I got home from the library a little while ago with my stepdaughter, and discovered there were three news helicopters flying over my neighborhood. I got her into the house and walked around the corner to discover a half dozen fire trucks around the corner from my home, but no fire.
I walked back home, turned the news on and discovered what the hullabaloo was about; some workers in a building being renovated, put some kind of stripping chemical on a floor without venilating and were overcome by fumes. They're okay. When they showed the helicopter shot of our neighborhood, I called my stepdaughter in to see it. She commented that it looks different from above.
Must have been a slow news day.
Last night, on the way home from work, I was playing Little Steven's Underground Garage. The deejay, Handsome Dick Manitoba, played "Bend Me, Shape Me," 1970 hit by the American Breed, who hailed from Cicero, Illinois, where I was a teacher from 2002-2006. He mentioned that he thought Cicero had something to do with Al Capone, and asked for someone to email him if they knew any details. I did, and when I got home, I emailed him a short history of Al's stay in Cicero after he was run out of Chicago. The school I taught at was a block from where Capone's headquarters, the Hawthorne Hotel, once stood. Manitoba emailed me back, thanking me for the information and saying that he was going to talk about it on the air the next night (tonight). If you happen to be listening to Sirius Radio Channel 25 tonight, I may get a shoutout. You can listen to it online as a visitor for a few hours at www.sirius.com.