Celebrate Nordeast Parade

Originally uploaded by bdunnette

Okay, so it’s officially the Celebrate Northeast Parade, but all us Nordeasters know there’s a “D” in there, right?

Anyway, since we live a couple of blocks from the route for this Tuesday’s parade, we figured it’d be stupid to miss it… and even Jolie seemed to enjoy it, even displaying a bit of flag-waving patriotism in response to the various clowns, giant ice cream cones, and other assorted weirdos parading down Central Avenue.

My personal favorite, of course, was the ten-passenger human-powered “art car” fielded by Forecast Public Art… yet another incentive to learn to weld!

I wonder if any of those arty folks would be willing to take on a not-especially-creative apprentice…

Rybak, reticence

One of the guys I’m working on Open Circuit with just posted a neat little video bit with Minneapolis mayor R. T. Rybak where he shows off his official city car, a plug-in Toyota Prius (yeah, that’s right, a regular Prius just wasn’t green enough for the guy…)

In other news, I’ve been finding that it’s not so easy to break into the non-profit community — still trying to get a Twin Cities Free Geek up and running, but with the reticence of those already in the non-profit sector (what, can’t stand to compete for funding with a minimally-skilled college dropout?) it’s kinda up-hill, trying to find space, funding, etc… ah, well. Someday.

35W Bridge

35W Bridge
Originally uploaded by northlandrookie

I still haven’t been down to see the collapsed I-35 bridge — the one I used to cross almost daily, the one I moved away from just weeks before its collapse. Maybe it’s that I’ve been busy (new house, etc.), or maybe I’m just waiting for it to be cleaned up and sanitized into some kind of memorial, something sugar-coated and easier to take.

Meanwhile, the situation has turned into a standard-issue political quagmire, with Gov. Pawlenty possibly circumventing the Legislature to fund the bridge’s reconstruction, which will be done by the slowest, most costly bidder.

Le sigh.

These are the people in my neighborhood…

So I’m trying to catch up on the news of our “new” neighborhood… and (courtesy of great local blog Northeast Beat) I’ve discovered two lovely little facts:

1. We’re about 500 feet from Shoreham Yards, an “Industrial Business Park Opportunity Area” (and uber-polluted “Brownfield”)

2. There’s an abandoned house… oh, about a block away that, due to the owner’s admitted “stupidity” and “overeagerness” (hey, join the house-flipping revolution, Jim!) has remained vacant for a few years, and thus has become a hub for drug dealing, etc.