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Where is "Little Bastard"? The cursed Customised Porsche 550 Spyder, made famous in the 1955 fatal crash of James Dean.

2020.07.13 14:52 Shnoochieboochies Where is "Little Bastard"? The cursed Customised Porsche 550 Spyder, made famous in the 1955 fatal crash of James Dean.

On September 30th 1955, James Dean (Of Rebel Without A Cause Fame) died in a fatal car crash whilst driving his now famous Porsche 550 Spyder racing car on public roads. At approximately 5.45pm Dean crashed almost head on into a 1950 Ford Tudor at the junction of Route 466 and Route 41. Little Bastard before the accident.Little Bastard as a wreck on promotional tour (SFW).
George Barris (famed for creating the Batmobile) acquired the remains of the car and sent them on promotional tours round America until 1960, when, according to him, it disappeared as it was being delivered from an event in Miami back to his shop in Los Angeles, this is the last known official sighting of the car .
This is when things get a little complicated I will supply some time lines, ideas where parts of the car have ended up and proof of ownership's, some are disputed, others can be proved in official documentation and others lead down rabbit holes or dead ends.
In Early 2015, Shawn Reilly, a 47-year-old Washington State resident, was undergoing psychological counseling when the subject of a scar on his finger came up. Reilly couldn’t remember how he got it, which had always bugged him, but the therapy revealed a memory.
According to his lawyer, Reilly recalled that his father, a carpenter, had brought him along on a job in 1974, when he was 6 years old. At a building that still exists, they met up with several men who wanted a wrecked sports car, which could have been the Porsche, hidden behind a wall. Reilly now remembers that he cut his finger on the car. He also thinks one of the men who were there may have been George Barris.
His account of seeing the Porsche has passed a lie detector test that was carried out on behalf of the Volo Auto Museum in Illinois, according to the museum’s director, which issued a $1 million bounty on the car in 2005. That money wouldn’t go to the car’s finder, but to purchase it from its owner. And that’s where things get tricky.
Barris always maintained that the car was legally his, a point that his spokesman, Ed Lozzi, reiterated to Fox News shortly before his death. Barris insisted that he knew nothing about the car’s whereabouts after it disappeared, but Lozzi would not tell Fox News if the wreck was insured at the time or if any payment was made to Barris, which could have transferred ownership to the insurer if it was found.
According to Volo Museum Director Brian Grams, who had a professional relationship with Barris, no one ever presented documented proof to him that the customizer was the car’s owner. He says ownership needs to be sorted out before he can pay a finder’s fee or make good on the $1 million offer to buy the car.
So, if the Porsche really is hidden away in an undisclosed building somewhere in Washington, who owns it?
Reilly’s lawyer says the location won’t be revealed until that question is answered, and that it could end up being anyone from Barris’ estate to the building owner or possibly even his client. But one Dean historian believes none of them is the rightful owner.
Attorney Lee Raskin, author of "James Dean: On the Road to Salinas" and an outspoken critic of Barris’ stewardship of "Little Bastard," says the car was originally registered in California by its engine number, rather than the chassis number. After the Porsche was written off by Dean’s insurance company, it was sold for $1,092 to Dr. William F. Eschrich, who removed the engine and other drivetrain components before Barris took possession of the rest of the car.
Since no official record of that transfer has been discovered – and since Eschrich’s family still has the original pink slip for the car, along with the engine – Raskin believes the entire vehicle belongs to the Eschriches. But the family has made no claim to the missing parts of the vehicle or commented on the recent developments.
As for the parties directly involved in the ongoing discussion, Barris’ death has slowed the process, which means an attempt to find out if James Dean’s Porsche is hidden behind a wall is likely months away. (Source Fox news article dated Nov 15th, 2015)
The Curse Of Little Bastard
The "curse" of James Dean's car, the "Little Bastard", has become part of America's cultural mythology. Warren Beath, a James Dean archivist and author, believes the source of the myth is George Barris, the self-described "King of the Kustomizers", who says he was the first to purchase the wrecked car. Barris promoted the "curse" after he placed the wreck on public display in 1956. Over the years, Barris described a mysterious series of accidents, not all of them car crashes, that occurred from 1956 to 1960 involving the "Little Bastard", resulting in serious injuries to spectators and even a truck driver's death. Raskin states many claims regarding the "curse" appear to have been based on Barris' 1974 book, Cars of the Stars.
Raskin's 2005 book James Dean: At Speed states that the wrecked Spyder was declared as a total loss by the insurance company, which paid Dean's father, Winton, the fair market value as a settlement. The insurance company, in turn, through a salvage yard in Burbank, sold the Spyder to a Dr. William F. Eschrich. Eschrich, who had competed against Dean in his own sports car at three race events during 1955, dismantled the engine and mechanical parts and installed the Porsche 4-cam engine in his Lotus IX race car chassis. Eschrich then raced the Porsche-powered Lotus, which he called a "Potus", at seven California Sports Car Club events during 1956. At the Pomona Sports Car Races on October 21, 1956, Eschrich, driving this car, was involved in a minor "shunt" with another driver.
Barris' Cars of the Stars states that a Dr. McHenry, "driving a car powered by the engine from Dean's car, was killed when his vehicle went out of control and struck a tree in the first race in which the motor had been used since Dean's mishap. Another doctor, William F. Eschrid of Burbank, was injured in the same race when his car, which contained the drivetrain from Dean's car, rolled over."Eschrich, interviewed a day after McHenry's fatal crash, said he had loaned the Dean transmission and several other parts to McHenry: "I don't believe he was using the transmission when he crashed, but he was using the back swinging arms which holds the rear end."McHenry appears to have the distinction of being the only bona fide victim of the "curse".
Raskin states that although Barris may have customized several cars for Rebel Without a Cause, he never customized any of Dean's personal cars and neither of his Porsches.Lew Bracker, Dean's best friend in Los Angeles and fellow Porsche racer, maintains that Barris was not involved with Dean's racing activities; he was never considered to be part of Dean's "inner circle" invited to go to Salinas on September 30, 1955.It is not known exactly how Barris knew Eschrich, but he was given the Spyder's mangled body after Eschrich had stripped out the Porsche. In 1956, Barris announced that he was going to rebuild the "Little Bastard", but that proved to be a Herculean task as the wrecked chassis had no remaining integral strength. Instead, Barris decided to weld aluminum sheet metal over the caved-in left front fender and cockpit area. He proceeded to beat on the aluminum panels with a 2x4 to try to simulate what would appear to be collision damage.Later in 1956, Barris loaned out the "Little Bastard" to the Los Angeles chapter of the National Safety Council for a local rod and custom car show. The gruesome display was promoted as: "James Dean's Last Sports Car". During 1957–1959, the exhibit was toured in various rod and custom car shows, movie theaters, bowling alleys, and highway safety displays throughout California.
There are a few stories associated with the "curse" that can be corroborated. For example, a wire service story on March 12, 1959, reported that the "Little Bastard", temporarily stored in a garage at 3158 Hamilton Avenue in Fresno, caught fire "awaiting display as a safety exhibit in a coming sports and custom automobile show". However, on May 12, 1959, The Fresno Bee, reported that the fire occurred on the night of March 11 and only slight damage occurred to the Spyder without any damage to other cars or property in the garage. No one was injured: "The cause of the fire is unknown. It burned two tires and scorched the paint on the vehicle."Later that year, the "Little Bastard" toured national auto shows and traffic safety exhibitions. Legend also holds that the "Little Bastard" mysteriously disappeared in 1960. According to Barris, the Spyder was returning from a traffic safety exhibit in Florida in a sealed truck. In Barris' book and in many TV interviews, he said the "Little Bastard" was being shipped back in a sealed boxcar. When the train arrived in Los Angeles, Barris said he signed the manifest and verified that the seal was intact—but the boxcar was empty.
Raskin believes that Barris' "Little Bastard" side show had lost its fan appeal just as the 1960s pop culture began to focus on "big block" Muscle Cars. Raskin also believes that Barris opted to misplace the "Little Bastard". The mysterious disappearance stories were Barris' way of perpetuating the Dean myth, especially on the milestone anniversaries of Dean's death.
Although the legendary "Little Bastard" seemingly has disappeared from sight, Historic Auto Attractions in Roscoe, Illinois, claims to have an original piece of Dean's Spyder on display (a small chunk of aluminum, a few square inches in size) that was pried off and stolen from an area near the broken windscreen while the Spyder was being stored in the Cholame Garage following the crash. Also, in 2005, for the 50th anniversary of Dean's death, the Volo Auto Museum in Volo, Illinois, announced they were displaying what was purported to be the passenger door of the "Little Bastard". Volo and Barris offered $1,000,000 to anyone who could prove that they owned the remains of the "Little Bastard". No one came forth to claim the prize.
The 4-Cam Porsche engine (#90059), along with the original California Owner's Registration (a.k.a. CA Pink Slip) listing the engine number, is still in the possession of the family of the late Dr. Eschrich. The Porsche's transaxle assembly (#10046), is currently owned by Porsche collector and restorer Jack Styles in Massachusetts. Raskin originally documented and published all the serial numbers (VINs) for the Spyder (chassis, engine, transmission); as well as for his 356 Super Speedster. To date, neither of Dean's Porsches have been located.
(Source Wikipedea)
So what do you think happened to "Little Bastard" will the salvage of the main chassis of the wreck ever be found in tact and preserved or have the remains long since been scrapped or recycled??
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2019.12.10 06:34 derkimster On This Date In California Weather History (December 9)

2013: Strong offshore winds peaked at 86 mph at Fremont Canyon (Santa Ana Mnts., Orange County).
2009: Bishop Airport recorded an overnight low of 5° F. This was a record low for the day breaking the previous record low of 8° F set on this date in 1947. It was also the coldest overnight low of any day since it was 1° F here on January 14, 2007.
2008: High pressure rebuilt over the central California interior, bringing more dense fog to the central and southern San Joaquin Valley. The worst dense fog conditions were prevalent during much of the overnight and morning hours on December 9, 10, 11, and 12, when visibilities were lowered to near zero in some areas due to very dense fog.
2007: Interstate-5 over the Grapevine was shut for a time overnight last night into this morning at the 4300 foot elevation (1,000 feet lower than Frazier Park) due to snowfall.
2007: A snow storm on 12.8 and on this day was nothing unusual except in the San Jacinto Mountains 17" fell in Pine Cove.
2003: Gusty southeast wind associated with a rain band swept through northern Kings County and into central Fresno County during the mid-evening hours of the 9th. Minor roof damage occurred in Kings County around 2040 PST and 7 weakened power poles were downed in West Fresno along Highway 99 with the sharp gusts. Over 5,000 local utility company customers were without power after 2100 hours on the 9th due to the wind damage. In the Southern Sierra Foothills and Tulare County Foothills some tree limbs were broken as speeds reached 51 mph and 34 mph, respectively. In the higher terrain of the Tulare County Mountains, a mesonet site had sustained wind of 33 mph with an isolated gust of 58 mph at 1121 PST on the 10th. 1998: Santa Ana winds started on this day and ended on 12/10. Gusts reached 101 mph at Modjeska Canyon, 93 mph at Fremont Canyon, 52 mph in Santa Ana, and 83 mph in Ontario. Across the northern Inland Empire numerous downed trees and powerlines were reported and power was knocked out to 180,000 customers. Seventeen trucks were blown over along Interstate15 and Highway 60. Blowing dust forced the closure of Ontario International Airport.
1995: A powerful storm system moved through the Bay Area with widespread winds over 40 mph with a max wind gust to 135 mph. These strong winds caused major damage to the Arboretum and many trees in Golden Gate Park.
1985: Strong storm winds of at least 35 mph hit the San Diego County coast. Several boats in Mission Bay were capsized. Numerous trees were downed causing power outages, one on a car on Hwy. 163, another on a parked car in Coronado.
1982: Heavy rain in eastern San Diego County that started 12.8 ended on this day. Flooding resulted, and it was disastrous in Ocotillo.
1978: Highest barometric pressure ever at Fresno tied, 30.64" (also set on February 1, 1916 and December 25, 1932).
1972: The morning low at Portola was -28° F and at Truckee it was -22° F. The morning low of –16° F at Reno, NV, remains the record low for the month of December at Reno, NV.
1972: Lowest ever in December, Lodgepole (Sequoia NP) had -16° F, and Grant Grove, -4° F.
1965: Daggett, CA, recorded 1.01" of rain which was the second greatest one day total in December.
1963: Heavy snow fell in the mountains of Southern California. Five were killed and six were injured. Highways were blocked.
1960: It was -14° F in Big Bear Lake, the lowest temperature on record for December.
1938: It was 92° F in Escondido, the highest temperature on record for December.
1918: 12" of snow fell at Tahoe City (west shore Lake Tahoe).
1898: A waterspout was observed off Mt. Soledad – La Jolla and Pt. Loma for 10 minutes. This was considered the first such thing in history on this stretch of coast. Heavy rain caused the railroad to be washed out and a half mile of it was covered in mud in Rose Canyon, near Pacific Beach. A trestle in Chollas valley was washed out, causing “several hundred dollars” in damage.
Source: NWS San Francisco/Monterey, Hanford, Reno, Las Vegas, & San Diego
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2019.11.14 12:09 derkimster On This Date In California Weather History (November 14)

2014: A weak disturbance moved through across southern California on November 13 and 14 but brought only mid and high clouds across central California with some virga. Despite this disturbance, dense fog formed in the San Joaquin Valley during the morning hours of the 14th. Visibility was less than 1/4 mile at many locations including Madera, Fresno, Visalia, Hanford, and Lemoore. At times visibility was less than 200 feet.
2004: Dense Fog lowered visibility to much less than 1/4-mile over widespread areas of the Central and South San Joaquin Valley during the early morning hours from the 14th through the 17th. One indirect fatality occurred in Kings County from the dense fog on the14th.
2001: The second winter storm of the winter season brought anywhere from 8" to 17" of snow to elevations above 6500 feet in the Southern Sierra Nevada to the Kern County Line in Central California in less than 14 hours.
2000: 8" of new snow fell at Ostrander Lake in the Southern Sierra Nevada with a water equivalent of 0.75".
1998: One of the states's worst multiple vehicle accidents occurred in dense fog beginning at 0850 PST Saturday, November 14. Over 74 vehicles, including 19 tractor-trailer rigs, were involved within a 1-mile stretch of State Highway 99 approximately 2 to 3 miles southeast of Kingsburg in Tulare County. There were 2 fatalities, and 51 injuries, 10 of those critical, of the 132 people involved.
Dense fog advisories had been issued along with short term forecasts beginning at 1600 PST Friday afternoon. California Highway Patrol had been issuing statements about the dangers of dense fog specifically within the preceding 48 hours before the accident(s). Within Fresno County another 8 accidents occurred due to excessive speed in dense fog from the time period from 0710 to 0955 PST. While two of these accidents occurred in rural Fresno County, 6 of them occurred along Highway 99 between Herndon and Shaw in Northwest Fresno. The number of vehicles involved varied from 2 to 6 at each of these accident sites (the largest involving 6 cars at Highway 99 and Herndon Ave at 0725 PST). The number of vehicles involved through the Fresno area was 30 with 22 injuries reported. On State Highway 198 approximately 2 miles west of Highway 99 in Tulare County over 8 vehicles, including 2 tractor-trailer rigs,were involved in another area of fog-related accidents around 0830 PST. There were at least 5 injuries from this series of accidents. M42VE, F69VE
1995: Daggett, CA, recorded a high temperature of 85° F, setting a daily record. 1964: A trace of snow was reported in Alpine, the earliest measurable snowfall on record. Trace amounts of snow also occurred in Campo. This was one of only two times snow has been recorded there during November.
1955: Storm system generated gusty winds in the Kern County deserts blowing down TV aerials and sand-blasting cars in Randsburg. In the Tehachapis, road were closed due to snow.
1949: First day with dense fog observed this month in Fresno. There were a total of 14 days this November in Fresno, a record for the month.
1946: 11" of snow was reported at Glenbrook, NV (east shore Lake Tahoe).
1933: It was 100° F in Santa Ana, the latest date in the season to record 100° F or higher.
1931: 14" of snow fell at Tahoe City (west shore Lake Tahoe).
1916: Petaluma had a low temperature of 20° F -- a record for the month.
1909: 10.5" of snow fell at Reno, NV.
Source: NWS San Francisco/Monterey, Hanford, Reno, Las Vegas, & San Diego
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2019.11.09 08:22 derkimster On This Date In California Weather History (November 7)

