It’s Michiganapalooza, plus a pumpkin with Elephant Man’s Disease.
Connie said on September 12, 2009 at 10:40 am
That pumpkin is already creepy, no need to make that one into a jack o lantern.
Danny said on September 12, 2009 at 10:51 am
Nancy, I didn’t mention it, but I really loved yesterday’s post. I don’t tell you this often enough, but you are a wonderful writer.
I printed it last night and read it to our friends who had come over for pizza. They too admired the prose and we had some good discussion of the subject.
Ever think about making a living as a writer of some sorts? Hehe…
Deborah said on September 12, 2009 at 3:34 pm
Will wonders ever cease? I got my stolen purse back! Imagine that. Someone from the CTA called a friend of mine, I had his number in my cell phone in the purse which actually amazingly still had some juice in it. My friend then called me and told me I could retrieve my purse and gave me a phone number to find out where to go to get it. It was found on a train. And even though my cash (only $3) was gone and my credit cards of course, my drivers license and my keys were still in it! And most importantly my wallet and sunglasses that I had just purchased in Finland during my vacation were still in the purse too! Of course I had already replaced everything and had immediately stopped my credit cards so no harm was done, just aggravation.
I am throwing the purse away because it’s worse for the wear, and I’m disinfecting my sunglasses and wallet before using them. I’m just amazed that this turned out OK. Some nice person must have found it on the train after the thief ditched it. I wish I could reward that person somehow. I’ll find a way to “pay it forward” somehow, somewhere.
beb said on September 12, 2009 at 5:05 pm
Yesterday’s comments on 9-11 were really nice. Many interesting stories.
brian stouder said on September 12, 2009 at 5:18 pm
Deborah – excellent news!
Thanks for sharing it – you put a smile on my face
Jeff (the mild-mannered one) said on September 12, 2009 at 8:44 pm
Hurrah for the CTA — and boo-s for USC. Go Bucks!
O-H . . .
Connie said on September 12, 2009 at 9:16 pm
Umm, Go Blue.
I find myself invited to the Quarterback Club lunch at Notre Dame on the Friday before the ND Mich State game in 2 weeks. I know it would not be safe to wear a MSU alumni t-shirt. Or a Michigan alumni shirt either. I’ve been to several of these in the past couple of years, but always Stanford or Nebraska or such. I find sitting with some 5,000 plus ND fans on the floor of Joyce Arena rather bizarre anyway, but this will be my first time for ND playing one of “my teams”. I will probably just keep my clothing neutral and my mouth shut for my own safety.
No, you may not have my ticket, I don’t have it, I’m a guest of a company that always buys a season table.
Dexter said on September 13, 2009 at 12:29 am
Deborah, that’s great news for you. Glad you got your stuff back.
Since I am here, I’ll “throw this out there.”
My neighbor has a dog that looks like this Google Image. http://www.greatdogsite.com/watermark/Mastiff-1.5%20yearss-Brindle-1186697711.jpg
He’s huge and he likes to use my backyard to potty in. It’s almost as big as elephant dung. Dear Ann Landers, should I give in to my impulses and fling it against his windshield or just place it on his stoop? So far I have been gathering it and disposing of it properly, but that is no longer an option … I want war!
Connie said on September 13, 2009 at 12:34 am
Dexter, have you spoken to your neighbor about your concerns? Seems like if Neighbor’s dog is allowed to roam free, neighbor has a pick it up responsibility After all, these days it seems we all walk our dogs with a plastic bag in our pocket. How is this different?
Kirk said on September 13, 2009 at 12:36 am
Flinging it on the windshield definitely will equate to crossing the 38th parallel.
Meanwhile, Ohio State and Notre Dame both lost today, so — aside from the fact that I’ll be here until about 1:30 getting it all into the paper — this is about a perfect evening.
Dexter said on September 13, 2009 at 1:18 am
Kirk! I have been rejoicing with a Facebook buddy also. First, Central Michigan kicks a field goal with seconds left to beat big bad Moo U, then M’s frosh QB shows guts galore and his play is the chief reason Notre Dame goes home a LOO-SER , LOO-SER!—then Jim Tressle’s inspirational sissy-boy tie and vest couldn’t inspire his offense at all, and the team scored a measly five points in the second half and the monsters from Columbus lose to USC again, ain’t it a shame, a horrible shame! My money went to Columbus (daughter, 2000, cum laude) but my heart is in Ann Arbor , and so is my $100 brick with my name on it!
