Big time high school football and the ick factor.
What I shoplifted depended mostly on what was near at hand. If it was a used CD of Bel Biv DeVoe’s Poison, then it was just going to be a used CD of Bel Biv DeVoe’s Poison. If it was a couple of multi-egg sleeves of Cadbury Crème Eggs, then so be it, and so too be the Cornholio-grade sugar freakout to come. For the most part, though, I stuffed my pockets with baseball and basketball and football cards, and my room filled with great leaning towers of doubles and triples of the commonest common cards ever printed.
Skybox basketball cards—tacky brass one year, screen-saver space age the next—and roller-rinky Donruss baseball cards furred the carpet like glossy moss. At night, I dreamt of swinging a sledgehammer on the walls of my parents’ garage and baseball cards spilling out like gold doubloons. I was in 8th grade, in a mall-ringed northern New Jersey suburb of wide streets and old trees and all the usual suburban sublimations and neuroses. That I finally got caught stealing some cards wasn’t shocking—I was reckless and increasingly courting the punishment; on the day in question I was wearing shorts, for fuck’s sake, the pockets of which rose like little rectangular khaki buttes made of haphazardly concealed Score Select or Donruss Studio cards, or cards from some other manifestly and multiply worthless set. It wasn’t surprising to me, at least. My parents, for their part, were pretty surprised. Their response to the news that their son—already not working up to potential, already more focused on his jumpshot and progress-report diversion than anything else—was living that tweenage thug life was to threaten me with four years of Catholic education. That, in itself, may not be all that surprising, either.
Which is not to say that the threat itself wasn’t strange. It was indeed strange, insofar as we were Jewish, and because the only mentions of Catholic school in my home had come in the form of semi-ribald jokes or earnest, patient explanations of why Notre Dame was bullshit. But the situation was deemed urgent enough that my parents set up a visit at Don Bosco Prep, in Ramsey, New Jersey. It was presented to me as something to be gracious about—a favor facilitated by a basketball coach who was one of the few adults in my life at the time that I had not dedicated myself to disappointing, frustrating, or otherwise fucking with. That coach’s son, who was the best player on the best team I played with, would go on to star at Don Bosco and play at (yes) Notre Dame; during his senior year, he was a co-captain alongside Troy Murphy. I was, because of my frankly literary physique and for a host of other reasons, not destined for any of that.
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Herbert Hoover (1874-1964), a Republican, was president when the Great Depression began. He infamously declared in March 1930 that the U.S. had ‘passed the worst’ and argued that the economy would sort itself out. The worst, however, had just begun and would last until the outbreak of WWII (1939). – Provided by RandomHistory.com
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They refuse to allow republicans to use their music during campaign ads, events, etc.
Earlier this year, Republican hopeful Michele Bachmann was issued a “cease and desist” letter from rocker Tom Petty’s music publisher insisting that she stop playing his “American Girl” at campaign events. The Foo Fighters and John Mellencamp asked John McCain to stop playing their hits during his presidential run in 2008, and McCain settled out-of-court with Jackson Browne last year after the singer-songwriter sued McCain and the Ohio and national Republican committees, accusing them of using his song “Running on Empty” without his permission.
John Hall, a member of the band Orleans, was not happy when George W. Bush played “Still the One” at an event in 2004. The former President was also rebuffed by Tom Petty, John Mellencamp and Sting during his presidential runs for making use of their tracks. And way back in 1984, Bruce Springsteen was unhappy when Ronald Reagan used his hit “Born in the USA.”
Then there was the Iser’s case involving Charlie Crist. After the Republican’s failed 2010 run for U.S. Senate, the former Florida Governor was slapped with an $1 million lawsuit by Talking Heads frontman David Byrne over the use of his song “Road to Nowhere” in an online campaign video. The suit too was settled out-of-court, and Crist issued a public apology to Byrne via YouTube.
This is BOSTON in January? I grew up in Maine and we spent many winters in Boston and Lowell.
Galileo Galilei Discovers Three of Jupiter’s Four Largest Moons (Today in 1610)
Jupiter has more than 60 moons. The four largest—Io, Europa, Ganymede, and Callisto—were the first satellites of a planet other than Earth to be detected. They were discovered by Galileo in 1610, shortly after he invented the telescope, and are therefore known as the Galilean satellites. On January 7, 1610, Galileo observed near Jupiter what he described at the time as “three fixed stars, totally invisible by their smallness.” How long did it take Galileo to realize they were not stars? More…
A new state law requires those who buy drain cleaners and other caustic substances to provide photo identification and sign a log.
It’s getting a rough reception from customers and merchants alike although perhaps none more than a cashier at Schroeder’s True Value Hardware in Lombard.
“They’re not very happy about it at all,” said Don Schroeder, one of the store’s owners. “One of the customers actually threatened the (cashier) and threatened to throw the acid on her.”
Although the customer did not make good on the threat, and no one called police, other employees of Schroeder’s said they would call police immediately if any similar threat is made.
The law, which took effect Sunday, requires those who seek to buy caustic or noxious substances, except for batteries, to provide government-issued photo identification that shows their name and date of birth. The cashier then must log the name and address, the date and time of the purchase, the type of product, the brand and even the net weight.
Only in Illinois.
People do a lot of crazy things to modify their cars to their liking. But very few could have gotten as crazy as Paul Stender, who actually strapped a cruise missile to the roof of his car.
The 44-year-old from Indianapolis, along with his wife Therese, 29, has converted a 1967 Chevrolet into a jet-powered car, with the simple addition of a cruise missile. He took the help of their team at Indy Boys Inc, who are known to create the most bizarre and fastest vehicles ever. The result? A car that’s barely ever crossed 100mph, can now easily touch 300mph. And that’s not all, the Jet-Impala 67 even fires out flames up to 30 ft behind it and leaves massive clouds of smoke in the air.
Jet-Powered 1967 Chevy Impala
Vietnamese Man Has Massive Leg Tumor Removed
A Vietnamese man is recovering from complex surgery to remove an enormous 180-lb (82-kg) tumor from his right leg. The tumor, the result of a genetic condition, appeared when he was just four years old and continued growing throughout his life. Now 31, the man was dwarfed by his massive growth, which weighed twice as much as the rest of his body when it was removed. Though non-cancerous, the tumor had rendered him virtually immobile and resulted in the partial amputation of his leg in 1997. More …
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