It was a fairly warm day last Friday, so I decided to indulge my thirst – and my curiosity – and plunked a dollar into a vending machine in City Hall to buy a bottled water. To my great joy an icy cold bottle popped down.

But wait!

Didn’t Mayor Coody say that bottled water was going to be yanked out of the City Hall vending machines way back in June? Around the same time that he said that the city wasn’t going to spend money on bottled water  anymore?

Funny story about that – turns out Dan might actually think the city stopped using bottled water a whole long time before it really did . . .


What are you telling people, Dan? That you are a time traveler?

If you made the announcement on June 12, 2008, that the city would no longer use public funds to buy bottled eater, why are you saying things like this:

But it’s not just the larger cities that support the ban. Dan Coody, mayor of Fayetteville, Arkansas, population 68,000-plus, and co-chair of the Conference’s Water Council, said his city discontinued the use of bottled water several years ago

Do you think that nobody in Fayetteville uses the Internet?


Entertaining typo in the NWA Times today

My old Ozark Gazette partner Mark Swaney found his name transformed into “Mark Swanky” in the Northwest Arkansas Times story on Green Party candidates today. I wonder how much ribbing he’ll take for that.

Probably just an innocent typo – though on my keyboard, the “e” and the “k” keys aren’t all that close together. That’s odd . ..


Quote of the Day

“Let’s not shoot the crazy end-of-the-world machine just yet.” – – Marshall Jack Carter, Eureka TV series.


What? You Haven’t Discovered This woman Yet Department?

A long time ago I stumbled upon the writings of Daphne du Maurier, when I read her excellent novel “The King’s General.” Set during the English Civil War, it is the great story of a doomed romance between an English general and his lover, who has been crippled in an accident.

Since then I have read many of her books, including “Rule Britannia,” a biting satire on the U.S. and the United Kingdom forming one nation – USUK.  But it is as a writer of suspense that she is best known for. Indeed, two of her best novels, “Rebecca” and “My Cousin Rachel” are two classic films. Of course, two other great films are based on her writings as well – “Don’t Look Now” and “The Birds.”

I can’t recommend her books enough to anyone who enjoys great writing on a fall evening.