Perfect Saturday…I only worked in a six mile bike ride but dat’s otay.
Dexter said on September 13, 2009 at 1:21 am
Frank Beckmann said ND’s line outweighed M’s by an average of 315 pounds to 285 pounds. Jeezuss…how’d we ever beat them? Coaching?
Dexter said on September 13, 2009 at 1:23 am
sorry about all the sports talk…here’s a change of pace, Chino, my fave motorcyclist of all time…
Kirk said on September 13, 2009 at 1:24 am
I can’t wait to hear all the boo-hooing and whining from the Buckeye dorks.
moe99 said on September 13, 2009 at 1:34 am
Hey, UW has to meet U$C next Sat on their turf and the Huskies have only won one game in their last 16 or so outings. I look for plenty of boo-hooing in Seattle next week.
Kirk said on September 13, 2009 at 1:35 am
But Washington fans have no delusions of grandeur about their team. Not this year, anyway.
Deborah said on September 13, 2009 at 1:38 am
I just returned from the U2 concert in Soldier Field. It was over a couple of hours ago but I couldn’t get a cab and had to walk 3 miles in mincey pincey shoes. A policeman headed me completely the wrong direction to find a cab, I had walked blocks and blocks before I figured it out. I finally got a cab only about 9 blocks from home. The concert was great, visually way over the top. Bono got kind of weird at the end, almost to the point of creepy. I didn’t have to pay for my ticket as I mentioned in a comment a couple of days ago. When they handed me my free ticket before I got on the shuttle to the stadium, I noticed that it cost $97! It wasn’t even that great of a seat. Pretty pricey.
Dexter said on September 13, 2009 at 1:43 am
Deborah…did U2 play “Walk On”? It’s an oldie but I love it. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q_129AL2QpI
Deborah said on September 13, 2009 at 1:58 am
No they didn’t do that one, at least I don’t think so. Honestly the visuals were so amazing I kept getting caught up in them and not really listening. They had this amazing 360 degree digital display overhead that expanded and contracted vertically and all kinds of amazing lighting effects. The company that made the digital display were the ones that invited me. Before the concert they had a presentation about it, they said this particular U2 show takes 40 trucks to ship, and 250 people to assemble. They expect it to be attended by a total of 3 million people in Europe and the US. Tonight in Chicago was the first show in the US.
Danny said on September 13, 2009 at 8:04 am
I can’t wait to hear all the boo-hooing and whining from the Buckeye dorks.
Kirk, no doubt. Man, every year in recent memory seems to be about the same for them too. It’s quite hilarious. When the USC fans get after them on Jim Rome’s radio show, it’s quite entertaining. A lot of talk about how they’re better, but how they don’t even care because they have the beach, the babes, etc.
Man, yesterday was a great day of college football. I love September. Hope springs eternal … until it doesn’t. Heeheh.
Dexter, regarding the dog poo: have you considered violence? It’s always a good option (just kidding).
Danny said on September 13, 2009 at 8:10 am
Another thing, wonder how folks are feeling in Volunteer country about now. Losing at home to UCLA does not bode well for their chances within conference. And Lane Kiffin has been doing some jawing and been something of a lightening rod since accepting that job.
Danny said on September 13, 2009 at 8:14 am
Oh and one more thing. I arrive in Indy today about the time the Colts’ game should be ending. I hope they lose (chuckle). Serves ’em right for stealing my team from Baltimore.
Nah, I’m not bitter. Time heals all wounds. It’s only been a mere 25 years. I’m sure I’ll get over it.
Jeff (the mild-mannered one) said on September 13, 2009 at 8:33 am
. . . and Purdue lost with a minute left, bookending the Buckeye & ND losses. I need to watch less college football this year.
Danny, i’d buy you a beer or a [koff] cup of tea at the Slippery Noodle Inn ’twere i in town this weekend, but if you’re looking for a cheery landmark, it’s just south of Washington/US 40, which runs a block south of Monument Circle. My brother’s blues band is playing Bloomington this weekend, darn it, not there. But they have the best blues in Indy most every weekend.
basset said on September 13, 2009 at 9:54 am
>>wonder how folks are feeling in Volunteer country about now.
