Judging by general media coverage, we have a lot to worry about. Here's a partial list from the past: Bird flu, swine flu, Mediterranean fruit fly, the Asian carp, killer bees, AIDS and HIV, mad cow disease, Y2K, computer viruses, computer hackers, identity theft, microwave radiation, cellphones ...
It all started when someone left the imagination open. Magic Tree Bookstore, the dean of independent shops in Oak Park (27 years in business, 23 on Oak Park Avenue), displays a rotating array of seasonal children's books, pegged to the next holiday or visiting author. But their latest display is altogether different. A worn, multi-paned window frames the words, "It all started one day when someone left the window open."
Sunday is the annual Oscar extravaganza, an obligatory observation for hopeless film buffs like me. I'm no good at handicapping the awards, though I'm guessing either The Artist or Hugo will pull in Best Picture.
Sometimes, I think, people don't think enough. Frequently I think that when I read our online comments (Jim Coughlin being a notable exception). I'm glad our readers care enough to comment, but the regulars do so much emoting, "fact"-spewing, name-calling, sneering and dissing, it seems the only real thought goes into the pseudonym they hide behind.
Happy Chinese New Year. It's the Year of the Dragon, my birth year (1952), according to the Chinese zodiac on the placemats at Luo's Peking House restaurant, which comprises the sum total of my knowledge of the Chinese zodiac. According to Luo's, if you're a dragon, you're "full of vitality and enthusiasm.
Are you in favor of regulating guns in spite of the conservative wing of the Supreme Court banning our handgun ban? The Oak Park Board of Health, a citizens advisory panel, will host a public forum next Tuesday night to give residents a chance to weigh in on the subject.
Lake and Forest: the TIF's last gasp? We don't know how the Sertus development at that corner will go (if it goes at all — I'm writing this before the board voted on Monday). If approved, however, we have some idea how it will go, based on past experience.