2014: In the wake of the storm that moved through the region on Halloween, bringing up to 1" of rain in the San Joaquin Valley, areas of dense fog developed each night between November 2 and November 10. Most of the nights, the area affected was primarily along Highway 198 in the vicinity of Hanford and along Highway 43 from Selma to Corcoran. There were a few school bus delays due to the fog. However, on the morning of November 7, the area of dense fog became more widespread and included the Fresno area. On that morning, the visibility at Fresno-Yosemite International fell to 1/16 of a mile, delaying all flights into and out of the airport. The fog also caused 10 school bus delays. On the morning of November 9, there was a fatality traffic accident that occurred in the dense fog involving 1 vehicle and a pole.
2011: A slow moving Pacific storm produced isolated heavy snow in the higher terrain of Mohave County (in the northwest corner of AZ near CA border).
The observer at Diamond M Ranch measured 6.5" of snow.
2008: El Cajon’s afternoon high temperature reached 99° F, a record for the month.
2007: In dense morning fog, the oil tanker Cosco Busan crashed into a tower of the Bay Bridge. An assessment by the Coast Guard of the causes of the crash concluded that the decision of those in charge of the container ship to set sail in dense fog played a key role in the Nov. 7 accident, which spilled 53,000 gallons of fuel oil into the bay, fouling miles of Bay Area and ocean shoreline and killing thousands of birds. Government agencies estimated the cleanup cost at $70 million. The ship's pilot eventually pleaded guilty to federal pollution charges and was sentenced to 10 months in prison.
2005: The first significant snow of the winter season moved across the northern portion of Interior Central California and brought several inches of snow to higher elevations of the Southern Sierra Nevada. Mammoth Mountain reported 8" of new snow at the 9000 foot elevation during the night of the 7th and early morning of the 8th.
2002: After a relatively benign active weather month in October, November also started slow for Interior Central California.
However, the first major trough off from the East Pacific combined with tropical moisture from Hurricane Huko a southern latitudes brought copious amounts of rain (snow levels at or above 9,000 feet Mean Sea Level) and gusty wind at higher elevations from the 7th until early on the 9th. What was unusual for this area was the change from the normal summefall dry conditions to the wet season in such dramatic fashion with little in the way of transition. During the period in the Southern Sierra Nevada 46" of new snow fell at Volcanic Knob and Upper Burnt Corral; and in the Tulare County Mountains 80" fell at Chagoopa Plateau. Numerous foothill locations received 5-10" of rain within the 3-day period in the foothills of the Southern Sierra Nevada. Johnsondale, in Tulare County received 16.38" of rain in the 3-day period. On the San Joaquin Valley floor Merced received 1.80" in 3 days, Fresno1.76"; Hanford 1.44"; and, Bakersfield 1.29." Rainfall amounts for the 8th were over 1" at several Valley locations thereby establishing new 24-hour rainfall records, e.g. Fresno's old record for the 8th was 0.23" ... new record 0.98". There were 23 pole fires caused by wind and arcing reported by Southern California Edison utility and ultimately affected 102,000 residents in the Central and Southern S.J. Valley.
2002: The first storm of the winter season moved onshore bringing heavy rain and windy conditions for Interior Central California on the7th. Numerous locations reported gusty wind with damage reported to powerlines due to arcing and felled trees. In the Kern Mountains poles were downed in the Weldon and Onyx area east of Lake Isabella and around Mt.Mesa and Southlake around 3:30AM on the 8th. In the Kern Desert, Indian Wells Canyon and Laural Mountain reported wind in excess of 50 MPH at both locations. This significant frontal passage brought gusty wind with speeds of 40 to 44 MPH across the Central San Joaquin Valley and into the neighboring foothills of the Southern Sierra Nevada. In conjunction with this multiple day precipitation event from the 7th through the 9th, gusty wind continued to buffet the Kern County Mountains and Deserts. Wind was often reported with 40+MPH gusts at several different automated reporting sites. There were spikes of 74 and 91 MPH at Indian Wells Canyon at 1613 PST and 1713 PST in the early afternoon of the 9th during the event.In the Mojave area winds again were generally around 40+MPH on the 8th into the 9th with a few gusts to 60 Knots at the Inyokern Airport during the afternoon of the 9th.
2002: Tehachapi in Kern County reported 4.67" of rain and Lodgepole in Tulare County received 11.55" of rain in the 3-day period from the 7th to the 9th along with the 16.38" at Johnsondale. Despite the very dry antecedent conditions, this amount of rainfall lead to flooding problems...especially in and around the Tulare County Mountains. Snow levels were relatively high, at 9000 feet MSL. Park Dispatch reported washouts on Parker Pass Road and the Road below Durwood Resort in Southeast Tulare County, as well as the road that leads from Johnsondale southward to Kernville in Kern County. Flooding also occurred along Highway 178 near Kelso in Kern County (Glennville received 6" of rain); rock/mudslides occurred on Highway 168 and Highway 180 in the S.Sierra Nevada foothills; and, with numerous rock/mudslides, and road erosion problems, the Tulare County foothill roadways of the General's Highway and Mineral King were closed. Sequoia National Park had to evacuate folks from a flooded trailer park near Ash Mountain on the morning of the 9th. Due to erosion problems with the McNally Fire in Southeast Tulare and Northeast Kern Counties, debris was spread across many mountain roads in the area as well as contributing to a fish kill in the Kern River. Additional flooding and mudslide problems were noted along Highway 178 in Kern County. Peak flow into Lake Isabella from the Kern River was 26,500CFS on Friday night, the 8th. The lake storage increased from 82,000 acre-feet to 109,000 acre-feet and increased in elevation 5 feet in a 2-day period from the 8th to 9th.
2000: Santa Ana winds gusted to 82 mph at Fremont Canyon (Santa Ana Mountains).

1999: First Winter Storm of the season (lowered threshold) as 8" of snow fell at Tuolumne Meadows overnight. Snow levels were restricted to higher elevations (generally above 6500 feet MSL).
The first substantial autumn rain (and first since 4/12/99) led to transmission line transformer shorts and power loss to 14,000 local utility customers in the Central and Southern San Joaquin Valley. The problems were repaired by the afternoon of the 8th. Rainfall amounts on the San Joaquin Valley floor varied from 0.20" to 0.66" of rain ... and 1.0" to 1.5" in the adjacent foothills.
1998: Winter storm warnings were posted for CA Zones 22/23 for Saturday November 7th from afternoon through the evening but widespread storm conditions did not materialize in Zone 23. However 1st season storm snow amounts were received with the Tuolumne Ranger Station reporting a total snow of 8" over a 24 hour period of November 7th...3" on the ground by 0900 PST with another 5" in the afternoon as reported by the morning of the 8th. Lodgepole in the Tulare County Mountains received 0.78" of rain but snow levels were above the station height. A Winter Storm Watch was posted on the 6th at 1600 PST with warnings issued subsequently at 0400 PST on the 7th.
1991: It was 100° F in Palm Springs, the latest date in the season to record 100° F or higher on record.
1988: It was 98° F in Borrego Springs, the highest temperature on record for November.
1987: Hayfork residents couldn't help but feel a bit of uncertainty now that nearly 60,000 acres of timberland in the area were charred by forest fires. In Hayfork, a community of about 2,000, some 150 people were employed at the mill, but others would also be affected.
1969: A funnel cloud was reported near John Wayne Airport.
1966: Four tornadoes struck LA and Orange Counties. A small tornado struck downtown Newport Beach. Damage to multiple boats, cars and structures was reported, though no major injuries or fatalities occurred. A second tornado touched down in Lawndale and moved north 8.5 miles through Hawthorne, Lennox and Inglewood, removing roofs from buildings as it went, including three schools.
Shattered glass was thrown everywhere, injuring several people.
Later in the afternoon, 2 more tornadoes touched down, one in Willowbrook (Compton) and one in Costa Mesa.

1950: Campo set a record for November with a high temperature of 92° F.
1941: High of 91° F, latest 90° F or better reading on record in Bakersfield since observations started at Meadows Field in 1928.
1926: A monthly record high of 101° F was set in Indio.
Source: NWS San Francisco/Monterey, Hanford, Reno, Phoenix, & San Diego and the Redding Record-Searchlight
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2019.04.05 06:00 madman1101 DUMB LAWS 2019, YOU GUYS HAVE SOME FUCKING STUPID RULES.

ALRIGHT FUCKERS, I’M RUNNING OUT OF IDEAS FOR TRASH TALK THREADS, SO I’M BREAKING DOWN DUMB LAWS IN YOUR CITIES/STATES. LET’S SEE WHAT DUMB SHIT YOU GUYS HAVE
OTTAWA VS NASHVILLE
OTTAWA, HOME OF THE CANADIAN CONTENT LAW. WELL, ALL OF CANADA REALLY, BUT 30 PERCENT OF ALL CONTENT ON RADIO STATIONS MUST BE “CANADIAN”. WHETHER IT’S COMPOSED, SANG, PRODUCED OR WRITTEN, 30 PERCENT OF ALL RADIO MUST BE CANADIAN. I DON’T LISTEN TO CANADIAN MUSIC BUT I CAN ONLY IMAGINE IT’S ABOUT MAPLE SYRUP AND JUSTIN BIEBER.
MEANWHILE IN NASHVILLE, NO PERSON MAY KEEP A CHEETAH AS A PET. YEAH I DON’T KNOW. IT’S TITLE 8.16.020. THIS LAW ALSO PERTAINS TO PUMAS AND OTHER WILDLIFE AS WELL. WHAT THE FUCK NASHVILLE, WAS THIS SUCH A PROBLEM YOU HAD TO MAKE A LAW FOR IT?
REAL MONARCHS VS RENO 1868
I DECIDED I DIDN’T WANT MORE CONTEXT BUT YOU CAN LOOK IT UP UNDER TITLE 5.54.310. IN SALT LAKE COUNTY, ALL AUCTIONS CAN’T BE ADVERTISED BY HIRING TROMBONE PLAYERS TO PLAY IN THE STREETS. I DON’T GET WHY THIS IS A LAW. I MEAN, WHO HIRES TROMBONERS TO PROMOTE AN AUCTION? FUCKIN MORMONS.
I GUESS THAT’S A MORE UNIQUE PROBLEM THAN RENO, WHO’S SECTION 8.12.045 STATES THAT YOU MAY NOT PLACE A BENCH IN THE MIDDLE OF ANY STREET. I GUESS THAT’S A GOOD IDEA BUT I’M NOT SURE WHY A LAW WAS NEEDED FOR THIS.
SWOPE PARK VS BETHLEHEM
I DON’T HAVE A LINK FOR MORE INFORMATION ON THIS ONE BUT APPARENTLY IN KANSAS CITY, INSTALLATION OF BATHTUBS WITH FOUR LEGS RESEMBLING ANIMAL PAWS IS PROHIBITED. WHAT THE HELL? THAT’S SOMETHING EVERYONE WANTS RIGHT? I DO NOW.
I COULDN’T FIND ANY DUMB LAWS FOR BETHLEHEM SPECIFICALLY, BUT I DID FIND ONE IN “BENSALEM” WHICH IS CLOSE ENOUGH, RIGHT? APPARENTLY PEOPLE CONVICTED OF FELONIES ARE NOT ABLE TO OPERATE A BINGO GAME. WHY THE DISCRIMINATION? I MEAN, SORRY SEC 105-13 OF ORDINANCE 89-0-7. BUT THAT’S SOME BULLSHIT.
LOUISVILLE CITY VS PITTSBURGH RIVERHOUNDS
IN KENTUCKY YOU AREN’T ALLOWED TO HUNT FROM A MOVING VEHICLE. THIS IS A MAJOR HIT TO THE STATE, LET ALONE THE CITY OF LOUISVILLE. NEARLY EVERYONE IN KENTUCKY OWNS A GUN, ALONGSIDE A CARTON OF CAMEL BLUES. IMAGINE HOW MANY KENTUCKY CHILDREN GO HUNGRY BECAUSE THEIR PARENTS CAN’T USE THE “DRIVE-THRU” FOR DINNER.
IN PENNSYLVANIA IT IS ILLEGAL TO SING WHILE IN THE SHOWER. YES, THE SAME PLACE WHERE WE ALL BECOME AMERICAN IDOLS, YOU’LL GET CARTED OFF TO JAIL FOR TRYING TO BE THE NEXT KELLY CLARKSON WHILE SCRUBBING YOUR FILTHY TAINT. THIS IS WHY MOST PEOPLE IN PITTSBURGH BATHE IN THE RIVER, AS THERE IS NO CLAUSE FOR BATHING IN PUBLIC. PUBLIC INDECENCY, HOWEVER IS ANOTHER ISSUE...
NCFC VS MEMPHIS
NORTH CAROLINA FC ENCOMPASSES ALL OF NORTH CAROLINA. THE BIGGEST ONE THAT STOOD OUT TO ME IS THAT YOU MUST PAY PROPERTY TAX ON YOUR DOG IN ROCKY MOUNT, NC. I MEAN, I LOVE MY DOG. HE’S FUCKIN AWESOME. BUT PROPERTY TAX ON A FAMILY MEMBER? DAMN. THAT’S SAVAGE.
THEN THERE’S MEMPHIS WHO HAS A FEW DUMB ONES, LIKE IT IS ILLEGAL FOR A WOMAN TO DRIVE A CAR UNLESS THERE’S A MAN EITHER RUNNING OR WALKING IN FRONT OF IT WAVING A RED FLAG TO WARN APPROACHING MOTORISTS AND PEDESTRIANS. THAT ONE IS AN INTERESTING AND I BELIEVE A LAW THAT IS NO LONGER ENFORCED. I MEAN, YEAH… YIKES. MEANWHILE, THERE’S A 10 DOLLAR PERMIT THAT IS REQUIRED IF YOU WANT TO PANHANDLE. THIS ISN’T SOME ANTIQUATED LAW EITHER. IT’S NOT EVEN 25 YEARS OLD. IT MAKES ME WONDER HOW OFTEN THIS ONE IS ENFORCED. IS PANHANDLING THAT BAD YOU NEED TO ENFORCE IT WITH PERMITS?
ATLUTD2 VS ST LOUIS
ATTENTION GIRAFFE OWNERS IN ATLANTA, PLEASE DO NOT LEAVE YOUR GIRAFFES TIED UP AGAINST TELEPHONE POLES OR PUBLIC STREET LAMPS. WE DO NOT KNOW HOW MANY TIMES WE’VE HAD TO TELL EVERYONE, SO THIS IS YOUR FINAL WARNING.
A CITY THAT WAS BASICALLY FOUNDED ON BEER, IN ST. LOUIS YOU ARE NOT ALLOWED TO SIT ON THE CURB OF A PUBLIC STREET AND DRINK BEER FROM A BUCKET. HOW ABOUT YOU DON’T TELL ME HOW TO LIVE MY LIFE AND I WON’T TELL YOU HOW TO LIVE YOURS.
TAMPA BAY VS HARTFORD
NEVER GO TO TAMPA. ACCORDING TO ORD. NO. 89-238, IT IS ILLEGAL TO EXPOSE UR BOOBIES WHILE TOPLESS DANCING. WELL, I AM NO EXPERT BUT TOPLESS DANCING KIND OF REQUIRES, YOU KNOW, NO TOPS. MY EYES ARE UP HERE, YOU PERV.
IN HARTFORD CT., IT IS ILLEGAL TO EDUCATE A DOG. I DO NOT KNOW WHAT THIS MEANS OR HOW IT APPLIES, BUT I AM SURE IT WAS TO PREVENT SOME SORT OF CANINE UPRISING AGAINST HUMANITY. SOUNDS LIKE SOME KIND OF SILLY RICK AND MORTY EPISODE. THEY MUST BE BORED IN CONNECTICUT.
BIRMINGHAM VS RED BULLS 2
ALABAMA IS FULL OF SOME GOOD ONES. BUT APPARENTLY NOT IN BIRMINGHAM. OH WELL, IN MOBILE, NOBODY CAN USE A “FUNK BALL” WITHIN CITY LIMITS. I HAD TO LOOK UP WHAT A FUNK BALL WAS. BECAUSE I DIDN’T KNOW. APPARENTLY IT’S THE SAME THING AS A STINK BOMB. BUT WHO THE FUCK CALLS THEM FUNK BALLS? THAT MIGHT BE THE DUMBEST PART ABOUT THIS LAW.
NEW YORK RED BULLS 2 DON’T EVEN PLAY IN NEW YORK. LETS GO TO NEW JERSEY. WHERE YOU CAN’T PUMP YOUR OWN GAS. OREGON WAS THE SAME WAY UNTIL RECENTLY. AND I DON’T GET IT. THERE WAS A HUGE UPROAR. YOU GUYS ARE FUCKING IDIOTS. I HAVE BEEN PUMPING GAS MY WHOLE LIFE, WELL, MY WHOLE DRIVING LIFE, AND A LITTLE LONGER AND I’VE NEVER DIED…. YET. SO, WHAT THE FUCK NEW JERSEY. THAT’S ONE WAY TO FORCE JOB CREATION I GUESS.
OKC VS PORTLAND
IN OKLAHOMA CITY, CODE 1970, § 21-2 MAKES IT TO WHERE THE MAYOR MAY NOT GO ON STRIKE AGAINST THE CITY. I MEAN IF I WERE MAYOR OF THAT CITY I WOULD GO ON STRIKE. NOTHING TO DO BUT EAT SONIC DRIVE-IN EVERY DAY AND STARE OUT INTO THE BEIGE HORIZON OF NOTHINGNESS.
PORTLAND IS TRULY A WEIRD CITY. ORD. NO 159474 MAKES IT “ILLEGAL TO CAUSE SOMEONE TO THINK THEIR PROPERTY MAY BE SUBJECTED TO “OFFENSIVE PHYSICAL CONTACT”” “DAVE KEPT LOOKING AT MY DAUGHTER’S BABY DOLL AS IF HE WERE GOING TO START FUCKING IT. I JUST GOT THAT VIBE FROM HIM.”
RGV VS NEW MEXICO
WE HAVE ALREADY BEEN OVER THE FACT THAT NOTHING EVER HAPPENS IN THE RGV AREA. SO WE’RE GOING TO DALLAS FOR THIS ONE WHERE IT IS ILLEGAL FOR SOME FUCKING REASON TO POSSESS REALISTIC DILDOS. DILDI? DILDOES? WHAT’S THE POINT? WHY DOES THE APPEARANCE OF SEX TOYS NEED LAWS ABOUT THEM?
I’M GOING TO GO AHEAD AND QUOTE THIS ONE, BECAUSE IF I JUST SAID IDIOTS WEREN’T ALLOWED TO VOTE IN NEW MEXICO, NOBODY WOULD BELIEVE ME.
“EVERY CITIZEN OF THE UNITED STATES, WHO IS OVER THE AGE OF TWENTY-ONE YEARS, AND HAS RESIDED IN NEW MEXICO TWELVE MONTHS, IN THE COUNTY NINETY DAYS, AND IN THE PRECINCT IN WHICH HE OFFERS TO VOTE THIRTY DAYS, NEXT PRECEDING THE ELECTION, EXCEPT IDIOTS, [...], SHALL BE QUALIFIED TO VOTE AT ALL ELECTIONS FOR PUBLIC OFFICERS.”
I MEAN, THAT’S A COOL LAW I GUESS, BUT ARE THERE THAT MANY IDIOTS IN NEW MEXICO THAT IT’S NOW ENFORCEABLE BY LAW? HOW DO YOU EVEN ENFORCE THAT?
SAN ANTONIO VS LAS VEGAS
THE FIRST AND ONLY LAW ON THIS LIST THAT WAS INFLUENCED BY OZZY OSBOURNE TO MY KNOWLEDGE. YOU CANNOT URINATE ON THE ALAMO. WHY FUCKING NOT? I SHOULD BE ABLE TO PISS WHEREVER I GODDAMN PLEASE. THIS IS AMERICA DAMMIT. THANKS OZZY, YOU RUINED EVERYTHING FOR ALL OF US.
LAS VEGAS IS IN A FUCKING DESERT. THAT MEANS THERE’S CAMELS. APPARENTLY THERE WAS SUCH A LARGE ISSUE OF PEOPLE TRAVERSING THE TERRAIN THAT IT’S ILLEGAL NOW TO DRIVE A CAMEL ON THE HIGHWAY. FIRST OFF, I DIDN’T REALIZE THAT ALL THE SPEED DEMONS WERE TURNING IN THEIR SPORTS CARS FOR CAMELS. I KINDA WANNA BREAK THIS LAW NOW THAT I KNOW IT EXISTS.
LA GALAXY 2 VS TULSA
IN HOLLYWOOD IT IS ILLEGAL TO DRIVE MORE THAN 2,000 SHEEP DOWN HOLLYWOOD BOULEVARD AT ONE TIME. EITHER SOMEONE IS MAKING A “BABE” SEQUEL OR THAT GUY IS IN FOR A LOOOOOONG NIGHT. (IN CASE YOU IDIOTS DIDN’T GET IT THAT WAS A SHEEP FUCKING REFERENCE.)
IN TULSA IT IS ILLEGAL TO OPEN A SODA WITHOUT A LICENSED ENGINEER PRESENT. FIRST LET’S GET OUT OF THE WAY WHO GIVES A FUCK WHETHER IT IS CALLED “POP” OR “SODA”, SOMEONE OBVIOUSLY COULDN’T GET THIS ONE RIGHT THE FIRST TIME AND NEEDED TO CALL IN A PROFESSIONAL.
OCSC VS COLORADO SPRINGS
APPARENTLY ORANGE COUNTY IS VERY GOOD ABOUT THEIR LAWS, MEANWHILE JUST OUTSIDE OF THE COUNTY IN RIVERSIDE IT IS ILLEGAL TO CARRY LUNCH DOWN THE STREET BETWEEN 11 AND 1 O’CLOCK. I DON’T GET IT. WHY CAN’T I CARRY MY LUNCH? I MEAN, IS IT HURTING ANYONE? WHAT IF I WANT TO JUST WALK AROUND CARRYING FOOD AT THAT TIME AND CALL IT…. DINNER? WHAT DOES THAT MEAN? IS IT STILL ILLEGAL? WHO KNOWS?
THERE IS A LAW ON THE BOOKS THAT MAKES IT LEGAL TO WEAR A HOLSTERED 6 SHOOTER REVOLVER WITHIN CITY LIMITS, EXCEPT ON SUNDAY, ELECTION DAY, OR HOLIDAYS. THAT’S ODDLY SPECIFIC. WHAT NOW? WHO KNOWS? I SURELY DON’T. WHY IS THIS LAW SO FUCKING SPECIFIC ON DATES? HOW IS THIS ENFORCED? NOBODY KNOWS.
PHOENIX VS FRESNO
PHOENIX DOESN’T REALLY HAVE ANY “DUMB” LAWS, BUT IN ARIZONA IT IS ILLEGAL TO MANUFACTURE AND DISTRIBUTE IMITATION COCAINE. STATUTE 13-3453. I FEEL SORRY FOR ALL THE GROCERY STORES THAT CAN’T CARRY “STORE BRAND” COCAINE BECAUSE IT SEEMS LIKE A MARKET I WANT TO TAP INTO AFTER I RETIRE.
IN FRESNO, CA., ORDINANCE 1076 STATES YOU MAY NOT ANNOY A LIZARD IN A CITY PARK. “GOD DAMN IT, JIMMY. THAT GECKO DOES NOT WANT TO HEAR YOUR STUPID JOKES. THAT’S NOT THE ONE FROM THE GEICO COMMERCIAL EITHER.”
SACRAMENTO VS AUSTIN
IN CALIFORNIA IT IS UNLAWFUL FOR ANIMALS TO MATE PUBLICLY WITHIN 1,500 FEET OF A SCHOOL, TAVERN OR PLACE OF WORSHIP. ANYWHERE ELSE IS OKAY, SUCH AS A SAFEWAY OR AN IN-AND-OUT BURGER. WHO DOESN’T LOVE DINNER AND A SHOW?
IN AUSTIN PER CITY ORDINANCE IT IS ILLEGAL TO CARRY WIRE CUTTERS IN YOUR POCKET. THIS WAS FROM AN OLD WEST PRACTICE OF COWBOYS CUTTING BARBED WIRE FENCES TO ALLOW THEIR CATTLE HERDS TO PASS THROUGH OTHER PEOPLE’S PROPERTY. APPARENTLY THAT WAS A BIG ISSUE. I AM SURE THERE IS A MEOW WOLF EXHIBIT ABOUT THIS SOMEWHERE.
CHARLESTON VS CHARLOTTE
IN CHARLESTON THE FIRE DEPARTMENT MAY BLOW UP YOUR HOUSE. THAT’S IT. THAT’S THE LAW. I HAVE NO COMPLAINTS. THAT’S PRETTY TIGHT.
CHARLOTTE IS PRETTY RIDICULOUS. I GET IT THAT YOU DON’T WANT PEOPLE TO WALK AROUND NAKED, BUT DAMN. WOMEN MUST HAVE THEIR BODIES COVERED BY 16 YARDS OF CLOTH? I DON’T THINK THAT LAW IS STILL IN EFFECT BUT THAT’S SOME BULLSHIT EVEN WHEN IT WAS WRITTEN. HOW ARE YOU SUPPOSED TO MEASURE THAT?
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Oct 26 - Rickshaw Stop - Flyer RSVP
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Nov 9 - Vinyl at Hard Rock - Flyer RSVP
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Santa Barbara, CA

