Category: Word

Rose Marshack live SPlogging her newest arrival

Hear, hear!

Rose Marshack, our beloved punk rock bassist turned educator and mother will be tracking her latest arrival with Twitter and allowing Smile Politely to follow along! With help from a strange little iPhone application called Labor Mate, she'll even be able to better gauge when the little booger is ready to enter the world.

According to, "it is only .99 cents and it is super simple to use. It will track duration and frequency, and even average them for you. There is also an e-mail feature so you can e-mail your contraction log to yourself, your midwife, curious family members."

Stay tuned!


Facebook tragedy leads to triumph

Things were going so well for Smile Politely, the Facebook entity. We had won hundreds of friends and were well on our way to influencing people. Then, one day, the ill-humored Facebook overlords disabled our account for a spurious, unspecified "Terms of Use" violation. So we're not a real person. Who cares? 

Anyhoo, there's no reason why that little setback should spoil our fun. We now have a brand-spankin'-new FACEBOOK PAGE that will try to restore our former glory. We need fans; like, lots of 'em. So tell your friends and those that appear uninformed. We still have the FACEBOOK GROUP, too. If you act quickly, you can sign up for both for the low, low price of FREE.


Roger Ebert announces films for 2009 festival

Those who are fully invested in our hometown boy-cum-iconic film critic wait (im)patiently each year until ol' Ebert reveals his selections for his Overlooked Film Festival. This is the 11th year, and the list has just been revealed.

Among the films I am most excited for are the original documentary, Woodstock, the Swedish horror film released just last year, Let the Right One in, and Urbana's very own Nina Paley's Sita Sings the Blues.

Oh, right. Dallas from The Outsiders is making an appearance as well.

Looks great, as always.



Beer Bulletin: March 27

Are you the type who picks a bar based upon the beer? If so, read on to find out the freshest brews in town.

Crane Alley

On tap: Dogfish Head Red & White, Dogfish Head 60 MInute IPA, Dogfish Head Chicory Stout, Dogfish Head Palo Santo Marron, Southern Tier Unearthly IPA, Three Floyds Black Sun Stout, Hebrew Origin Pomegranate Ale, Three Floyds Robert the Bruce Scottish Ale, Geants Goliath Belgian Tripel, Left Hand Black Jack Porter, Bells Two Hearted Ale, Southern Tier Choklat Stout, Victory Prima Pils, Weihenstephaner Hefe Weizen.

In the bottle: Dogfish Head Festina Peche, Lost Abbey Avant Garde, Lost Abbey Serpent Stout, Founders Kentucky Breakfast Stout

Blind Pig

On tap: Sierra Nevada Pale Ale, Sierra Nevada Chico IPA Special Release, Sierra Nevada Ruthless Hefeweizen Special Release, Sierra Nevada Bigfoot Barleywine, Sierra Nevada ESB, Three Floyds Gumballhead, Pyramid Apricot, Boulevard Nut Cracker, Rogue Hazelnut Brown, Krusovice Imperial 12°, Founders Dirty Bastard, Founders Double Trouble,

In the bottle: Sierra Nevada Torpedo Extra IPA, Avery Hog Heaven, Sierra Nevada Pale Ale


Lincoln Hotel story takes odd turn

How can you pay for a renovation when your property is being foreclosed upon? The owners of the Historic Lincoln Hotel are trying to figure that out, as their management company claims to be moving ahead with a multi-million dollar revamping of the property, even as a sheriff's sale is scheduled for April 24. Lots of wildly conflicting information in today's News-Gazette article.

What do you think?


Audrey Niffenegger gets $5 mil book deal

I had the pleasure of meeting Audrey Niffenegger, author of the New York Times bestseller, The Time Traveler's Wife, when I was going to Columbia College Chicago. During our meeting, she spoke about her next book, which would take place at Highgate Cemetery in England. She said she would be researching the book by becoming a caretaker of the cemetery. Not only did she end up helping another New York Times bestselling author research his Newbery-winning novel, Neil Gaiman; Ms. Niffenegger's new book snagged an unprecedented $5 million dollar book deal.

It's nice to know in our nose-diving economy, the written word can still be so profitable. Now, if only I could make a small fraction of that $5 mil with my book...



Wanna sell some ads for us?

Smile Politely has decided to seek a freelance advertising rep to help put the small businesses that make our town tick on the pages of our Web site. We are looking for a self-starter; someone willing to fly solo, and who knows (or wants to learn) the Champaign-Urbana ropes. We are looking for someone with a little advertising experience or someone who is currently studying advertising at University of Illinois. We expect our new rep to work a fair share of hours per week. We are not looking for someone who wants to sell businesses more than they need. We maintain a fierce independence, and the right candidate will fit into that mold with ease. Smile Politely compensates on a commission basis. If you're interested, email us at info [at] smilepolitely [dot] com, and we'll go from there.