Ramblings from Reggie: Feedback encouraging

Sometimes you’re in the starting lineup, and sometimes you’re not. A lot of people have called in the last two weeks looking for “Ramblings,” and I have to tell them to look online. I appreciate the fact you guys are looking for the column. That is very humbling, and confusing to me.

The “Ramblings” articles started as a fluke, and were not intended to last this long. I must say, however, that the reaction to my spewing is interesting.

I made a deposit at a bank last week, and the teller told me he enjoyed my articles. This was a branch I rarely go to. During the Waterfront, people were stopping in to meet the writer. A writer I am not, just a person deeply disturbed about the way governments are acting and how we don’t care. Or maybe just a person deeply disturbed. I never thought that until I bought a bar. That’s enough proof for conviction right there.

Fred Thompson is in the race. If I had to bet today, I would think a Clinton/Obama vs. Thompson/Giuliani race is coming. Thompson is smart sitting out until this point. He will run as—and is—an outsider, and he will run as a calming voice to these crazy political dialogues going on. It seems the election has been going on for two years already.

Hillary is positioning herself as a moderate. The posturing is sickening, but will be effective to the unattached electorate. Thompson will beat Clinton for this reason: no baggage. Will Bill be the real president if she wins? Who will be making the decisions? Is Monica in town? Will they bring back the items they stole from the White House? Can she explain why she didn’t divorce Bill, except that he got her where she wanted to be? Too much baggage! Let me make one thing perfectly clear—I did not have sex with that woman, Ms. Clinton. It’s like déjà vu all over again.


Our governor just expanded ALL Kids to include 19- to 21-year-olds. Who’s going to stop this maniac? Who can save the people from this idiot? Where’s Superman?

The announcement about rebuilding downtown is huge. People are naysaying it, but from all I understand, it is coming, and damn fast. There will be a new development king in town! I also heard the old Essex building has 100 percent occupancy commitments. There are those who say and those who do. It looks like we finally have a couple of movers and shakers taking over. Real estate can only sit vacant for so long before visionaries figure out how to make it happen.

The Yankees will win the wild card, and the Packers will sneak into the playoffs—with both getting hot when it counts—and win it all. Remember, I already laid the groundwork for my mental health in the first paragraph. The Yanks have plenty of young talent. We can get rid of Abreau, Damon, Matsui, Giambi, Clemens, Farnsworth, and a couple of others, and trim $100 million off the payroll so George can finally have a nice vacation. Brett Favre can go out on top, and Swilligan’s can be named bar of the year. All good thoughts.

What will the MetroCentre Authority do if the overruns turn into $3-$4 million, which they probably will? They’ll sell off a parking garage, and I hope they own Davis Park so they can sell that off to the Park District so it will actually be used. Taste of Rockford at Farm & Fleet in Loves Park, RibFest at Machesney Park Mall, Cheeseburger in Paradise in Loves Park, Wing Ding in Loves Park—must I go on?

Football is here, and that’s good news. Swilligan’s The Pub has The Big 10 Package and the DirecTV NFL Sunday Ticket. Come on downtown to Swilly’s and catch all the games. Our hours are expanded for food, and we are giving away Swilligan’s gift cards during Cubs games and on Sundays for football. Stop in to get the details from one of our lovelies! Great food, big screens, and fun can be found if you GO TO CHURCH and Mulberry. Don’t tap three times with your foot in the bathroom, we’re not that kind of place! We’ll leave the bridges standing for you. Reggie Roberson is owner of Swilligan’s “The Pub,” 200 N. Church St.

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