Woman Can Use Toilets As Planters
A McHenry County woman has successfully challenged a village ordinance that tried to keep her from using two toilets and a sink in her front yard as planters for her lilies and hostas. Tina Asmus of Lakemoor was fined $25 in June of 2009 after police said the bathroom fixtures violated the village's public nuisance ordinance. McHenry County Judge Michael Caldwell ruled this week that the planters didn't appeal to him, but he said the ordinance was being misapplied. Caldwell said the ordinance was really aimed at junker cars and unauthorized scrap metal recycling yards. For the moment, Asmus has the toilets filled with poinsettias for the holidays. One of them has "God bless my neighbors" written on it, as well as a smiley face.
Coyote Floating Ice in Lake Michigan & Later On Was Rescued
A Fire Department boat rescued a coyote spotted floating on a patch of ice hundreds of yards out on Lake Michigan this morning. The coyote was seen around 9:30 a.m. off Fullerton Avenue, curled up on a piece of ice barely bigger than itself. As a helicopter hovered overhead, the Victor L. Schlaeger fire boat slowly approached the coyote. Several times two crew members bent over to snare the coyote, but it kept drifting away. Finally, the stern of the boat slid toward the coyote and a crew member snatched him with a long-handled snare and pulled him aboard. The boat then sped to Belmont Harbor, about an hour after the coyote was spotted. There was no immediate word on his condition.
The Most Annoying Christmas Song?
"Last Christmas" This Wham! hit annoys the piss out of me cause it's basically about a guy who can't get over a lover who treated him badly. He's like "Last year I gave you my heart, you dumped me, and a whole year later, I am still not over it and completely obsessed with you." This song is like your ex-boyfriend who finally stopped calling, but still tries to Facebook stalk you when he gets drunk or depressed. Also I feel like George Michael is disingenuous when singing this. He might as well be saying, "Last Christmas I was in a popular singing duo. The very next day, I threw you away and started a solo career and never thought about you again. But this year, to give you some cheer, at least you'll get a royalty check, Andrew Ridgeley."