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Bad trends and silly ideas threaten to swamp state

I met an attractive young lady the other day who said she was thinking of becoming a halfback.

I was clueless because her shoulders were not broad enough to merit a spot in the Bucs backfield. Later, I learned halfbacks are Northern transplants who move "half-way back," say to Tennessee or North Carolina, when they grow disenchanted with the Sunshine State.

I'm told it's a common term among real estate folks. If you ask me, it's not a good sign when such a trend develops a cute nickname.

Tax swap: also known as a shell game. ...

Let me get this straight. We're facing a major budget crisis and the Legislature is spending time talking about those simulated bull testicles that people hang on their pickup truck bumpers? Well that's just nuts. ...

Seen on a bumper sticker: Kids in the back seat cause accidents; accidents in the back seat cause kids. ...

People keep telling me the Rays should relocate to Tampa.

Don't they realize St. Petersburg would form a militia and storm across the Howard Frankland if the Rays moved across the bay? I can already see Mayor Rick Baker in a coonskin cap carrying a squirrel rifle. Look, everybody who whines about the drive (me included) just needs to get over it and go see a game. ...

Folks at the Patel Conservatory are particularly giddy about Weaving Time Into Tapestries, a dramatic production on Tuesday at 7 p.m. that will combine the talents of senior residents from University Village with seventh-grade students from the Learning Gate Community School. We talk about having respect for our elders, but here's an effort that actually fosters that spirit.

That's all I'm saying.

Bad trends and silly ideas threaten to swamp state 04/27/08 [Last modified: Sunday, April 27, 2008 9:38pm]
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