"A group of hard-core bargain hunters has already lined up outside at least one Best Buy for Black Friday sales.
"The dedicated shoppers set up three large tents outside the big-box
store in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, a whopping 10 days before the annual
post-Thanksgiving shopping spree that sends hordes of customers
scrambling for deals.
"They’re waiting in comfort, with tents rigged with generators, flat-screen TVs, microwaves, heaters and mattresses.
"After fighting off cancer, capturing the hearts of a city was a cinch.
"Five-year-old Miles Scott - a.k.a. Batkid - lived out his wish of
becoming a caped crusader Friday, quashing a crime spree in his
pint-size superhero suit as San Francisco became Gotham City. Thousands
of volunteers and spectators stopped what they were doing to take part.
"People cheered as Miles buzzed by in a Lamborghini Batmobile. News
crews gave chase as the boy rescued a damsel tied to cable-car tracks.
Social media lit up with cheers.
"Even President Obama took a break from defending his health care law
to say in an online video, 'Way to go, Miles. Way to save Gotham.'
"'In a world where we keep hearing about shootings and muggings, to
have our city come together like this is unbelievable,' said Jason Dorn,
43, who navigated the thick crowds.
"The Make-A-Wish Foundation has often arranged elaborate gifts for
kids with life-threatening diseases - but never at this scale, said
Patricia Wilson, the foundation's Bay Area head.
"Wilson had originally hoped a few hundred volunteers would support
Miles, who lives in Tulelake (Siskiyou County) and is in remission from
leukemia. But more than 12,000 signed up.
"They saw Police Chief Greg Suhr - playing Commissioner Gordon - lend
his forces to Batkid, who thwarted a bank robbery and rescued Lou Seal,
the San Francisco Giants' mascot.
"By the afternoon, the San Francisco offices of the U.S. attorney and
the FBI had joined in the theater, indicting the Riddler and the
Penguin. Mayor Ed Lee gave Miles a key to the city made of chocolate.
"Elisa Haidt, 37, and Amy Jackson, 32, had tears in their eyes. They
had worked with Tripit, a travel website and Make-A-Wish partner, to
plan a flash mob dance in Union Square to Journey's 'Don't Stop
"They said Miles' enthusiasm was contagious. "'We were here to cheer on Miles, but Miles also helped us,' Haidt said."
"RACINE- The aldermen of the City Of Racine have voted to approve raises
totaling over $30K for the Mayor, Administrator and assistant!! As the
documents from the 2014 city budget show, there are 3 employees
including the mayor himself, each one of the 3 employees are raking in
approx $129,777.00!!!!! There is a clear raise from $276,993.00 in
administrative salaries in 2013, to the new and improved $307,343.00 in
2014, that’s an over $30K raise for the mayor’s office!!!! Don’t worry
though, none of your elected officials or aldermen even questioned this
move!! What the aldermen of Racine “DID DO” however is raise your
property taxes 2.2 percent and also raise the recycling fee an
additional $5 because the city is broke, they also raised the storm
water fees for residents up an additional $7.51!!!!!!" Read more: http://racinecommunitymedia.tumblr.com/post/67572136608/city-of-racine-aldermen-vote-to-give-mayor-city
I guess lying John doesn't feel our pain. He's giving raises to himself and staff while destroying our city. What a monster Dickert is. The taxpayers pay more and more for less and less. The administration has said repeatedly that we are broke. Yet, somehow, they find a way to reward lying John and his pals for their malfeasance. $100K salaries for jobs that require no more than a high school diploma. Meanwhile, Dickert pisses on us, cuts our services, and raises our taxes while flying overseas on our dime.
Why don't lying John's pals have to pay proerty taxes? Why are the rest of us forced to susidize tax cheats?
