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January 27, 2014

BotW: Deja Vu All Over Again

by at 4:22 pm.

All right, due to good life stuff taking up space, I didn’t get a chance to post this yesterday or this morning. This time, for the Blowup of the Week game, I’m going to not guess. That way, there’s more of a chance of someone winning the prize. Here’s this week’s agenda document!

I’m going further stipulate, the more obvious your guess, the smaller the prize. So, if you pick something off the agenda that doesn’t seem as likely or obvious, if a Blowup happens, you’ll win bigger! What will you win, you ask? I shared this on Facebook last week, but posting images on FB is so much easier I got lazy on the post. But…the prize is this: an amigurumi of your choice. If you picked something obvious, it must be a simple amigurumi that I can do really fast. (See below). If you pick something which appears so uncontroversial that no one would EVER suspect it would become a Blowup of the Week, but it explodes into BotW-worthy, then you get something much more complex. I’m the final arbiter of the various levels, since I have to do the work. :)

So, meet Monty. He’s my little amigurumi cephalopod, and my personal mascot. He is, obviously, not up for a prize, but another mini octopus of your choice is possible (from a range of colors), or another animal whose construction is about that simple, if the BotW is one that was obvious. (Other than the eyes and embroidered mouth, I could do up one of these in about 1/2 an hour or less.)

little octopus amigurumi

Here’s the most complex amigurumi I’ve made, this one was for a friend of mine (you might recognize the character). This took took me a number of hours.

Brian Griffin amigurumi

That at least gives you a range. :) I’m probably not offering Brian-Griffin-level crafting for this contest, but you can see what can be accomplished with a crochet needle and some yarn. I’ve done a number of other animals too.

That said, go check the agenda and make your guess! Has to be in by 6:30pm tomorrow (Tuesday)! One guess per person, and only one person can grab any one item. And you can email me a guess if you wish to remain even more anonymous (I’ll announce in comments if someone guesses a specific item and it’s no longer available.) I’ve cut and pasted the agenda in the second half of this post.

Date: Jan 28, 2014
Time: 6:30 PM
Location: City Council Chamber
375 Merrimack Street, 2nd Floor, Lowell, MA

1. CITY CLERK
1.1. 2014 / 64 Minutes of City Council Meeting January 21st, Special Meeting January 21st, for
acceptance.

2. CITY AUDITOR
2.1. 2014 / 71 Communication – Response to verbal request of C. Mercier regarding ways to
avoid DOR watch list.

3. GENERAL PUBLIC HEARINGS
3.1. 2014 / 25 Ordinance-create new position and salary (One (1) Outreach Worker) Health
Dept
3.2. 2014 / 27 Ordinance-create new positions and salaries NIBRS Tracking Analyst, Computer
Technician, Training Admin and Reentry Manager-Police Dept

4. COMMUNICATIONS FROM THE CITY MANAGER
4.1. 2014 / 85 Communication Summary

Motion Responses
A. Motion Response - DPD meet with Economic Development SC to develop
incubator districts
B. Motion Response - Request Neighborhood SC meet to generate ideas for
traffic solutions
C. Motion Response - Organize meeting between Trinity Financial and City
Council
D. Motion Response - Designate portion of Pawtucket Street Veterans Memorial
Walkway

Informational
E. Informational - Statement of Interest - Butler
F. Informational - Statement of Interest - Greenhalge
G. Informational - Statement of Interest - Lincoln
H. Informational - Statement of Interest - McAvinnue
I. Informational - Statement of Interest - Murkland
J. Informational - Statement of Interest - Pyne Arts
K. Informational - Energy Aggregation

Petition Response
L. Petition Response - Handicap parking - 338 Universith Avenue
4.2. 2014 / 84 Communication-Appoint Zachary Ware (Green Building Commission

5. CONSTABLE BONDS
5.1. 2014 / 77 Constable Bonds - (1) Bond (David Small); (1) Bond (Raymond D. Lamy); (1) Bond
(Dale M. Elkins); (1) Bond (Manuel F. Barros), all for approval for term 1/7/2014-
1/2/2017.

6. VOTES FROM THE CITY MANAGER
6.1. 2014 / 73 Vote-Transfer $2,148 (DPD)
6.2. 2014 / 74 Vote-Transfer $12,500 (Election)
6.3. 2014 / 78 Vote-Auth Supt file Statement of Interest w MSBA under Accelerated Repair
Program (Greenhalge School)
6.4. 2014 / 79 Auth Supt file Statement of Interest w MSBA under Accelerated Repair Program
(Lincoln School)
6.5. 2014 / 80 Vote-Auth Supt file Statement of Interest w MSBA under Accelerated Repair
program (McAvinnue School)
6.6. 2014 / 81 Auth Supt file Statement of Interest w MSBA under Accelerated Repair Program
(Murkland School)
6.7. 2014 / 82 Vote-Auth Supt file Statement of Interest w MSBA under Accelerated Repair
Program (Butler Middle School)
6.8. 2014 / 83 Vote-Auth Supt file Statement of Interest w MSBA under Accelerated Repair
Program (Pyne Arts Magnet School)

7. ORDERS FROM THE CITY MANAGER
7.1. 2014 / 76 Order-60 day trial (University Ave-338)

8. REPORTS (SUB / COMMITTEE, IF ANY)
8.1. 2014 / 75 Wire Insp. - National Grid - Underground electric conduit at 580 Chelmsford
Street.

