But I did anyway:
Two men use a backhoe to rob Detroit liquor store
brian stouder said on June 15, 2007 at 3:30 pm
Ay yi yi! They probably cost the business thousands and thousands of dollars, and only got a few hundred dollars of hooch. This reminded me of the following that I saw yesterday, about a couple that the cops caught having sex atop a crane –
an excerpt –
When police arrived, officers said they spotted the naked pair on top of the crane and ordered them to come down. “Both were unclothed. We had to order them over the public address system to dress and come down,” said Punta Gorda police Officer Butch Arenal. According to the police report, officers said it was apparent that the couple was having sexual relations. But 23-year-old Justin Dunn and 35-year-old Nicole Albert denied that they were having sex on the crane. They said they had climbed to the top to take pictures
(I suppose we will avoid the obvious ‘erection’ jokes)
brian stouder said on June 15, 2007 at 3:32 pm
darn!!! forgot to close the tab again!!
Well, back onto posting suspension for me, I guess
Kim said on June 15, 2007 at 10:13 pm
Oh, boy. I laughed, and hard, at this. Then I sent it to a friend who would’ve ridden shotgun had we been back in the day.
Brian, holy smokes, I wonder about you. Are you a wire editor or something else that is just a touch beyond the awesome Jimmy O.?
brian stouder said on June 18, 2007 at 7:08 am
Well Kim – I’ve been told I’m ‘a little touched’ – but certainly not a ‘touch beyond’ anything!
Anyway – if it wasn’t for posting suspension, I’d yammer about how hot the weekend was, and how great seeing the Formula One boys in Indy was, and how much I hope they come back to that place next season, and how crazy people are on the interstate (and how thick the police were…huzzah!!), etc etc
MarkH said on June 18, 2007 at 8:35 am
Brian, break that suspension for a bit and give me your take on the USGP. Watched the race, a couple of observations:
–The attendance. Never did I think I would see the stands at Indy so empty, FOR ANYTHING. How much were race tickets anyway? This does not bode well for the future of F1 in the US, as Bernie now has the best venue for that race short of a return (for old times’ sake) to the Glen. How else to make it work?
–Succession of champions. The age of Alonso seems to be fairly short-lived, no? A logical line from Piquet to Prost to Senna to Schumacher, then Fernando…but, wait! Here comes Hamilton, a true Tiger Woods for the international motor set. No wonder they’re buddies. It’s clear McLaren team orders were, “OK, boys, duke it out…” The cars had to be equal, and try as he might, Alonso didn’t have it, and indeed, showed desperation at times. Two WC’s for him and out, it seems. I still have an article about Hamilton from about 8 years ago; he was just 15 and it predicted greatness for him.
I haven’t followed F1 rabidly since the late ’90’s when the Schumacher machine really took hold, and all the technology started trumping drivers’ skills. The cars now look like spaceships. But now, at least four drivers stand out (Hamilton, Alonzo, Rikkionen, Massa), and barring disaster, McLaren should prevail. Just my $.02.
Sorry for the diversion to Brian, here, folks. Just biding my time till Nancy posts anew for Monday.
MarkH said on June 18, 2007 at 8:44 am
There is an excellent article on Lewis Hamilton (and F1) in the latest Sports Illustarted.
brian stouder said on June 18, 2007 at 10:58 am
–The attendance. Grant and I went down Saturday; $20 admission, and you get F1 practice, F1 qualifying (two great shows!), and 3 lower-formula races (Formula BMW open-wheel cars ; Porsche Super Cup sedans; and then the Indy Lights guys) The BMWs and the Porches each ran a Saturday race and then another race Sunday before the big race. We got a huge kick out of the BMW race; very entertaining from start to finish. I very much prefer the atmosphere on a Saturday, as opposed to race-day; much more relaxed, shorter lines, time to wander the grounds and check out the manufacturer displays and different viewing angles. As for race day crowd size – Spain, for example, was indifferent to F1 right up until Fernando Alonso’s career blossomed at Renault; suddenly Jarez was a sell-out, and now they’re going to add a street race in Valencia! (much the way Germany had two races in Michael’s hey-day) I hope Bernie leaves the USGP in Indy; but I suspect he will want to go for a Las Vegas street race, if only for the cachet of such a venue, and the picturesque backdrop for the world-feed (Bernie once said that they don’t need to sell any tickets to the events – so long as the television broadcast is in demand…which is a chicken-egg proposition, if you ask me). F1, like soccer, is essentially a Euro thing, and isn’t really embraced by the US the way it is on the continent. And F1 management seems somewhat contemptuous of the United States; they act as if they can take or leave us. (although their main sponsors – Renault, Honda, Toyota, BMW, Mercedes, Ferrari…not to mention Red Bull and Bridgestone and Shell – certainly sell lots and lots of their products here) I think F1’s popularity in the US would ignite if a team finds an American driver who can win, and particularly if she is pretty
How much were race tickets anyway? you could get into the gates on race-day for $60
Succession of champions. and technology started trumping drivers’ skills. are two things I was pondering on Saturday, as I watched Vettel drive Kubica’s BMW faster than anyone else in the morning warm-up, and then qualify the thing 7th on the grid, and then (on grandma’s tv on Sunday) into the points(!!) on raceday. I’ve seen this guy in touring cars, but he flat out-raced lots of people in the big show! Kubica himself has been tremendously good, as has been Rossburg and (in the last weekend) Kovalainen…and then of course there is the superb Lewis Hamilton. I think a new crop of champions is upon us
And Hamilton and Alonso seem (to me) to be showing just how much Raikkonen and Montoya were leaving on the table at McLaren last year (Kimi is actually making the Ferraris look slow!, although Massa has shown that the red cars are still pretty darned good)
By way of saying, for years people said Schuey was good – but really he was in the best equipment. I say – a great driver makes a good machine look like the best equipment. Schuey raised up Benetton (winning his first championship with a Ford engine) and then Renault; and then he brought the magic to Ferrari. Similarly, I think Alonso deserves a lot of credit for the resurgence at McLaren; he is inextricably linked to Hamilton’s brilliant success there (and vice versa!) Success always ends up being more dependent on the people than their machines.
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