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Quips, queries, and querulous quibbles from the quirky mind of Don Kahle

Why do people say 'after dark' when what they mean is 'during dark'? After dark would be when it's light again, right? * There are 10 types of people in this world -- those who read binary, and those who don't. * I'm rethinking the whole brown rice thing. What if it's just more white liberal self-hatred? Whole wheat, honey, unbleached flour. All better. Sez who? * Eugene should be HQ for White People for Diversity. We'll fight for diversity to be included in books, which is where we know to look for it. * Give a man a fish and he'll eat for a day, but give a man a pillow, and he'll dream of steak. * What can you say about a state that puts the town of North Bend 225 miles southwest of Bend? We rely on visitors for entertainment.

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Saving Civic’s Spirit

July 3rd, 2015 · 7 Comments

Here’s a question I find myself asking: Is now the time, and is 2077 Willamette Street the place, to build an indoor track and field complex?

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Tags: Arr-Gee published · Chamber · Civic · Urban Design · You-gene

Tracktown USA: Improving for the Long Run

May 15th, 2015 · 6 Comments

We can’t know how many marathon runners finished Sunday’s race with their best time ever. Conditions were near ideal, so chances are good that many returned home with that deep satisfaction of never having done better.

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Tags: Arr-Gee published · Civic · Psycho · You-gene

PERS Retirement Funding Prompts Creative Solutions

May 8th, 2015 · No Comments

I knew I had come to the right place, even if it was a disconcertingly dark place. Farsnow continued. “This is impolite to say, but it’s now 3.6 million Oregonians against 331,000 PERS members. It’s us against them.”

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Tags: Arr-Gee published · Civic · Grins · Simple

Suggestive Moves Provoke Questionable Response

March 20th, 2015 · 2 Comments

Navigating group dynamics to reach collective decisions is an essential skill for the good citizens our university hopes to train. Those skills will be on full display during the next Board of Trustees meeting.

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Tags: Arr-Gee published · Civic · Deep · Psycho · You-gene

It’s More than a Big Game — Life Has Changed Since 2007

January 9th, 2015 · No Comments

What followed seemed like chaos at the time, but now we can see that a fundamental realignment was underway. For the United States economy and for collegiate football, nothing has been the same since.

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Tags: arr-gee thumbnails · Civic · Deep · You-gene

How to Succeed as a University President (unpublished)

August 15th, 2014 · 5 Comments

We also may never know whether the Board of Trustees was displeased with their president. It may have been simply that they were given power to hire and fire their university president and they intended to use that power.

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Tags: Civic · Deep · Media · You-gene

UO President Quit? Yeah, Right

August 15th, 2014 · 3 Comments

Willfully ignored was an odd coincidence. Forty years ago last week, headlines blared with the most famous resignation in American history. Richard Nixon also gave only one day’s notice.

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Tags: Arr-Gee published · Civic · Deep · You-gene

Housing, Havens and Hash

July 25th, 2014 · No Comments

Economists have a charming term for this cascading causality: creative destruction — “destruction” because the status quo crumbles, “creative” because something new takes its place.

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Tags: Arr-Gee published · Civic · Urban Design · You-gene

Excellence Matters; Success Doesn’t

March 14th, 2014 · 2 Comments

Between Ken Kesey Square at the heart of downtown Eugene and all of the University of Oregon buildings that bear Phil Knight’s imprimatur, it’s easy to overlook the legacy of Bill Bowerman and the culture of excellence he attempted to instill here.

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Tags: Arr-Gee published · Deep · You-gene

Kill the Eugene Celebration

September 20th, 2013 · 12 Comments

After it’s gone away for a year or two, do you know what will happen? Something else will sprout to take its place.

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Tags: Arr-Gee published · Civic · You-gene