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Postcards from the Windy City - Casablanca


By Abby Stocker

Fri, Jul 26th, 2013
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Here’s looking at you, Readers.

I got stuck in “Casablanca” this week. Astoundingly, I’d never seen the movie. So I spent nearly two hours last Monday evening with Humphrey Bogart, Ingrid Bergman, and my host parents, waiting for letters of transit and stifled by the sun and heat.

If you haven’t seen the movie, here’s a quick rundown: in a classic story of intrigue, drama, and love, Richard (Humphrey Bogart) unexpectedly runs into Ilsa (Ingrid Bergman) in Casablanca, where he has fled from German-occupied Paris during World War II. Unbeknownst to Ilsa’s husband, Victor Laszlo, she and Richard had fallen in love in Paris just before Ilsa received word that Victor, an underground resistance leader, had not died in a concentration camp like she thought. Mere hours before she was to board the train, escape Paris, and embark on her glorious new future with Richard, Ilsa learns that Victor is alive. To protect the Cause, she can’t tell Richard, instead leaving him devastated in the pouring rain. Years later, will the heartbroken Richard volunteer his ill-gotten immigration papers for Laszlo and his wife when the still-bitter Richard and stunningly beautiful Ilsa suddenly meet—in Casablanca?

Not bad, eh? The movie, released in 1942, is a classic, and apparently reveals something new with each viewing. I’m told you can see it in black and white or color, not a bad thing since one of the movie’s famous lines has to do with a blue dress. Humphrey Bogart was spot-on as the cynical, jilted Richard. Play it again, Sam.

Which leads me to this week’s discussion question: what does it mean to be local?

Bear with me. Besides experiencing the movie greatness that is “Casablanca,” I also traveled to the Twin Cities this past weekend for a friend’s wedding. While there, I was surprised to realize that returning felt almost like a homecoming—a strange sensation for one not used to associating “home” with my college campus. The Cities felt familiar. But is familiarity enough to make one a local?

I’ve mentioned wanting to have the “local” Chicago experience this summer. But is 10 weeks enough to actually become a part of this place?

My local experience of the week, the original inspiration for this column, was my trip to the grocery store. This grocery store, Dominick’s, is part of the chain that sponsored the Taste of Ch .....
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Tech Bytes - Uninvited Guests

By Mitchell Walbridge

Fri, Jul 26th, 2013
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Keeping in touch with family and friends via instant messaging is great, through video is even better. Skype, for example, is a great program to video chat at people’s convenience by utilizing your computer’s webcam. However, if a stranger was ..... 
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A View From The Woods - Blackcaps and Bites

By Loni Kemp

Fri, Jul 26th, 2013
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I rose at sunrise, anticipating a sweltering hot day with only a couple of hours of relative comfort in the shade before the sun reached the forest edge. I forced myself to put on lightweight slacks and a long-sleeved shirt, both stained and relegat ..... 
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More notes from a country kitchen.

By Vicki Christianson

Fri, Jul 19th, 2013
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Summer always makes me think of hay and that is one hot, sweaty, and itchy subject! When we first started farming, we had many acres of hay ground. We didn’t have any animals that ate hay as we only raised pigs, but we sold our hay to others. Si ..... 
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Tech Bytes - The-end-for-the-telegraph-has-come. Stop.

By Mitchell Walbridge

Fri, Jul 19th, 2013
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The telegraph; it has served as a worldwide communication platform decades ago, sending messages with its dot/dash combinations that proved to be the most innovative technology at the time. What is most likely considered a primitive device to many ..... 
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Postcards from the Windy City - A Taste of Chicago

By Abby Stocker

Fri, Jul 19th, 2013
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Dear Readers, This week I went to Chicago. I felt very hip, very urban as I boarded the Metra commuter train and headed downtown to meet a friend. Our destination? Taste of Chicago, an outdoor food festival which ChooseChicago.com promises is ..... 
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Tech Bytes - Printing in 3-D

By Mitchell Walbridge

Fri, Jul 12th, 2013
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Printing in 3-D Today we can watch movies in 3-D, we can buy three dimensional television services, we can even buy 3-D, real life greeting cards, but what if we could print in three dimensions in our own home office? Well, to no surprise, you actu ..... 
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A little of this, A little of that.

Fri, Jul 12th, 2013
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I grew up in the “Ice Cream Capitol” of the world, Preston, Minnesota! In 1958 at the age of 10, I really believed that. Naturally naïve and not well-traveled, I was impressed with all the places that sold ice cream and the variety of frozen ..... 
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Postcards from the Windy City - Three is for Thrifting

By Abby Stocker

Fri, Jul 12th, 2013
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Dear Readers, I don’t mean any slight on Minnesota nice in what I am about to say. I will be the first to tell you that I get along just fine with a society of “courteous, reserved, and mild-mannered” people (in the words of Wikipedia). I l ..... 
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