Archive: November, 2007

Dan’s Twitter Updates for 2007-11-29

  • Cold day on campus. #

The Lights are up again

Well, Sunday went better than expected. Aside from being extremely tired, we managed to get the street decorations up across the city with the help of volunteers and the Parks department.

We started an hour earlier this year, and it did help avoid traffic for the most part. I was almost creamed by a gentleman in a Geo Metro. There were cones across the street and I was wearing a reflective vest. There was a solid 2 blocks of clear visibility between him and my position, but he still came halfway through the intersection. Once he stopped, he looked at me kind of confused, and made the turn to the cross street.

I was actually out of the way once he was bearing-down on me within 1/2 of a block. I sure wasn’t going to try to stop him, though one could argue anyone can stop those little tin cans. 🙂

35 degrees and all, it seemed to go faster than the previous years.

Dan’s Twitter Updates for 2007-11-25

  • Time to sleep. 5AM will come really early I’m afraid. #
  • Darn it’s cold. #
  • Wow, Ameren, Charter, and TriCounty are out here. Still cold. #
  • Sun is finally coming up. #
  • Finally going up. Four trucks on the square. #
  • Sign says 35 degrees. #
  • Traffic is picking up. #
  • Ambulance going by. #
  • Birds chirping. #
  • 10 feet from getting blazed by a Metro. Even with cones up and a reflective vest on. #
  • One down. #

Christmas Lights Go Up in the Morning

It’s the Sunday after Thanksgiving, and that means we Jaycees will be out at 5AM with volunteers from Charter and Tri-County Electric putting up the street decorations all across the city. This year we actually had good communication with the Parks Department here in the city. That helped move things along in a positive direction.

This year I hope it doesn’t rain and is above 40. Getting soaked, honked at, cursed, and freezing kinda dampens the cheery mood (pun intended). Still, it’s worth it to drive through town and be able to tell my kids that I helped put up the decorations. Also, I’m sure someone enjoys them other than just us.

Ever since the city has been maintaining the lights, they haven’t been kept up too well, and we’ve heard the grumblings of the public. Unfortunately, there isn’t much we can do as a civic organization since the DDC, county, city, and Chamber of Commerce refuse to contribute. The maintenance has been up to the Parks Department, and they just don’t have the time or staff to keep the lights up to par.

Perhaps our good communication this year will lead to these civic entities committing some resources again. Maybe not.

Dan’s Twitter Updates for 2007-11-21

  • Nice relaxing night at home. #
  • The office is pretty much vacant today. Unfortunately, I still have to get a box and laptop ready to go. No rest for IT. 🙁 #
  • Almost blazed a cute basset that ran into the street. #