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Straight Talk From the Oceanside Rec Center

Wednesday, November 25th, 2009

Oceanside, CA is one of the last blue collar beach towns in southern California. It’s beautiful in places and gritty in others.

I don’t think I would be happier living anywhere else. A significant part of this has to do with the Oceanside Rec Center. I’ve been a big fan since day one. The staff is over the top great.

They quickly learn all the kid’s names AND remember them. If the kid misses a season and they don’t see them for six months, the staff (they’re all awesome!) doesn’t miss a beat. “Yo, What up Jeremy? Where have you been, my man.”

When you’re a 7 year old kid, and a 20 something athletic wonder greats you like you’re his buddy, it’s quite a pump up.

Recently, from the first day of basketball.

Rec Center staff member addressing a group of 60 kids sitting on the floor.  “You don’t need special sneakers to play basketball. You play with the sneakers you’re parents can afford. 10 dollar sneakers work exactly the same as 100.00 sneakers. If anyone tells you different, they are lying. If another kid, brother, sister, shoe salesman tells you different, they are lying. If they swear their is a difference, they are lying.”

She then turns to the bleachers and addresses the parents. “If you’ve never had a child in one of our programs know we’re here to teach kids how to play basketball and most important, TO HAVE FUN DOING IT. We’re not here to create superstars. Please, conduct yourselves appropriately. We practice 1 hour a day, once a week. There’s no meeting at the park for an extra team practice. By all means though, practice with your child. It does wonders.

If a child comes home and tells you a staff member told them they need new sneakers to play, they are lying.”

Google as a Roommate

Thursday, August 13th, 2009

This is clever.

Via Smarterware

Strangely Entertaining

Monday, August 10th, 2009

Via Waxy.org

Picture of a Fridge is Worth a 1,000 Words

Sunday, August 2nd, 2009

Fridge

Bar Tender | San Antonio, TX | 1-Person Household | Goes to sleep at 8AM and wakes up at 4PM daily. | 2008

Photographer Mark Menjivar chronicles different people through photos of their refrigerators. Neat project! More profiles here. Look for the rattlesnake in the freezer of the short order cook.

Via Andrew Sullivan

A Timely Video

Friday, June 26th, 2009

Michael Jackson, dead at age 50. He would have been pleased with this civil rights video.

How much fun does 25 Cents Buy?

Tuesday, June 23rd, 2009

I came across this in a garage sale. Its a bit dated, 2001.

Shaq talks back

There is a lot of back and forth in time within the narrative so it can be a bit jerky in places but there are quite a few gems inside.

On getting fouled and beat up on the court-

Let me say this: If I feel someone is trying to hurt me, I will take action. Foul me under the basket and I’ve got something for you. Because it’s gotten out of control. Its about, “you can’t stop this guy basketball –wise so lets go WWF on him. Let’s put him in a choke hold. That’s what it’s become. And a lot of referees think, “You’re big, you’re strong, you can take it.” People always think it’s like a Volkswagen running into a Mack truck. But you know what? I pinch you its gonna hurt. You pinch me it’s gonna hurt. So what if I’m big and strong. Pain is pain.

On Teamwork-

Having two stars on one team can be the best thing to ever happen or the worst thing. They both want the ball; they both like to shoot. But one has got to eventually bow down. One has to know, “I’m a star, I’ve got to come down and throw the ball to him first.”

For example, if I played with Jordan, I would know that Jordan’s taking most of the shots, and I would have to change my role. I would accept that. Dennis Rodman was good at this. He never shot but he shined.

On Phil Jackson and leadership-

Here’s an example. In the finals Glen Rice’s wife started saying her husband isn’t getting enough shots and that Phil didn’t like him. She said something to a paper in Charlotte. Then the L.A. Times went crazy with the story. It was like Phil vs Glenn and his wife instead of us against the Pacers. His wife is Cuban so some of the reporters were calling it the Cuban Mrs. Crisis.

Now from watching Glenn’s career, anyone can tell you that Glenn is the type of player who’s always had plays called for him. And Phil didn’t have no offense for that. I guess it kind of got to Glenn. After all Kobe gets 20 shots a game, I’m getting 20 shots a game, and everybody else just has to play their role. I don’t think Glenn liked that so there’s some truth to the story. At the same time it’s Glenn’s wife that’s complaining, not Glenn. And we’re up 3 games to 1 and she’s choosing to bitch.

Phil handled it quick. “Listen. I’m not going to get into this back and forth; all we need is 1 more game. I’m not going to get into this. I’ve never got into this, so I’m not going to get into it now. One more game.”

A bit later-

If a guy did something wrong, Phil would fine him. Not big money, like ten, twenty bucks. If someone came in late, he wouldn’t say, “Where the hell have you been?” He would just look over at Laker’s assistant coach Frank Hamblen and say, “All right. Frank, fine him.” Then, at the end of every week, if the pot was around $1,000, we’d split up the team and play a shooting game for the $1000.

NHL Hockey “Enforcer” Had Brutal Childhood

Sunday, May 3rd, 2009

I haven’t read much sports journalism since Hunter S Thompson columns no longer appear at espn.com. I found this WP profile of Donald Brashear to be riveting. I can’t imagine a more difficult childhood. To have risen to the level he has achieved is amazing. The role of a team enforcer is to protect the team’s stars and intimidate the other team through “aggressive checking.”

The depth of Mike Wise’s reporting is admirable and I found myself reaching for each new sentence in anticipation.

Via Abu Muqawama

46 Gigs of Still Images

Thursday, February 26th, 2009

A video game artist created this using 3400 still images from his trip to Japan.


This is Japan! from Eric Testroete on Vimeo.

Via We Made This

Green Driveways

Saturday, February 21st, 2009

The sewers in southern California drain into the ocean. As a result one of the biggest ocean pollutants of coastal water is urban run off. The infrequent rains, car washing, etc sweep up pollutants like fertilizers, bug sprays, animal feces, and carries it right in the oceans.

This is an article on green driveways.  Having a grass driveway that is drought tolerant would be a step in the direction of cleaning up a small part of the run off.

3 Girls, Age 16 Donate Plane Full of Clothes to Orphans in Kenya

Tuesday, February 17th, 2009

What a neat project. One of their Dad’s work for Boeing who was delivering a new plane to Kenya Airlines. They heard about the orphans needs and organized a clothes drive on their own.

Via Girlhacker