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Francesca made the news!

Monday, April 21st, 2008

Francesca was picked to “train” Ana Belaval of WGN’s Morning News on how to call-take at our City’s 911 center. Check out the video here. If the video doesn’t immediately load, look for “Around Town at a 911 Center.”

How do you think she did???

Posted by Felicia

Earthquake measuring 5.2 in Chicago

Friday, April 18th, 2008

It was the weirdest thing. I was half-awake, just lying in bed, and I felt the bed moving – not really shaking, but moving. Mark had already left for work so I continued to lie there with my eyes shut, thinking it was the dog, who normally sleeps in the bed with us (I know, he’s spoiled), just scratching himself. I sat up to tell him to stop and I noticed he wasn’t in the bed with me. I looked over and there he was, fast asleep on the floor. I thought, “Ok, what the hell….??” To prove I wasn’t losing my mind, I lay down again but the bed was still moving! It wasn’t as strong this time and I felt a weird sensation, almost like a tingling feeling, in my lower legs. Then I started thinking that maybe I did something weird and screwed up my calves at yoga class last night. But would that cause my whole bed to move?? I finally got up and started about my morning routine when my mother called to me from downstairs. She said, “Francesca, the whole house was shaking!” I won’t tell you where she was or what she was doing at the time (hee hee…) but she said it felt as if the foundation were going to cave in. That’s when I said, “We had an earthquake!”

I immediately turned on WGN radio, AM 720, and people were already calling in reporting the same experience as I had. The station hadn’t received any official word yet at that point but it wasn’t long before we learned that we had experienced an earthquake measuring 5.2 on the Richter scale. Its epicenter was about seven miles outside of West Salem, Illinois (about 45 miles NW of Evansville, Indiana). Knowing now that there have been no reports of injuries or major damage, I can say that it was pretty damn cool. I’m a geek so I’m amazed by science and the natural world; stuff like this is right up my alley. It was the first time I ever felt an earthquake. There was another measurable earthquake in the area in 1987. I remember when it happened but I didn’t actually feel anything. At the time, Mom and I were shopping at the mall in North Riverside. But I definitely felt the one today!

Posted by Francesca

Thoughts from the first 2008 visit to Wrigley

Wednesday, April 16th, 2008
Before last night, it had been almost two years since I went to my last Cubs home game. It was good to be back at Wrigley and see the Cubs beat the Cincinnati Reds 9-5. Felicia and I ... [Continue reading this entry]

Season ends for the Blackhawks

Sunday, April 6th, 2008
Today I took down the 2007-08 Blackhawks schedule that was hanging on the refrigerator for their season has come to an end. The Hawks ended it on a very high note, coming quite close to grabbing that last playoff ... [Continue reading this entry]

Joseph William – 10 days old

Thursday, April 3rd, 2008
Joseph William - 10 days old, originally uploaded by superstarsinger. Born March 20, 2008 at 9 lbs. 15 oz and 22 inches long, Joseph William is the first son to Andrea Palmisano & ... [Continue reading this entry]

ATA Airlines discontinues all operations

Thursday, April 3rd, 2008
Official statement from ATA website I can't say I am surprised. This airline should have ceased operations years ago. I never had a positive experience with ATA and the last time I flew this airline, back in 2002, ... [Continue reading this entry]

Someone call the Punctuation Police!

Tuesday, April 1st, 2008
Yesterday, as part of Opening Day ceremonies at Wrigley Field, the Cubs unveiled a statue of Cubs legend, Ernie Banks. I watched the replay of the ceremony during the 40-minute rain delay and, shortly after the statue was uncovered, I ... [Continue reading this entry]