Friday, December 29, 2006

Propaganda in My Inbox

Posted By on Fri, Dec 29, 2006 at 6:56 PM

My ex and I both received the following e-mail from a group ( funded by Cox Communications:

"We think it is unfortunate that the City set the public comment period for the two weeks before and during the Christmas holiday. But this is the last opportunity that you have to tell the City of Tucson that their cable study ought to conclude that:

1. Your City cable taxes are too high and it is unfair that Cox customers in Tucson pay higher cable taxes than Comcast customers in Tucson.

2. The City of Tucson does not need four times as many local access channels (PEG channels) as any other city, town, or county in southern Arizona nor does it need twice as many as Phoenix.

3. Cox customers in Tucson would rather have more high-definition channels and entertainment-on-demand than an excessive number of local access channels (PEG channels) that very few people watch."

The e-mail asks us to go to the city of Tucson's Web site and make the case for poor, unfortunate Cox Communications. I have a number of problems with Cox doing this. Above all, however, is the fact that I never signed up for these e-mails, and although I can't be sure, I bet they were sent to every Cox high-speed Internet customer in Tucson. Their attempt to influence the debate by sending unsolicited propaganda to subscribers seems unfair.

Ward 2 Rumblings

Posted By on Fri, Dec 29, 2006 at 10:31 AM

With Ward 2 Councilwoman Carol West retiring this year, there's an open seat on the Tucson City Council. Just before Christmas, Democrat Rodney Glassman became the first potential candidate to pull a campaign packet from the City Clerk's Office. Glassman, who has worked as an aide to Congressman Raul Grijalva, hasn't committed to running, but he's certainly got a blazing fire in his belly.

Democrat Lianda Ludwig, a leftie who ran against West four years ago, has told The Skinny that's she also considering a run. Other insiders keep dropping the name of Democrat Clarence Boykins, who ran unsuccessfully for the Arizona House of Representatives in 2006.

More in next week's Skinny!

Wednesday, December 27, 2006

The Last Issue o' the Year

Posted By on Wed, Dec 27, 2006 at 5:37 PM

Is online! Look off to your right for all the seasonal, year-in-review goodness!

Tuesday, December 26, 2006

New Year's Resolution: Saying Yes to Mess

Posted By on Tue, Dec 26, 2006 at 12:59 PM

Once again, it's almost that time when those pesky resolutions keep popping up in the recesses of my mind. A friend told me that she made one resolution last year; because it was only one, she was able to stick to it. Her resolution was to floss her teeth every night.

In the past, I've made numerous resolutions and within a week couldn't remember what they were and most likely misplaced the list. This year, my one resolution is to spend 15 minutes a day organizing or cleaning something. It could be organizing and cleaning my desks, closets, office cabinets, computer folders, online billing, kitchen cabinets, pantry, refrigerator, car, shed, laundry room, book shelves ... basically anything that has a surface, drawers, closets, shelves or folders.

I figure I waste way more than 15 minutes a day yakking on the phone or mindlessly surfing the Web, so 15 minutes on the timer should be painless, right? And for an entire week 15 minutes multiplied by 7 equals 1 hour and 45 minutes, which to me is practically a lifetime of organizing multiplied by multiple weeks and perhaps my life could finally benefit from organization.

On the surface, my brother is organized. I visit him and marvel at his clean desk, but he doesn't work from home like I do. He always brags that he has the organizational gene which has eluded me all my life. I previously had a business partner who was severely anal about organization. Once he brought me an application to enter the messiest office contest from the former Home Office Computing magazine. I didn't win, but I probably should have, because the true winner would lose the application before submitting it.

A recent article in The New York Times advocates saying yes to mess. At last, here's an author who is not giving me 10 tips how to organize my desk. I can write those 10 tips in my sleep but putting them into practice is another story. The article says, "An anti-anticlutter movement is afoot, one that says yes to mess and urges you to embrace your disorder. Studies are piling up that show that messy desks are the vivid signatures of people with creative, limber minds." Maybe I'll have to rethink my solo resolution ...

What's your New Year resolution? More importantly, how do you plan on sticking to it?

Friday, December 22, 2006

A Forking Strange Thing

Posted By on Fri, Dec 22, 2006 at 3:50 PM

So, at the Tucson International Airport today, I had a chance to eat at the new sports-bar thingie just off of Gate 22. Here's what's weird: They gave us forks to eat with. Like, real, metal forks. Beyond security. At the airport.

Am I the only one who thinks this is, um, kinda stupid?

Fish Tacos Times Two

Posted By on Fri, Dec 22, 2006 at 3:47 PM

In the never-ending hunt for fish tacos, I had two different plates yesterday. The first was at Barrio, at JB's recommendation. The fish of the day was salmon and they were loaded with black beans, guacamole and the standard fixins inside a soft flour tortilla. Very good, especially with the mango salsa that came on the side, but I think both Pastiche and El Charro are better.

For dinner, I tried the fish tacos at Bluepoint at La Encantada, after having a drink at the swank bar at North. Although the menu calls them "crispy fish tacos," the three tacos were wrapped in a soft flour tortilla. The crispy part was evidently the fish, which was lightly breaded and, while not especially crispy, still terrific. The tacos came with cabbage and guac, as well as a smoky salsa on the side. The plate included black beans and white rice. They were also mighty tasty, tho they still trail behind the top two. The best part of the meal was the ahi tuna salad we started with.

Still looking for recommendations for more places to try.

Urgent Breaking Travel News Update

Posted By on Fri, Dec 22, 2006 at 12:51 PM

Apparently, someone finally told the TV stations it snowed in Denver. This blog just witnessed a KOLD Channel 13 reporter bothering people at the Tucson International Airport, asking harried travelers if their travel plans have been hindered due to the storm.

(Please note I am not criticizing the TV reporter for bothering people. I did/do it all the time as a reporter. It's kinda fun.)

This has been an Urgent Breaking Travel News Update. Thank you, and God bless.

We're No. 1

Posted By on Fri, Dec 22, 2006 at 10:48 AM

The state, that is, in terms of growth by percentage. In other words ... say goodbye to more of the Sonoran Desert.

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