Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Open Thread #72

You guys are filling in these open threads so fast!

55 comments:

Anonymous said...

First!
Uff da!

Anonymous said...

Second!

Anonymous said...

Anyone know if they'll be issuing tickets for the Obama appearance? Or if it's first come, first seated?

Lynsey said...

Here's something I've been wondering: Why are there still boards in lieu of windows on the Columbia Road skywalk? This does look pretty bad...

Matthew said...

I went through a while ago and there were windows . . . which windows are boarded up?

Joe said...

How about keeping your avatar file sizes to a reasonable minimum, say < 10kb? That way we don't have to wait for your pics to load before these comments adjust to fit the non-adjustable (!@#$ blogger!?) mini comments window. Awesome, thanks!

Ivyvine said...

Watch for tickets to hear Obama speak here: http://www.demnpl.com/index.asp?Type=B_BASIC&SEC={B9B601F6-59AE-455A-9FAB-525BA01DD166}&DE={51663CCE-DD07-44C3-88CB-D4EF91603E41}

Anonymous said...

Thanks ivyvine, I'll keep an eye on that URL. It says an announcement will be made tomorrow.

dale said...
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Joe said...

Thanks for the Safari tip, dale.

Your image file, your avatar there, is actually a bit large, almost 40KB; you could probably open it up in an image edit program and re-save at a lower resolution or 'quality'.

Whatever though. Back to work!

Anonymous said...

Looks like the Gamma Phi Beta fiasco has reached youtube...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lNw40H_kMwk

Anonymous said...

Anyone care for an Olive Garden request?

Anonymous said...

This link should get you to the Gamma Phi youtube thingy. Nice video...

Anonymous said...

FYI there's nothing new in the video over what has already been posted. Just a slideshow of the images with some text added.

Anonymous said...

Salman Rushdie at Chester Fritz tonight, the place was nearly filled. "Real bad times lead to great works", "Don't need to walk in a sewer to know filth". "Pen is mighter than the sword", "Seen diamonds in crap", Rushdie also read parts from new novel "a dreamer could become a dream". Has anyone read "Midnight's Children" ? No more Olive Garden and res reviews please ! greenglass4.

Anonymous said...

I must have missed the boat, but when did Grand Junction close?
-Jake

Anonymous said...

Has anyone been to Gilly's Bar downtown? Do you like it? What is their dress code like? I heard they are pretty strict and you have to be wearing 'nicer' clothes. Has anyone had problems getting into the bar because of their outfit?

Anonymous said...

I've been to Gilly's and it's a joke (like any other bar really in this town).

I think the dress code is no shorts or ripped jeans or something. But definitely no sports jerseys. That's one I remember for sure.

Definitely doesn't have to be nice clothes by any means.

Anonymous said...

When you goto Gillys...don't dress like you're in a rap video and you're probably OK.

Anonymous said...

does anyone know when the city will start curbside garbage collection? it's time to do some spring cleaning, just curious on what to do with it all. thanks for any help.

Anonymous said...

they probably won't start curbside spring cleaning pickup until the 5 foot snow drifts are off the berm. Be realistic (and patient). They don't want to have to go back and pick it up all over again when the snow finally all melts.

Joe said...

None of my friends will ever go to Gilly's because of the racist dress code.

Why not dress like I'm in a rap video? Because the whiteys fear my elite apparel?

This place is so white and full of prejudiced fear it makes a brother sick.

Screw you Gilly.

Anonymous said...

Does anyone know if there really is a clause the REA's contract to demolish the building if the name is changed, or is this a urban legend?

Matthew said...

It's a myth.

Anonymous said...

if they change the nickname there's actually a hidden clause that says we have to demolish the entire university, and no one in grand forks can wear pants anymore.

Anonymous said...

no pants? well, that is one way to increase the population!

Lynsey said...

Matthew, there are boards over two of the windows that are arched on top. I noticed it when my boyfriend and I drove under and he said "Those boards were there last time I was here. What's up with that?" (My boyfriend lives in Atlanta and visits infrequently enough that he notices such things.

Anonymous said...

"Because the whiteys fear my elite apparel?"

No, because we don't want your thug lifestyle here.

Take your flat brimmed ballcap, and your gold teeth, pull up your baggy pants and slide on back to the 'hood. We don't want you here messing up our good thing. We've seen what happens in larger cities when a-holes like you get to run loose. Not here. Not ever.

Anonymous said...

Joe, don't listen to anonymous at 1:39pm.

They do have a racist dress code. It's part of the reason for no jerseys.

Anonymous said...

I don't care if you're white, black, green or blue. If you dress like that you are a thug. It has nothing to do with racism, it has to do with the lifestyle you're representing by dressing like a hoodlum.

Anonymous said...

Jake - Grand Junction sandwiches are being made at Gilly's now.

Anonymous said...

Anon at 1:39 - you're an idiot. Why not include the camo hats and jackets in that dresscode? I don't want to see the rednecks' style more than anything!

Lupe said...

Quick note, over the past couple weeks driving late-night down Columbia I've noticed the two most notorious lights have been surprisingly cooperative lately. They stay green until *GASP* a car is waiting at the intersection! What a concept! It's about time they fixed those particular lights, but there's still work to be done on other ones.

Anonymous said...

I like the dress code at Gilly's. If you don't like it, go to Bucks or El Roco.

Anonymous said...

Haha. Ditto anon @ 8:24pm.

A lot of the international students on campus feel like they're unwelcome there, too.

I chill at Level 10 because I like my men in button downs. I don't care for jerseys and low-slung pants, but everyone should be free to wear what they want.

