April 27th, 2006

caillebotte_the orangerie

April Being Uncruel

The woodpecker of dawn is drumming on the mailbox again. I wonder if it's a male trying to attract the attention of females? If so, it doesn't appear to be working for him. I've known guys like that. Not guys who drummed on mailboxes, but guys who got loud in various ways and showed off when girls were around. It didn't work for them, either. It'll be too bad if the drumming woodpecker doesn't get to pass on his genes, though. I've come to enjoy his daily antics.

The oak leaves are finally darkening to a rich, bright green. They were brownish for an awfully long time this year, and I feared that their premature sprouting and subsequent exposure to so much cold weather would prevent them from achieving their usual degree of lushness, but they have overcome their poor start. The entire landscape is looking particularly lush this year. All that water that fell will make for a splendid May, I think. This morning is so balmy that, going out at six o'clock, I saw a bumblebee buzzing about in the gray light. I'll take that as a good sign.


For fellow fans of old movie palaces: Chicago's Uptown Theatre Renovation Project. I've never been there, but I'd like to see it someday. I hope they do manage to save this one.
laszlo moholy-nagy_chx

If you're scraping the bottom of the barrel...

...it must be your turn in it. Via shrillblog: I found this collection of statements about President Bush made over the last few years by his new press secretary, Tony Snow, quite amusing. Did anybody on the White House staff bother to research this guy at all? Or do they just not care that all that stuff is actually recorded out there on the Internet? The Bush administration grows ever more entertaining. Each move they make now seems the political equivalent of a Jackass stunt. George really is scraping the bottom of the barrel, and the barrel is about to be rolled down a hill into a swamp full of crocodiles. Steve-O for President!

Poll #718340 White House Press Secretary Poll

How long before Tony Snow crashes and burns?

Less than one month
0(0.0%)
Within two months
2(20.0%)
Within three months
3(30.0%)
Within six months
2(20.0%)
He'll survive through the impeachment
3(30.0%)

If Snow has a successor, who will the President name?

Helen Thomas
0(0.0%)
Sean Hannity
5(50.0%)
Billy Bush
0(0.0%)
The job will be outsourced to India
5(50.0%)

Somebody else

Will the President be eaten by the crocodiles?

Yes
7(70.0%)
No
3(30.0%)