Monthly Archives: December 2003

Eating burgers and kicking doors.

In a pilot program, Burger King stores in Greensboro, Kansas City and Omaha are giving customers the opportunity to purchase a $4.00 Whopper meal for our troops in Iraq according to a recent article in the Triad Business Journal. I heard a radio advertisement last night promoting the program.  The announcer said over and over, [...]

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No more Angels in the school play either

The Aycock Neighborhood has been putting on a luminaire display for many years but this year’s promises to be even better than any in the past. With some funds from the Building Stronger Neighborhoods Foundation, we have been able to offer some real “extras” during neighborhood functions all year.  The grant we received funded logo [...]

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No more Angels in the school play either

Thursday 12/11 Update – The Aycock Middle School Bands under the great direction of Juli Parker came through.  All three grade levels as well as the flute and clarinet ensembles treated the overflow crowd to some familiar seasonal music that suited everyone. I told her of my disappointment at the other two concerts we had [...]

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Childish Toys

  Lynn Hey/©News & Record) Reacting to Mike Kernel’s N&R feature story marking the 20th anniversary of the SUV, frograbbitmonkey thinks that George Palamaris (picured above) suffers from “spoiled brat syndrome” and that he needs to figure out the maturity level difference between “I need” and “I want”.  She makes her case in an open letter to [...]

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Legacy? Rev. Michael King

Rev. Michael King will be remembered for the good things that he did for Greensboro through Project Homestead and other good works, but unfortunately his legacy will also include events that became the prelude to his demise. Today’s News & Record initial report of King’s life and death describes a good and promising life that ended in tragedy and [...]

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Christmas lights don’t work? – Abondon All Hope

Because I am known throughout the neighborhood as “The Guy Who Can Fix Things”, my neighbor Rick just stopped by to get my advice on a complex and baffling home improvement project.  (Rick is no light-weight DIY guy, BTW). “Do you have a method for getting all of the lights to burn on a strand [...]

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Early Endorsement? You can’t go wrong with Santa Claus

Self-described bleeding-heart-liberal Molly Ivans is for middle-of-the-road Howard Dean.  She has decided to stop throwing her primary vote to the wind by traditionally supporting a ”list of losers only a lily-pure liberal could love” in favor of actually making her vote count on someone who might actually win. “I know, he’s even less of a liberal [...]

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Early Endorsement? You can’t go wrong with Santa Claus

There have been undercurrents of what is shaping up to be a very contentious race in next year’s District 7 County Commissioner’s election.  The office is currently held by one of my favorite people – Mary Rakestraw (R) - but she has been targeted because neither party can count on her to be either a loyal supporter [...]

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They built it but no one is coming.

Over the past months I have heard quite a bit about how Winston Salem’s downtown is really hopping and how Greensboro should be modeling itself after the Twin City.  While there is no doubt that there is much to be optimistic about regarding prospects for a true revitalization over there, this morning’s Winston Salem Journal reports a cautionary tale. [...]

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Gay is a Bad Word

I can’t even imagine the shame and confusion that Marcus McLaurin must have felt for having had to fill out this “Student Behavior Contract“(PDF file - safe download).  His transgression was simply answering a question from another student about his family.  The entire story is here, but here is the short version: (Thanks to Gary Palmer, [...]

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