Riding Words in the Streets 
Here's a creepy bit of info. For me to write WEASEL in the streets around Highland Creek on my bike, I need to ride exactly 66.6km. Oooh... spooky!

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Congratulations, Dale Jr.! 
Dale Jr. is the current Sprint Cup points leader!

How cool is that??

Congrats, Dale!!

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You Want Bath Salts? Seriously? 
Now, I know that I'm awfully far removed from anything resembling teen culture these days, so I don't claim to have any insights into what they are or are not into or what they do and don't know about.

So maybe someone with more insight can help me out here.

Had anyone heard anything in these parts about the drug known as Bath Salts before the incident hit the news about some naked guy trying to eat another guys face in Florida?

There's an article in the Star today about some kid trying to find some to buy so he could sell it to his friends. By all accounts, he appears to be a complete idiot, but that's beside the point.

What I can't figure out is why there would be anyone out there who, having heard the stories about what this drug apparently does to you, is thinking "Hey! I want to try that!"

I mean... some kids think drugs are cool and don't grasp the impact they can have on the rest of their lives. Just a fun way to kill some time, I guess. But when something new comes out, and the only news of it is that it can turn you into a raving psychotic, do you really think THAT is the experience you're looking for??

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You Want Me To Pay For Your Sample? 
Something interesting happened on the way to work this morning. Some folks had a little display set up to hand out samples of some new shampoo or something. It was a "men's scalp treatment" of some sort.

Before handing me the sample though, they said that it had some medicinal ingredients and thus they were required to get a "penny payment" for it. It would go to charity, they said.

Did I have any spare change?

So I didn't get the sample. The whole thing seemed suspiciously like complete bullshit though. Are they just making this stuff up? Does anyone know if there's any such regulation on the books that would make this reasonable, or did their marketing people just come up with this BS to make people think their product is something out of the ordinary?

If so, do they think people will respond well to being lied to?

I have a reason to question the validity of this. I've been given a lot of samples of a lot of different products while walking to work, and this is the first time this sort of scheme has ever been mentioned. If there were some rule about this, then shouldn't I have been asked for money for my Red Bull sample? It lists medicinal ingredients right on the can.

If that's a bit of a stretch, then what about the bottle of Motrin tablets I got last week? Am I being led to believe that this shampoo has more "medicinal ingredients" in it than ibuprofen pills?

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Go Junior!!! 
After 4 years, nearly to the day, Dale Earnhardt Jr. has finally won another race, and in rather dominant fashion!

Congratulations, Jr.!

The poor guy's been at the top of the standings the entire season. He certainly deserves this win as much as anyone!

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