Hello, my SweeTARTS® and Smarties®!How are you?The brisk mornings are becoming common.We’ve already had a taste of snow.Then there was that awful rain and windstorm the other day.I feel bad for the people in the Midwest
who lost their homes to high winds and tornadoes.Some lost their lives.Meteorologists are calling it “the worst
storm in a century.”Oh dear, what a
Well, we in Wisconsin
all know that the Packers lost again last Sunday.Tut-tut.This Sunday they face the team that what’s-his-name defected to when he
betrayed Green Bay, the Minnesota
Vikings. Boo!Hiss!Our majestic Packers are riddled with injuries. Mr. Rodgers is making more money than anyone
has ever made sitting on a bench.(I
know, he rarely sits.)I hope he took my
advice (and tonic) for healing.I’m
transmitting psychic balm to him.
In the Irregular Football League, my Screaming Psychics
soundly trounced Mr. OrbsCorbs’ Orbliterators, dropping him to fourth place
while elevating me to second.Mr. Hale-Bopp’s
Half-Astrophysicists have been in first place since the get go and appear to be
undefeatable.That won’t stop me from
Next week, of course, is Thanksgiving.Gobble-gobble.People are beginning to decorate their homes
for the holidays. I’m going to try to
talk Señor Zanza into climbing onto our roof and putting up a gorgeous
display.Junior can help him.I want our home to shine like a Las
isn’t gaudy if you gaudy it up enough.When the FAA complains about our lights interfering with flights, then
we have enough.I want to make sure that
Santa Claus can find our house.I hope
we don’t blind him.
If Black Friday starts earlier and earlier on Thanksgiving
Day, shouldn’t it be Black Thanksgiving, too?That’s just a silly joke to help counter the crass commercialism that
has crept into our holidays.Actually,
the commercialism is choking our holidays to death.“Party on!” as Mr. OrbsCorbs would say.
Here is an ad from Kmart that rings in the holiday season:
Wasn’t that something?
Happy holidays to all of you.Thank you for reading my blog.I hope that it’s as much fun to read as it is
to write.We are friends forever.
Bundle up against the cold, my dears.Remember that those you meet are fighting
their own battles in life.By treating
each other with respect, we make it easier to get along in this world.I love you all.Bavardage!
"Caleb Robinson at his new Top Dog Hot Dogs shop on Friday, November 15,
2013, in Regency Mall, adjacent to Chick-fil-A and inside the southwest
entrance. Robinson previously had a Top Dog Hot Dogs at 520 Main St. on
Monument Square but closed the store early this year. He has a six-month
lease at the mall but may opt to extend it if business is good. Friday
was the first day of business."
Today, I did my 1st interview, of many to come, in this series.
I met with Nick and Donna, who are the heart and soul of Rely Local.
You've probably seen the logo in many businesses around town. If you're like me, you weren't sure what it was all about. I hope my rendition of it does justice to the huge effort and immense amount of work that has gone into making it what it is today.
My goal of this series (with almost infinite possibilities), is to highlight local businesses, privately owned (no chains, no big box, etc). I like to know about the places I go to, and about the people behind them.
Here is a link to the Rely Local site, which can probably explain much better than I, what they are all about.
What you will find in the above link, is what can happen, when people are passionate about helping local businesses grow, and people help each other.
This is what 3 years has produced, and it's mind blowing, at least to me.
For $15, you can purchase a Rely Local Rewards Card. It's better than buying an entertainment book (WAY lighter!), and it's good at all participating businesses, of many varieties. Between Racine and Kenosha, over 500 businesses are members! Can you name that many businesses? I can't, and there are more joining all the time. The businesses that sell the cards, receive $10 from each card they sell, and most donate that money to local charities, how cool is that??
Rely Local offers cheap advertising, using local media, print media and other outlets, saving our local businesses lots of money, helping them grow and get their names out there.
There are deals of the day, regular deals just for using the card, many perks. I bought mine today and can't wait to see all that it offers.
Please check them out and help support our local businesses, they need us!
Tomorrow, I will hopefully get another post up about something Rely Local is doing to help support these businesses while giving free rides!
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