How did I find it? Well, I spent the last 12 hours or so of my life trying to start the dang thing. Which is odd because for the first four months that I've owned it (read that again, four freakin' months!) it has worked like a charm. So finally exasperated, I decided to drain the gas tank and put some fresh gas in it. No need. I found this thing - the gas line that takes the gas to, uh, the engine - floating around inside of it. After taking the gas tank apart (that was easy - thanks so much Toro), I discovered that the cheap plastic gas line hadn't disconnected. It had broken. How does that happen?
So don't buy anything from Toro. Ever.
I guess it goes without saying that there were more cops in Wise County yesterday than at any other time in history.
I just got a report that Bridgeport has been kicked out of a 7 on 7 tournament due to a fight after a game that erupted after a racial slur by a Bridgeport player.
The tip directed me to this thread on a message board. (You have to muddle through lots of posts by people who really care about the 7 on 7 tourney.) I don't know if it is true. Edit: The disqualification part is definitely true.
More documentation here. ("The tournament was marred by a fight between Athens and Bridgeport at the end of their second game, the fight was quickly broken up and per the rules set forth by the State Board of Directors both teams were disqualified from the tournament and will not be allowed to play in any SQT’s in 2008.") Heck, this looks like it took place at some "state" tournament at Texas A&M. But what's a SQT?
Edit: Here's a comment I received but I redacted a kid's name since I can't verify it: "The
"Whenever I'm in Runaway Bay, I swing by One Stop to grab me a hot dog. You know, me loves me some hot dog."
Edit: And, sir, the comment submitted where you tricked up the lyrics to the Oscar Meyer Weiner song was totally inappropriate. Funny. But inappropriate for posting.
Just got word that the funeral procession for Officer Wes Hardy is in Denton and headed this way. It is said to be a dramatic sight. I-35 was shut down for the motorcade and on every overpass a firetruck(s), with ladders extended, could be seen as well as fireman standing shoulder to shoulder.
Edit: Should roll into Decatur at around 2:20 I'm told.
I love this stuff. Well, not so much the blood, but the event. A few years back ESPN or someone would show the event live (which meant I had to TIVO it in the middle of the night). I learned that it happens for like seven days in a row (maybe more) and the entire "running" takes about five minutes. Good times.
I'm not sure why Bridgeport has never used the "Running With The Bulls" theme. Or maybe they have.
. . . were released on The Today Show this morning by the beauty queen herself.
Heck, cut the kid a break. I'd be surprised if she were stripped of her title (the pageant is voting on that issue today.)
Edit: Video is here.
The State's district and county attorney message board has gone crazy today over a situation in Dallas. For some reason, a newly elected (yep, Democrat) judge has been watching too much TV and set a trial date two weeks after a defendant bonded out and, to make it more interesting, doesn't tell the D.A.'s office about it. Now the D.A. has learned about the trial date, but it is set for tomorrow morning. The prosecutor isn't ready (and there is no way to expect him to be ready.) The D.A. can always dismiss a case at this stage of the proceedings and refile it later, but it requires the judge's signature. The judge says "nope, I'm not going to sign it. If you don't call any witnesses tomorrow, I'll tell the jury to find the defendant not guilty." (Paraphrased, but that is exactly what is going on.)
The thread is here. Trust me, they don't teach that in law school. And no one really knows what to do. Interestingly, one prosecutor essentially says "Call the Dallas Morning News and have a reporter there tomorrow." Probably the best advice.
Back in 1974, when I was just a kid, an (edit: one of my dad's) employees went to LBJ's funeral and picked up a fallen pecan from the cemetary. He gave it to me upon his return. I still have it (although it's at my parent's house.)
OKLAHOMA CITY - The Oklahoma football program must forfeit its wins from the 2005 season and will lose two scholarships for the 2008-09 and 2009-10 school years.The penalties, announced Wednesday by the , stem from a case involving two players, including the Sooners' starting quarterback, who were kicked off the team for being paid for work they had not performed at a car dealership.
The Sooners went 8-4 and beat in the to end the 2005 season. Records from that season involving quarterback Rhett Bomar [pictured] and offensive lineman J.D. must be vacated, the NCAA said, and coach Bob Stoops' career record will be amended to reflect the forfeitures, dropping it from 86-19 in eight seasons to 78-27.That's crazy.