Nov 13 - Velvet Jones - Flyer RSVP
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2018.06.30 13:42 rm_a 2018 Ultimate College Football Road Trip

2018 Ultimate College Football Road Trip

As a big fan of both college football and road trips, I set out to create a road trip that would allow one to attend as many college football games as possible in 2018.

Guidelines

The goal is simple: attend as many college football games in 2018 as possible. I aimed mainly for Division 1 teams, with a slight preference to G5 teams because I like them. Some D2/D3 conferences don't seem to have a schedule released, though this should have a minimal impact as the vast majority of D2/D3 games are on Saturdays. As we'll see later, there are a bunch of games that have TBD times that we'll need to work with. The assumption is each game lasts 3 and a half hours. All times are in Eastern Time to make time zones easier to deal with. Travel times and distrances are calculated on Google Maps, with the ability to make up a little time on the road if necessary.
For the purpose of this post, the games were chosen based on ability to travel by car (with one exception) or other ground methods of transportation. Leave your frequent flier card at home, we're putting the miles on your car. Since cars require maintenance, we also need to factor in oil changes, and routine maintenance at specific milestones.
Starting out, you will need a buddy to share driving with, a pillow (you aren't staying at hotels most nights, sorry), your passport, ample food, and a few many Red Bulls.

Game 1: Wednesday, August 22 6:00PM Muskingum Muskingum Fighting Muskies at Wittenberg Wittenberg Tigers (Scrimmage)

In all my research, it appears that this is the first college football game in 2018 between two different colleges in the US. We're starting out our adventures in Springfield, Ohio, midway between Dayton and Columbus, with a scrimmage between two D3 teams. A nice matchup before we get to full-fledged action.

Game 2: Saturday, August 26 Time TBD Duquesne Duquesne Dukes at UMass UMass Minutemen

Travel: 751 miles, 11 hrs 19 min
There's a number of games on the Saturday of "Week 0" but this will be the only time we see UMass play, and it's at home so we get to see the UMass Marching Band. They're better than the football team.
Time is TBD, however largely irrelevant. Other Saturdays this will not be the case.

Game 3: Thursday, August 30 6PM Ouachita Baptist Ouachita Baptist Tigers at Northwestern (OK) Northwestern Oklahoma State Rangers

Travel: 1,679 miles, 24 hrs
We're watching some midweek GACtion, despite many other schools starting games up. Ouachita Baptist made the D2 playoffs last year, so this could be a good game. A couple hours away Oklahoma State is playing Missouri State, but we're taking this game instead because there won't be any untimed downs.

Game 4: Friday, August 31 9:30PM Colorado Colorado Buffaloes vs Colorado State Colorado State Rams (Denver, CO)

Travel: 522 miles, 7 hrs 51 min
Rocky Mountain Showdown under the lights. Get ready for our first double header in just a few hours.

Game 5: Saturday, September 1 12PM FAU Florida Atlantic Owls at Oklahoma Oklahoma Sooners

Travel: 697 miles, 9 hrs 57 min
Last night's game ended at 1AM (11PM local). This game kicks off at 12PM (11AM local), so we have time to get some gas in Kansas and try to find some food, but there's minimal time we're off the road. Lane Kiffin looks to extend his winning streak in one of the more exciting matchups of the weekend.

Game 6: Saturday, September 1 7PM Central Arkansas Central Arkansas Bears at Tulsa Tulsa Golden Hurricane

Travel: 127 miles, 2 hrs
While Joey Freshwater is hitting the bars, we're hitting the road. We have three and a half hours to make it to Tulsa. Central Arkansas was 10-2 last year and Tulsa was 2-10, so we could witness an FCS upset.

Game 7: Sunday, September 2 7:30PM Miami Miami Hurricanes vs LSU LSU Tigers (Arlington, TX)

Travel: 276 miles, 4 hrs 19 min
Opening weekend means bonus football. This is a primetime game so we have travel time to spare.

Game 8: Monday, September 3 8PM Virginia Tech Virginia Tech Hokies at Florida State Florida State Seminoles

Travel: 858 miles, 12 hrs 53 min
The only game on Labor Day is a matchup between ACC powerhouses in Tallahassee.

Game 9: Thursday, September 6 7PM Lincoln (MO) Lincoln University Blue Tigers at Missouri State Missouri State Bears

Travel: 818 miles, 13 hrs 11 min
FCS Missouri State takes on D2 Lincoln in this weeknight matchup. We're coming up on 6,000 miles and it isn't even the second Saturday of the season, so it's time for a tire rotation and oil change in Missouri.

Game 10: Friday, September 7 8PM TCU TCU Horned Frogs at SMU SMU Mustangs

Travel: 414 miles, 6 hrs 37 min
The Battle for the Iron Skillet continues for a 98th year in Dallas.

Game 11: Saturday, September 8 12PM Mississippi State Mississippi State Bulldogs at Kansas State Kansas State Wildcats

Travel: 494 miles, 7 hrs 24 min
Once again, we're driving on a Friday night. This week the trip is a bit shorter, only to Manhattan, Kansas for a SEC-Big 12 matchup. It just means more.

Game 12: Saturday, September 8 7PM Wyoming Wyoming Cowboys at Missouri Missouri Tigers

Travel: 249 miles, 3 hrs 49 min
We're keeping the SEC theme for our doubleheader, and we're also hauling ass. We need to make up 20 minutes on I-70 to make kickoff, but it'll be doable. We'll see how Wyoming does without Josh Allen, and how Drew Lock looks in his senior season.

Game 13: Thursday, September 13 7:30PM Boston College Boston College Eagles at Wake Forest Wake Forest Demon Deacons

Travel: 843 miles, 12 hrs 29 min
Boston College and Wake Forest battle it out in an ACC Atlantic matchup.

Game 14: Friday, September 14 7PM Georgia State Georgia State Panthers at Memphis Memphis Tigers

Travel: 652 miles, 9 hrs 47 min
Your 2025 National Champions look to pick up a win over a team towards the top of a Power 6 conference.

Game 15: Saturday, September 15 12PM Miami Miami Hurricanes at Toledo Toledo Rockets

Travel: 682 miles, 10 hrs
By this time we're used to traveling on Friday nights. This week we're going to a packed Glass Bowl in Toledo. How could we pass up a (likely) ranked P5 team visiting a G5 team?

Game 16: Saturday, Setember 15 4PM Eastern Kentucky Eastern Kentucky Colonels at Bowling Green Bowling Green Falcons

Travel: 25 miles, 28 min
One of the advantages of having your rival a half hour away is an intense rivalry game. In our case, it helps us complete our doubleheader. Toledo's cross division rival, Bowling Green, takes on FCS Eastern Kentucky as we arrive minutes before kickoff.

Game 17: Thursday, September 20 7:30PM Tulsa Tulsa Golden Hurricane at Temple Temple Owls

Travel: 542 miles, 8 hrs 18 min
Tulsa travels to Philadelphia in a cross division AAC matchup.

Game 18: Friday, September 21 9PM Penn State Penn State Nittany Lions at Illinois Illinois Fighting Illini

Travel: 769 miles, 11 hrs 49 min
Penn State night games are nice, except this one is in Champaign so there's no whiteout. Lovie Smith looks for his first big win for the Illini.

Game 19: Saturday, September 22 12PM Shepherd Shepherd Rams at West Virginia State West Virginia State Yellow Jackets

Travel: 428 miles, 6 hrs 42 min
We're off to West Virginia for some noon D2 football. It's that time of the year where times are still TBD, so we're seeing games where times have already been announced – mostly lower division. Another possible doubleheader (depending on game times) is: Michigan State Michigan State Spartans at Indiana Indiana Hoosiers, WKU Western Kentucky Hilltoppers at Ball State Ball State Cardinals, Boston College Boston College Eagles at Purdue Purdue Boilermakers (noon)

Game 20: Saturday, September 22 7PM NC State NC State Wolfpack at Marshall Marshall Thundering Herd

Travel: 41 miles, 46 min
It's the third week in a road where we're watching a P5 travel to a G5. I could get used to this. We Are!

Game 21*: Sunday, September 23 4:30PM Fort Valley State Fort Valley State Wildcats at Benedict Benedict College

Travel: 403 miles, 6 hrs 23 min
This game intrigues me. While searching D2 schedules, I came across this game scheduled for a Sunday. It's the only Sunday game I have seen besides Miami vs LSU on Labor Day weekend. ESPN has this game listed on their site for Sunday, as do the two colleges. Benedict's press release lists the game on Saturday, Fort Valley State does not have a press release for the schedule. Did an intern transpose the date incorrectly? Do we actually have Sunday football? Regardless, we're heading to Columbia, SC in search of Sunday college football.

Game 22: Thursday, September 27 8PM North Carolina North Carolina Tarheels at Miami Miami Hurricanes

Travel: 627 miles, 8 hrs 41 min
Our third time watching Miami play, but first time we see them at home. Another tire rotation and oil change are in order before we head to Friday's game.

Game 23: Friday, September 28 8PM Memphis Memphis Tigers at Tulane Tulane Golden Wave

Travel: 852 miles, 11 hrs 38 min
The only other D1 games this Friday at in the northeast or Colorado. Tulane is the closest, so we're off to the Big Easy.

Game 24: Saturday, September 29 1PM Morehead State Morehead State Eagles at Butler Butler Bulldogs

Travel: 827 miles, 11 hrs 38 min
It's the second day in a row of a nearly 12 hour drive, but a schedule full of TBD times has us watching some non-scholarship football in Indianapolis.
Another possible doubleheader is a bunch of home games in North Carolina. Two of these games are bound to have kickoff times that allow a doubleheader: South Alabama South Alabama Jaguars at Appalachian State Appalachian State Mountaineers, Rice Rice Owls at Wake Forest Wake Forest Demon Deacons, Virginia Tech Virginia Tech Hokies at Duke Duke Blue Devils, Virginia Virginia Cavaliers at NC State NC State Wolfpack, Old Dominion Old Dominion Monarchs at ECU East Carolina Pirates.

Game 25: Saturday, September 29 7:30PM Stanford Stanford Cardinal at Notre Dame Notre Dame Fighting Irish

Travel: 137 miles, 2 hrs 24 min
We're cutting it close, getting to South Bend about a half hour before kickoff. It'll be one of two #Pac12AfterDark games this trip.

