Sunday, November 26, 2006


This will be the last post to this blog in its current format. In the future, my blogging energy will be devoted to the 'New' Carbondaley Dispatch (originally named "Carbondale Bytelife"), and syndicated on the new Shawnee Net portal, which will continue to add more quality news feeds and local features.

Since this is the last, it should go out with a bang, not a whimper. A long bomb for the big score (which I will run to the end-zone to catch myself)!

Two stories leading to events in December, and one about a big day in November.

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The past few days have been busy ones for everyone . . . not the least of whom, Mr. Arkee Whitlock, who just may lead the Saluki's to a national championship, as the

Salukis advance to NCAA quarterfinals:
as "Arkee Whitlock rushed for 207 yards and four touchdowns to lead No. 10 Southern Illinois University (9-3) to a 36-30 come-from-behind victory over No. 12 Tennessee-Martin."

Whitlock's four rushing TDs makes him SIU's all-time single-season leader in points scored.

Says Arkee's coach, Jerry Kill: "Arkee's the best player in the country. Not the best running back, the best player. He's unbelievable and I've never seen anything like it in my life. It's fun to watch him."

The Dawgs will play at University of Montana on Dec. 2.

Fred's dead, Dec. 9
But sometimes dead is dead, as in Fred's Dance Barn, which never recoverd from the shooting on its property a year ago.

Reported in The Southern Illinoisan, Fred's is closing, Dec. 9: Owner Barrett Rochman said "negative media attention following a highly publicized shooting near Fred's Dance Barn property in January was a major factor in a steep attendance decline that ultimately led to the decision to close."

Until then, every night the club is open, "there will be special events and giveaways."

Shop 'til you poop
Unlike most of you, I didn't eat a big turkey dinner on Thursday (for personal reasons, my T'giving was Saturday) . . . But I was driving some people to the Amtrak Station to catch the early train to Chicago, on Friday, and stopped by east-side McDonald's at the request of one of passengers. It was 6:30 a.m., and there was an extremely large crowd inside, and a dozen cars in the drive-thru line.

Caleb Hale wrote in The Southern: "If 300 people, likely still digesting turkey, are lined up outside a store at 5 a.m. on a cold November morning, blitz sale bills clutched firmly in hand, then it must be Black Friday." [my italics].

Caleb continues . . . "The dubiously named, strangely celebrated opening salvo to the Christmas shopping season began very early Friday morning across the nation. Throngs of customers stormed . . . malls across America with money as good as spent on tantalizing holiday deals."

The rest of Caleb's story contains the usual info about what items are popular, and some quotes from locals. . . . But it's the second phrase in Caleb's lead that captured my attention, as I sipped my first espresso of the morning.

The phrase about the shoppers "likely still digesting turkey" -- and his comment about the "dubious" accuracy of the "Black Friday" name for the biggest shopping day of the year, got me thinking . . .

Wouldn't "Brown Friday" be better? I think the men in brown at UPS might get behind this.

Okay, Bloggees, that's it. . . . Hopefully, the new blog will be a worthy successor to this one. Please bookmark and read to find out.

See ya in th' e-hood.


At 10:14 PM, Allison said...

It's "Black Friday" because that is often the first day of the fiscal year that retail businesses are in the black. That is, that is the day they get out of the red--they are no longer running a deficit--because their sales have finally exceeded their expenses.


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