Wednesday, January 19, 2005

The Morning Read

I gotta tell you: our dog kicks ass. She kicks ass generally, but she especially kicks ass on days like this, when it's 12 degrees outside and she sprints to the end of the drive and retrieves the morning paper. 'Cause you don't want to be out there today unless you have to. (As my father would say, "How'd you like to be out there in nothing but a wet sheet?" No thanks.)

I'm headed to Minneapolis in a few hours (Cold Places Winter Tour 2005! Rock on!!), but found a few items of note this morning for your Morning Read:
  • Is the emperor nekked? I was in Washington last week, and could see the inaugural prep as we drove past the Capital. Enormous. And now we know the three-day shin dig is going to run a bill of $40 million. $40 million. And Washington D.C. is paying $17 million of that in security costs. So what's the other $23-odd mil for? Good question. Lots of parties, I suppose. Oh ... and a parade. Don't forget the parade. And paying someone to set up all those chairs. Lots of chairs on that stage.

    Here's some perspective for you: Let's say the average cost of a school lunch in the US is $1.50. For $40 million we could buy roughly 27 million school lunches, which with a 180 day school year would provide all lunch, for an entire year, for 150,000 students ... which is roughly every pre-, elementary, and middle school student in the Philadelphia Public School system.

    Or how about this? For $40 million we could provide all tuition, room, and board at public college for over a thousand people. Or we could send another six thousand kids to Head Start this year.

    Better be one hell of a party. I'm just sayin'.

  • Red rover come over! Our plucky little Mars rovers are still chugging along ... and one's found a meteorite on the surface. Cool.

  • Democracy! Fuck yeah!! Seems the rock band Fuel led off their set at last night's America's Future Rocks Today pre-inaugural concert with "Welcome to the greatest fucking country in the world!" He's right, of course ... but one has to wonder how the Bush family, who were in the audience along with thousands of teenieboppers there to see Hilary Duff, took it. Somehow I don't think it's the first time Jenna and Barbara heard the word ...

  • New feature! Wikipedia entry of the day: Banana Boat.

  • The next blog: Mangq, from Indonesia. Strange, but strangely interesting ...
Good day, all.


At 10:48 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wondered if your travel plans would be changed. Sounds as though they were. We never know do we? g

At 12:22 AM, Blogger j said...

skied all weekend in sub 10-degree weather -- sometimes you want to be out there even if you don't have to. 'Course, got a nasty little cold to show for it.


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