Game 26: Thursday, October 4 8PM Tulsa Tulsa Golden Hurricane at Houston Houston Cougars

Travel: 1,147 miles, 17 hrs 24 min
I originally had this day as Georgia State Georgia State at Troy Troy, but Houston has a semi-new stadium that is worth checking out. Fear not, Troy fans, we'll see the Trojans in a few weeks.

Game 27: Friday, October 5 7PM Georgia Tech Georgie Tech Yellow Jackets at Louisville Louisville Cardinals

Travel: 955 miles, 14 hrs 32 min
We're headed back north for a Friday night ACC matchup.

Game 28: Saturday, October 6 12PM McMurry McMurry Warhawks at Belhaven Belhaven Blazers

Travel: 588 miles, 8 hrs 23 min
And we're going back down south for a noon kickoff in Jackson, MS between D3 schools.

Game 29: Saturday, October 7 7PM UAB UAB Blazers at Louisiana Tech Louisiana Tech Bulldogs

Travel: 155 miles, 2 hrs 14 min
There's a number of D1 games within a couple hours of Jackson on October 7, but only this one has a kickoff time. Any of the following games would work with a 7PM kickoff or later: Connecticut UConn at Memphis Memphis, ULM ULM at Ole Miss Ole Miss, Auburn Auburn at Mississippi State Mississippi State.

Game 30: Tuesday, October 9 8PM Appalachian State Appalachian State Mountaineers at Arkansas State Arkansas State Red Wolves

Travel: 301 miles, 4 hrs 58 min
It's the thirtieth game of the trip and finally a Tuesday game - we've seen a game on every day of the week! After the long drives to the previous games, a 5 hour drive is nothing.

Game 31: Thursday, October 11 7:30PM Georgia Southern Georgia Southern Eagles at Texas State Texas State Bobcats

Travel: 672 miles, 9 hrs 54 min
Our Sun Belt drought was snapped last game, and now we're watching a second Sun Belt game in three days.

Game 32: Friday, October 12 7PM USF USF Bulls at Tulsa Tulsa Golden Hurricane

Travel: 483 miles, 7 hrs 23 min
We're at around 18,000 miles less than two months in, so before the game the car's getting another oil change, tire rotation, and whatever else it needs. It's our fourth time seeing Tulsa, and second time at Chapman Stadium. The Tulsa football team is getting a little creeped out.

Game 33: Saturday, October 13 1PM UAB UAB Blazers at Rice Rice Owls

Travel: 505 miles, 7 hrs 31 min
We're seeing UAB in back to back weekends as they take on Rice in Houston.

Game 34: Saturday, October 13 7PM Louisiana Tech Louisiana Tech Bulldogs at UTSA UTSA Roadrunners

Travel: 197 miles, 2 hrs 47 min
We're also seeing Louisiana Tech in back to back weekends as well. The 7PM kickoff means that we need to make up 17 minutes on I-10.

Game 35: Thursday, October 18 9PM Stanford Stanford Cardinal at Arizona State Arizona State Sun Devils

Travel: 982 miles, 14 hrs 9 min
Finally. We've been traveling across the eastern half of the United States and finally we have made it out west. My original plan was home games at Arkansas State Arkansas State, Pennsylvania Penn, Bucknell Bucknell, and Morgan State Morgan State (shoutout to the Magnificent Marching Machine), but game times were updated since I originally planned it out so we're headed west. We're watching some real #Pac12AfterDark.

Game 36: Friday, October 19 9PM Colorado State Colorado State Rams at Boise State Boise State Broncos

Travel: 928 miles, 14 hrs 32 min
There's a Friday night game in Las Vegas, Air Force Air Force at UNLV UNLV, however my experience with the residents of Boise makes the extra 10 hour drive through nothingness in Nevada absolutely worth it. After the game, we won't have time to go to the bars with the Boise locals because we have a long drive to make

Game 37: Saturday, October 20 4PM Claremont-Mudd-Scripps Claremont-Mudd-Scripps Stags at Occidental Occidental Tigers

Travel: 842 miles, 13 hrs 57 min
We're taking the long overnight drive from Boise to watch a D3 matchup in the oldest college football stadium in Los Angeles. No time for sleeping after the game - we have another game to catch.

Game 38: Saturday, October 20 10:30PM San José State San Jose State Spartans at San Diego State San Diego State Aztecs

Travel: 125 miles, 2 hrs 9 min
To my surprise the drive from LA to San Diego leaves nearly an hour to account for traffic, time to park the car, and a graceful walk to the stadium for a #MWCAfterMidnight game.

Game 39: Tuesday, October 23 8PM Troy Troy Trojans at South Alabama South Alabama Jaguars

Travel: 1,930 miles, 28 hrs
It's a good thing there's no Monday games.

Game 40: Thursday, October 25 7PM Baylor Baylor Bears at West Virginia West Virginia Mountaineers

Travel: 937 miles, 14 hrs 13 min
We've almost hit the halfway mark in our journey, and what better way to celebrate it than with Country Roads and couch burning. I love Morgantown.

Game 41: Friday, October 26 8PM Indiana Indiana Hoosiers at Minnesota Minnesota Golden Gophers

Travel: 934 miles, 14 hrs 31 min
We'll get another oil change and tire rotation before this Big Ten matchup. We've put another 6,500 miles on the car in exactly 2 weeks.

Game 42: Saturday, October 27 12PM Charleston (WV) Charleston Golden Eagles at Notre Dame (OH) Notre Dame Falcons

Travel: 763 miles, 11 hrs 43 min
Not that Notre Dame. This Notre Dame is located outside Cleveland, Ohio.

Game 43: Saturday, October 27 7PM Walsh Walsh Cavaliers at Findlay Findlay Oilers

Travel: 158 miles, 2 hrs 23 min
This game was originally Navy Navy at Notre Dame Notre Dame, but duffman13jws corrected me that the game was actually in San Diego. We can't get across the country that fast.

Game 44: Tuesday, October 30 8PM Miami (OH) Miami Redhawks at Buffalo Buffalo Bulls

Travel: 326 miles, 5 hrs 4 min
Put your passport away, we're going through Ohio and Pennsylvania to get to Buffalo. But keep it handy, we'll need it later.

Game 45: Wednesday, October 31 7:30PM Ball State Ball State Cardinals at Toledo Toledo Rockets

Travel: 318 miles, 5 hrs 4 min
5 hours back the way we just came. And there was a Tuesday night game only half an hour away at Bowling Green State University, but we decided to drive to Buffalo. Isn't this fun?

Game 46: Thursday, November 1 7PM Ohio Ohio Bobcats at Western Michigan Western Michigan Broncos

Travel: 155 miles, 2 hrs 27 min
It's our third MAC game in a row, but we aren't complaining because our other option was to drive down to see the National Champion UCF UCF Knights all the way in Orlando.

Game 47: Friday, November 2 7:30PM Pittsburgh Pittsburgh Panthers at Virginia Virginia Cavaliers

Travel: 678 miles, 10 hrs 53 min
We can make all the jokes in the world about the quality of this football game, but Virginia's basketball team was bowl eligible last year and their basketball team had the #1 seed in the men's basketball tournament. We'll celebrate their successes by visiting Charlottesville.

Game 48: Saturday, November 3 12PM Air Force Air Force Falcons at Army Army Black Nights

Travel: 389 miles, 6 hrs 31 min
No college football bucket list is complete without a visit to West Point for game day. We even left time to check out Highland Falls and to tailgate on Buffalo Soldier Field.

Game 49: Saturday, November 3 5PM Framingham State Framingham State Rams at Western Connecticut Western Connecticut Colonials

Travel: 54 miles, 1 hr 6 min
A jump across the Hudson, and we're at the second game of our doubleheader for this weekend - a D3 matchup in the Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference.

Game 50: Tuesday, November 6 7:30PM Kent State Kent State Golden Flashes at Buffalo Buffalo Bulls

Travel: 391 miles, 6 hrs 13 min
Back to the track stadium to watch some Tuesday night MACtion.

Game 51: Wednesday, November 7 TBD Ohio Ohio Bobcats at Miami (OH) Miami Redhawks

Travel: 450 miles, 7 hrs 8 min
Battle of the Bricks on a Wednesday night.

Game 52: Thursday, November 8 7:30PM Wake Forest Wake Forest Demon Deacons at NC State NC State Wolfpack

Travel: 538 miles, 8 hrs 49 min
It's November which means a game a day except for Sundays and Mondays, thanks to the NFL. Luckily all the games are at night or else we'd be pulling doubleheaders.

Game 53: Friday, November 9 7PM Louisville Louisville Cardinals at Syracuse Syracuse Orange

Travel: 649 miles, 10 hrs 2 min
You won't need your passport to get into the Cuse Nation for this trap game. Syracuse has won 6 of their last 7 Friday home games, including two against ranked opponents.

Game 54: Saturday, November 10 2PM Centre Centre Colonels at Birmingham-Southern Birmingham Southern Panthers

Travel: 1,043 miles, 15 hrs 45 min
It's a long trip, but it's going to be slightly shorter since we need to make up 15 minutes on the road. Our next game is slightly less of a drive.

Game 55: Saturday, November 10 7:30PM Southern Miss Southern Mississippi Golden Eagles at UAB UAB Blazers

Travel 1 mile, 5 min
Yes, you could walk it. No, you won't want to walk it. We're driving. Our overnight drive to Alabama has us at around 7,000 miles since our last trip to the shop, so we're back for an oil change, tire rotation, and a 30,000 mile service. In three months we've more than doubled the miles the average American drives in a year.

Game 56: Tuesday, November 13 6PM Western Michigan Western Michigan Broncos at Ball State Ball State Cardinals

Travel: 538 miles, 8 hrs 5 min
We're off to see some Tuesday night MACtion. We'll stay at Garry Gergich's timeshare in Muncie after the game. Or was his name Jerry? Larry, maybe?

Game 57: Wednesday, November 14 TBD Miami (OH) Miami Redhawks at Northern Illinois Northern Illinois Huskies

Travel: 290 miles, 4 hrs 39 min
More MACtion - this time in DeKalb. We've experienced MACtion in all five states.

Game 58: Thursday, November 15 9:30PM FAU Florida Atlantic Owls at North Texas North Texas Mean Green

Travel: 938 miles, 13 hrs 55 min
We haven't come to the faU this road trip, and we won't, but we'll catch another Owls road game.

Game 59: Friday, November 16 9PM Boise State Boise State Broncos at New Mexico New Mexico Lobos

Travel: 611 miles, 9 hrs 9 min
Yep, we're headed out west again. This time, we're seeing a game in New Mexico.

Game 60: Saturday, November 17 4PM Sacramento State Sacramento State Hornets at UC Davis UC Davis Aggies

Travel: 1,098 miles, 16 hrs 38 min
Ok, I know this is a huge stretch. We need to make this drive in 15 hrs 30 minutes. The speed limit on I-40 is 75mph, so I guess we're going 85.

Game 61: Saturday, November 17 10:30PM San Diego State San Diego State Aztecs at Fresno State Fresno State Bulldogs

Travel: 187 miles, 2 hrs 55 min
It's a hell of a day, I know. This #MWCAfterMidnight game kicks off 3 hours after the Aggies game ends.

Game 62: Tuesday, November 20 7PM Ball State Ball State Cardinals at Miami (OH) Miami Redhawks

Travel: 2,301 miles, 34 hrs
We're headed back to Oxford for our fourth Miami game. We got an oil change and tire rotation a week ago, but a trip to California put another 6,000 miles on the car so we get that taken care of here.

Game 63: Thursday, November 22 3:30PM Colorado State Colorado State Rams at Air Force Air Force Falcons

Travel: 1,172 miles, 17 hrs 38 min
We're skipping the Egg Bowl Egg Bowl to see another game at a service academy. Happy Thanksgiving!

Game 64: Friday, November 23 12PM Texas Texas Longhorns at Kansas Kansas Jayhawks

Travel: 551 miles, 8 hrs 10 min
So Black Friday has a few games that could allow for double headers, mostly in the Ohio region. But we don't have game times yet, so we have to pick a game. Texas hasn't lost to Kansas since....2016.

Game 65: Saturday, November 24 1PM Old Dominion Old Dominion Monarchs at Rice Rice Owls

Travel: 764 miles, 11 hrs 30 min
It's the last day of the regular season for the vast majority of teams, and we're headed to Texas.

Game 66: Saturday, November 24 7PM North Texas North Texas Mean Green at UTSA UTSA Roadrunners

Travel: 197 miles, 2 hrs 57 min
Out of all of our times that we need to make up time on the road, this could be the hardest. We need to cut off half an hour of a three hour drive. It means going 80mph down I-10. Yikes.

Game 67: Friday, November 30 7PM MAC MAC Championship (Detroit, MI)

Travel: 1,457 miles, 21 hrs 40 min
It's conference championship time and we aren't done watching MACtion. Too bad it isn't on a Tuesday night. The MAC is the only G5 conference to have a neutral site for the championship.

Game 68: Saturday, December 1 8PM Big Ten Big Ten Championship (Indianapolis, IN)

Travel: 301 miles, 4 hrs 38 min
These drives are getting better, after the November we had.

Game 69: Saturday, December 8 3PM Army Army Black Knights vs Navy Navy Midshipmen (Philadelphia, PA)

Travel: 650 miles, 10 hrs 17 min
There's D2 and D3 playoffs going on, but times and locations are TBD. It's time to watch America's Game.

Game 70: Saturday, December 15 12PM Celebration Bowl Celebration Bowl (MEAC MEAC vs SWAC SWAC - Atlanta, GA)

Travel: 794 miles, 12 hrs 22 min
The Celebration Bowl is the de facto National Championship for FCS HBCU schools, and the beginning of our first double header in nearly a month.

Game 71: Saturday, December 15 5:30PM Camellia Bowl Camellia Bowl (Sun Belt Sun Belt vs MAC MAC - Montgomery, AL)

Travel: 162 miles, 2 hrs 19 min
Our first FBS Bowl of the season and we are flying down I-85 to make it to Montgomery in time. Another 6,000 miles has elapsed - we get the oil change and tire rotation after the game.

Game 72: Tuesday, December 18 7PM Boca Raton Bowl Boca Raton Bowl (American American vs Conference USA C-USA - Boca Raton, FL)

Travel: 645 miles, 9 hrs 46 min
Ok, I lied above. I guess technically we are coming to the faU, but unless the Owls get a second home bowl game in a row, we won't see Mr. Freshwater.

Game 73: Wednesday, December 19 8PM Frisco Bowl Frisco Bowl (American American vs At Large - Frisco, TX)

Travel: 1,325 miles, 18 hrs 41 min
We're stuck with the long drive since there's only one bowl game. The Frisco Bowl is only a year old, and is held in a soccer stadium.

Game 74: Thursday, December 20 8PM Gasparilla Bowl Gasparilla Bowl (American American vs ACC ACC/Conference USA C-USA - Tampa, FL)

Travel: 1,130 miles, 16 hrs 36 min
Back to Florida for the Bad Boy Mowers Gasparilla Bowl. At least this year it's in a football stadium.

Game 75: Friday, December 21 12:30PM Bahamas Bowl Bahamas Bowl (MAC MAC vs Conference USA C-USA - Nassau, Bahamas)

Travel: 22 miles, 40 min
Here's the biggest stretch of them all. There's two bowl games on this day - in Boise and the Bahamas. There is not a snowball's chance in hell we can go from Tampa to Boise in 16 hours - we'd have to be going over double the speed limit. Rather than take a day off we're going to the Bahamas. We'll drive to Tampa International Airport, conveniently located right next to the Gasparilla Bowl. Our passport is finally being used!
Our flight is Delta 1872, leaving TPA at 6:30AM on Saturday morning. With a 38 minute layover in ATL, we land at NAS at 10:45AM. After getting a rental and making the 14 km (9 mile) drive to Thomas A. Robinson National Stadium, we're ready to watch the game.
With a 12:30 kickoff, we expect to have the game end at 4pm. Add in our 16 min drive back to the airport, it's 4:16pm. The last flight that gets us back to TPA in time for us to make our next game is Jet Blue flight B6 2394, leaving NAS at 7:05pm. Most websites that I see suggest arriving at NAS about 3 hrs prior to an international flight, so we're cutting it close but can still make the flight. After a 2 hour layover in FLL, Spirit flight NK 574 gets us back to Tampa at 11:20pm. If somebody tells you the Bahamas is not a day trip, we just proved them wrong.

Game 76: Saturday, December 22 12PM Birmingham Bowl Birmingham Bowl (American American vs SEC SEC - Birmingham, AL)

Travel: 569 miles, 8 hrs, 55 min
Spirit Airlines is well known for delayed flights, so luckily we have a ~3 and a half hour cushion between our expected arrival at TPA to when we need to leave to drive to Birmingham.

Game 77: Saturday, December 22 7PM Dollar General Mobile Bowl Mobile Bowl (Sun Belt Sun Belt vs MAC MAC - Mobile, AL)

Travel: 260 miles, 3 hrs 44 min
We've had little rest in the last week - nearly everything has been back to back and this bowl game is no different. We need to make up 14 minutes on the road, but by now we're pros at speeding. Unfortunately, it's our last Saturday double header.

