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  • HS Basketball

    11/22/2005 8:37:58 AM PST · by sparkomatic · 38 replies · 981+ views
    Me | 22 Nov 2005 | Me
    My daughter is a sophomore in HS. A couple of nights ago I went to the school for a parent/coach meeting. Since I got there a few minutes early, I stepped into the gym to watch a few minutes of practice. The coach told me to leave because it's a "closed practice". I said, "you mean I can't watch?" He said, "No." I left but I didn't like it. As soon as the meeting started I told him what I thought. I explained that it's my kid. My school since I pay taxes. I'm not going to coach from the...
  • Freep this poll

    05/20/2005 12:49:29 PM PDT · by sparkomatic · 26 replies · 762+ views
    1) If you were in charge of writing a whole new Constitution for America, what would it say? Nothing different than the current one says 6 60.00% A few minor changes 2 20.00% It wouldn't even be recognizable! 2 20.00%
  • Wedgie lands teens in jail

    02/17/2005 11:07:41 AM PST · by sparkomatic · 52 replies · 7,341+ views
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 17 Feb 2005 | Tribune Staff
    Wedgie gets 2 teens arrested Tribune staff reports Published February 17, 2005, 8:16 AM CST An ordinarily harmless prank resulted in the arrests of two Chicago teenagers this week after they apparently got carried away and injured a 12-year-old by giving him repeated wedgies, CLTV reported. p>
  • Calling in sick today

    11/03/2004 6:46:59 AM PST · by sparkomatic · 20 replies · 150+ views
    Me | Today | Me
    One of my co-workers, a big time Bush hater, just called in sick. I wonder how many Bush haters are calling in sick today.
  • Kerry's Former Band Member on Fence

    10/28/2004 7:12:45 AM PDT · by sparkomatic · 19 replies · 1,594+ views
    Radio interview of Jack Radcliffe on WCOL ^ | 28 Oct 2004 | Keith Sparks
    I found only one other thread from July which even referenced Kerry's old band. Jack Radcliffe, former piano player for the 60's band "The Electras", was interviewed this morning by WCOL's Woody, a popular DJ at a country music station in Columbus, OH. The interview was very intertaining. A few interesting points were brought up during the interview. 1. When Jack was asked if he'd be voting for Kerry, the answer was, "I'm kind of on the fence. I haven't made up my mind yet." 2. When Jack was asked about Kerry's bass playing ability, "Kerry wasn't a bass player,...
  • F911 Man!

    07/28/2004 11:14:05 AM PDT · by sparkomatic · 32 replies · 1,394+ views
    me | today | Me
    A friend and I were on our way to lunch today. A young guy pulled up beside us and yelled at us, "Faranheit 911, man!" I don't know why he would do that. Maybe it was my NRA, Bush, Buckmasters, and NASCAR bumper stickers, my Persian Gulf Veteran license plate and fish emblem on my gas guzzling truck. Who knows? My only response was to tell him that he was ugly and that he was an idiot. Well, he was ugly. He had the typical grunge look of black hair, black shirt, etc. My friend was a little more verbose...
  • Presidents and prosperity

    07/23/2004 10:47:00 AM PDT · by sparkomatic · 10 replies · 408+ views
    MSNBC ^ | 21 July 2004 | Dan Ackman
    The death of Ronald Reagan and the popularity of Bill Clinton's book have sparked an unusually intense interest in presidents past. During the week of his funeral, several commentators declared Reagan the best president of the 20th century, even better than Franklin D. Roosevelt, whom Reagan himself admired. A recent Gallup Organization poll indicates that Americans rank John F. Kennedy slightly ahead of FDR, and both of them ahead of Reagan. Clinton supporters, meanwhile, note that he turned large federal deficits into surpluses and presided over a booming economy. It's the kind of argument that will never be settled, like...
  • Ground hog killing wife

    04/29/2004 8:08:34 AM PDT · by sparkomatic · 93 replies · 2,384+ views
    Today | Me
    I'm at work, 50 miles from the home 20. The wife called and said, "Julie [my SIL] just called and there is a ground hog in the tree in her back yard. It may be sick or something." I said well what do you want me to do about it? I ain't driving 100 miles round trip just to dispatch a ground hog that thinks it's a coon. She said, "Well I think I can do it, but I need you to tell me how to open the safe. I need you to tell me which gun to use. I...
  • Freep this poll

    03/02/2004 9:53:48 AM PST · by sparkomatic · 17 replies · 75+ views
    WRFD Website ^ | 02-Mar-04 | Me
    Please Freep this poll. Looks like the anti's have already gotten a hold of it.
  • Operation Washboard

    03/11/2003 5:31:48 AM PST · by sparkomatic · 5 replies · 279+ views
    Columbus Washboard Co. ^ | Today | Columbus Washboard Co.
    In response to recent emails from our servicemen and women presently deployed in various locations overseas. The Columbus Washboard Company is proud to be sending shipments of laundry supplies to help our troops as they strive to fulfill the tasks before them. God Bless all of them!
  • Remington 788 value (Vanity)

