Daily Archives: July 20, 2011

The cops bust a kid’s lemonade stand. Am I turning into an old man? (thoughts from school). And Fallon and Timberlake rap

Well, this story made me mad. Especially because it’s summer and a child’s lemonade stand is one of the most wonderful parts of the season. A hat tip to my friend Mark Mahoney (a Pulitzer Prize winner, by the way; I love calling him that) for pointing me to this one.
Seems police in Appleton, Wisc. (a town name that always makes me think of Larry Appleton, from “Perfect Strangers,” but I digress) busted a lemonade stand run by two sisters, aged 9 and 10, because of a new city ordinance regulating vendors who sell stuff near a public event (there was a car show going on nearby).
Except the joke was on the police, because they read the law wrong and the girls weren’t in violation.
Like that really matters. It’s a child’s lemonade stand, for God’s sakes! What, are you afraid they’re going to drive business away from restaurants selling lemonade??? Do you think maybe terrorists are funneling money through those dastardly 25 cent cups of sweet, thirst-quenching goodness?

Ugh. I just hate these kinds of stories, because if you’re a police officer and you see kids selling lemonade, are there any circumstances in which you think “You know what, I need to shut this down”?
I hope the girls sell a ton of lemonade after this publicity.

**OK, I admit right up front that the fact that I’m at least 10 years older than most of my graduate school classmates this summer may be influencing my thinking.
But I’m a little worried I’m becoming an old fuddy-duddy. At least when it comes to the wardrobe of others.
Wednesday night in class, this girl walks in wearing the shortest pair of shorts I’ve ever seen. I’m talking, Hollywood Boulevard hooker-type shorts. Hoochies walking around South Beach-type shorts. (Shorts like that random girl in a photo I found on the Internet.) I really don’t think I’m exaggerating here; the shorts basically stopped at the bottom of her hips.
And I was kinda bothered by it. The girl is about 22 or 23, I’d guess. But I mean, is that really how a person dresses for a grad school class on a Wednesday night?
To see if I was just crazy or not, I asked my new friend Crissy, a fellow “adult” in her 30s who sits next to me in class (it’s amazing how friendly you can get with people when you see them for 3 1/2 hours every night) about it.
She said she hadn’t noticed. Then she looked over at the girl. She mouthed “Wow” to me.
That made me feel better. But you tell me, am I wrong to be judgmental here?

**Finally, I know normally seeing two white guys go through the history of rap, while performing it, would sound pretty lame. But since it was Justin Timberlake and Jimmy Fallon doing it, it was pretty damn funny. The beginning, and the M.C. Hammer part, are my favorites:


The Bible used as drug paraphernalia. The most bizarre sport you’ve seen in a while. And Rupert Murdoch’s wife is a bad-ass

Somehow I don’t think this is what the Christian conservatives in America mean by hoping America’s current incarcerated felon find Jesus while they’re in prison.

An Indiana woman is facing felony charges because she tried to smuggle methamphetamine that was hidden inside a Bible to another inmate.
Somehow this great plan by Sara Roseberry, a 21-year-old woman, was foiled when the prison guards noticed the Bible had been tampered with.
Hey, some people find religion in prison, while others just find drugs. Can’t save everyone.

**Saw this on SI.com’s Hot Clicks today and was intrigued. It’s a new sport in Asia (update: Astute Reader Jason tells me I’m wrong, that the sport has been around forever) called Sepak Takraw, and it combines kung fu, soccer and volleyball.
Looks like a hell of a lot of fun!

**On the Rupert Murdoch front Tuesday, a British comedian tried to interrupt a hearing with ole’ Rupert by throwing a foam pie in his face. (Also my boy Pearlman wrote a pretty scathing (and amusing) blog post about Murdoch and karma) Now I didn’t know Murdoch’s wife, Wendi Deng, until a few hours ago, but man, what a slap that woman has on her! Seriously, watch how she just totally takes charge and tries to smack the protester.

A woman like that, well, let’s just say I’m putting my money on her in any fight in the future.