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Riverwest Food Pantry

July 11, 2011 2 comments

The family worked this past Saturday morning at the Riverwest Food Pantry. We wanted the kids to get into the habit of giving time, not just money, to help those people and families down on their luck. The kids had never done it before and they were a tad apprehensive at the start. Thankfully, there were a number of other kids they knew volunteering as well.

It had been a while since I had last been at a food pantry and while the last one was SOME (So Others Might Eat) in DC in the 90’s during the height of the boom times, this was in Milwaukee’s Riverwest neighborhood. I was unprepared for the people coming through. While my experience in DC prepared me for those living on the fringes of society, due to the economic downturn, we saw people who weren’t previously marginalized coming through the doors.

Your heart breaks as you see people who WANT to work but unable to find a job. The experience was an eye opener for the kids. Elena was very apprehensive and stuck to Suzanne’s side the whole time. Zachary was only slightly less wary. As the day progressed, they saw how thankful people were and how, despite the rumpled appearance, by and large they were very nice people whose attitude and spirit belied the difficult situation they were in.

It reminded me of the saying about those who have been given much, much will be expected. In these days of stark greed and avarice, it does a person (and community) good to take time out to help others.

If you are interested in volunteering or donating food, you can contact Donna Fletcher at 704-6046, at her office at Gaenslen School at 267-5700, or at these locations:

Gaenslen Food Pantry
1250 East Burleigh St. (enter from parking lot in back of building, Door #14)
Tuesdays: 4:30-6:30

Riverwest Food Pantry
924 East Clarke St. (first door inside parking lot on Weil St.)
Saturdays: June-August 8:30-10:30, September-May 9:00-11:00

Now is the time to Jailbreak your iDevice

July 11, 2011 Leave a comment

So, you want to jailbreak your device but you’re worried you can’t find the correct IPSW file, or can’t get the device in DFU mode, or are worried that the revised IPSW that you created from your Pwnage tool may be corrupted. Well, have no fear, now comes the easiest jailbreak ever. Just follow these steps:

  1. Back up your iDevice
  2. Launch the mobile Safari browser
  3. Point the browser to http://www.jailbreakme.com
  4. Click on install
  5. Wait for Cydia to be installed to the iDevice
  6. Go to my post on what to do after you jailbreak your device.

The first day it was available, over one million people freed themselves from the tyranny of a single distribution channel. It’s easy and REVERSIBLE. If you don’t like it, restore the device to your pre-jailbreak settings. Simple! Enjoy.

BTW, this is good for all versions of iOS up to 4.3.3 and it’s untethered. The next release will close the PDF vulnerability that this site exploits.