Friday, June 05, 2009
So I may not like you or love you, but tonight, Carlos Zambrano, this old Cub fan appreciates you.
Just last weekend I noticed three other stores had closed.
This is in addition to my former boss, who has been unemployed for more than six months now, and is worried about medical insurance. And the friend who has an advanced degree, an impressive resume and blue-chip references and still has been pounding the payment since March.
Oh yeah, and then there's me. I'm still worried about my own job security. After all, I'm in advertising in a tough economy, so joblessness just naturally hangs over my head like the Sword of Damocles.
So it's with me all the time -- this bad economy. Nationally unemployment is at 9.4%. Here in Cook County it's a little higher. Even though these are sad and sobering thoughts for a sunny Friday afternoon, I'm glad they haunt me. I'm glad that my grocery bag contained a box of Pasta Roni (fettucine alreado flavor) for the neighborhood food pantry.
As Bruce Springsteen likes to remind us, "In the end, nobody wins unless everybody wins." Every plant that closes and every little bakery that goes out of business means unemployment and no insurance and lots of worry and heartbreak for someone who is just like me. Next time it could be me, and I'd appreciate it if someone out there hurt a little bit for me, too.
“This can be a quick one. Don’t take too long to think about it. Fifteen books you’ve read that will always stick with you. First fifteen you can recall in no more than 15 minutes.”
1) The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
2) Charlotte's Web by E. B. White
3) In Cold Blood by Truman Capote
4) JFK: Reckless Youth by Nigel Hamilton
5) To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
6) The Princess Bride by William Goldman
7) Saving Graces by Elizabeth Edwards
8) Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell
9) Personal Injuries by Scott Turow
10) Pentimento by Lilliam Hellman
11) A Short Season by Jeannie Morris
12) Bang the Drum Slowly by Mark Harris
13) The Diary of Anne Frank
14) House of Sand and Fog by Andre Dubus
15) Oxygen by Carol Cassella
If you play along, let me know so I can see which books you chose.
PORTLAND, Ore. — Police in Oregon say they’ve found graphic child pornography at the home of the half-brother to the late Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis.
The search at the Ashland home of 62-year-old James Auchincloss occurred in October, according to the Ashland Daily Tidings, which first reported the story. No charges have been filed.
Calls by The Associated Press to Auchincloss were not returned.
The newspaper said Auchincloss, who has lived in Ashland since 1995 and serves on the board of Oregon Stage Works, declined to comment on what police found at his home, saying that it was “a matter for the courts.”