9. PETITIONS
9.1. 2014 / 65 Claims (2) claim for property damage.
9.2. 2014 / 66 Misc. – Request by Grand Manor Condominium Assoc. to address Council
regarding Grand Manor Condominiums.
9.3. 2014 / 72 Misc. – Request by Alison Laraba to address Council regarding Teaching Civic
Engagement.
9.4. 2014 / 89 Misc. – Request by Goldman and Curtis for Daly Realty Trust I for zoning change
219 Westview Raod.

10. CITY COUNCIL - MOTIONS
10.1. 2014 / 67 C. Mercier – Req. City Council Rules SC establish guidelines as to what the
Mayoral portrait should consist of.
10.2. 2014 / 68 C. Kennedy – Req. City Council Rules SC review the City Council Rules including
Rule 22 and report back to full Council with any recommendations.
10.3. 2014 / 86 C. Leahy – Req. City Mgr. provided update regarding construction on Kearney
Square Bridge.
10.4. 2014 / 87 C. Leahy – Req. City Mgr. provide report regarding incident on East Merrimack St.
on January 17th.
10.5. 2014 / 88 C. Belanger – Req. City Mgr. provide an update on re-development of the Rialto
Building.
10.6. 2014 / 69 M. Elliott – Req. Public Safety SC meet with new police superintendent to begin
discussion of implementation of community policing.
10.7. 2014 / 70 M. Elliott – Req. City Council vote to request City Manager hold further
appointments until new manager is hired.

10 Responses to “BotW: Deja Vu All Over Again”

  1. joe from Lowell Says:

    “Response to verbal request of C. Mercier regarding ways to avoid DOR watch list.”

    How about, don’t hire a politician with ethics charges in his past to be City Manager. Hey, it worked last time we tried it.

    Anyway, the world-historical issue of mayoral portraits would seem to be the most likely candidate for a blowup.

  2. Tim Little Says:

    Lynne: That is an AWESOME Brian Griffin!

  3. Lynne Says:

    Heh thanks Tim…I have to give full credit to the awesome pattern creator. With the exception of the martini glass, which was actually an improvisation based on instructions for shapes. A good learning project all around.

  4. Lynne Says:

    …”world-historical issue” - LMAO!

  5. ned Says:

    9.4. 2014 / 89 Misc. – Request by Goldman and Curtis for Daly Realty Trust I for zoning change
    219 Westview Raod.

    aka hitting the reset button.

    Please send my prize to Mark Lynch.

  6. Lynne Says:

    Also taken:

    9.2. 2014 / 66 Misc. – Request by Grand Manor Condominium Assoc. to address Council regarding Grand Manor Condominiums.

    Also, someone is putting in a guess on the untabling of the Mitchell appointment (not on agenda).

  7. Nancy Pitkon Says:

    How about Teaching Civic Engagement? Will they listen and hear what that means? Or will they tune it out? And the untabling of Salmira’s appointment.

  8. Lynne Says:

    FYI, this is also taken:

    4.2. 2014 / 84 Communication-Appoint Zachary Ware (Green Building Commission)

  9. Lynne Says:

    Also now taken:
    3. GENERAL PUBLIC HEARINGS
    3.1. 2014 / 25 Ordinance-create new position and salary (One (1) Outreach Worker) Health Dept
    3.2. 2014 / 27 Ordinance-create new positions and salaries NIBRS Tracking Analyst, Computer Technician, Training Admin and Reentry Manager-Police Dept

    (I’m ruling that these can be taken together since it’s the concept of “new positions” being created that the guesser is betting on.)

    Also taken by email:
    4.1. item C. Motion Response - Organize meeting between Trinity Financial and City Council

    Coming fast and thick this week! :)

  10. gratefultobehere Says:

    ME steps down, VML steps in and then the bashing starts. No untraditional photos outside of Ritas old office, it’s a disgrace to the office!! Can we get a public roll call for Rita please! I need to know who’s in and who’s out! As supreme keyholder I need to know this and Rita needs to know as well. #sun… If this happens then not only shame on me for “poking fun” at this stupid matter, but shame on them for wasting the taxpayers time. When folks bitching on facebook about the photo actually watch the meetings and walk down the halls to look at the photos, then perhaps it has legitimacy. Otherwise lets focus on something nice like stopping violence and welcoming new business to this great city!

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