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2008-12-15 12:31
by Bob Timmermann
  • The Christmas season does not start until after my birthday.
  • "A Charlie Brown Christmas" is the best animated Christmas special ever. Even though it has very poor animation.
  • The real villain in "It's a Wonderful Life" is Sam Wainwright. I think he was the guy pulling Mr. Potter's strings. At least that's what I saw in my special director's cut of the film. Mr. Gower was actually an undercover agent for the FDA.
  • Arkansas and I could settle our differences if the state would only legalize pygmy goat racing.
  • UCLA should put the NIT championship banner for 1985 back up in Pauley Pavilion. If I had to suffer through the Walt Hazzard Era, so should everybody else.
  • I could write two names on a piece of paper just as well as any of these people.
  • There is only one truly evil baseball team in the majors. And it's the Padres.


2008-12-15 13:15:11
1.   Ken Arneson
I'm not sure you can write two names as well as those people, because you probably don't believe Joe Biden exists.
2008-12-15 13:19:52
2.   JJ42
One of those electors is my co-worker. I assure you he can write the 2 names very well, and with style.
2008-12-15 13:36:28
3.   Eric Stephen
JJ42: the Kevin Bacon of the Toaster.

1) Gets to carry flag at Dodger Stadium during NLCS
2) Works with Electoral College elector
3) Best man in the wedding of my college roommate

2008-12-15 13:41:30
4.   Humma Kavula
Bob, have you considered taking your bullet points and forming them into a full essay for NPR's "This I Believe?"

Your Edward R. Murrow Award awaits.

2008-12-15 13:42:52
5.   Humma Kavula
Also: the Padres are the only evil team? The Padres? But they seem so... banal.

Huh. I guess Hannah Arendt was right.

2008-12-15 14:39:53
6.   John Hale
I think the NIT banner should have some way of referencing that The General "Pete Newell was better the John Wooden" Robert Montgomery Knight was the losing coach to Walt Hazzard. The longest week of my life was spent watching the end of the Walt Hazzarrd era in the 1988 Pac-10 tourney in Tucson. Of course I was only there three days.
2008-12-15 14:59:55
7.   Bob Timmermann
Knight would have fared better that season, but he had John Feinstein bugging him all year long.
2008-12-15 15:15:19
8.   fanerman
I concur about the Charlie Brown Christmas Special.
2008-12-15 15:56:02
9.   JJ42
3 It gets better. I have other connections that I'm keeping to myself - for now.
2008-12-15 17:40:44
10.   Bob Hendley
Goats are good eating. I am not aware of it being even a regional cuisine in the US (limited knowledge), but down here in Mexico, well, actually in the Northern part of Mexico, they eat it a lot. Flavor really stands up as a BBQ meat. I have a buddy who raises them in Virginia, but he mostly sells them live to West Indians and the such for their feasts.
2008-12-15 17:59:38
11.   underdog
As wonderful as Charlie Brown is, and as dated as the animation is, you'll appreciate everything about it even more after watching Nestor the Long-Eared Donkey.
2008-12-15 18:00:52
12.   underdog
Oh, and as a capricorn I object to goat-eating on principle.
2008-12-15 18:19:43
13.   Bob Hendley
Mmmmh...chipotle-base BBQ sauce.
2008-12-15 20:01:53
14.   Marty
Birria is one of the great things in eating.
2008-12-15 21:38:46
15.   John Hale
Goats are huge in the farmworker community in Central California. I was fortunate enough to grow up a block from a goat farm where the hair was burned off with a blowtorch after purchase. In plain site. Presumable the goat had been properly cared for before that step but it was a round the clock process at the holidays.
2008-12-15 21:39:44
16.   John Hale
And sometimes John Feinstein is such a blow hard that he could deserve a similar treatment
2008-12-15 21:42:07
17.   Bob Hendley
12 - OK, then, scorpions with chipotle BBQ sauce. Oh wait...

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