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2002-12-20 - 3:06 a.m.

Got to admit, Gawker, the newest yuppie-hell Manhattan weblog, is mildly entertaining. But it's a bit New-York-centric for this marooned-too-long-in-hicksville observer.

It's time we had something like this for A-squared, and Ann Arbor Sucks is willing to spearhead the effort. It will take on the burning questions, like what kind of social pull does it take to be invited to lunch in the Ann Arbor News cafeteria? The scandals, like the Ed Martin scandal and - well, probably just the Ed Martin scandal. The thorny dilemmas, like whether you can cancel a social affair if you manage to swing a reservation at Leo's Coney Island. And, of course, the social scene: we'll let you know which LSA juniors have been spotted at Rick's and 'keepers in their 1998-vintage black flares and low-cut V-necks from Express.

SidelongGlancer.com. Because didn't you know that Midwesterners are too polite to gawk?

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2002-12-19 - 10:34 p.m.

"Remember the Jackson-Huron Neighborhood Association's 'Burma Shave' campaign to kindly ask drivers to observe the speed limit?" asks Talk About Town. Sadly, yes. It appears that the neighborhood group's push for even more draconian traffic enforcement has backfired - their rhyming signs were removed from public areas by police, since they didn't have permits to put them there. It gets worse. As TAT points out, the police didn't even call them first. That's right, these otherwise-law-abiding members of the landowning aristocracy didn't even get a courtesy call from the cops in regard to their sign-law flouting. Aww. You know, like how drivers get calls to warn them that they might get a ticket if they continue to go 40 in a 35 on Fuller Road.

First they came for the speeders...

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2002-12-17 - 9:22 p.m.

Now, here's what Ann Arbor needs.

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2002-12-17 - 2:50 p.m.

Ann Arbor is the Marin County of the Midwest. So that means that we must have one of the strictest smoking bans in the country, right? A2 must be overrun with the joyless PC anti-smoking police that forces residents to wake up after a night on the town without congealed phlegm in the back of their sore throats and a heap of clothes to take to the drycleaners.

In fact, no. A smoking ban will take effect here in February, but it only applies to "worksites", a category that somehow does not include restaurants.

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2002-12-15 - 10:34 p.m.

Outgoing Governor John Engler was really considering a move to A2. It's just that Detroit was so tempting, and who could blame him...?

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2002-12-13 - 2:16 a.m.

Geoff Larcom wishes that the Ann Arbor City Council would stop spending time passing resolutions against war with Iraq and on other non-local issues. Well, so does Ann Arbor Sucks. But Larcom's reasoning is the most concrete proof we've seen of the entrenched landowning aristocracy in A2 we've always suspected exists. "I thought of this recently as I made out the check to pay the winter half of my property taxes," he writes. "My thoughts were not on Iraq as I signed my name on that particular bottom line. The next time the council has the urge to debate global issues, important as they are on many levels, members should first picture city residents sending in those big tax checks."

How about the younger city residents (or "students"), without whom it would be pets-or-meat time for Ann Arbor, sending in those big rent checks to live in buildings that aren't quite up to Chicago slumlord standards? If it helps any, Ann Arbor Sucks was thinking about Boston, Chicago and San Francisco, not Iraq, when writing the last one.

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2002-12-04 - 2:59 p.m.

Runs a headline in the online edition of today's Daily, "'One World' a medicore work from controversial ex-professor."

Medicore. What a great word. "So, this band, you say they're pretty good?" "No, they're not good. They're not bad either. That's the point. They're medicore."

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2002-12-03 - 9:58 p.m.

Talk About Town's "By the Numbers" number on Sunday was six - the years that have passed since the "U-M/Mateen Cleves/Ford Explorer rollover saga." Remarks TAT, "It's more evidence that your grandmother was right: You'd better keep your nose clean, because people don't forget."

Ann Arbor Sucks has not just forgotten, but in fact never known about, this saga. But disparaging homespun wisdom would be the furthest thing from the purpose of this weblog.

On Monday, the old gray mare that pulls the rickety old snowplow around town must have been under the weather. That's the only plausible explanation for the gray snow covering Plymouth Road and other major arteries five hours after the snow had stopped falling. Best wishes for a speedy recovery.

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