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The best Halloween costume I’ve seen this year. A writer explains why we won’t work for free. And a few thoughts on the Red Sox beards


Very few Halloween costumes ever make me laugh out loud, but this one did. If you’re a fan of a particularly awesome 1980s-era sitcom about a bar in Boston, then you’ll agree that this is awesome. Here’s the original, below:

I miss “Cheers.”


**Next up, I was thrilled to see this in the New York Times (my fellow writer friend Christine G. pointed me to it). For some reason, websites and other places where writing is done think it’s totally fine to ask writers to contribute to their publication for free. And when you won’t do it, they go on to someone else.

As Tim Kreider points out in his great essay, you wouldn’t ask a plumber, or a carpenter, or an accountant, to do some work for you without pay. So why is it OK and even expected for writers to work without compensation?

I’ve been offered jobs where the pay is “exposure,” and sure, sometimes if it’s a big enough site, that’s a good carrot (When CNN.com offered me a shot, of course I didn’t care about pay).

But most of the time writers are reduced to begging for a few dollars from places that can certainly afford it, and it’s completely wrong.

Good for you, Tim Kreider. Slaves of the Internet, unite, indeed!

Mike Napoli**Finally today, I haven’t written much about the World Series between Boston and St. Louis because, frankly, I haven’t been all that interested in it. It’s turning out to be a hell of a series, though, with a couple of wacky endings last Saturday in Game 3 (an obstruction call ending the game?) and Sunday in Game 4 (a pickoff play ending the game?)

Anyway, from a non-sports perspective I have to say that these Red Sox players’ beards are hideous. I mean, I’m no fashion or grooming expert, and I have never grown a beard myself (I always tell myself I will one day, but getting past those first few days of scruffiness always seems to trip me up), but these things the Sox are wearing are hideous, right?

I mean, Dustin Pedroia’s doesn’t look that terrible, but Johnny Gomes has to have rodents living in his, and Mike Napoli’s beard looks like it could be roadkill on the highway, it’s so thick and furry.

I mean, ladies, is this in any way attractive? I grant that some men can pull off the beard look; Kelsey Grammer and Anthony Hopkins and a few others look dapper.

But those Sox beards are just gross.

And yes, you could chalk this up to the prejudices of a bitter Yankees fan.


An incredible World Series game. A thought about police officers on rainy nights. And how Charlie Brown was drawn

That was one hell of a World Series game last night. Man oh man. I didn’t watch most of it since I had class Thursday night, but came back in to it in the 8th inning and got sucked in.

For Texas to be one strike away in the ninth, leading by two runs, only to have David Freese hit a game-tying two-run triple (on a ball Nelson Cruz should’ve caught, and won’t he be thinking of that the rest of his life), then to have the Rangers’ Josh Hamilton, who has one of the most amazing life stories you’ll ever hear, hit a two-run homer in the 10th to put Texas back ahead … only to see the Rangers get 1 strike away again in the bottom of the 10th, only to see the Cardinals again tie it, and then win it in the bottom of the 11th on a Freese home run … insane.

A wonderful, heart-stopping, thrilling baseball game. The Series now comes down to Game 7, tonight, and I don’t know how Texas can possibly recover, emotionally, after Thursday’s heartbreak.

Man, baseball’s a beautiful sport sometimes.

**So this is something I’ve always wondered, and I’m going to throw it out here in case there are any police officers who read me on a regular basis (Hey, I have no idea who you people are, for the most part. I hope at least one officer can help).
When it’s a terribly cold and rainy night, like it was here in New York Thursday, do police officers write fewer traffic tickets? Because I’m thinking they really don’t want to be getting out of their car, checking meters and stuff like that, when it’s pouring.
Plus, tickets never stay on windshields in driving rainstorms, so then they’d have to go through all the hassle of drivers never paying tickets because they blew off the window.

Just wondering. My theory is that there are WAY less tickets written on rainy days. But I’d be happy to be proven wrong.

**Finally, I’m a big “Peanuts” fan, so I was very happy to stumble on this, something I’ve never seen before. It’s a short clip of Charles Schulz drawing Charlie Brown.
You never get to see a master at work, so enjoy…