Game 78: Wednesday, December 26 1:30PM Heart of Dallas Bowl Heart of Dallas Bowl (Big Ten Big Ten vs ACC ACC/Conference USA C-USA - Dallas, TX)

Travel: 584 miles, 9 hrs
We get a few days off, but we're back on the road for our final stretch.

Game 79: Thursday, December 27 1:30PM Independence Bowl Independence Bowl (SEC SEC vs ACC ACC/Notre Dame Notre Dame - Shreveport, LA)

Travel: 182 miles, 2 hrs 37 min
It's the shortest travel we've had between games in nearly two weeks.

Game 80: Thursday, December 27 9PM Texas Bowl Texas Bowl (SEC SEC vs Big 12 Big 12 - Houston, TX)

Travel: 239 miles, 4 hrs 2 min
Are you kidding me? A double header on a Thursday with no time to spare between games?

Game 81: Friday, December 28 9PM Alamo Bowl Alamo Bowl (Big 12 Big 12 vs Pac-12 Pac 12 - San Antonio, TX)

Travel: 199 miles, 2 hrs 58 min
Coming off a double header, I tried to find a way to make a double double header with the three games being played, but unfortunately we can't make either of the other games.

Game 82: Saturday, December 29 1PM Arizona Bowl Arizona Bowl (Mountain West Mountain West vs Sun Belt Sun Belt - Tuscon, AZ)

Travel: 870 miles, 12 hrs 8 min
Just when you thought the long drives were over, we’re driving to Tuscon. We've seen every other G5 conference play in a bowl game besides the Mountain West, so we’re skipping the playoff games. We get our last oil change and tire rotation of our journey, and a 50,000 mile service. We haven't driven 50,000 miles yet though, we're only at 49,564.

Game 83: Monday, December 31 3PM Foster Farms San Francisco Bowl San Francisco Bowl (Big Ten Big Ten vs Pac-12 Pac 12 - Santa Clara, CA)

Travel: 832 miles, 12 hrs 24 min
Knowing that we neglected the Pac 12 a lot during the regular season, we’re hitting up all of the bowl games now. We’ll see a total of 3 Pac 12 teams in 5 days.

Game 84: Tuesday, January 1 5PM Rose Bowl Rose Bowl (Big Ten Big Ten vs Pac-12 Pac 12 - Pasadena, CA)

Travel: 346 miles, 5 hrs 7 min
5 hours later we’re in Pasadena. We've now seen as many games as Rutgers Kansas plays in seven seasons, but we're not done yet. There's one game left.

Game 85: Monday, January 7 8PM College Football Playoff CFP National Championship (Santa Clara, CA)

Travel: 347 miles, 5 hrs 7 min
Hooray! We’re made it. We turn around and head back to Santa Clara for the last game of our long season. Despite what the Nevada Dental Association says about UCF, this National Championship goes in the record books.

Statistics

We watched 85 games. 1 was a scrimmage, 66 were regular season games, 4 were Championships (including the Celebration Bowl), and 14 were bowl games.
Excluding bowl games, we have seen 74 different FBS teams. The conference we saw the least was the SEC, where was saw three teams once. We saw teams from the MAC the most - 18 times, but the ACC had the most number of unique teams - 12.
Conference Team
ACC Miami (3), Louisville (2), Wake Forest (2), NC State (2), Virginia, Georgia Tech, North Carolina, Virginia Tech, Syracuse, Florida State, Pittsburgh, Boston College
American Tulsa (4), Memphis (2), Navy, Tulane, USF, Houston, SMU, Temple
Big 12 Baylor, Oklahoma, TCU, Kansas State, Texas, Kansas, West Virginia
Big Ten Indiana, Minnesota, Illinois, Penn State
Conference USA UAB (3), Rice (2), UTSA (2), Louisiana Tech (2), North Texas (2), FAU (2), Marshall, Southern Miss, Old Dominion
FBS Independents Army (2), Notre Dame, UMass
MAC Miami (OH) (4), Ball State (3), Toledo (2), Buffalo (2), Ohio (2), Western Michigan (2), Northern Illinois, Bowling Green, Kent State
Mountain West Colorado State (3), San Diego State (2), Air Force (2), Boise State (2), San José State, Wyoming, New Mexico, Fresno State
Pac-12 Stanford (2), Arizona State, Colorado
SEC LSU, Mississippi State, Missouri
Sun Belt Georgia State, Appalachian State, South Alabama, Georgia Southern, Texas State, Arkansas State, Troy
In the FCS, we saw 8 teams, no more than two teams from a single conference.
Conference Team
Big Sky Sacramento State, UC Davis
Missouri Valley Missouri State
Northeast Duquesne
Ohio Valley Eastern Kentucky
Pioneer Butler, Morehead State
Southland Central Arkansas
In Division 2, we saw 11 teams.
Conference Team
GAC Northwestern (OK), Ouachita Baptist
GLVC Lincoln (MO)
G-MAC Walsh, Findlay
MEC Charleston (WV), Notre Dame (OH), Shepherd, West Virginia State
SIAC Benedict, Fort Valley State
In Division 3, we saw 10 teams
Conference Team
ASC Belhaven, McMurry
MASCAC Framingham State, Western Connecticut,
NCAC Wittenberg
OAC Muskingum
SAA Birmingham-Southern, Centre
SCIAC Claremont-Mudd-Scripps, Occidental
We saw a double header 16 times, and despite my best efforts I could not find a single triple header, though I am convinced one exists. If you find one, I am very interested in knowing when/where.

The Route

We drove 50,868 miles in 31 days, 22 hours, and 50 minutes according to the GPS, excluding any time we made up. Over a month was spent purely driving. At 35 mpg on the highway and $2.85 a gallon for gas, we spent over $4,000 just on gas. We also changed the oil a number of times, got some other maintenance, and rented a car in the Bahamas.
We traveled through all but 14 states: Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Rhode Island, Iowa, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, Wyoming, Montana, Utah, Washington, Alaska, and Hawaii.
Of the states that we visited, Oregon, Wisconsin, Nevada, New Jersey, Maryland, and Delaware we did not see a game in. If the Sunday game at Benedict College is actually an error, South Carolina is added to this list.
You can access the map here. Some locations I used the campus rather than the football stadium for, and the mileage is ~100 miles different than the individual destination to destination totals that I used Google Maps for. It also does not include our trip to the Bahamas. But it gives a general sense as to what our route was.
We saw a football game in every FBS stadium in New York, West Virginia, Minnesota, Kansas, Missouri, Idaho, and Arizona (though we never saw the Wildcats, they host a bowl game).
OptiMap does not show the distribution by state, but we saw the most games in Texas.
The fastest trip was Birmingham-Southern Birmingham Southern to UAB UAB Blazers - 1 mile
The longest trip was Fresno State Fresno State to Miami (OH) Miami - 2,301 miles
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2018.05.27 22:12 discoverfresno 5 BEST PLACES IN FRESNO TO PHOTOGRAPH

5 BEST PLACES IN FRESNO TO PHOTOGRAPH
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Any occasion calls for great photos and Fresno spots such as these are noteworthy for social media accounts, gallery walls, and in the frames of our very own homes. While there are dozens of notable locations from which to choose, check out this sampling of 5 places in Fresno to photograph.
BLOSSOM TRAIL
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When the bloom dates are just right, locals of the Central Valley will be roaming the beautiful orchards of the Fresno Blossom Trail. The fruitful trees are a hot commodity for engagement, graduation, or seasonal family photos. Approaching the trail from California Highway 99, bountiful rows of colorful blossoms stretch across the trail and coat the ground throughout the season.
Best times to visit are February and March while the blossoms are full and fruit bountiful. If crunched on time, consider stopping at the orchards on Shepard and Sunnyside. This exact spot isn’t a part of the trail, but a convenient way to still enjoy the scenery that’s located in North Fresno.
Fresno, CA 93725
SHINZEN JAPANESE GARDEN
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North Fresno offers a multi use amenity known as Woodward Park. Rolling green hills,quiet trails, and lavish trees give photos an element of adventure with an opportunity to utilize natural light.
Located in the heart of Woodward Park, the Shinzen Japanese Garden showcases over 100 bonsai trees, blossoming greenery, and architectural goodness found over the bridge crossing still waters. This “living museum” is a flourishing photo opportunity for any occasion. Wide pathways and tucked away nooks within this park area makes for a gorgeous landscape in any professional or personal photography project. Photo permits are required for professional photography.
114 W Audubon Dr, Fresno, CA 93720
TOWER DISTRICT
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Surrounded by art exhibitions and vintage architectural design, the Tower District is a work of art in itself. The mural district located downtown is home to vibrant and massive pieces of street art stretching across the rustic walls of Fresno. A city staple is the Fresno stamp mural completed by Francisco Vargas. While wandering the streets, many other colorful and artistic art can be admired.
Metropolitan designs found in Tower and Downtown Fresno give any photo a touch of urban feel. Tower Theater enhances photo opportunities with its shining neon lights setting an old fashioned city tone.A true favorite for any video or photo projects is the Garage #7 located on Inyo street in walking distance to Chukchansi Stadium. The spiral 4 story garage scans the charming city line while the lower levels offer striking light effects through the concrete pillars.
A historical sight often utilized for photography in Fresno stands tall on the newly remodeled Fulton Street. The Pacific Southwest building holds elegantly styled rooms throughout. The Mezzanine overlooks the Fresno Ballroom with intricate gold detail on the ceilings and deep red interior; fitting for photos during a formal event. The Bankers Vault, located in the basement of the Pacific Southwest building is the largest between Los Angeles and San Francisco. This vault is literally open to guests while colorful lights illuminate the enormous vault door.
3332, 815 E Olive Ave, Fresno, CA 93728
LOST LAKE
Lost Lake Instagram by @discoverfresnoofficial
Right off of California Highway 168, Lost Lake can be found for a natural setting. Admission is only $5 for a spacious environment with trees, rocks, and nature trails hugging the calm waters of the lake. If any photo calls for a change in scenery, this site is only 30 minutes from Fresno and provides all natural scenery and lighting.
16385 N Friant Rd, Friant, CA 93626
FRESNO STATE
California State University, Fresno Instagram by @daisyprod
Along with eminent educational programs, Fresno State University includes beautifully designed modern architecture. The Henry Madden Library is 5 stories high and over 360,000 square feet; projecting the design of Native American basket weaving inside and out. The pristine exterior windows reach out to the end of campus while reflecting the scenery of the Peace Garden; a culturally and visually contemporary designed landscape.
The large fountain is central to campus. Whether graduation photos need to be taken or to adjust shutter speeds on camera, this reservoir is versatile as it gleams colorful changing lights throughout the nighttime. Proceeding, the rose garden lines the long walkway on campus that makes it impossible to not snap a photo.
5241 N Maple Ave, Fresno, CA 93740
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2017.11.10 16:18 assessment_bot [ Non-Fatal ] [ 10/30/2017 ] METCALFE ROBERT B VANS RV 6, Selma/ CA

On October 30, 2017, about 1416 Pacific daylight time, a Vans Aircraft experimental, amateur built RV-6, N88MV, was substantially damaged during a forced off-airport landing near Selma, California. The private pilot/owner was uninjured. The personal flight was conducted under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed.
According to the pilot, he departed Fresno Chandler Executive Airport (FCH), Fresno, California for a local flight. He proceeded west to climb above the Fresno Yosemite International Airport (FAT), Fresno, California and verified his transponder operation with Fresno Approach. He then headed towards the west/southwest. About 15 to 20 minutes later, the pilot began a descent to get below the FAT Class C airspace, and return to FCH. At about 4,000 ft, the pilot noticed that the airplane batteries, located in the cockpit near his right foot, were getting hot. The pilot switched the engine monitor display to check the electrical system values, and saw that the indicated voltage was 15.5 volts, and that the indicated current was just above 30 amperes. At that point, the engine suddenly lost all power, but continued to windmill.
The pilot made some abbreviated and unsuccessful attempts to restore power, but then turned his attention to landing the airplane. He determined that the nearest airport was Selma Airport (0Q4), Selma, California which was about 10 miles away, and he began a gliding descent towards that airport. He communicated his situation and plans to a Fresno Approach controller. When the airplane altitude was about 1,000 ft, the pilot determined that he would not be able to reach 0Q4, and selected a road as his intended off-airport landing site. At that time, the only traffic on that road was an oncoming truck, but as the pilot continued the descent, he became uncertain whether the airplane would have sufficient altitude to clear the truck. The pilot then offset his flight path to the side of the road, in order to ensure that he would clear the truck. The truck passed the airplane, and the pilot then turned left and underflew some powerlines in an attempt to line up with, and land on, the road. That effort was unsuccessful, and the airplane touched down in a vineyard on the other side of the road. The aircraft flipped over about its nose, and came to rest inverted. The pilot escaped the airplane by breaking the canopy. Although there was fuel leaking from the airplane, there was no fire. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) inspectors examined the airplane at the site. The airplane was recovered and transported to a secure facility for further examination.
According to FAA records, the airplane was constructed in 2000 by another individual, and that individual sold it to the accident pilot in February 2013. At the time of the pilot's purchase, the airplane was equipped with a Lycoming O-360 series engine, and a Hartzell 2-blade constant speed propeller. According to the pilot, the airplane and engine had each accumulated a total time (TT) in service of 1,422 hours, and the engine had never been overhauled
The pilot reported that about 5 weeks before the accident, he mostly completed installation of new, EFII-brand fully electronic ignition and fuel injection systems. He also installed two EARTHX-brand lithium-ion batteries as part of the modifications. Subsequent to that, the pilot ran the engine and systems multiple times in order to configure and test the new installations. Prior to the accident flight, he had put about 1.5 to 2 hours of ground run time on the engine, and had conducted two uneventful test flights of about 30 minutes each. In particular, the pilot noted that during those ground and flight runs, the system voltage was about 14 volts, and the system current was about 7 amperes. The accident flight was the third flight with the new systems, and the engine power failure occurred about 25 minutes into that flight.
The pilot held commercial, airline transport, and flight instructor certificates, and airplane single- and multi-engine land and instrument ratings. He reported a total flight experience of 2,700 hours, including 300 hours in the accident airplane make and model. His most recent flight review was completed October 2017, and his most recent FAA first-class medical certificate was also issued in October 2017.
The 1415 automated weather observation at FCH, located about 10 miles north of the accident location, included calm winds, visibility 9 miles, clear skies, temperature 23 degrees C, dew point 12 degrees C, and an altimeter setting of 29.77 inches of mercury.
Category Data Category Data Category Data
Event Id: 20171031X10251 Investigation Type: Accident Accident Number: WPR18LA021
Event Date: 10/30/2017 Location: Selma, CA Country: United States
Latitude: Longitude: Airport Code:
Airport Name: N/A Injury Severity: Non-Fatal Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Aircraft Category: Airplane Registration Number: N88MV Make: METCALFE ROBERT B
Model: VANS RV 6 Amateur Built: Yes Number of Engines: 1
Engine Type: Reciprocating FAR Description: Part 91: General Aviation Schedule:
Purpose of Flight: Personal Air Carrier: Total Fatal Injuries:
Total Serious Injuries: Total Minor Injuries: Total Uninjured: 1
Weather Condition: VMC Broad Phase of Flight: DESCENT Report Status: Preliminary
Publication Date: 11/09/2017
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2015.12.17 03:39 elefish92 Bowl Preview: The AutoNation Cure Bowl - San José State vs. Georgia State

Cure Bowl The AutoNation Cure Bowl Cure Bowl
San José State San José State vs. Georgia State Georgia State
Bowl Information
Date: December 19th, 2015
Time: 7:00 PM EST
  • Location: Orlando, Florida
Channel: CBS Sports Network CBS Sports Network (Find your local listing here)
Point Spread: San José State San José State -1.0
O/U: 56
Bowl History
This is the first bowl game for Georgia State & the Cure Bowl itself!
San José State San José State (6-3):
Logo Team Bowl Result
Utah State Utah State Aggies 1947 Raisin Bowl W 20-0
Texas Tech Texas Tech Red Raiders 1949 Raisin Bowl W 20-13
Memphis Memphis Tigers 1971 Pasadena Bowl L 9-28
Toledo Toledo Rockets 1981 California Bowl L 25-27
Miami (OH) Miami Red Hawks 1986 California Bowl W 37-7
Eastern Michigan Eastern Michigan Eagles 1987 California Bowl L 27-30
Central Michigan Central Michigan Chippewas 1990 California Raisin Bowl W 48-24
New Mexico New Mexico Lobos 2006 New Mexico Bowl W 20-12
Bowling Green Bowling Green Falcons 2012 Military Bowl W 29-20
Year Founded: 2008
Location: Orlando, Florida
Stadium: Citrus Bowl Stadium
Conference Tie-ins: AAC vs Sun Belt
Trophy: Trophy
Payout: $1.35 million
2014 Bowl Result: None
Georgia State Georgia State University Georgia State
2015 Season Record: 6-6 (5-3, Sun Belt; 2-4 Home; 4-2 Away; 0-0 Neutral)
Logo Team Result Attendance
Charlotte Charlotte 49ers L 20-23 10,252
New Mexico State @New Mexico State Aggies W 34-32 27,201
Oregon @Oregon Ducks L 28-61 56,859
Liberty Liberty Flames L 33-41 11,512
Appalachian State Appalachian State Mountaineers L 3-37 10,101
Ball State @Ball State Cardinals W 31-19 7,564
Arkansas State @Arkansas State Red Wolves L 34-48 18,217
Louisiana Louisiana Ragin' Cajuns L 21-23 10,070
Texas State @Texas State Bobcats W 41-19 13,328
South Alabama South Alabama Jaguars W 24-10 10,033
Troy Troy Trojans W 31-21 10,113
Georgia Southern @Georgia Southern Eagles W 34-7 23,401
Key Players this Season:
Nick Arbuckle
  • Senior QB
  • Attended St. Bonaventure HS in Ventura, CA ... went on to play at Pierce CC in Woodland Hills, CA
  • Varsity starter since his Junior year
  • 6'1" / 215lbs
  • In this season alone, attempted 457 throws - with 293 of them being completed (64%), 4,160 YDS (yards threw), & 26 TD (touchdowns)
All-conference quarterback who rewrote the Georgia State record book in his first season with the Panthers ... Junior college transfer who enrolled at Georgia State in January 2014 and won the starting job in spring practice ... received academic honors in: semifinalist for Campbell Trophy/NFF Scholar-Athlete Award, 2015; Sun Belt Academic Honor Roll, 2014-15; & Athletic Director’s Honor Roll for the spring 2014, fall 2014 & spring 2015 - Georgia State
Penny Hart
  • Freshman WR
  • Attended King's Ridge Christian HS in Alpharetta, GA
  • Varsity starter since Freshman year
  • 5'9" / 170lbs
  • In this season alone, 71 REC (receives), 1,095 YDS (yards ran), & 8 TD (touchdowns)
Versatile athlete in the freshman class with excellent speed who projects as a receiver. - Georgia State
Biggest Plays this Season:
  • Taz Bateman 24 YD pass from Nick Arbuckle vs. Charlotte Charlotte Video
  • Penny Hart 53 YD pass from Nick Arbuckle vs. Charlotte Charlotte Video
  • Penny Hart 12 YD pass from Nick Arbuckle vs. Troy Troy Video
Season Summary: Georgia State experienced one of the most historic seasons - no seriously, the program has been FBS since 2013. I don't even want to mention the past two seasons though. Anyway, Let's begin with the Cinderella story of the Panthers. Georgia State began the season by going against an opponent where they were FBS rookies as well, the Charlotte 49ers. Although, this was on national television (ESPNU), the Panthers did not use the home advantage and sadly lost by a field goal. However, credit goes to them for trying to come back. Then they were against New Mexico State...being 1-1, the Panthers were hopeful to go against the Ducks of Oregon. Although Georgia State did score a hefty amount of points, they still lost by 33. Man, I was hoping for a chaos --- just like Georgia State did against Baylor in March Madness last year. Anyway, lost against FCS big program Liberty...loss against the superior Mountaineers of Appalachian State...what's next? Arkansas State? Nah, next up was Ball State! They won of course. The Panthers continued their typical losing extravaganza...loss against Arkansas State...loss against Louisiana. But then, they somehow manage to beat Texas State away? That's where it begins. Suddenly, the Panthers continued their future win streak against South Alabama and Troy at home.
Who then appeared?

CHAOS

Georgia State defeated Georgia Southern away! The Panthers tied their football rivalry match-up against the Eagles to 1-1! Everyone on Reddit was going crazy for the #FUNBELT. I mean seriously! Georgia State must have had a big celebration or something. WHEN I SAW THE SCORE, I FELL DOWN LIKE A RON HUNTER!
But yeah, that game alone hyped up this bowl to a whole another level, and of course the fact that this is the first bowl game for Georgia State, ever.
Why we are going to win:
Three reasons:
  • Arbuckle and his leadership towards the offense. As long as the defense can keep up with Arkbuckle's tempo, Georgia State should win this match.
  • The home advantage distance from Orlando, FL to Atlanta, GA. This in turn will hopefully cause Panthers fans to travel a bit and support Georgia State.
  • This is their first bowl game. Do I need to say more? There will be so much hype!
Why you should watch the game:

FIRST BOWL GAME FOR GEORGIA STATE, ENOUGH SAID

San José State San Jose State University San José State
2015 Season Record: 5-7 (4-4 Mountain West; 3-3 Home; 2-4 Away; 0-0 Neutral)
Logo Team Result Attendance
New Hampshire New Hampshire Wildcats W 43-13 15,198
Air Force @Air Force Falcons L 16-37 22,389
Oregon State @Oregon State Beavers L 21-35 34,573
Fresno State Fresno State Bulldogs W 49-23 17,264
Auburn @Auburn Tigers L 21-35 87,451
UNLV @UNLV Rebels W 33-27OT 19,190
San Diego State San Diego State Aztecs L 7-30 16,339
New Mexico New Mexico Lobos W 31-21 11,646
BYU BYU Cougars L 16-17 15,652
Nevada @Nevada Wolf Pack L 34-37OT 17,215
Hawai'i @Hawai'i Rainbow Warriors W 42-23 20,320
Boise State Boise State Broncos L 23-40 15,770
Key Players this Season:
Tyler Ervin
  • Senior RB
  • Attended Colton HS in Colton, CA
  • Varsity starter since Freshman year
  • 5'10" / 177lbs
  • In this season alone, Ervin has done 264 CAR (carries), 1,469 YDS (rushed yards), & 13 TD (touchdowns)
In his fifth season with the Spartans ... One of the most versatile players in the Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS)... Received SI.com honorable mention All-America and second-team all-conference honors during his career... Has playing experience as a running back, slot receiver, return specialist, cornerback and special teams defender in his first four seasons... Has scored touchdowns rushing, receiving, on kickoff returns and punt return during his college career... 34 games played in his first four seasons... San José State career record holder for kickoff returns for a touchdown (3) and combined punt and kickoffs returned for touchdowns (4) and most touchdowns of 80 yards or more (5)... Shares the school single-season record for kickoff returns for a TD (2)... Begins 2015 on the San José State career lists fourth for all-purpose running (3,509), eighth for kickoff return average (23.4), fourth in kickoff return yardage (1,777) and third for number of returns (76)... Has major college playing experience as a cornerback during his freshman season... Honored in 2012 and 2015 on National Student-Athlete Day by the National Consortium for Academics & Sports. - San José State
Biggest Plays this Season:
Season Summary: San José State begins with a high note against the Wildcats of New Hampshire at Spartan Stadium. Tyler Ervin also began with the season by leading SJSU to its win against New Hampshire by having three touchdowns alone. With a win over a superior FCS powerhouse, San José looked forward to one of their toughest schedules they have had for a while. However, an origin of the "lazy Spartans in the 2nd half" curse began. Although San José State did lead Air Force and Oregon State into halftime, they lost in the end. However, hope was not lost when San José State got to host against the appalling Bulldogs of Fresno State. Who lead the Spartans against the Bulldogs? You guessed it, Tyler Ervin with 3 touchdowns yet again as well as over 300 yards. The Valley Cup winners regained their confidence and put up a good fight against the Tigers of Auburn, even though Auburn struggled this year. They then went to Sin City (aka UNLV) and defeated the uprising Rebels in overtime. Homecoming was coming, and it was against the other rival in California (no, not Stanford). San Diego State was coming to Spartan Stadium. The match-up was pretty even on who was going to win, but it did not turn out as expected. San José State lost 7-30, and the Aztecs went on to experience one of their most successful seasons recently. Ignoring the bad performance, San José State went on to defeat New Mexico, and barely losing against BYU (why didn't they do the 1-point attempt???!) and Nevada (due to the 2nd half curse). The Spartans experienced their final away game against the Warriors of Hawaii. Did they win? Of course they did. Anyway, San José State experienced the 2nd half curse where they lead Boise State into halftime...but lost. Was this the ending it was supposed to be? I don't think so since the defense was horrible. Spartan fans on Facebook were raging until they found out that their APR rate was super high. I mean it is not a surprise since San José State is one of the top California State Universities, especially in Engineering and Business. Everything does happen for a reason though. San José State in 2013 knocked off a BCS contender (Fresno State) and ended up being 6-6, but not making a bowl. So SJSU did earn this after all...or they should've in 2013 at least.
Why we are going to win:
Three reasons:
  • Tyler Ervin.
  • Supporters of Tyler Ervin the offense such as Billy Freeman. If the offense can wreck the opponent like they have in some of their past match-ups this past season, they should at least barely win.
  • Field goals. Field goals. Field goals. This may decide the game to be honest. Michael Carrizosa and Austin Lopez both create a kicking spree. Did you know Carrizosa was a Ray Guy finalist as well?
Why you should watch the game:

REVENGE FOR THE SAKE OF 2013, ENOUGH SAID

Contributors
San José State San José State: B12Bomber & elefish92
Georgia State Georgia State: Jimmy__Switch & kelvinluc
Cure Bowl Bowl: elefish92
Who actually wrote the whole thread: elefish92
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2015.07.02 19:10 lebeast [Season 2] Detective's Journal #1

The mystery of this season is so compelling that I've decided to play detective for True Detective. Below is a collection of the information we know so far about the case based on watching the two released episodes (I'm not including information taken from trailers and previews). Note that the below info is what has been revealed to us as viewers, rather than what has been revealed to any character in particular. The below information deals almost exclusively with what I've deemed relevant to the case. Other things (like Woodrugh's sexuality, or Ani's fascination with knifes, or Ray's personal problems) have been left out as they are, as of now, not directly relevant to Caspere's murder. Speculation, symbolism, and theory will be at a minimum, and left only until the end as questions. I plan to update this weekly. Please feel free to add, subtract, correct, interpret, and speculate as you see fit in the comments below. Recommendations for formatting also welcome. Enjoy!

ACTIVE INVESTIGATORS:

FACTS:

PERSONS OF INTEREST:

POTENTIAL MOTIVES:

NOTES, QUESTIONS, SPECULATION:

EDIT: Added motives. Some other things.
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2013.07.05 05:42 tabledresser [Table] IAmA professional firework display worker, AMA!

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Do children often wander into your store and try to buy fireworks? I don't work in the store myself, What we do is there's a company (Fireworks America) that we order shells from and the company give the shells to us so we go out and set them up and shoot them off :)
What's your funniest child trying to buy fireworks story? However that'd be a funny story haha.
Edit: aaand OP doesn't work in a store... That's right, I work in the hot 108° weather from 5am to 1am :D... :'(
Oh, then. Worst - Last night we had a hand lit show and one of the shells detonated in the mortar and it blew up like 2 feet from him, luckily he wasn't hurt too bad.
What's the worst "display gone wrong" you've had? (Hand lit shows you sit in rows of nortars and the fuses are practically instant so you crawl from one to another)
what's your best display yet? Best - Ones that don't go wrong ;) Really cause watching the show literally underneath it is awesome
Hand lighting shows is a really fun experience and a huge rush. No doubt!
Do you have an underneath picture you can show? I have a video I'll be uploading soon
A lot of old school guys prefer to hit right at the beginning edge of the paper to get a instant ignition. I do that! :D
How many people do you work with when setting up a display? And how many fingers do all of you have combined? 9 for this one, and all 90 fortunately ;)
How much money is spent on fireworks ( on a single celebration ) on 4th of July? $20,000 worth of fireworks in tonight's show.
That's the price of tonight's show we're doing tonight anyways
Only? surely thats only cost price, and not sales price. Or material only, not including paying for fire safety, technicians and set up personnel. Oh yes, just shells and cakes alone are $20,000 sorry bout that, total price of show? A hell of a lot more than that
Do you guys have consistent work the other 364 days of the year? Yes we do, High school graduations, New Years, weddings, all sorts of stuff.
weddings. Holy shit...Where are these weddings with fucking fireworks?? Honestly I don't knoe either haha
Whats a legal firework you think should be illegal ? Roman Candles >:)
What illegal firework do you think should be legal?(If any) Roman Candles >:)
Not bottlerockets? :( They outlawed them here and I miss them. Never used them :'(
Aw man they're my favorites. Like tiny little mortars and whistled as they flew. My mom used to tell me about bottle rocket fights when she lived in Missouri.. lucky :/
You work in pyrotechnics and have never seen/used bottle rockets, even in your personal time? Seriously? They're illegal in California man :/ it's a shame
Shouldn't you be a little busy today? We just finished setting up actually, been working since 5am
What is that firework that just makes a huge boom? The one with no light, those are my favorite! I think you're talking about Titanium Salutes:) Essentially, It's just a big concussion grenade! :D.
It has to be the dark salutes though. The ones with out the tails. The titanium salutes, at least the ones we use, don't have tails either... But Dark Salutes sound awesome :o
On big shoots we put a lift charge on some diesel fuel to get a big flame ball. That's sick!
Whats the foil type looking stuff on the mortars for? That's the finale, to keep any hot embers falling on them and igniting them
Wow, never would of thought that is what that was for, but doesn't it get blown off when the mortars shoot through it? Zip right through it yup.
An AMA, nice! I've seen a lot of NatGeo-type shows, so I have a good idea how things work in a general sense. What I'd be curious to know about is the show production culture. Are the guys you work with trying to develop skills, or is this just a job they/you happened into. Is there a certification process? Are you considered an apprentice? Do you want to get into the manufacture side of shell production? I was more of handed the job, I knew the guys who did the show well enough he just offered a job. There is a certification process as far as bidding for the job, a pyrotechnic license I believe, we just work under the bosses license. There are guys here who want to get there licenses themselves but this might be my last year do it.
Dude, hope you weren't working the Simi Valley show last night... Luckily not, but daaamn I watched the videos.. Horrific
But in my country there might be some limitations (since we don't have the freedom to handle explosives like in the USA). 4 - Handle them gentley, they are live explosives, created friction or static electricity can accidentally set them off. When loading shells into the mortar, load them right side up, never look over it, safety glasses, pants, etc etc. Just common sense.
How do you control the sequence? did you buy a controller or is it a DIY? Can you tell some safty measures that you take while handling fireworks for this kind of shows? (while buying, storing, transporting, installing and firing) 2 - We control sequences by splicing wires together, also timing detonations to the music or what have you. You can order control boards off the internet.
How do you plan your show? Do you use software, drawings, pictures? 3 - Many different ways, hand lighting, (Yelling at each other slow down or speed up) electronic (choreograph with music, write down times to detonate shells so it syncs with music) , and you can also use software to do everything completely automatic.
Don't forget a hardhat either. I have it right next to me :)
What is your opinion on illegal fireworks? Anything that requires being fired from a mortar should be illegal, sucks yes I l know.. but people without a license or proper training can be seriously hurt
But shouldn't we give them the freedom to hurt themselves? You do have a point...
How do you create words with fireworks? this puzzles the beejesus outta me. Whoever makes the shell arranges pellets in a "U" shape or "S" or "A" and pack powder in the negative space so when it detonates, the spread out in that way l, that's my best guess, sorry I couldn't answer that one well :/
Whats the worst accident youve seen? Last night we had a hand lit show and one of the shells detonated in the mortar and it blew up like 2 feet from him, luckily he wasn't hurt too bad.
(Hand lit shows you sit in rows of nortars and the fuses are practically instant so you crawl from one to another)
Do you have all ten of your fingers? 1..2..6.. Yup! :D
Do you have whistling bungholes? And Whisker do's and Whisker don'ts too.
I had the oppurturtuty to do tbis a few times. Do hou use flares or or electronics to set them off with? Some shows we use flares, others we do it electronically
Which do you prefer? All the crazy guys I worked with loved the flares. I must say I like flares too haha
What sort of system does a show use? There's different types, last night we had a hand lit show, but bigger more important ways we do it electronically where we wire each shell individually.. it's really a bitch to do
What part of the country are you in? California
Bay area? Central California
Are u working in the state fair? Not sure yet
You said you are in CA, Pyro Spectaculars I assume? I did a show with them last year but decided to sit it out this year and relax for the first time in many years. Fresno/Clovis area, Yeah honestly I hate it, I'm taking next year off.
I used to live in Madera, but relocated 7 years ago - are you working the Grizzlies game? No sir, the Buchanan show at Freedom Fest
I live near the grizzlies! Though he was talking about an away game. Do firework companies really do fireworks at nba games almost every other day? I went to to fireworks yesterday at a casino and it was seriously amazing. Much better than I expected and better than the memphis city fireworks. Probably because the casinos have a lot of mulah. Have you ever done work at a casino? No I haven't :/ Our company works from So Cal up to Sacramento, and there are other companies that work in the same area and bid on shows too
Are they set up on land or a barge over water? Some shows are different but I'm sure there are shows shot off of barges, All shows I've done has been on land
How does someone get a job like this? Getting a pyrotechnics license or something I just got picked up by the boss cause I knew him well enough :D
San Francisco shoots their fireworks off a barge. Yes I said I'm sure there are some :)
How do you line up finales? Are all the shells pre setup and just lit off quickly, or is there a lot of manual work involved constantly setting up new shells to light? The finales are pre chained, all of the fuses are linked together. Then you just drop the shells in the mortars like a normal shell :)
Oh and you set up every shell and mortar before the show, it's impossible to reset shells that quickly, you have to drop it, tap it to the bottom, and light the fuse, that process can take anywhere from 5-8 minutes depending on if you have to wire the shell for electronic shows or not
What is the biggest change in the firework business since you started and now? Safety-ness has improved
Are your fireworks lit by a remote control servo or are they manually lit? Tonight's show electronic but last night we did a hand lit
What's your favorite part about your job? And what's your favorite shell/mortar to fire off? My favorite shell is called a titan salute, it's a giant concussion grenade :D
Do you think that fireworks are dangerous or the person behind them? Both, some shells could be defective while the majority of time its the person behind them
Thanks for the answer! Another question. Have you ever been seriously injured due to a firework if so why/what happened? No problem! I myself have not, However last night we had a hand lit show and one of the shells detonated 2 feet next to a guy, luckily he wasn't seriously injured, he was in shock for the rest of the night
Are there any fireworks that closely act like a Komodo 3000 from Malcolm in the Middle? Reference. Obviously it's unrealistic, but what's the closest thing you've seen that could light up the sky, so to speak. If yes, have you ever used one? There's nothing that I know of that can do that haha, but a bunch of shells in the air over and over (like the finale) definitely lights up the ground so you can see everything
What kind of qualifications/certifications do you need to get into this line of work? How hard is it to get those credentials? Expensive? Well don't be a dumbass and be a hard worker will get you a job, yo get your liver (I don't have) I'm sure there's a few courses that I doubt ate expensive
Shouldn't you be busy? If you read down I bit I said We're finished setting up, I've been working since 5am
Why aren't you out shooting fireworks right now? It's 6:56 in the afternoon, it's still day time
What kind of debris rains back down after a firework explodes? How far can it travel? Usually just hot paper, they can travel as far as the wind will take them, also small cardboard pieces or pellets can too, just not as far
In your expert opinion, what happened here? What do you do in your job to prevent this? Link to youtu.be. I think I heard something about a faulty activation board
So if you're using electronics to detonate the fireworks, how exactly does that work? Do you just touch a positive and negative cable and it goes boom? Or do you run them all to a control board? Also, sorry if this is a stupid question. Hey man don't worry :) Each individual shell has a fuse, we take an E-match and connect it to the fuse on the shell, the ematch is connect to a strip and you connect it much like audio speakers, it doesn't matter if it's positive or negative, just as long as they're in each connector. That strip is ran to a control board where you ignite it with a switch there. Hope that cleared it up :)
Firework factory blew up a mile from my house in the early 80's. two men died, they are the reason for a lot of the safety measures today, like static electricity discrarge plates and such. What safety precautions have you seen guys skip? And were you ever afraid for your safety as a result of a coworkers actions? Our boss is pretty anal about safety, as a result no one I've seen has been injured from one of our workers, just defective shells
How many fingers do you have? (This includes thumbs) 10 :)
I take it you did not blow up in tonights display. Everyone else with 10 fingers still? Yup yup, pretty safe show this time
If you wanted to, do you have the know-how to make dangerous bombs etc? Yes I do, with over the counter fireworks. Mt friend and I would break open the tubing inside of the fireworks, take all the powder, and pack it nice and tight in a roll of paper.. boom >:)
Do you know of any former military EOD guys working in the field? Nope, but that'd be sweet!
What gives you the right? To put up a fence that keeps me out, or mother nature in.. If God was here he'd tell it to your face, man you're some kinda sinner
At the cedar city show last night, there were multiple charges that went off on the ground, and they all seemed similar? Could this have just been a wiring mistake? (no one was hurt) Hmm hard to tell... Did it seem like they were supposed to go up? Did the break low or actually on the ground?
On the ground. A few actualy gave big fireballs, but they were obviously designed to go up. The reason I ask is because probably 10 did this, and all of them looked similar. If they were meant to go up in the air, probably whoever loaded the shell didn't make sure the shell was properly loaded at the bottom of the mortar
What is the best firework that the average person can buy? Also, what kind of fireworks are the most impressive for the least amount of money (Bang for your buck haha)? Honestly not good ones, now illegally you can buy what we use ;) Don't do it though
15 years in prison and $100,000 fine I believe. Something along the lines of that yup.
Would it classify as an explosive by the ATF? And for you other people, if i am correct, that would be the same punishment as owning a illegal frag grenade. Yes sir, it's illegal to have fireworks of this class without a license. maybe not the same as a frag, but a heavy fine is definite
Do you know what the law or class is called that they are under? Does class 3 ring a bell? And where do you buy your mortars from? I don't know about classes, but I do know they are illegal to own if you are not licensed. And mortars are supplied by our company.
Have you ever worked thunder over louisville or any of the major international shows? If so how do they compare to your run of the mill small town show on the 4th? Unfortunately we haven't not, sorry :/
U/DilDeer, maybe you can explain what went wrong at the fireworks display I was at tonight. The man who hosted the party spent 200k on a fireworks show, and was shooting very very large fireworks off a barge on the lake. During she show, one of the bigger fireworks went really high but didn't go off, but instead fell back down into the very crowded yard and exploded. What in the fuck happened, and who's responsible? I think I heard about that! The boss man was talking about it... He said a shell may have detonated in the mortar and blew some other mortars over, hot ember ms got inside and caused a chain reaction and shit went down
What was you're biggest "oh shit " moment? Hahaha Let's see, last night was a hand lit show and one of the shells blew up in the mortar, and one of our guys was literally two feet from it, he didn't get hurt too bad
I've wanted to be a pyrotechnic my whole life how do you get certified is they a degree or something you need? There is certification involved to get your license. I work under the license of my boss but he went for courses offered by the firework company to get certified.
Low breaks can be pretty scary. Oh yeah, believe me haha.
How much does for each shell that goes up? Not entirely sure but tonight's show, the price for all the shells was around $20,000.
What education is required to become a professional? Probably none, I'm sure there's a few courses and some tests involved with
How much do you make ? Very little, in back to back days working 5am-1am both days only $240
I wish I got to play with the big you alike you, but alas I just worked at a consumer fireworks booth for a week instead. My question is, do you know the name of/have you had experience with the firework that light up the sky? Like the kind in Disneyland's nightly show. I shoot shows like Disneyland yes :) Not nearly as big though
That's too bad. When I was a kid , i wanted your job. Yeah It's really not all that up to be, working in the hot 110°F sun, almost literally all day, loading and unloading all this heavy equipment. Yup, definitely not as fun as I thought. This year is probably my last year, I'm going off to play sports in college and I'll have no time fore it
Do your ears ring at the end of the night or are you used to the loudness? My ears do hurt a little, some ringing but not much
Do you know the name of that firework they have probably 2 dozen of that just lights up the sky? It's a huge streak of intense light and then it's gets insanely bright at its peak. Unfortunately not, sorry man :/
How long does a single firework take to make? Sorry don't know that one :/ 20-40 mins?
Suppose I have a long fuse and a couple jars of powder left over from handloading, how far should I run? Hmmm... is the power tightly packed?
Lets just say the grains are all poured into a glass jar, for shits and giggles. I'd feel safe at 300+ feet, whatever you're trying take a video of it ;)
Ran out of foil. And so we did... so many times...
How dangerous is your job ranging from completely safe, to I could die any minute. Hmmm... It is relatively dangerous, you are handling live explosives and one accident could be fatal, lasy night we had a hand lit show and a shell detonated within two feet of a guy, thank god he was safe. He was in shock for the rest of the night
Wild* If he was talking about this party. iPhone app won't let edit last message either. Go look it up on youtube, just type in firework disaster and filter it to "uploaded today" I'm sure it will come up, last I checked 20 people were injured
That had to be traumatic! Thank you for a quick reply! No problem!
Wow what a cool job to have. Your lucky I love fireworks Yeah it's pretty cool but honestly the amount of work you do sucks! especially in this heat. I work from 5am-1am back to back on July 3rd and 4th in 110F+ weather :/
Please tell me you wear ear protection. If I'm hand lighting I do
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2012.06.27 17:37 martymulligan I have attracted a scammer who has sent me forged documents. How should I proceed?

