On snowy city streets, staking curbside turf… I Do NOT Miss Doing This! The Last Time I Did This Was In 1995…
It’s an unwritten law in Chicago (And New York and lots of other places) during winter weather: If you shovel a parking space, it’s yours. And woe betide anyone who nudges your orange cones (or lawn chairs, or flowerpots) out of the way.
With snow expected to snarl the roads and cover cars here over the next few days, the cold-weather battle over Windy City street parking will kick into high gear.
Residents will pick up their shovels, clear their curbs of powder and ice — and then line their stretch of the street with lawn chairs.
Or sawhorses. Dinette sets. Bar stools. Flowerpots.
Even empty cardboard boxes and rusty metal buckets will litter the roads, all in a bid to ward off drivers who might steal the cleared space.
It’s an unwritten law, particularly in the densely populated neighborhoods that have gentrified as part of this city’s ongoing urban revival: If you shovel it, you own it. And woe be to anyone who moves such items while the spot’s “owner” is away.
“You could put a television set out there and no one would touch it,” said Wendy Pastrick, 36, a database administrator whose family keeps a bright-orange construction cone next to the snow shovel on the front steps.
Across the street, two houses had folding chairs leaning against snow shovels. Down the block, two more homes had white plastic chairs nestled amid the shrubs and bags of de-icing salt.
Those who do dare move such items and claim a stretch of curb they didn’t clear could see their normally friendly neighbors turn into vigilantes who dole out justice by breaking windows, scratching paint and slashing tires.
The tradition of guarding parking spaces is not without its critics.
Netscape Navigator, now owned by AOL, will no longer be supported after 1 February 2008, the company has said.
In the mid-1990s the browser was used by more than 90% of the web population, but numbers have slipped to just 0.6%.
In particular, the browser has faced competition from Microsoft’s Internet Explorer (IE), which is now used by nearly 80% of all web users. (This Site Is Actually Accessed By More Firefox Users Than Internet Explorer)
I’m an old Netscaper… Now I mostly use Firefox… But I miss the all in one convenience of Netscape’s mail, chat and HTML editor. And since Netscape is going away… I was lucky to find this…
While checking stats I noticed someone had accessed the site using SeaMonkey… I’d never heard of it so I went out and did some research… What a really nice all in one solution!.. I’ve loaded it on a 2 Macs and I’m really tickled! I’m going to put it on a Windows XP box this weekend.
My sons and I rebuild and upgrade computers as a hobby… I’m thinking of incorporating this cool browser into all of our upgrades. Web… Email… Chat… HTML Editing and a lot of other goodies are part of the whole. If you like FireFox and ThunderBird… SeaMonkey seems to combine the best of both… And did I mention it’s backed by the Mozilla folks who do FireFox?
Here’s some screen shots and a few links: