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The Trickle - Dec. 1
December 1, 2008 - Brian Ferry
After a delay, the Trickle has returned.
What's the excuse for the delay? Blogs don't count toward my quota.
Good timing, bad timing
I took a couple pictures of a state trooper with a radar gun the other day. I got a story and a photo, they got a public reminder to drive safely. I took some of the shots from right out the business end of the device, some up close broadside, then, for a different angle, a few from inside the cruiser. We were in the state police entrance/exit lane. You'd think people wouldn't be caught by surprise there. During my first shot, before I'd even bothered to adjust the settings, the trooper said, “Looks like we have one right here.” I asked if I should buckle up or get out. No need, there was another trooper, this one assigned to something more serious than photo duty just down the road. So, I got my shots, reached out the window, and let myself out. That first photo wasn't perfect, but it has a better story with it than the others. Thanks to the PSP.
In my fantasy football league (I'm only in one, I like it, but it doesn't rule my life (except maybe on Sundays) I had some recent struggles. In fact, I did so poorly, the Fantasy Oracle DIDN'T use my name in his column. He mentioned the situation. I was down 97 to 0. I think I've only scored more than 100 points twice in the first 14 weeks of the season. About half of my opponent's team played in the three Thanksgiving games. By Sunday evening, I had scored, but was worse off. With only two players remaining, I was down by some 140 points.
An argument for a playoff
I'll step off this soap box quickly. I heard a college football analyst say the other day that USC might be better off in the bowl season if they did not win their conference. Oregon State lost and USC won, so it was moot, but the guy said USC could play a better team if they were an at-large BCS bid, and maybe move up if they win. So, instead of winning their conference, and playing in the Rose Bowl (the granddaddy of em all) against a Penn State team that I happen to think is pretty decent, this guy thought a matchup with a team from the Big 12 or SEC (that didn't make the championship game) would be better. Forgive me, Dear Old State, if I give USC a much better shot of moving up with a home game against Penn State, than an away rout at the hands of Florida, Texas, Texas Tech, or Oklahoma.
I'll admit it, poor signage ticks me off. However, I usually don't care one way or the other about the kinds of signs used in advertising. Exception: when I see two guys putting two-foot broadheads atop 30-foot, arrow shaped (fletched and notched) poles, I'm impressed. That it was done just in time for deer season is another example of appropriate signage. Well done Wild Wind Sporters and Sturdevant Sign and Awning.
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