Sneaking Suspicions
Archives-- June 17-July 14, 2007

This page includes posts from June 17-July 14, 2007 in the usual reverse order.

Each posting on the home page is perma-linked to these archive pages.

July 12, 2007
Not exactly a summer break

The last week of the Delaware General Assembly can be pretty demanding, and this year certainly proved the point.

I left home for work on Saturday afternoon, June 30, the last day of the spring session, in time to make the 6 p.m. start.

The evening provided several long opportunities to sit and chat with folks, while on call for possible stand-up sessions in front of the House or Senate on a batch of DelDOT-related legislation. The last call for this service for a particular bill came at 11:30 p.m., and I went into the Senate chamber and sat at the edge of the room, watching democracy in action.

The process remains unpretty.

Nonetheless, the bill came up for a discussion and vote at 1:30 a.m., and somehow by then the Senate didn't need or want me to delve into the finer points of digital billboard regulation.

I returned home on Sunday morning at about 2:40 a.m.

That drive was the one really fun part of the day and night's work. I had the top down on the car, with a full moon lighting up the farm fields and Pink Floyd's Momentary Lapse of Reason blaring from the speakers.

One song's lyrics were spookily relevant:

Feels like more than a lifetime
Sometimes I get tired of the waiting
Sometimes I get tired of being in here
Is this the way it has always been?
Could it ever have been different?

The short answer is probably no, at least in this instance.

June 29, 2007
Why, yes, there is a doctor in the house

Please excuse any sign of excess pride, but I did want to note that today my lovely bride successfully completed her Ed.D. at the University of Delaware.

She's been working hard at this for nearly four years, while also successfully running a major education program for Delaware Technical & Community College.

We're very, very proud of her.

June 25, 2007
Uniformly magical

Sometimes our interactions with police officers are far more pleasant than expected.

Early this afternoon I had to go to a meeting with the joint bond bill committee in Legislative Hall.

I parked behind the State Archive building across the street and headed toward the broad white stripes of the pedestrian crossing in the middle of the block of the one-way street.

There's a small sign on a post set between the two travel lanes. It tells drivers to stop for any pedestrians crossing at this point.

I know better than to trust that sign, so I stopped to wait for a bus and a few cars to pass by--which they did, quickly.

Just behind the bus, though, was a small red sedan that unexpectedly slowed to a stop in the right-hand lane.

Next to the sedan, in the left-side lane, rode a Dover police officer on a Harley Police Special motorcycle. He also came to a dead stop, and waved at me to cross.

As I passed by, I smiled at the officer. He smiled back and said, "It's just amazing how that happens, isn't it?"

The woman in the red car was trying not to stare at him.

I like little miracles like this as much as the next person--even if their existence is only made possible due to an immediate police presence.

June 24, 2007
Shameless promotion

Yesterday afternoon I posted my newest golf book review, which you can read here.

Tommy's Honor: The Story of Old Tom Morris and Young Tom Morris, Golf's Founding Father and Son is one of this year's best golf books. Kevin Cook skillfully integrates the sports biographies of the two men into a masterful portrait of the socioeconomic conditions that helped the sport expand beyond its formerly privileged boundaries.

June 18, 2007
Summer Screens

Tonight starts the summer screening series for the upcoming Rehoboth Beach Independent Film Festival. I'll be there, but don't let that stop you from coming to the Movies at Midway on Route One to join in the fun.

Most of the movie selecting for the fall film bash, scheduled this year for November 7-11, is handled by RBFS Programmer Joe Bilancio. The summer series gives folks a chance to influence the final decisions, by providing an opportunity to see some of the shorts and feature films that are under serious consideration.

After the screenings, there is usually a lively discussion about the movies and their suitability for the thousands of film buffs who will be here in November.

Considering that this festival prides itself on the variety of movies it shows, the picks for the summer series should be highly intriguing.

Donations are accepted at the screening room to help offset the costs of this much-anticipated segment of the Film Society's community outreach efforts.

The screenings are scheduled for Monday and Tuesday evenings, at 7 p.m., above the concession stand at the theater.

June 14, 2007
Annals of newspaper editing

Some words sound very similar, but have quite different meanings.

Here's an example from today's State News, reporting a proposal to boost fines for traffic offenses and send the new money to the state's Transportation Trust Fund:

Joint Finance Committee co-chair Rep. William A. Oberle Jr., R-Newark, said the measure would provide some sorely needed money in a year when revenue estimates have fallen and the operating and capital budgets are stretched thin.

The proposal might be more palpable to legislators because it only impacts those who break the law, Rep. Oberle said, unlike the proposed motor fuel tax increase, which would affect all motorists at the pump.

Some other legislators might think that idea is pretty palatable to them, instead.

Or maybe not.


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Frederick H. Schranck 2002-2007