Why did Gilly's create such a dress code? I heard that they were trying to stop the occurrence of fights.. Apparently, only people who wear "rap clothes" get into fights. :)

Anonymous said...

Lupe, good to hear that some changes were made!

Now, to the next thing that GFG can fix: that big bone-jarring dip in the road on 32nd between Slumberland and the old Rex store. It certainly didn't winter well. It was always, hmmm, interesting to hit it at 40 mph, but after this past winter, you're practically airborne at 40 mph.

Who to call? Ideas?

Anonymous said...

Holy lutefisk anon @1:39pm!!!

"We don't want you here messing up our good thing. We've seen what happens in larger cities when a-holes like you get to run loose. Not here. Not ever."

Yeee haww! Band up, rebels! We gotta stop them varmints!

The Midwest is the New South.

Keep out the riff raff, right? Maybe even OWN a few of those hoodlums, put 'em to work! Not gonna happen! Your perfect safe little white world is dying, stiff lip. Time to open up to diversity!

Thanks for validating our suspicions about the locals: the Midwestern whites are the thugs.

-JOE

Anonymous said...

What is the clientele like at Level 10? Should I wear a tie or jacket? The place looks cool inside.

paul said...

I happen to have some very good friends that dress like what you would refer to as "hoodlums". They are great contributors to society and probably have cleaner records than you. If the way someone is dressed at a bar is bothering you, maybe you should just drink at home and wallow in your own closed-minded thoughts.

Matthew said...

Anon 10:23, I think the current dress code at Level 10 is "Dress to impress." I usually wear at least a collared button shirt and nice pants when I drop in. A tie or jacket (if that is your thing) would not look out of place at all--at least on Fusion nights, the place is pretty classy.

Kelly Clow said...

Actually,

Banning sports jerseys in all kinds of places isn't unique to the "closed minded Midwest".

I've been to places in the so-called "'hood" (Suitcase City, in case my Tampa stalker is reading this) down here in Tampa that ban them outright. The owner of one of the restaurants that ban them is an African American man who said "We don't want them in here. All they do is cause trouble, and they don't buy anything anyway."

I suppose he's racist too for not wanting that particular type of clientèle in his business place?

The mall near my house is considering banning certain types of clothing as well.

Throwing the "isms" at things you don't agree with is damned easy.

Don't like the dress code? Open your own bar that caters to you and your friends. That's the beauty of America and the free market, you have the opportunity to do whatever you want and let the people and their money decide if your idea is a good one.

Anonymous said...

"What is the clientele like at Level 10? Should I wear a tie or jacket? The place looks cool inside."

Well, I've worn a three-piece suit there and I've seen people walk in with SWEATPANTS on. As far as I remember from talking with people that work there, the dress code pretty much went away after the first week. (And no, I don't wear that suit everytime I go. I've definitely downplayed from that)

They're even promoting a thing there for this Saturday night and on the flyer it says: "Casual Dress".

HOWEVER, if you wear sweatpants or even jeans (nice, tight denim I would say is acceptable; not ratty-ass jeans that don't fit well), I think you should stand out in there... and not in a good way either.

Anonymous said...

What's the age group like at Level 10? I'm in my 30s but if the scene is too young will I not be welcome?

Anonymous said...

No way. There's always a wide range of age groups there when I go, and the older people definitely get respect when they start dancing while the younger kids are too shy too. :)

Anonymous said...

Tickets to the Obama event are now available: www.democrats.org/ndconvention

Anonymous said...

thankfully lynsey's boyfriend is the only one who has noticed the boarded up windows above Columbia Rd........lol

Matthew said...

I'm sure they'll get around to fixing the windows after they build the other parking garage this year.

Anonymous said...

I notice the boarded up windows everyday as I travel that intersection. I don't understand why they haven't fixed it yet, but UND is slow when it comes to a lot of things.

Anonymous said...

Not to be outdone by UND's recent display of racial insensitivity, NDSU makes headlines with a skit in which a white guy wearing "blackface" portrays Obama receiving a lapdance. Well done North Dakota.

Anonymous said...

Chalk up another symptom of Obama hysteria, loss of balls.

Anonymous said...

chalk up another symptom of closed minded redneck hysteria, ignorance.

Anonymous said...

"Not to be outdone by UND's recent display of racial insensitivity, NDSU makes headlines with a skit in which a white guy wearing "blackface" portrays Obama receiving a lapdance. Well done North Dakota."

Yeah, but that sounds funny.

By the way, I believe SNL is going to be having a white guy wearing blackface to portray Obama on the program. Unless they scrapped that already? I know it was getting some buzz recently.

Anonymous said...

It is not right to assume that everyone that does not agree with you is ignorant, perhaps you are the one that is ignorant for not appreciating different points of view. Business owners should be able to establish dress codes if they want if you find it unacceptalbe there are certainly several other bars in the same area that might be more worth your while.

I do not find sport jerseys offensive by any means but maybe since there are getting to be so many bars in the downtown area they are trying to differentiate themselves from the competition (not another sports bar?) and maybe they are being racist, however I see many different people wearing sports jerseys in this community and most of them are white people wearing souix jerseys.

Plus, I'm sure many people do not appreciate comments grouping all white people from the midwest as racist. Thats just not fair.

-Amber

Anonymous said...

Those natives just want attention, they think it will ultimately bring down the sioux logo. Since they want to play dirty, then I too will play dirty.

Anonymous said...

Fred Armisen plays Obama on SNL. Armisen is part Japanese, Venezuelan and German.