Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Paint It White, To Serve and Protect, -and- Don't Point!

Paint It White - U.K. skin-bleaching trade exposed
To Serve and Protect - parking chief fired for illegal parking
Don't Point! - teen arrested for pointing laser at police helicopter

On this day in history: November 27, 1969 - Court appointed attorney Ronald Hughes, handling the Charles Manson case, disappears on a camping trip to Sespe Hot Springs in Southern California, accompanied by two Manson followers. His decomposed body is identified by dental x-rays five months later.

Born on this day in history: November 27, 1937 - Gail Sheehy (1937 - ____) writer, journalist, editor. She is best known for "Pathfinders: Predictable Crises of Adult Life," 1976.

Scripture of the Day: "Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom, and as you sing psalms, hymns and spiritual songs with gratitude in your hearts to God." (Colossians 3:16)

Video of the Day: Dodge Viper twin-turbo 1900 hp 7.99 1/4 mile - submitted by Phillip

Band Wagon: 2007 Dodge Nitro R/T rock band vehicle. The Beatles never reunited. Nor has SCREAM, a little band from Cherry Hill, New Jersey, that played their last gig in 1975. While not as socially significant as a Beatles reunion, the thought of participating in a rock reunion with my old high school buddies was irresistible. After brushing off 20 years of musical inactivity, all the exaltation and exasperation of playing live returned.

One burden for local rock bands is the necessity of hefting and hauling gear to practices and gigs. In high school, at least one member, or his parent, had to have a pickup, station wagon, or van. Today, 30 years on, the same rules apply.

For this adventure, the Dodge Nitro R/T is a perfect fit. Its snazzy looks and tough-guy appeal are augmented by its cargo/passenger versatility. The 4.0L V-6 with the full-time 4WD option may come in handy should the weather turn nasty.