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The Kids Are Alright…   2 comments


I helped my brother coach my niece’s youth basketball team on Saturday mornings the past few weeks and it was quite an eye opening experience.  I always thought that in movies where there would be a group of young kids together that the personalities were over the top and typecast (see Kindergarten Cop…seriously, if not to prove my point at least to laugh at the “Who is your daddy and what does he do?” scene), but coaching a small group of kids ages 5 through 7 will teach you otherwise quickly.

Since the kids are so young, there is a range of talent and interest levels that is off the charts.  Over the course of the season, I’ve witnessed things from a young girl picking her nose and wiping it on the court to a young boy telling my brother he wants to be a gang member for Halloween (I was half-tempted to take him to 61st and Cottage Grove so he could trick or treat there and see if he really thought it would be cool to be a gang member, but then I realized only Dave Chappelle can pull that off without getting arrested for child endangerment). 

One kid liked to do the “suck it” sign anytime he scored (tangent here…apparently the “suck it” sign is still relevant?  I remember when wrestling picked up a bit in the late 1990’s and Degeneration X was around and doing that all the time, but has wrestling kept up that well over the years?  Also, how do parents not realize that crossing your arms and banging them around your crotch is probably not something a kindergarten kid should be doing, especially in public?  Even if you don’t know what it means, it just looks bad…).  Another girl seemed more than content to stand at half court and either shoot people with her hand pistol or try to squish their heads between her fingers from a distance (a move I perfected over my 3 years of Little League where I amassed a staggering zero hits and 3 foul tips).  My personal favorite was the young girl who told my brother and me that her Mom was wearing lipstick to try and find a man.  Awkwardly, I responded with, “Good for her,” and moved on to something other than possibly being a new found baby daddy.

Overall, it was a lot of fun and the kids enjoyed themselves.  We even managed to escape the season without any “way too into youth basketball” parents yelling at their kids while videotaping and creating snack lists that consist of orange slices and Power Gel packets.  There is always the winter session, though.

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Post-Halloween Monday: Christmas for Creepers   5 comments


In the movie Mean Girls, or as some know it “the approach to the board before Lindsay Lohan’s dive into the deep end of drugs and dating girls that look more like guys than I do”, Lohan’s character describes Halloween as “the one night a year where girls can dress like a total slut and no other girls say anything about it.” In reality, yes, Halloween is very much that type of night. A day before or a day after, including walks of shame the next morning, if a girl were to be seen walking down the street dressed like J-Woww from “Jersey Shore” she would be referred to by her fellow females as a hooker. However, on Halloween night, their friends and complete strangers are there to say “your boobs look awesome with only that piece of duct tape covering them up” or “Gaga would seriously be jealous of how your ass looks in those tights and thong right now.”

The one point Lohan misses, however, is that GUYS will talk plenty about girls and what they are wearing. To clarify, I do mean ALL GUYS, including the ones that don’t see you in person on Halloween night but that you are friends with on Facebook because you went to the same summer camp twelve years ago and they managed to find you on the site. With the rise of popularity of social networks, the Monday after Halloween has become something of a Christmas Day for creeps checking out girls on Facebook. Sidenote – for those who have seen St. Elmo’s Fire, could you imagine what Kirby (Emilio Estavez) would have been capable of if he had Facebook at his fingertips?

As girls come to out of hangover induced comas and blurs, they post their pictures of themselves and friends dressed as “sexy” versions of just about every late 80’s to mid 90’s female cartoon character or generic occupation/feline animal (construction worker, cop, tiger, lion, housecat, black cat, etc). With each picture post, there are guys chomping at the bit to get a glimpse of the girl they went to elementary school with and somehow managed to find and friend donning a Strawberry Shortcake outfit – tied together by a pair of bright green fishnets – on Facebook. I unfortunately witnessed this for myself yesterday while in the computer lab at school. There is nothing like sitting down to print out an article while the guy next to you sings, “Hey there little red riding hood, you sure are lookin’ good…” while checking out a girl dressed as something that involved a red hooded cape and black underwear. The moment that really sealed the deal on my future daughters not leaving the house on Halloween from years twelve through forty dressed as anything other than real-life nuns was when two guys that resembled Bulk and Skull (pictured above) from the Mighty Morphing Power Rangers show three computers down traded comments about how lucky a couple of gals were that the two of them “weren’t at the party to make Gaga gag” and “give Minnie what Mickey can’t” (although that one did actually made me laugh).

I am in no way advocating a change to Halloween traditions and costumes. By all means, continue to dress up the way you have and let yourself go crazy one night a year as you have probably earned it. Actually, while you’re out there, introduce yourselves to my single friends (you’re welcome, guys). Just be aware of and stop “friending” guys you haven’t talked to in years or don’t even know because they are probably in a dark corner of their mom’s basement looking at a picture of you as Tinkerbell from two years ago.