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ARIES (March 21-April 19): Jump into action. Turn your energy level to high. Make a point to fill your day with interesting activities and events that are conducive to making new connections and improving your opportunities to reach your personal or professional goals.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20): Listen, but don’t disagree. You have nothing to gain and everything to lose if you take a position of opposition. Put more energy into self-improvement, love, romance, and educational pursuits. Travel plans aren’t likely to run smoothly.

GEMINI (May 21-June 20): You’ll be in the spotlight. Someone will single you out at a function. Make a point to be articulate. If you don’t know something, admit to it, and move on. Honest communication will be the key to your success.

CANCER (June 21-July 22): Problems will develop if you offer help. You are best to go about your business, stick close to home, and refuse to get into a highly charged debate. Fix up your home, and take care of your responsibilities.

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): Introduce a pleasant change to what you do for a living or how you live your life. Believe in yourself, and you can achieve whatever you set your mind to. Don’t let anyone stand between you and your dreams.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): Do whatever it takes to reassess your personal financial situation. Your putting things in order will ensure that no one takes advantage of you or tampers with your assets. Moderation and discipline will help you make wise choices.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): Share your thoughts with people you come in contact with through organizational or industry events. Greater opportunities are apparent, but taking precautions to avoid someone offering the impossible will be necessary. Go with the most practical offer.

SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): Make personal changes to your home surroundings and important relationships. Bend a little, and delve into situations and activities that are unusual and promise to improve your environment. A minor health issue or problem with a pet should be resolved quickly.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): Stay away from quick-fix suggestions. Place your bet on whatever you are most knowledgeable about, and be prepared to follow through. Don’t let a personal problem lead to a deception that will be difficult to reverse.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): Expect to be questioned by a friend or relative regarding something you say or share. Get your facts straight so you don’t have to backtrack. An unusual investment will work in your favor, but joint ventures are not in your best interest.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): Use experiences to make wise choices regarding money matters. You’ll be right on the money with regard to an innovative idea that can turn into a profitable venture. Don’t let uncertainty hold you back, but stick to a budget.

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): You will face opposition regarding contracts, medical, and financial issues. Do as much of the groundwork yourself to avoid a conflict or unnecessary delay. Love is on the rise, and romance looks promising. Future plans will improve your personal life.



My favorite exhibits at this year's Iowa State Fair:

• The Never-Ending Parade of Regrettable Tattoos.

• Everyone's favorite midway game: “Oddly Unhealthy or Simply Pregnant?”

• The AMAZING Not-Looking-in-the-Direction-They-Are-Walking-Ers.

• Fairgoers’ begrudging acknowledgement of the Alternative Energy Pavilion.

• The ever-expanding pool of rentable scooters, a.k.a. “Senior Sturgis.”

• The Annual Male Inadequacy Festival, more commonly referred to by our partners as “Honey, have you seen the Biggest Bull?”

• The “Is She Legal?” wandering exhibit, promoted by the Iowa Law Enforcement Academy, in partnership with the Horrible Parents Alliance.

• Lobster Thermidor au Crevette in Mornay sauce with aubergines, garnished with truffle pâté, on a stick.

• That cool performance piece in which the inanimate Butter Cow is stared at by a barely moving throng of people whose nicknames in high school were also “Butter Cow.”

• “Stealth” Smokers.

• Ladies’ Husband Calling, Ages: 17+.

• The World’s Largest Purple-Cankled Hand Stamper. (OK, seriously: I'm a proponent of the idea of “healthy at any size,” but if you get severely winded from hand-stamping people for re-entry, in the shade, from a SEATED POSITION, then maybe it's time to make the switch to Special K.)

• Terry Branstad attempting to fire everyone who dunked him the day he was in the dunk tank.

Andrew R. Juhl thanks Matt L, Katie CL, Constantine B, Erik J, Susan W, Scott L, and Yale C for contributing to today’s Ledge.






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