I’m in “Volunteer country” and I don’t give the slightest sh*t about that game or any other… if it were up to me, college football would all be club-level and the mega-industry that’s grown up around it wouldn’t exist.
That said, the sports section of the Nashville paper has a big color picture above the fold of the UT quarterback getting sacked, and the enormous headline over it reads, in quotes… ‘Embarrassing’
and they did use the single quotes. Someone with copy-desk experience, tell us why.
nancy said on September 13, 2009 at 9:59 am
Basset: Because it’s in an enormous headline. As long as the reader gets the idea it’s a quote, you don’t need to take up space with the doubles.
basset said on September 13, 2009 at 11:56 am
Learned something today, then… thanks.
I’m sure lots of Tennessee fans are ready to jump off a bridge or something this morning – have never quite understood why they take it so seriously.
Back in my news days we did a feature on a UT fan who built a room-sized replica of the Volunteers’ 100-plus-thousand-seat stadium in his basement, and in the course of the visit I asked him, “Why is this so important to you? It’s just football.” I honestly thought he was going to hit me – started ranting about bragging rights and the state’s sacred honor, as I remember he was still mad when we left.
Mosef said on September 13, 2009 at 1:47 pm
I went to the comments section to write a note about what a trememndous writer you are, and lo and behold, Danny was first off the mark. You are gifted, and I look forward to the time when you enjoy full-throttled sucess as a writer/creator. In the meantime, can you edit my son’s English compositions???
MichaelG said on September 13, 2009 at 4:09 pm
I was most pleased to see USC beat OSU. Among other reasons I went to Univ. of Ill. and believe me, the Buckeyes are not popular in Champaign. I was also happy to see UCLA beat Tenn. Lane Kiffin showed me jack shit when he was with the Raiders. I grew up in the Chicago area and on Fridays before football games the grade school nuns used make us pray for Notre Dame. I’ve disliked ND ever since. Congrats, Michigan.
Good stuff, Deborah, I’m glad you got your purse back.
moe99 said on September 13, 2009 at 6:11 pm
As I may have mentioned before my mother was a U Minn graduate during the days when the Gophers could beat Michigan once in a while and retain possession of the Little Brown Jug. We had a small version of it that made the rounds between our house (MN) and the Fauster house (MI). Early on I was taught to hate Michigan and it doesn’t make it any better that the ex went to grad school at the Univ. of Michigan. So I tend to enjoy Michigan defeats more than most. I also get real tired of their fight song being played incessantly during the event.
I have an acquaintance who, as a Stanford grad, feels the same about U$C. His favorite titles for that school are “University of the Scholastically Challenged” and “University of Spoiled Children.” Fine by me.
As someone who attended a college that set a record for losing football games back in the ’80’s, and who only went to Kentucky football games as an excuse to party, I tend not to get too upset at wins or losses in college football. I am concerned about the increasing professionalisation of the sport and kinda like the idea put forth by another acquaintance that every year, the college team with the worst record be eliminated from Div 1 football until the very last team gets wiped out. It would take a while, but would be fun to watch the ship go down.
Dexter said on September 13, 2009 at 7:54 pm
moe: Tommy Roberts, rest his soul, could really tell a story. I heard a recording of his telling it; here is a nut shell of what happened to start the Little Brown Jug rivalry:
jcburns said on September 13, 2009 at 9:31 pm
I think there’s always been (in the last century) a typographic convention to use single-quotes in headlines 1) as you said, to save space, 2) to be less of a visual interruption in the headline than double-quotes…that’s kind of esoteric, but if you think of the groupings of caps and lower case forming clusters of shapes which we parse into meaning, then some punctuation kinda interrupts the train. Hey nancy, we got a fancy new phone today. It’s oleophobic!
moe99 said on September 13, 2009 at 9:46 pm
This, to me, epitomizes the teabaggers.
brian stouder said on September 13, 2009 at 11:05 pm
Thanks for the link, moe. It lead me to this one – which made my chin drop.
In checking further, I now understand this to be a reference to the recently deceased Senator Kennedy, and not to the murdered President Kennedy – not that THAT makes this bit of political obscenity much better; but my first reaction was to take that as a direct linkage of President Obama with the assassinated President Kennedy.
I’m always ready to agree that I’m stupid, but nonetheless, I cannot help but think that precisely that effect is intentional
Dexter said on September 14, 2009 at 1:23 am
Am I supposed to be too old to like Green Day?
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