

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The Lawrence We Remember: Things We Miss

Tonight's beautiful weather got me to thinking about some of the things that we used to have in town, particularly those I miss. Here are some of the things I fondly remember. 1. The train in Watson Park without the fence. I know it really wasn't safe ... Continue reading

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Help Lawrence: hit the gas for God’s Sake!-North Lawrence detour/By Gnome

There's a problem at the North Lawrence detour, but you can't blame this on the officials, the road workers, or the people of North Lawrence. I was by the detour for a while this afternoon and observed something funny. Drivers are flowing off the bridge onto Elm ... Continue reading

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Applications

I am old or at least I feel old. I have filled out job application after application and keep getting the same answers. I either don't have the experience or I don't answer the questions at the end of the application process right. Since human nature is ... Continue reading

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Hope DC is ready for some Mean Melin

Because of my regional win in Kansas City last month, I will be heading to Washington, DC on Aug. 7 to compete in the 2009 US Air Guitar Championship. The USAG organization traveled the country to find the best air guitarists around, and below is the list ... Continue reading

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Media Days: Video clips that I found interesting

After making the eight-hour drive back from Irving, Texas, I'm left with one philosophical question: Would you realize immediately that you were in the Flint Hills if the sign on the Turnpike didn't tell you it was the Flint Hills? While you're pondering that, here are some ... Continue reading

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Empty Banks

I don't know if you've noticed, but there are a lot of banks in Lawrence. Just a quick Google search shows just how many. View Larger Map Now my reason for pointing that out is that in addition to realizing the large number of banks, I've noticed ... Continue reading

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And the journey gets stranger…

Last I wrote, I was sitting with our new friends in Istanbul. After we left we took a walk around the Blue Mosque, but didn't go inside, as we were not dressed properly. We found a street full of auto parts stores, and were very tempted to ... Continue reading

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culture of mind your manners?

I was raised by Democrats, well I think Mom sometimes canceled Dad's vote. It was done politely, just by stepping behind the curtain. My extended family is mixed, both the elephants and donkeys are at the Thanksgiving dinner table. I was taught to respect people for their ... Continue reading

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Fox Proves That Big Girls DO Cry!

Okay, so I watched the newest spin on the Bachelor, a show called More to Love, which aired last Tuesday at 8 pm on Fox. My 15 year old son and I decided to tune in, solely because we had been inundated with commercials about the upcoming ... Continue reading