Archive - Nov 2007
If you're at Disney next summer and notice fake snow falling...beware, it may be something else. From The Week's "It must be true...I read it in the tabloids" column:
Disneyland is facing an epidemic of people scattering family members’ ashes on their favorite rides. The latest incident occurred last week, when a woman was caught sprinkling a powdery substance into the water at the Pirates of the Caribbean ride. Last month, several piles of ashes were found along the tracks at the Haunted Mansion ride. Disney officials say they haven’t confirmed finding any human remains, but insiders say that ash-scattering is now so common that custodians have been issued special vacuums to remove suspicious piles.
Also from The Week:
A New York man whose license plate reads “Get Osama” had the plate recalled by the New York Department of Motor Vehicles, on the grounds that it may offend someone. Arno Herwerth, a retired New York City cop, received the plates two weeks ago, but officials notified him he had to send them back because they violated a ban on plates that are “derogatory to a particular ethnic or other group.” Herwerth said the only group he could imagine being offended were members of al Qaida. “This is unbelievable,” he said.
Sat Nov 24
Jonathan is glad that the Vols survived.
Fri Nov 23
Jonathan is adjusting the final score to 47 to 21.
Jonathan is watching Midland lose 41 to 21.
Jonathan is at Ford Field in Detroit...1Q...Midland 14 Detroit 0.
Wed Nov 21
Tue Nov 20
Mon Nov 19
Sun Nov 18
Today Lipscomb University announced that it's planning to build a "green" housing complex on campus. From The Tennessean
Construction of an $8.2 million, 50,000-square-foot apartment-style complex with several environmentally-friendly features will begin Dec. 5 at Lipscomb University.
The housing, the first new student residences since 1983, is expected to open next fall and accommodate 168 students.
Don Johnson, facilities director, said the complex will be built with:
• geothermal heating and cooling
• low-emission paints and stains
• low-flow toilets, showers and kitchen faucets
• energy-efficient light fixtures
• native plant landscaping
When Lisa and I were at Lipscomb 1990-1994 we started aluminum and paper recycling programs on campus. I don't know how long that lasted after we graduated...not long, I assume. I'm glad to see Lipscomb going green, though Lisa isn't very impressed: "sounds only light green to me......would be more impressed with solar or wind energy usage"
By the way, on November 6 Mark Elrod issued a challenge to Harding, ACU, Lipscomb, Pepperdine, and Freed-Hardeman to make the list of 10 greenest colleges in America, and 3 weeks later Lipscomb responds. Now that's what I call influence. ;-)
This comes on the heels of another green announcement from Lipscomb, but Elrod probably can't claim credit for that. Also from The Tennessean:
Lipscomb University will offer the state's first degrees in environmental sustainability, university officials announced Thursday.
Through its newly-established Institute for Sustainable Practice, the school will offer a bachelor's degree in sustainability and a master's of business administration with a concentration in sustainability in 2008, Lipscomb spokeswoman Janel Shoun said.
The institute will also host the Summit for a Sustainable Tennessee, a meeting between environmental groups Tennessee Environmental Council and Tennessee Conservation Voters, Nov. 15-16.
Friday we went to Ford Field in downtown Detroit to watch Midland play Detroit Martin Luther King in the division 2 state finals. The news story is here.
We weren't expecting much ahead of time when we saw the size of the Crusader's team. We were pleasantly surprised when Midland took a 14-0 lead and played quite well in the first half. They eventually led 21-7 before everything fell apart. A couple interceptions returned for touchdowns and the Chemics' inability to stop the Crusaders led to a 47-21 final that conformed to our expectations much more than the first half did. The state finals is always a big deal, but this was especially so because it was the first time a team from the Detroit Public School League won the state title.
Here is some video
and some photos