Siftings

Centerfield
Nov
06
Centerfield
Given a choice, centerfielders always sit in the back of the room.  We’re more comfortable there, where we can see the whole playing field.  So, while other local government folks are sitting up front, where they’ll be seen, I take a seat at the back of the Figge lobby for the Americans for the...
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Not a complaint, just an observation #1,537
Nov
05
Not a complaint, just an observation #1,537
The workday starts at 7:30 with a breakfast, so I’d be up a little early anyway.  This is one of those mornings where the newspaper really pulls its weight.  I’m sure some folks stay up late and watch election returns, but I’ve never seen the point of that.  The newspaper will have it all neatly...
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The bends
Nov
04
The bends
If you rise to the surface too fast from the watery depths, dissolved gases in your bloodstream can turn into bubbles and cause all manner of problems.  It’s called decompression syndrome or, more commonly, the bends. I think I was overtaken by a spell of it tonight, watching television.  Pulled...
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Thank you, Alma
Nov
02
Thank you, Alma
I’m pleasantly surprised.  Times reporter Alma Gaul has two excellent stories about the “Food Forest” project in the Garden Addition.  The story about the recent planting of nut bearing trees is interesting and has heartwarming photography, but her side story about former City Designer Darrin...
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Harbingers
Nov
01
Harbingers
Two sure harbingers of winter are swapping the Jeep’s soft top for the hard top and making a pass through Snowstar’s pre-season equipment swap.  Colin scores the coolest skis at the swap, that somehow also have the lowest price - $20.  They’re vintage Super G skis.  Long metallic gold beauties,...
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Introductions, Part II
Oct
31
Introductions, Part II
Bob Babcock stops by City Hall, unannounced, to discuss yesterday’s meeting.  We’ve never met, and exchange brief “how we got here” bios.  He scans my bookshelf and makes some assumptions. I tell him I try not to use the “P word”.  The Council was courageous to put an initiative on a ballot in...
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Craig’s Friday Countdown: Gas station candy bars
Oct
31
Craig’s Friday Countdown: Gas station candy bars
Gas Station Candy Bars 20.  Zagnut – never had one, not buying anything called Zagnut 19.  Whatchamacallit – never had one, opposed to buying something the company which sells it is too lazy to give a name to (also applies to most luxury car brands) 18.  Payday – a bag of nuts is better 17. ...
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Introductions
Oct
30
Introductions
I’m invited to attend a meeting to discuss ways to help kids overcome poverty.  It’s the fourth meeting of the group and when I read the minutes of the first three meetings to prepare, I find the meeting gets underway with introductions.  When the intros get around to me I simply say, “I’m Craig...
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Career choice
Oct
29
Career choice
Another tag team series of FOIAs from WQAD and Mike Meloy have come over the transom, and Finance, Legal and Fire staff are working dutifully on responding.  The 5,000+ pages of documents we’ve provided the Bettendorf attorney aren’t adequate to satisfy his curiosity, so he continues to avail...
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Where, from where
Oct
28
Where, from where
Mayor Gluba and Aldermen Justin and Meeker have been invited to tour the East Village with some property and business owners to discuss moving forward with elements of the East Village Plan.  Matt Flynn and I are in attendance.  We discuss a range of ideas around a table at Lagos.  Its early...
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