In 1979, the year "Rabbit is Rich" takes place, a Corolla cost around $4,000 and the popular slogan was "You asked for it. We got it." The current slogan is "Let's Go Places." With Toni's invaluable help I purchased a Barcelona red 2016 Corolla LE during Lake Shore Toyota's "Big Tent" sale that cost around $17,300, including a $1500 rebate. Handling the paperwork was Brian Sweeney, a former IUN police officer and student in my Vietnam War course (he called me Dr. Lane). Salesman Mark Ramirez extolled the improved headlights, compared to my 2003 model, and went over the panel features, including a screen showing what's behind me when I go into reverse.
above, Mark Ramirez; below, Brian Sweeney
Thanking me for mentioning her art work and the Valparaiso University Welcome Project in Steel Shavings, volume 45, Liz Wuerffel wrote: "I loved the 'facts of life' story you shared from Tasia [Polite in "Daughters of Penelope"]. It makes me appreciate the utterly awkward week of sex education in middle school!"
On the season finale of "The Americans" Leonard Cohen's "Who By Fire" played in the background as Philip and Elizabeth mulled over possibly returning to their native Russia. Daughter Paige seems on the brink of helping them in their line of work. Several of my favorite characters got killed this season, and I fear Frank Langella, playing Philip and Elizabeth's Soviet boss, will be next.
My seven year-old computer has fatally crashed. I'm hoping to use funds from my Steel Shavings account to get a new one for my cage near the Archives. History Department chair Jonathyne Briggs wants my help working with students on Indiana history projects in connection with computer information systems, so I'm hopeful that Dean Hoyert will approve. Thankfully, for the time being, there are severallibrary Apple computers on the first floor that don't get much use during the summer.
A million people have signed a petition calling for the dismissal of a California judge who sentenced a rapist to just six months in prison. The crime took place when he was drunk and his victim unconscious. His dad had pleaded for leniency and called what he did a "20-minute mistake." Now evidence is coming forward that the defendant had a history of being a sexual predator.