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Region-y goodness

Monday, June 28, 2004
I be back, my peeps
Rough weekend, and not in a fun, drunken way. Longer post to come later, after I head down to the ol' County Courthouse to do me a little investigative work. Can't divulge what right now, but I'll post the story when it runs. If it pans out -- and with the proof I got, it's going to be a hot one either way -- it's going to be HUUUUUUUGE. HUUUUUUUUGE, I tell you.

I love my job better than most some days.
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Tuesday, May 25, 2004
Cult of Peerless-ality
Totally making my day last week, a former Regionite and passerby to Broad, Richard, came across my post awhile back on Peerless Potato Chips and left a comment. So I e-mailed him, and we talked a bit about Peerless and its cooking capacity and so on and so forth. Didn't hear from him again, so I figured he had all he wanted to know.

Today, this is the message I got:
I Just received a UPS delivery of 4 pounds of Peerless chips today! I'm working up my appetite. Stay in touch!

Richard W

Hey, it only takes a few to start a revolution, or something.
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Sunday, May 23, 2004
BLAAAAARGH! Stupid battery!
After tossing and turning and trying to get some sleep before my big day today, my alarm wakes me up around 4:40 a.m. (See, it's an old Wesclox, and I have it set 15 minutes fast, so you can never quite tell to the minute what time it's set for). I tried going back to sleep for another 20, but since Elliott wasn't having any of that, I got up, brushed my teeth, rubbed the pits, put some pants on, removed an icky spammer dick from Chez Broad (he's still there, though, and I don't know why, because I Blacklisted everything about him) and trounced out the door. Made record time and got there five minutes before we were supposed to caravan to the viewing sight, right? Only to be told that THE IMPLOSION PEOPLE WERE POSTPONING UNTIL 7:30 A.M.


So a bunch of the dudes from the USWA local plus a couple of free-lance cameraman, one of whom was a colleague up until Friday when he quit the competition (go Tasos! Like I said, you're going to love the life, man!), grabbed breakfast at a local dive and headed back, where we proceeded to drive up Dickey Road to Cline Avenue. Cline Avenue, for those not in the know, is a four-lane highway. Well, the Lake County Sheriff had his men block off the entrance ramps to Cline, and here we were, standing on a four-lane highway watching these gargantuan, majestic structures get imploded.

The whole thing? lasted four seconds.

And of COURSE Bubba's battery crapped out as the blast went off, but I got photos of the before and after. (See here.)

Way cool, but it didn't need to be at the buttcrack of dawn. That just ain't RIGHT.
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Monday, April 26, 2004
Home-cooked meals rule.
Nothing like a good ol 'tuna-noona to wipe the "I've-eaten-so-much-crap-in-the-last-three-weeks-that-I've-forgotten-what-real-food-tastes-like" palate clean. (That's tuna casserole for the Broad-impaired.) I've only had most of the ingredients for the past three weeks.

In other news, labor apparently has begun for my cousin Brenda, who last I heard was ready to explode at any second. Like, 12 of my friends are knocked up, and none of them are having any fun, really. Anyway, think happy thoughts for Cousin Bren.
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Friday, March 26, 2004
Extreme ambulance chasing
Not sure if it made the national news, but for you Region/Chicago folk, you know that huge accident that happened on northbound I-65 near Crown Point this morning? Guess who went chasing after the facts of it? Plus found TWO MORE ACCIDENTS RIGHT AFTER THEY HAPPENED!?!? Yeah, that would be ME. Holy shit, dude, I would NOT have wanted to have been driving north anywhere south of Merrillville today, because I'm telling you, those poor schmucks are probably just getting past Lowell about now. It was that bad.
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Tuesday, March 23, 2004
Woo, X-Rock!
Flipping channels on the way home from the meeting I covered, and I land on "The Rock of Region -- X-Rock, 103.9!" Known for sticking with nothing but the 60s, 70s and 80s, sometimes they'll pull out a dusty that you've never heard or you're like, "Wooooow, when was the last time I heard THAT!?!?" But the dusty they pull out? "Showbiz Kids," by my absolute favorite band in the universe, Steely Dan. AND THEY DIDN'T BLEEP OUT THE NAUGHTY PART!

You know them showbiz kids making movies of themselves?
You know they don't give a FUCK about anybody else.

In the meatime, the last two people on "American Idol" sounded like ass. And yeah, that includes the football guy.
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Sunday, March 21, 2004
Feeding the beast, 12 inches at a time
Because I'm so excited that the desk didn't cut or change my story in any way, I'm linking to it:

Clicky hee-yah.

The link'll be gone by tomorrow, so see my amazing reporting skills today while you still can.

[UPDATE: Since my original text wasn't touched in anyway, and I'm not done getting over that fact, (plus I'm an idiot and didn't pull it off the Web site to include in my portfolio), I'm posting it below for everyone to adore. I'm still just so digging my lede, yo.]

[UPDATE REDUX: Ok, the story? Didn't appear in the paper with the notes to the copy desk. Please disregard. Thank you.]
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Saturday, March 20, 2004
Hot dogs! Get your Grassy Knoll hot dogs!
I must've said this 10 times today, but I'll say it again:

Adrian Zakula is the only person I know that could take a freedom-of-expression controversy and turn it into a beer party.

I'm using his name now because I reported on the story, plus he has absolutely no shame. Not that he needed it ... this time (!), but it's safe to say that our friend Zook, in true Zook fashion, is thoroughly enjoying his time in the spotlight and was goodly plowed by 2 p.m. (Yeah, because I wasn't of course. Heh. And boy, did that feel good! A sunny, 60-degree day pounding a few among friends after I've done my reporting? You betcha. I can't tell you the last time I was out among the living doing stuff other than working or shopping with Greta. Methinks I need to do more of that more often.)

Really, though, I don't know that I wouldn't have done the same thing -- no, scratch that; I know I would've. See, way back in the day, I had a bit of controversy myself with the whole freedom of speech/expression issue.
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