Monday, July 17, 2006

Things I Learned From Reading the Tribune in the Past Few Days

-- Illinois law requires businesses to let customers use the employee restroom if it's the only one available and if the customer has a medical condition, INCLUDING PREGNANCY. Go, Illinois! I wish I had known this Friday night because I was denied use of the restroom at Ben and Jerry's in Lincoln Park, even after disclosing pregnancy. It was suggested that I walk over to Subway, flaut its posted "customers only" policy, and use their restroom, which, sheepishly, I did. I was not reprimanded by the guy behind the Subway counter.

-- Four of the actors who played munchkins in "The Wizard of Oz" are still alive. I read this just a day after visiting Oz Park, where they have statues of the Scarecrow and Tinman, and speculating that while those guys are dead now, all the munchkins and flying monkeys were probably the first to kick it. Not so, apparently.

-- David Reimer, "The Boy Who Was Raised as a Girl," committed suicide in 2004. I read the heartwrenching book about him around 2002, I think, and it ends with him happily married and the stepfather of three children. I was so bummed to find out that he didn't live happily ever after. And I read it in the obituary of the doctor who convinced his parents to raise him as a girl, John Money. Compared to the charlatan he's portrayed as in the book, Money gets off quite easy in the obit.

-- California's free preschool initiative failed. Um, I guess I haven't quite been keeping up with reading the Chron online like I thought I would. I even had hopes of submitting an absentee ballot in this election. Sorry California -- out of sight, out of mind.

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