What a difference a year makes.  My daughters' fifth grade classes are going to Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo tomorrow--a day after we saw 90 degrees in Ames.  My girls were telling me that the zoo trip last year had to be delayed...because it snowed.  Anyheck...

I watched most of Tuesday night's Ames City Council workshop session where people who live in the old middle school neighborhood met with representatives of Breckenridge Land Aquisition--the Texas company that wants to build an ISU student-oriented housing development in the area.  While I'm more convinved now than I was before that the company is committed to move forward with its plan, I also have a question.  Shouldn't the people who've bought houses, started families, and built lives in the area be able tell the city, very simply, "please don't do this to us." Just because the law says something CAN be done, does that mean it MUST be done?

I think the now former editor of the Newton Daily News found out the hard way that the First Amendment means that while we all have the right to say whatever we want, we also have to take responsibility for it.  Seems like a newspaper guy would know that.

Also, here's how to open a bottle of champagne with a sword...because, swords.  And Alton Brown.