I don't know the guy, but I "figured" some of you Decatur residents might find it interesting. From an email:
For and Against the DefendantThe Supreme Court heard 22 criminal cases during the just-ending term, ruling eight times for and 14 times against the defendant. Individually Justice Stevens voted 16 times for the defendant, more than any other Justice, followed by Justice Souter (15), Justice Ginsburg (14), Justice Breyer (12), Justice Kennedy (7), Justice Scalia (6), Justice Roberts (4), Justice Thomas (4) and Justice Alito (3).
"For and Against the Defendant" could be read as "For and Against Civil Rights." Those Bush appointees didn't disappoint.
Side note: I actually got to peek into the the court's chamber depicted in the picture a few years back. The courtroom was empty but it was really and incredible experience.
Basic story: Baby gets into some meth so mom and grandmom are going to get arrested for not, uh, keeping the meth in a child-proof container.
This is posted only to note that:
(1) The grandmother is 48. Make that a hard 48.
(2) Mom is only 21. But police are holding off arresting her because she about to give birth to her third child. Make that a hard 21.
I'm a little into the second hour of the five hour documentary from National Geographic called Inside 9/11: Commemorative Edition. It's a two DVD set.
This thing is great. It never gets slow and provides (so far) the background of how 9/11 came to be. From Osama gaining his fame by being a soldier in the Soviet-Afghanistan war (did you know Al Qaeda basically whipped the Soviets with American provided ground-to-air missles?), to Saudi Arabia turning down Al-Qaeda's request to fight back Iraq after Iraq had invaded Kuwait (they turned to the U.S. instead which angered Osama to no end), to President Clinton turning down a chance to capture Osama (because Osama, at the time, was on a hunting trip with the prince of the United Arab Emirates.) Great stuff.
Saw this on the news this morning. Some guy robs a bank by "hiding" his identity with a disguise of tree limbs and duct tape. Yep, he dressed up as a tree. I think I saw this in Ocean's 11 when George Clooney turned to Brad Pitt and said, "We'll tape a hackberry limb to your forehead and then you'll just sneak past the guards down into the vault at the Bellagio. It's genius."
Ok, I've been on this freakin' Nutrisystem diet for three weeks (week four starts today.) Observations:
1. I've lost six pounds which some people don't think is very much. But I think I'm an oddity because I was probably only 10 pounds overweight to start with. I can seriously feel the loss: I'm a millimeter from taking my belt up a notch and all my clothes feel better. I talked to a buddy last week who said he lost 20 pounds in his first month (then gave the program up.)
2. Is it hard to stay on the system? At first, I was starving. But now my belly pretty much has adjusted to what little food I put in it. And the convenience of having all the food in pantry makes it really helpful to stay the course (except I'm always running to the grocery store for lettuce and tomatoes.)
3. Are the portions small? You bet. The lunches are ridiculous.
4. Desserts? Yep. You get one a day and that stuff is great.
5. Overall, does it taste good? No problem with the taste whatsoever.
6. Any exercise that goes with it? I always jog for 39 minutes on the treadmill every other day.
7. Am I going to do it a second month? Yeah, but I'm trying to take a vacation later this month so that doesn't really fit into my plans.
looks gawd-awful. (And everyone else thinks so to - box office rankings here.) I have a love hate relationship with Robin Williams (and most people, for that matter.) He's great in serious rolls (see Good Will Hunting or One Hour Photo) but is horrible as a comedian or comedic actor. Check out RV on HBO this month and see if you aren't reaching for the nearest pistol.
And I saw a preview this morning that he will be appearing on Martha Stewart's show today. Watching that guy run around the kitchen, picking up utensils, and using that goofy voice makes a Wise County docket call a joy in comparison.
I hope you saw the video of the couple that went over the spillway at Lake Lewisville. They both survived (but were hurt), and the video is incredible. (Here.) But you don't get a good idea that they landed on concrete covered by very shallow water until the end of the video.
Edit: And I still find it very odd that someone just happened to be filming it.