March 3rd, 2006

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Off schedule

I noticed this morning while riding the LRT (late to work again, damn it) that the schedules of all the buses I take -and the train, for that matter- will be changing next Friday. One of the more positive changes is that the 535 buses will now be stopping at the Knox Avenue P&R more often, which I'm really glad to see. That quarter-mile walk from 76th Street gets awfully damn cold in the winter. The train schedule has been tweaked slightly but I can't really tell if it'll be more to my advantage to go with that as my default commute option or to stick with the 576. Guess we'll see how it plays out.

Did some cleaning last night, chucked out three bags of trash, and had Scott fix the rivet in my black jeans. He wasn't able to do anything about the back pocket and suggested that I get an iron-on patch, which I guess will have to do.

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No fixed plans for tonight. Most of the people I know will be off playing Exalted with redmartel, assuming he's dug his way out from under the mountain of registration forms I passed on to him Sunday, so I may just go home and be domestic. We'll see.
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Will the last student leaving MPS please turn out the lights?

I'd been meaning to comment on Katherine Kersten's essay on black flight from the Minneapolis public schools, but Mitch Berg finally roused me from my apathy, painting the situation as an opportunity for the Minnesota GOP to make some inroads among inner-city blacks.

I don't think that's going to happen. Open enrollment works as a political safety valve, removing the parents most likely to cause trouble from the pool of voters most likely to strike back at the DFL-dominated School Board and the state legislators who act as its enablers. The schools have been a problem for years, have been an issue raised by Republican and other candidates for years, and have been dismissed by the majority of voters in Minneapolis for just as long. The problem, you see, is that most of the voters in the Minneapolis electorate are either happy with their schools (e.g. the parents in Linden Hills and similar neighborhoods) or don't care about the schools but are loyal supporters of the DFL (e.g. the GLBT caucus) so unless things reach the point at which the schools are going up in flames and the Board is being lynched by angry parents, nothing is going to change.

Of course I'm a pessimist. I lived in Minneapolis for twenty years and my kids spent ten years in the MPS system. I got a right to sing the cynical blues.

It's Friday. So what.

I'm feeling decidedly underwhelmed today for a number of reasons...nothing big, just minor disappointments and things not happening the way I expected them to. For example, I was kind of hoping to run into jariten at Zenbox over lunch today, but since I didn't know when (or even if) he was going to be there, that didn't happen. I also rediscovered the lethality of trail mix...a few small handfuls between 9 and 11 were enough to jack my blood sugar into the red before lunch. Yeow.

The student loan disbursement also didn't show up today. I seem to recall (dimly, from last year) that it tends to post late on Friday or very early on Saturday, so I'm not too bummed about it. It's still disappointing, because I would have liked to get on with the process of paying bills with it.

So tonight I'll head home and be domestic, I think.
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