    03/03/2003 8:32:59 AM PST · by sparkomatic · 8 replies · 705+ views
    None | today | Me
    My brother-in-law has loaned me his Remington 788 in .22-250 for about the last year or so. It carries a variable power Tasco scope (4-16 I think). He has offered to sell me the gun for $400. The gun is a good shooter. I can't give you an MOA number but it's probably close to a 1. On the one day I shot it from the bench, the wind was terrible and the bench was wobbly as heck. The wood has the appearance use, but there are dings, cracks, etc. The barrel has some bluing worn off. The action is...
  • 53 Interesting Facts (bologna alert)

    02/21/2003 5:17:34 AM PST · by sparkomatic · 32 replies · 1,625+ views
    One of those silly email forwards | Who knows? | Who knows?
    53 questions and answers about Iraq and the US, you can't find them on CNN Al-Jazeerah, 2/19/03* - Here's some information worth knowing that you'll ever get on CNN. Do you know enough to justify going to war with Iraq ? Take the War on Iraq IQ Test: 1. Q: What percentage of the world's population does the U.S. have? A: 6% 2. Q: What percentage of the world's wealth does the U.S. have? A: 50% 3. Q: Which country has the largest oil reserves? A: Saudi Arabia 4. Q: Which country has the second largest oil reserves? A: Iraq...
  • Firearms question (Vanity)

    02/11/2003 11:29:19 AM PST · by sparkomatic · 20 replies · 471+ views
    Me | Today | Me
    Sorry about the vanity, but you guys are the best.
  • Iraqi Cheat Sheet

    02/07/2003 7:08:41 AM PST · by sparkomatic · 6 replies · 300+ views
    The Glenn Beck Show (Website) ^ | February 6, 2003 | Glenn Beck
    Glennís outline on how to explain the upcoming Iraqi war to all the pinheads! 1. We should send more inspectors! - Analogize it to your kid caught smoking weed, who denies everything and is defensive and accusatory. At what point do you actually punish the child for smoking weed? Do you just keep hiring babysitters ad nauseam to watch over him? At some point you have to lay down the law and Mean What You Say. 2. There is always time for war: this should be a time for peace and we need more time. - 12 years is...
  • AIDS Vaccine being tested

    01/24/2003 7:51:48 AM PST · by sparkomatic · 4 replies · 185+ views
    Paul Harvey | Unknown
    I heard on Paul Harvey this morning that there may be an AIDS vaccine. Testing on animals has been promising enough that human volunteers are now testing the vaccine.There may be some news stories available online.
  • 82nd Airborne Uniform

    11/18/2002 12:11:55 PM PST · by sparkomatic · 10 replies · 562+ views
    Me | Today | Me
    Sorry about this ridiculous vanity. Last week there was a pic in the NY Times of two 82nd soldiers with a POW in Afghanistan. I haven't seen the pic, but a co-worker mentioned it and asked me about it. Evidently these two soldiers were wearing what the the co-worker described as knee & elbow pads. I was stationed at Ft. Bragg for 8 years and never saw anything like it. Do any of you have a link to the picture? Do any of you know what these pads are and why they are worn?
  • "Screwing Off" for a Million Bucks

    11/12/2002 6:02:46 AM PST · by sparkomatic · 6 replies · 215+ views
    Dewalt Website ^ | 10-NOV-2002 | Todd Walter
    November 10, 2002 ó Contractor Jon Smith of Delaware, Ohio (Columbus) knew he was fast with a cordless drill. Now he has a million dollars to prove it.
  • Free Marriage Advice

    03/18/2002 6:43:44 AM PST · by sparkomatic · 25 replies · 447+ views
    Sparkomatic | Today | Sparkomatic
    I want to take this opportunity to offer this bit of free advice. Husbands, if you're listening, don't ever shoot your wife in the butt with a BB gun. Even if the projectile used is a candy sprinkle and not a real BB, it still produces an undesired effect. Though, to be honest with you, I'm not sure what sort of desired effect can be gained from shooting a spouse in the butt with a BB gun.
  • Dear Sir/Madam

    03/13/2002 11:55:23 AM PST · by sparkomatic · 9 replies · 14+ views
    anonymous | 13-March-2002 | anonymous
    Dear Sir/Madam, I am very happy to write you this letter. Hos your present condition of health? I think by the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ that you are fine. The main is that I want to take you as my pen-friend by exchange letters and each and every one can speak more about his country. I am XXXXXX of XXXXXX preparatory school. I am a boy of (18) years old. The most important things I want from you is that books, walkman, and Bible. Please I hope you will help me about the following things. Thank you for...
  • Lawn-parking ban

    03/01/2002 11:41:33 AM PST · by sparkomatic · 43 replies · 351+ views
    Columbus Dispatch | Friday, March 1, 2002 | Kirk D. Richards
    Lawn-parking ban Whitehall residents say it's their grass Friday, March 1, 2002 Kirk D. Richards Dispatch Staff Reporter As Whitehall is preparing to crack down on people who park cars on their lawns, residents are rebelling. On Tuesday, Norma Stuller, tired of being pestered by code-enforcement officers, decided to cover part of her front yard with gravel. Her mother's car was parked on the gravel patch on Wednesday. "I basically did that just to get the city off my back,'' said Stuller, who lives on Westphal Avenue. She's already received warnings from code-enforcement officers, who hope that the Whitehall City ...