I bowl in the same league with Bill. It's hard not to be star struck by such a great talent, and someone whom I quote on a weekly bases in some context or another.
"Whose your buddy? Whose your friend?" "Human sacrifice! Dogs and cats living together! Mass hysteria!"
Anyway the first time my team played his, I kept texting my wife... "I'm eating cheese and crackers with Bill Murry!" "Bill Murry is sitting in my lap!" "Bill asked us back to his house to watch Ghostbusters... He says he has overalls from the movie for all of us." OK, I made that last one up, but Bill really is a down to earth guy. He bowled really well that night, and was so excited he had me take a picture of him with the scoreboard, so he could prove it. If that isn't an every-guy thing to do I don't know what is!
I've been touring Italy for three weeks. Despite seeing dozens and dozens of bicycles a day, I've yet to see a single designated bike lane. Not in the country, not in the cities, and not on a bridge. Hell, most of the sidewalks are no more than 18 - 24" wide. But I've not seen any accidents either! Just saying...
People have walked over that bridge for generations, and you could easily walk a bike over it if you wanted. The city prohibited all bikes on the James Island connector after ONE tragic accident! And there is a wide shoulder/bike lane there. Americans are too damn pampered and over protected. Get over it!
You crack me up! I love reading your column more than watching the show!
Class act. This shows he has a good head on his shoulders and has his priorities straight.
God knows we could uses someone like that in office, as those are rare qualities in a politician!
To Mr. Ima Oldman... Professional politicians ALREADY decide for us. Who do you think run the Democratic and Republican parties? And it is THOSE parties that choose our candidates. You have a better chance of winning the lottery than being elected as an independent candidate. Senator Lindsey Graham recently admitted as much when he said, "...the likelihood of an independent candidate winning the Senate seat is nonexistent".
Independents NEVER have a fighting chance. Their occasional election to high public office is a fluke. Without the support and approval of either the Democratic or Republican parties, candidates just can't compete in today's political arena. Independents are routinely marginalized or completely ignored in the printed press and internet. They lack the funding and exposure to have their (or our) voices heard without a Party specific political machine with all their resources, money and influence behind them. But the real problem is that those Parties also control them like puppets on a string.
I've watch in awe the protests in Hong Kong where they are demonstrating and demanding that the government allow them to choose their own candidates... and wonder when this country will wake up and realize that we are in the same damn boat. The "Government" may not pick our candidates, but the Political Parties do – and is that really much better? How can we expect change and reform in government if we allow the same power mongers to hand pick and control our only viable candidates time and time again. It's like they are the only two big car dealers in town and we return to them again and again despite the fact that they sell us a lemon each time. Candidates are nothing more than talking heads - good for little more than appearing at fundraising dinners and spouting out sound bites put in their mouths by their political masters. Our election system has been co-opted by the Left and the Right and we are relegated to a choice of bad or worse. The only honest choice on election day for many Americans is "none of the above"! When will the citizens of THIS country rise up in protest and take to the streets demanding election financing reform, non-partizen representation, and a REAL voice in government?
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