The Kansas Board of Regents has hired Bernadette Gray-Little, the provost at the University of North Carolina, as the next chancellor of KU. As far as I know, this is the first time they have named a woman. Finally.
The Scripps National Spelling Bee winner from Olathe Kansas is aspiring to be a neurosurgeon when she grows up. Not only that…she’s beautiful and charming. She’ll go far. “Kavya Shivashankar became the seventh Indian-American in 11 years to claim the title, including back-to-back winners who want to be neurosurgeons. Her role model is the one who started the run: 1999 winner Nupur Lala, who was featured in the documentary “Spellbound” and is now a research assistant in the brain and cognitive sciences lab at Massachusetts Institute of Technology.” For more…
“Kavya, was an obvious favorite, having finished 10th, eighth and fourth in her three previous appearances. Her winning word was the proper adjective ‘Laodicean,’ which means lukewarm or indifferent in religion or politics. As with all her words, Kavya wrote the letters in the palm of her hand with her finger as she called them out.”
There is nothing more fundamental than the right to marry the person you love. One day, everyone will have that right. One of these days, people will realize it doesn’t matter what state you live in, that can’t matter…it won’t matter…when all is said and done. We may have to wait until Justices Kennedy (73) and homophobe Scalia (72) retire to get the job done. The Full Faith and Credit Clause—Article IV, Section 1, of the U.S. Constitution—provides that the various states must recognize legislative acts, public records, and judicial decisions of the other states within the United States. They will have to honor the contradicted obligations of another state. TheThe Los Angeles Times reported Wednesday that former U.S. Solicitor General Theodore Olson and David Boies, who opposed each other in the court wrangling over the 2000 presidential election results for George W. Bush and Al Gore, have filed a federal lawsuit on behalf of two gay couples. This should be interesting to follow.
Jay Leno is leaving his late night show tonight after 17 years. I usually watch David Rose or on occasion, Letterman. Conan O’Brian is not at the top of my list of comedians. Jon Stewart is very funny some of the time.
Some cell phones have lasting power. Someone I know was riding her Harley down the highway when she noticed something in her rear view mirror spewing all over the highway. She didn’t realize what it was until she returned to her farmette and her cell phone and holster were missing from her belt. So, back she went to retrieve the various bits and pieces from the highway and reassemble them. She was surprised it still worked and all she needed was a new cover and holster…both on sale for a few bucks. Amazing that Samsung.
Times Square has turned into a pedestrian mall…which is very cool. Five blocks have been closed to traffic where the streets are inhabited by people instead of traffic. The Times Square Allianace, which is a business owners’ groups that acts like a Chamber of Commerce for the area, says it’s so successful that no one has even pilfered any of the 350 chairs they have made available. Over 350,000 people throng the area daily. It will remain closed to traffic at least until the end of the year. You can relax in one of the busiest places in New York read a book, visit or people watch. My mother would have loved it.
My time has come…I need a root canal. I’ve never had one. Never lost a permanent tooth either.
Jeremy Milbradt of Smoky Valley Appliance Repair came to take a look at a refrigerator/freezer that shot craps on the day I was least prepared to handle it…the day my houseguest arrived. I’ll spare the details, but he did determine it was beyond repair. Remember the Almond Gold GE’s appliances of 1972-74? Quite the thing, back then. We moved them from the old house to this one in ‘76. Slowly they perished. The refrig served us well all these years with little or no attention given to it. Today it went to the dump. Jeremy drained the freon and gave me a slip of paper attesting to the fact. You need that and $3.00 to unload it at the landfill. I don’t need it anymore and it probably drew it’s last breath knowing that.
Jeremy does excellent work. He was trained by Larry Adamek and knows what he’s doing. I blogged another “appliance doctor” a few years ago and it was a bad mistake, so forget that as he ran up a lot of expenses on a dryer I had and didn’t fix it. Didn’t even return calls. That’s his reputation, so I’m sorry if I led people astray. Jeremy is very good…and honest. Oops…one of Josh’s signs just emerged.
If you’re in Abilene, stop at the downtown New and Used Book Store (probably called something else officially). Tyler, Ally, Cathy, Nancy and I had lunch there yesterday. It was good…and fun.
I was amazed at the volumes of books they have to buy. There are several tables such as the above inside, with a couple of sidewalk size tables outside. It’s a nice place.
They had several very good sandwiches and great desserts on the menu. They are very nice ladies who work there.
We had a fun day visiting friends and seeing the sights in Abilene. Tyler is a very good sport.