As truly obsessive readers of BlueOregon will recall, some months ago I added my voice to those of the Lents residents opposing the Beavers-ballpark-in-Lents-Park idea. I also said that, since I was opposing Randy Leonard's idea for Lents economic development, I felt compelled to do something for Lents myself. I pledged to have dinner there four times a year. I confess that I've only done so twice (once with Randy himself, naturally). So I need to rack up two more before year's end. Anyone want to join me tonight? If so, please let me know how to reach you to arrange details. Warning: I really should be phone banking for Measures 66 and 67, so if you say yes, expect to be recuited to phone bank yourself at a later date, to alleviate my guilt.
While we're on the subject of food - if you have not read this piece about an eight-year-old's creation of an economic bubble based on a mythical cake, you should. It's hilarious - and frighteningly similar to what happened on Wall Street over the past decade.
Speaking of which, Mr. President, Speaker Pelosi, Leader Reid, will you PLEASE PLEASE get on the ball and impose a 50% tax on banker bonuses like Britain just did? You gotta do something tangible to let the American people know that you know that it is not okay for these guys to wreck the economy and then go back to business and bonuses as usual. And Paul Krugman likes the idea.
Oh, finally, please note that our own David Sarasohn wrote the "Modern Love" column for the New York Times last week, and Peter Ames Carlin's new book on Paul McCartney was reviewed by Suzanne Vega in the Times this week. Not a completely glowing review but still - he was reviewed in the Times! As long as they spell your name right, that's a good thing. Of course, Oregonian writers expect that kind of national attention - Jeff Mapes' book on bicycle transportation politics was reviewed by David Byrne (yes, THAT David Byrne) in the Times earlier this year. (Hell of a book, too. I confess I have not read Peter's book yet, but I will; I don't care what Suzanne Vega says about it, what does she know?)