I recently posted a couple of antique items on craigslist, hoping to find someone local who was interested and would buy them. Instead I have attracted a ton of scam responses. The first one I responded to, before I realized it was a scam, has sent me what I believe is a forged check. copy / paste of our email interactions below. Reddit, I am hoping to draw on your wealth of experience to advise me. How should I proceed?
(note: after I had sent my address for him to mail me a check, I then went and read CL's page about scams and realized that was probably what this was. Probably should have spotted it right away)
cole [email protected]
Thu, Jun 21, 2012 at 1:18 AM
Reply-To: cole [email protected]
I Just want to know if the item is still available for sale?..Let me know asap
Sent from my HTC on the Now Network from Sprint!
(Me) [email protected]
Thu, Jun 21, 2012 at 8:26 AM
To: cole [email protected]
Yes, still available. Are you interested?
James Cole [email protected]
Thu, Jun 21, 2012 at 12:18 PM
To: (Me) [email protected]
I really appreciate your swift response,i will be buying it cos i have taken a close look at the advert and im OK with the price and condition,So please kindly withdraw the advert from the Web and consider it sold to me.Please be informed that i will be paying you with a US Certified or Cashier's check from my Bank which you just have to deposit into your account for appropriate verification,that is the only 2 ways of payment for now which i guaranty you is secured.Beside, I just moved from Fresno, CA to my new home in Montreal, I will take care of shipping once payment is made to you as I have my shipper that will handle the shipment on my behalf after payment is made and cleared into your account.And here is my new Email [email protected] Cole James.
I will need the following details to mail the payment as soon as possible.
Your Full name.....................
Your Full Address(No Po-box please)....................
Cell Phone Number(For constant communication)...............................
This details above will be used to issue payment and also be used to fill all documents for the pick up of item as soon as payment is made, payment will be sent to you through USPS Or FedEx Courier,So that the courier can deliver the payment to the right place.
I will be waiting to read from you as soon as possible.
(Me) [email protected]
Thu, Jun 21, 2012 at 12:56 PM
To: James Cole [email protected]
Hi James,
I appreciate your quick response and enthusiasm for this great piece!
Based on my past dealings over craigslist, I can only withdraw the advert once I have cash in hand. If you would like, we could do the transaction via western union, which would greatly speed things up. (Please see attachment for the quote I got, or try for yourself onhttp://www.westernunion.ca/ )
{My Name}
{My Address}
{My City}, {State} {Zip}
USA
Let me know how you'd like to proceed.
Thanks!
James Cole [email protected]
Thu, Jun 21, 2012 at 1:23 PM
To: (Me) [email protected]
Hello, Thanks for your swift response.I would have preferred paying you by cash,but i am presently out of town on Business Trip,and due to the interest i have with it.I will instruct my secretary to go ahead and prepared the Certified Check asap I would forward all your details to my secretary to make the payment out to you fast... i would be checking my email time to time to check your message..Then when the check clears,my shipper will come for the pick up. Get back to me your full name and address,so that the secretary can go ahead and issue out the payment.
Thank you.
(Me) [email protected]
Thu, Jun 21, 2012 at 2:28 PM
To: James Cole [email protected]
Hi, I think you did not notice this in my last message, so I am including my address again, along with my phone number
Regards
James Cole [email protected]
Thu, Jun 21, 2012 at 2:59 PM
To: (Me) [email protected]
Thank you for making me your favorite buyer. I will like you to consider the item sold and remove it from Craigslist right now to avoid disturbance from other buyers.I will get back with the tracking

of the payment asap and do get back to me soon as payment is

received in the mail via courier service.
(Me) [email protected]
Thu, Jun 21, 2012 at 3:01 PM
To: James Cole [email protected]
Hi, as I said previously, I cannot remove the listing until I have the payment. I suppose a tracking number would suffice, but I have had too many dealings on craigslist where my item was considered sold, only to never hear from the party again. I hope you understand.
Kind Regards
James Cole [email protected]
Thu, Jun 21, 2012 at 3:02 PM
To: (Me) [email protected]
ok good
James Cole [email protected]
Thu, Jun 21, 2012 at 7:41 PM
To: (Me) [email protected]
Thank you for making me your favorite buyer. I will like you to consider the item sold and remove it from Craigslist right now to avoid disturbance from other buyers.I will get back with the tracking

of the payment asap and do get back to me soon as payment is

received in the mail via courier service. Happy doing business with you.
(Me) [email protected]
Thu, Jun 21, 2012 at 8:12 PM
To: James Cole [email protected]
me too. is there a tracking number yet?
Mr Cole [email protected]
Mon, Jun 25, 2012 at 3:02 PM
To: (Me) [email protected]
Hello,im very sorry for the late response and delay with the payment,it was due to the LOOSE OF MY MOTHER INLAW some days ago,so i need to take care of everything thats why i ve been very busy,but want to be sure if you receive the payment on Saturday(23/6) kindly get back to me with an update right now for me to know the situation of things.Thanks for the patience and understanding
Mr Cole [email protected]
Wed, Jun 27, 2012 at 11:20 AM
To: (Me) [email protected]
Hi
Sorry for the delay i just confirmed from United Poster Service (UPS) the reason why the package was not sent to you,and they told me it will delivered to you today with the tracking # (1ZRV80010193043463) But there was a lil error which i guess we can handle with honesty and trustworthiness.When i contacted my secretary to know if the check have been sent,I got to know that there was a misinterpretation while sending the check.The problem occurred due to my tight schedule.I told him to issue out a check in your name for the actual amount of what I bought from you and have the rest written in the name of my shipping Agent for pick up of the item bought from you and some other items bought around your location,but in the process he made a mistake by sending all the money in your name.The check sent to you was made up of $2415.10 Once you receive the check,Kindly deposit it into your account for appropriate verification as require by your financial institution,then Deduct $225 for the cost of the item and another extra $100 for your running around expenses,Then get the cash withdrawn from you account and visit the nearest Western Union Money transfer outlet and wire the rest fund to the shipper and make sure you send the money in (MONEY IN MINUTES) not NEXT DAY SERVICE OK?
HERE IS THE SHIPPER INFORMATION TO HAVE THE REST FUND SENT TO TODAY
Receiver's Name... XXXX XXXXXXX
Address……XXXXX XXXXX
City......Canutillo
State....TX
Zip Code...79835
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2012.05.03 09:08 tabledresser [Table] IAmA candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives in California's new 23rd congressional district.

