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Holy hatpins, it's fucking cold! I could take it no more yesterday and bought myself a set of long-johns. The nice salesperson said they were a "cotton-wool blend," which sure sounded toasty, so I bought them. I put the pants portion on under my jeans for the bus ride home only to experience bitter and frosty disappointment. A closer look at the tags when I got home revealed that these particular long-johns were mostly rayon and polyester (basically, they were tights) with a whopping 9% wool -- just enough to be itchy, not nearly enough to be warm. Useless long-johns! Back to Field's with you! So I ended up doing what I should have done years ago -- bought myself some silk ones online. I will let you know Friday how that worked out.

Also of note: The screaming headline of this morning's Sun-Times refers to our new governor as "Blago," which brings to mind burly, jack-booted Serbian war criminals. That couldn't possibly be their intent, right?

Replies: 7 Confessions

They're just pissed off that they don't have an easy four-letter name to fit into their banner headlines anymore. I still think we should all agree to just refer to him as "The Rod."

Also they won't get to run their favorite "Man Executed, May Have Been Guilty" story for a while.

They're just venting.

Phineas @ 01/15/2003 09:23 AM CST

I agree with Phineas. Imagine the possibilities: Spare the rod and spoil the city? Between the rod and the hard place? Thy rod and thy staff?

elavil @ 01/15/2003 10:44 AM CST

Ooo, sounds like a lot of possibility with a name like that. I'm not going to touch that with a ten-foot, ah... you know.

Hey, for those of us who don't so much about Chitown politics, where did they come up with 'Blago'? It sounds a little like 'Blotto', as in Plowed, drunk, etc.

About the only news that's permeated through to Oregon is Ryan's death penalty move. It sounds like the right thing to do, but the timing seems a little odd, doesn't it? It sounds as if it was on a to-do list in between 'Get the phones turned off' and 'last one out, turn out the lights.'


Charlie @ 01/15/2003 11:06 AM CST

There's a talk show host on one station that calls him "the Blogo." In California, we liked to call our governer "that asshole Gray Davis." Maybe you could try that?

Shylo @ 01/15/2003 11:46 AM CST

"Blago" is short for the impressively un-headlineable Blagojevich (pronounced, naturally, Bla-GOY-a-vitch). Rod the God was our 5th District congressrod for two terms, where he was also the only Chicago-area Democrat to vote in favor of Bush's war resolution. He's a consummate politician, therefore a complete disappointment.

amyc @ 01/15/2003 11:49 AM CST

adam & i call him "blagsie" or "blag the impailer".

amy beth @ 01/15/2003 03:19 PM CST

I agree. I had to STOP in front of the newspaper box this morning to see that it wasn't just some stupid typo. I can hardly believe they've decided to call him Blago. How are they pronouncing it? He is a slick politician to be sure, but you notice we only reserve first name monikers for the likes of Saddam and Osama. You notice we never call him Mr. Hussein or Mr. Bin Laden? Really scortches my drawers.

annie @ 01/15/2003 03:30 PM CST

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