Contracting Relations

I’m intrigued by the intersections of social and economic interests through texts, which attempt to capture or represent in two-dimensional forms messy, and multidimensional, human experience.

These conditions were recently evident when sellers had agreed to terms of a recent condo offer, which included a six month lease followed by the closing. My real estate agent submitted a signed offer, and the sellers reportedly showed their lawyer, who had approved and was adding local riders, which the sellers would send within the hour. Several hours later, the sellers informed the agent that they had received, and were going to accept, a higher offer even though they liked our offer better.  Continue reading “Contracting Relations”

Playing Politics

I’m surprised, given Paul Ryan’s previous positions, that he won’t disavow Donald Trump after the most recent revelation of Trump’s attitude about women, which suggests that Ryan places politics over rectitude or values. Ryan initially indicated that he was unprepared to endorse Trump, who returned the favor, and he later called Trump’s comments about a Mexican judge racist, as well as criticized Trump’s reaction to a Muslim soldier’s parents and his hesitation about David Duke. However, he merely uninvites Trump to his recent rally rather than rejects his candidacy, and his worldview, as an increasing number of Republicans have done, and that seems insufficient, and could, and probably should, cost him politically and personally — what respectable leader wouldn’t repudiate such an individual from his own party?

When Less Is More

A Chicago-Style Deep Dish Cheese Pizza from Lou Malnati’s needs something, but a Malnati Chicago Classic has too much sausage. As a result, I was intrigued to discover that this metro Chicago pizzeria chain now offers an option to go easy on the sausage, at least with online orders, which, after trying it, seems just about right. The next time, I asked if customers were charged the same for this option. A cashier said that they were, so I thought I should clarify. You put less on the pizza, I said, but we still pay the same? She assured me that I hadn’t misunderstood, as if paying the same for less didn’t somehow violate an unwritten consumer code of conduct. Maybe I should resume removing some of the sausage and throwing it in the trash rather than let this restaurant keep some of what I’ve purchased for other orders.

Groundhog Day

Illinois politicians have a few days before beginning a second year without a state budget, which means that its public universities are in the same, or worse, situation. While these politicians seem aware of and committed to these universities, they have effectively reduced their state appropriation by seventy percent last year, which has had a negative impact upon these universities. Prospective students and their parents were less likely to consider Illinois public universities, for example, and my university reportedly lost 20 faculty while I lost more than $2,500 of my salary. Such collateral damage will remain long after the budget battles between the Governor and the Legislature are won and lost.