sam's notes

notes on government, sports and popular culture

Tuesday, July 26, 2005

A little originality, please Skip. This is the second time in eight months that you've proclaimed Lance Armstrong not to be the world's greatest athlete.

Monday, July 25, 2005

Wharton Street real estate note: My next-door neigbor put his house up for sale (by owner) before we left for vacation. When got back, the sign was down. He sold the house in one week, a two-bedroom, one bath that's not much bigger than my house. The buyer are an empty-nest couple in their early 50s looking to downsize. Price: $160,000.

And........we're back. I thought I'd picked a perfect week to go on vacation and sit out the heat. No such luck. Jeez, this is riduculous. No ocean breeze every afternoon up here in Greensboro.

The big story during the week was a fatal automobile accident up the road in Wilmington where a Moutn Hollly teacher was killed in an automobile accident when a drunk illegal immigrant crossed the center line and hit the statin wagon carrying him and his family head-on. The defendent had prior DWI convictions, includng one for which he spent 30 days in jail..........

Saturday, July 16, 2005

Bachelor party tonight. My friend and cycling buddy John is signing on for a lifetime of death, joining us in our misery, whatever expression you wish to use. Fair warning: We're starting at the Elk' s Club, then who knows from there.

I'm going to try to pace myself, even though I mentioned yesterday that I'm going on vacation tomorrow. But four hours in the car with kids' folk music playing the whole time, especially with a bad hangover, is not the way to start a week at the beach.

Or is it?

Friday, July 15, 2005

N.Y.Times obit on Mickey Owen, the fine Brooklyn Dodgers catcher whose dropped third strike in the 1941 World Series branded him as one of the game's all-time goats.

But his infamy had a silver lining:

"Owen feared he would be a pariah for Brooklyn fans, but he was evidently forgiven. 'I got about 4,000 wires and letters,' he told W.C. Heinz in The Saturday Evening Post on the 25th anniversary of the passed ball. 'I had offers of jobs and proposals of marriage. Some girls sent their pictures in bathing suits, and my wife tore them up.'"

I've been so busy lately that I have no time to concentrate on anything other than what's right in front of my face. Unfortunately, the bigger world around me is of little concern. On Sunday, I'll be leaving for a family vacation, so the posts will be blank for that time, too.

Monday, July 11, 2005

The Orlando Sentinel's Peter Brown suggests (gasp) that Bush administration anti-terrorism policies are working.

Thursday, July 07, 2005

British Prime Minister Tony Blair:

"The perpetrators of today's attacks are intent on destroying human life."

President Bush:

"On the one hand, you have people working to alleviate poverty and rid the world of the pandemic of AIDS and ways to have a clean environment, and on the other hand, you have people working to kill other peole. The contrast couldn't be clearer between the intentions and the hearts of those of us who care deeply about human rights and human liberty, and those who kill, those who've got such evil in their hearts that they will take the lives of innocent folks. The war on terror goes on."

Saturday, July 02, 2005

I've been very busy with a project about which I will post later. Today, I'm going to visit my sainted mother.


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