I’m going to be traveling the next week and a half, so posting will be a good bit lighter than the firehose of stadium and arena news we’ve seen in recent weeks. (Though I doubt I can stop myself from following the Phoenix Coyotes saga, even while on vacation, so I’ll likely be chiming in on that from time to time.) I’ll even be skipping my regular Tuesday morning radio spot on KUCI with Heather McCoy this week for the first time since last June, returning to the airwaves (and webwaves) on July 9.
Feel free to use the comments on this item as an open thread to discuss anything you might feel like. I promise to bring you all presents when I get back, or at least some new stadium photos.
It’s been a while since I’ve asked FoS readers for any contributions to keep this website going. A long while back I had a tip jar that many of you folks generously donated to, and while it was a huge help in my never-ending campaign to pay myself at least minimum wage for the hours I put in here, I never quite felt right about just asking for money and not giving back anything more than a brief thank you.
For those of you who read FoS regularly and would like a way to support the cause, you can now become an FoS Supporter. Members will get not just the warm glow of knowing that they’re enabling me to keep on reporting daily on stadium and arena news while silencing the voice in my head that says “Shouldn’t you be doing real work?” but will also get the ability to place an ad in the top-right banner space, which will be viewed on a rotating basis with no more than nine other ads. Messages can be anything from “I Support Field of Schemes and I Vote” to “Read My Website, It’s Way Better Than This One” or anything else that will fit legibly in a 90×250-pixel space. (You’re welcome to send me your own display ad, or I’ll design one for you if you send the text.) I do retain veto power over needlessly offensive or inaccurate messages, so “Jeffrey Loria Is a Booger Brain” would be ruled out of order. Probably. Unless you could provide citations.
The membership fee is just $50 for six months in the Supporters’ Corner, or $100 for a full year. Stated in traditional fundraising-drive cups of coffee, that’s only one cup of coffee every five days. Or, if you prefer, “Sure, I can give him 50 bucks once, I’ll just let somebody else sign up after my six months are up, and read for free then like always!” Group memberships are welcome, too, if you and some friends want to pool your pocket change and sign up that way.
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Pretty windy here at Field of Schemes HQ, but otherwise no major impact from Hurricane Sandy as of yet. Electrical lines here are all below ground, so I’m not expecting we’ll lose power, but if I disappear for a day or so, that’s probably what’s happened.
I’ll be back with some more stadium news shortly, but in the meantime if you want to hear me talk about something completely different — this storm and its relation to climate change — you can tune in the interview I did with WBAI radio in New York this morning (my segment starts around the 17-minute mark).
I’ll be doing some site upgrades for the next few hours, so things may be a bit wonky during that time, and comments will be briefly disabled. I’ll update this item once things are back to (more or less) normal.
UPDATE: The transition is now complete, and you may resume your normal commenting activities. If you notice anything that seems off-kilter, either post in comments below or email me at the address at left.
Field of Schemes World Headquarters is going to be moving this week (just in physical space — the website will remain right where it’s always been), so posting here may be light to nonexistent for the next few days. If something exciting happens in any of your favorite stadium debates — say, yet another city offering to host a Vikings stadium — and I’m not here to write it up, feel free to talk it over here in comments, and I’ll chime in once I’ve unpacked my DSL modem.
I’ll be traveling next week, so posting will be light to nonexistent unless there’s major news. For minor news, gossip, and the usual kibitzing, please treat the comment section of this post as your open thread for the week.
I’m traveling from now until July 4, so posting will be light to nonexistent during that time. If anything important happens in the interim — the Vikings proposing to pay for a new stadium by holding the world’s largest bake sale, say — feel free to talk about it yourselves in comments, and I’ll chime in on my return.
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I’m off to Chicago for a week of actual vacation, though I probably won’t be able to resist sneaking a peek at the site of the proposed collapsible Olympic Stadium (“located just three kilometers from the grave of Jesse Owens”!). I’ll be back on duty here on July 6.
In the meantime, the fieldofschemes.com reins will be ably handled by guest correspondent Bob Trumpbour, of “New Cathedrals” fame, along with regular correspondent David Dyte. Please treat them as you would me … actually, on second thought, maybe try to be a bit nicer.
I’m very pleased to report that fieldofschemes.com is now indexed by category, at least back through the start of 2009. To see all the recent news about, say, D.C. United, just click on the link at the bottom of the entry.
If anyone notices any bugs, please drop me a line. In the meantime, I’ll be adding category tags for 2008…