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Kevin McCarthy, your opponent, has raised over $3million dollars for this campaign,when he was expecting to run unopposed. Is he going to buy his own TV station? How do you expect to compete against someone who has raised that much money from PACs? The way to beat any failed leader is by telling the truth about him. I think Mr. McCarthy will defeat himself. His voting record is reason enough for most constituents to replace him. I trust the free press and the common sense of my fellow citizens to do the right thing. I do not believe the incumbent can buy this election.
The vast majority of his constituents are staunch Republicans and being a member of the Leadership in the House he is well liked. Both McCarthy and his predecessor Congressman Thomas have been highly popular and any attempts to run against them have failed considerably. Can you be more please be more specific about how his voting record is going to be his Achilles' heel if it resembles the political wishes of the majority of his constituents? Sadly, Mr. McCarthy's voting record does NOT reflect the wishes or the interests of his constituents. He has voted against jobs, against veterans, against health care, against water rights, etc. But as the only viable candidate in election after election, it has been easy for him to be re-elected. Until now.
As a journalist, you had to balance "balance" or neutrality with truth-seeking. How would you apply what you learned from that in Congress? And given that Congress members vote on more legislation than they can possibly read, how comfortable can you be relying on staff? First, I intend to be the first member of Congress who puts loyalty to country above loyalty to party. That is required by law under the U.S. government code of ethics passed in 1958.
Second, I intend to be the first member of Congress who refuses to lie under any circumstances. That includes lying by omission. I will have a live webcam in my office and stream all public business which does not violate laws concerning privacy or national security. But no backroom deals.
Third, I am a fast reader. I will read everything that I vote on. If I don't understand something in a bill, I'll ask an expert to explain it to me. But I will NOT be a rubber stamp for special interests, lobbyists or anyone else.
Who are your biggest supporters financially? How did they end up backing you? Not sure what happened to my first reply. I'll try again. My financial supporters have all been individuals. Some are friends and relatives. Most are simply those who want to defeat the incumbent. A list of all contributors to political campaigns is publicly available from the Federal Election Commission and such websites as www.OpenSecrets.org
What is your opinion on medical marijuana potentially adding billions of tax dollars into the economy and starting different industries? I'm not sure whether legalizing marijuana would add billions of tax dollars into the economy. But I am sure it should be treated no differently than alcohol or tobacco.
What is your personal stance on religion and how do you think that affects your politics? I am a strong advocate of the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution which protects freedom of religion as well as speech, press and assembly. I am committed to the principle that we all have the right to our beliefs as long as those rights do not deprive others of their beliefs.
Do you have any religious beliefs? Yes. I was raised in the Orthodox Christian church. I still follow those traditions. I was also educated by Jesuits at Santa Clara University. But my beliefs are not limited to the dogma of any organized religion. I believe we should not check our brains at the door when entering a house of faith. God's greatest gift to humankind is the ability to reason.
How about Gay Marriage? Here's an odd idea: How about having all couples relationships officiated as civil unions (heterosexual and homosexual), and leave "marriage" to churches, synagogues, mosques, and other non-governmental organizations?
Frankly, I don't care who lives with whom as long as it's consensual. I do care about respecting everyone's rights. As a wise man once said, "Freedom means freedom for everyone."
So if you are elected and the issue of allowing gays to marry comes up for a vote, are you yea or nay? Lets assume its called the "freedom to marry" act and its main objective is to abolish the ban on marriage between gay couples nation wide. It expressly does not force any organization religious or otherwise to marry gay people and legal protects them from such. But it does force courthouses to marry gay people and of course it allows churches that would like to marry gay people to do so.. Will the semantics of calling it marriage sway your vote to nay? My default position on this is that all people should enjoy the same rights. The government should not meddle in the private lives of people. So, I would not vote to restrict the ability of consenting adults to live together, regardless of their sexual orientation. This is a clear First Amendment issue.
Sorry about the rant, hope you get to my question! I know this isn't a perfect solution, but it just might work out best for everyone.
So you feel it should be legal? I'm a pastor in the ULC, can I call it a wedding if I want to marry a Gay Couple. Are we not jut talking about semantics? Yes and no. To those who consider marriage sacred, it is something different than to others for whom marriage is a secular relationship. The First Amendment dictates that we respect both points of view. That's why I favor reserving the word "marriage" for non-governmental purposes and legalizing "unions" for everyone.
Well while I agree that a church can choose who and who not, to marry. I don't believe any law would have forced them too. Some churches like the ULC or Unitarians would love to "marry" gay couples. Should they be able too? I think that would be up to your organization. Again, I would distinguish between the state's function (to register all unions) and the social function (to marry those who adhere to their particular rules). It's no different than the situation today where, for example, some churches only agree to perform religious ceremonies for their own followers. But those individuals can still get a state marriage license and live as a legally married couple without the religious ceremony.
Do you support the high speed railroad? California in general and the Central Valley in particular MUST find a way to improve our transportation infrastructure. High speed rail is one way. So far, the plans have been badly conceived and badly presented. But I am convinced that we can find a way to implement this idea. One thing is certain: We can't keep doing what we've been doing. Mr. McCarthy has only one answer: Just say "No." I think that's short-sighted. We must find a way to say "Yes" which will benefit everyone.
What do you think the likelihood is of widening either I-5 or US-99? Where do you stand on the movement to turn US-99 into an interstate? Adding more freeway capacity in the Central Valley is a non-starter. Our air quality is so poor that we cannot legally permit more vehicle emissions. (We've already been fined for failing to meet federal air quality standards.) It's also very expensive to build and maintain such roads. That money would be better spent on clean mass transit infrastructure.
Imagine that you win the election in a landslide vote. What is the most important thing on your to-do list as congressman? You mean apart from demanding a recount? (kidding)
I would introduction a bill prohibiting all campaign contributions to public officials. That is the only hope for ending corruption in U.S. politics.
Aren't we past the legality of campaign contributions? I thought the entire Super PAC system was created to solve the problem of direct campaign contributions? Alas, it seems only to have made things worse.
How does your district know that you will not do what most every other freshman congressman does and sell out to the highest bidder? The previous actions of your predecessors have left a great track record for wooing the public only to turn on them once elected. What assurances can you give them? Fear and greed have led to institutionalized corruption in politics. I'd love to pass a law prohibiting office holders and office seekers from accepting ANY money. My campaign is accepting only individual contributions. I have personally turned down donations offered in exchange for promises of favors. You should also know that I left my last broadcasting job because the station management wanted me to make changes under pressure from sponsors. You can read my op-ed piece in The Bakersfield Californian and The Fresno Bee. Check this Wikipedia article for links: Link to en.wikipedia.org
Hope you stick to your ideals. Best of luck! Thanks. I hope you'll hold me to it!
Personally I do not know much about American politics solely because I live in Alberta Canada, but I aw wondering your outlook on the oilsands in Alberta and how it effects your economy? Clearly, we need to look beyond petroleum for our future energy needs. Even if it were in limitless supply, oil is killing us. The Central Valley has especially bad air quality (by some accounts, the worse in America). Every reputable scientist on earth is warning us about the effects of greenhouse gases on climate change.
As for our economy, the United States and Canada may both enjoy short-term benefits from your oil sands. But in long run, we will suffer from exploiting that resource.
Kern county is the largest producer of oil in California, and has some of the largest oil fields in the nation. While I agree with you that we need to look to alternative fuels, many of the constituents in your districts could would disagree. If elected would you represent the wishes of your constituents on any legislation that could potentially harm oil production in Kern county? I would represent the wishes and the interests of my constituents. These are not always the same. But I have no intention to "harm oil production" in my district. I only say we need to plan for our future. That will not necessarily include a petroleum-based economy.
Thoughts on nuclear (16% of CA's electricity generation)? I like nuclear power. I do worry about our failure to deal with waste and seismic challenges. France gets almost all its electricity from nuclear power, but not with difficulties.
I'd rather that we focused on such forward-thinking ideas as feed-in tariffs.
I intend to expose the incumbent for the fraud that he is. Yes, I am recruiting volunteers. Please visit my website (www.PhillipsForCongress.com) or send me a direct message ([email protected]) to get involved.
what dirt do you have on him? That's what I'm trying to get out. I really do appreciate your enthusiasm, and I really do hope you'll smash that schmuck in November, but it just doesn't seem like you have the ground game to do it. Are you recruiting volunteers? Are you hosting candidate forums? How are you getting your message out? Yes, I am participating in candidates' forums. I look forward to debating the incumbent after the primary. And I plan to walk a LOT of precincts.
What are some things you wouldn't compromise on? That's an interesting question because it implies that compromise is a bad thing. I think we are best when we work together. That requires compromise.
Your question also suggests that there is such a thing as absolute certainty. I am committed to finding and expressing the truth -- and to keeping an open mind on what is true.
Is that your way of saying there is nothing for which you would take an absolute stand for or against? Well, if you ask the question that way: child pornography, rape, starvation, homelessness, animal abuse...the list is long and growing.
Obviously slavery, as you already mentioned, was terrible. Are there no current issues that you feel as strongly about? The original question was about compromise. I don't believe we should accept bad behavior. I do believe that we should work together to solve our many problems. But no...I don't see a single issue today that is as awful as slavery was.
animal abuse. The district you're seeking office in is something of a haven for it. Dog fighting, cock fighting, backyard slaughter operations, CAFOs, and serial hoarders of every domesticated mammal I can think of. What would you do in Congress as the 23rd's rep to alleviate their suffering? The crimes you describe are governed by state laws. But these are national (and international) problems. As a federal legislator, I would work to strengthen the ability to educate and enforce.
So you're officially taking a stand in favor of child pornography, rape, starvation, homelessness, animal abuse...the list is long and growing. That's ridiculous.
What is your opinion on medical marijuana? What is your opinion on decriminalising marijuana in general? I do not think marijuana should be in the same category with heroin. That said, I do like the idea of adults having the right to put into their bodies anything they wish as long as they don't harm others in the process. It should not be a crime to smoke pot.
What is the role of government? In a democracy, government is a mechanism for us to do together those things we can't do (or shouldn't do) individually.
What do you think of legalizing hard drugs then? Well, if by legalizing you mean total deregulation, that would be a problem. But if you mean permitting doctors to prescribe them, that might make some sense. I do think we have a responsibility to discourage people from harming themselves, but not to the point of preventing adults from making responsible decisions for themselves.
Are there limits to those things that "we can't do (or shouldn't do) individually?" If so what are they? Yes, there are limits. But that's what the democratic process determines. I believe our common interests should dictate how we select those limits, but they are also influenced by available resources and public opinion.
One controversial example is health care. We don't have all the resources to pay for basic health care, but access to those services is in everyone's best interest. So, we are trying to find an affordable way to satisfy that interest. (Not everything can be done best through the financial marketplace.)
The USA is a republic Mr. PhillipsForCongress, not a democracy. You make a common error. A republic is a form of democracy.
This answer alone should disqualify you from elected office at the Federal level. Please explain.
A number of countries have experimented in legalizing all drugs and treating drug use as an addiction as opposed to a crime. Even so far as providing needles AND a clean version of said drugs to ensure that people are at least not doing worse harm than they already are. We have some specific cultural challenges that differ from, say, the Netherlands. But I agree that we can be much more effective in treating addiction than simply locking up addicts.
Did you/do you support the Affordable Care Act? Follow-up: Do you support a public option? The Affordable Care Act was a bad compromise. I believe in a single-payer system to provide universal access to basic medical care. But I also support a private option. That means what while we should all contribute to national health insurance, we should all have the right to buy private supplemental insurance.
We should all have the right to choose any medical provider. But the government's role should be limited to financing payment, not dictating the details of health care.
I also think we should have the right of collective bargaining with pharmaceutical companies to negotiate drug prices.
The United States pays much more for health care than any other nation on earth, and we get worse results for it. There are many excellent models. We could choose one of them or create our own. But we need a comprehensive solution before this burden breaks our economy.
Is there a particular country you have in mind to copy? The UK has a 1-2% NI tax that goes to the NHS, then most jobs paying above £40k ish pay for Bupa which is a popular private company who charges you less for accepting NHS hospitals occasionally. I don't necessarily think we should "copy" another country's health care system. We have our own characteristics. But we spend in excess of $7,500 per capita on health care -- nearly 20 percent of our GDP. No other industrialized country even comes close to that. Most spend less than half of what we do, yet they get better care. Let's figure this out before it becomes a real catastrophe!
Could you elaborate more on what you mean by the ACA being a "bad compromise"? Does that mean you would not have voted for it or just that you think we could have done better? Given that a number of the other countries you alluded to use a model similar to that of the ACA (i.e. a subsidized insurance mandate with cost controls), do you think it is at least a step in the right direction? The real problem with ACA is that Congress failed to make a commitment to the most important thing: universal access to basic health care. I believe that's because members care more about their big campaign contributors (such as insurance companies, pharmaceutical companies, private hospitals) than the interests of their constituents.
The mandates that other countries have are in different legal and political environments (e.g., without a constitutional commerce clause), or they go further than ours and become single-payer systems. Either would be better than this.
I agree that ACA would have been better than nothing if it had not been so badly written and presented. It's almost as if it had been designed to fail. The mandate clause was written to be challenged (and probably overturned) in court. Giving up the right to negotiate over drug prices was blatant corruption. And no public option? That's just immoral.
To answer your question, I probably would have threatened to vote "No" and then fought for a better bill. This was a bad compromise.
Do you believe revenue should rise to meet spending or spending cut to meet revenue? No wishy washy stuff, please pick one and explain why, it's more of an exercise in philosophy then practicality. This is a vicious cycle. As business see a drop in the number of customers, they lay off workers and, in some cases, close stores. The ONLY way to solve these challenges is through growth. That means putting more resources into the hands of consumers. Doing so will lead to an increase in business, a growth in employment, and a rise in tax revenues. None of these things should be done drastically. Our economy is fragile. We need to take gradual steps. But the greatest danger is to do nothing. That's what this Congress has been doing, all in the name of partisanship. It is the least productive session in U.S. history. That's another reason why I am running: to end the gridlock.
Why doesn't the media actually tell it how it is? I.e. when a politician has quite obviously lied, why don't the media call them on it? It's difficult when news agencies are owned by media companies that have a financial relationship with the politicians and other political forces they cover. There is very little truly independent press.
What political, philosophical, or economic book had the greatest impact on you? I've recently read -- and highly recommend -- "That Used To Be Us" by Thomas Friedman and Michael Mandelbaum. I'm also a big fan of William Saroyan who influenced me with the words, "In the time of your life, live." But most of all, I must mention "Inherit the Wind" by Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee.
How did you hear of Reddit and what brought you here? A friend told me about Reddit. I'm still learning my way around. How I am doing here so far?
Fantastic! It takes a while to get the hang of things. Hopefully your experience today will be positive and you'll hang around for a while. So far, it's been terrific. Yes, I plan to spend more time here!
Just remember: Cats. Carl Sagan. Richard Dawkins. PC Gaming. Nintendo classics. ROFL.
Do you support more organic farming in Kern Co? If so, what ways would you promote it. I do support organic farming in Kern County as a member of a local organic farming coop. I also promoted it as a journalist. I would support such farming as a legislator.
Even though the vote is past now, What are your feelings on the overlying issues behind SOPA/PIPA? I am an unabashed advocate for free expression. The federal government should not restrict Internet access. As a content producer, I don't want my intellectual property stolen. However, existing laws already protect my rights. Once I publish, my goal is widespread distribution. There was no need to introduce such freedom-killing bills as SOPA and PIPA which I opposed.
The government should also not invade the privacy of citizens without a warrant. Apparently, this is another area of disagreement between me and the incumbent who voted for CISPA.
If there was one thing you could rewrite or get rid of completely in American history what would it be? Slavery. This evil institution was (and continues to be) the single worst thing in American history. We continue to live with its consequences.
If you had to fight a dinosaur to the death in a Dinosaur Death Match using only primitive weapons and not allowed to set traps, what's the biggest dinosaur you think you win against? You don't have to name a specific dinosaur, just give us a size reference. It's a little known fact this but dinosaurs are vulnerable to bat-thorn. Just throw a little at them and they disappear. Very effective.
I have two questions. I feel ambivalent about term limits. On one hand, I don't like the idea of career politicians. On the other hand, we do have a way to get rid of them. It's called an election. (By the way, I really don't like interim recall elections. Abuse of power should result in impeachment. Otherwise, we should live with our decisions.)
What is your opinion on term limits? The downside to term limits is that it deprives us of experience political leaders. The worst thing about having people in office for a long time is that it deprives us of fresh ideas. Incumbents typically get reelected because of the system. A better solution is to have publicly funded elections. That way, the marketplace of ideas is more powerful than the marketing of financial forces. Maybe that's too naive. But I think we can do better than this.
What is your opinion on 'taxing the rich'? As for taxing the rich, I am philosophically opposed to discouraging people from earning money. On the other hand (you knew there would be one, right?), I believe in fairness. If the "rich" (whatever that means) truly paid an equal percentage instead of gaming the system, I think we'd all be happy. This dilemma leads me to want a value added tax rather than an income tax.
I don't see how a VAT addresses the rich not paying "an equal percentage" given that consumption taxes are generally regressive with respect to income. Wouldn't it be better to simply get rid of certain deductions & tax preferences? VAT can also be made more fair if there are enough exceptions and other safety nets. But either way, this is a HUGE problem -- the most complex area of law and the most attractive lure for political corruption.
I don't pretend to have all the answers, but somewhere there must be a good compromise. Maybe we need to take a few steps back and get a better perspective. I'd be in favor of a total re-write of the tax code, but I'm not sure it could be done without replacing the two-party system first. (Not kidding.)
How about an income tax based on any income, by just salary, thereby closing loopholes. This includes salary, stock dividends, profits from growth stocks, overseas accounts, etc. Lump it all together. To my eyes, it seems that the reason the wealthiest pay lower taxes is due to tax loopholes regarding stock. Thoughts? You're right: That is a common way to avoid taxes. Politicians always talk about closing loopholes, then they create more! I think the best way is to change the way we think about government revenue.
Most of us are not very good at saving money. It's hard when so many live from paycheck to paycheck. But the current tax system seems more focused on collecting the low-hanging fruit rather than on the big pictures.
I'm open to good suggestions, and I make no claims to being a financial genius. As a journalist, my expertise is in collecting and communicating information. That's what I intend to do in Congress: get the best ideas and present them as well as possible, then work with others to pass good laws for everyone's benefit. It's a crazy plan, but I believe it can work!
1.Congratulations on a successful IAMA. I've seen many of these sort of fall flat. After meeting you last Sunday Night at the Center of the World Volunteer Appreciation Potluck, and this AMA (bonus in my book for being a Redditor albeit a new one, but hey, you're here) I feel I can safely say you have earned my vote. How can I in Pine Mountain Club help you secure this election? Thanks! I'd like to meet with folks there, but I need advocates in my absence, too. Let's talk.
I see your district is home to the infamous Ben Richards (The Butcher of Bakersfield) massacre. Would you agree that the trend towards a government totalitarian state and its attempt to pacify the public through gladiator-style game shows is immoral and leads to massacre such as those perpetrated by Ben Richards? I like a good fantasy film as much as the next guy. I wish Arnold had just kept making movies instead of getting into politics.
What are your views on the overall financial situation of California in general? How do you plan to help your district (besides by being in congress, obviously) in that entire respect? I often wonder whether it's time to divide California into two states. We are so large and with so many contradictory demands. But for now, we need to do a better job of working together. Our congressional delegation can help. By focusing on our common interests (water, energy, transportation, etc.), we can help pull in much needed resources. I'd begin with water. We must stop the efforts by some (such as the incumbent in this district) to federalize California's water distribution. After 20 years of fighting, we finally came to an agreement. Now he wants to undo that and send everyone back to court. What a terrible idea. That's why I opposed HR 1837.
I suppose a more broad answer is "What are you going to do for your constituents that will affect their direct problems?" Unfortunately, our current crop of representatives are always at war with each other. The battle lines are strictly partisan. As a result, we are a net loser when it comes to federal taxes. (California sends more money to Washington than it gets back.) I would work to change that. Running without a party affiliation, I don't care if my fellow members are Democrats, Republicans or Whigs. They'll all get my cooperation. But it has to be reciprocal and it has to be for the greater good. I've learned that there are no magic bullets in politics. It's a process requiring cooperation, patience and hard work. Unfortunately, the House Majority Whip is more interested in his career than in his constituents. We do agree on one thing: It's time for a change in Washington. Let's begin with him.
How do you feel about this? Should we restrict immigration more? Or open doors to more people with lesser education? As the son of an immigrant father and grandparents, I strongly respect the desire of people to come here. My folks sacrificed everything so that I could be born in the United States. We need to stop treating immigrants as criminals. We need to make it easier for all good people who want to become Americans, but particularly those who want to make this country better.
I am a real-life consitutent of District 23. In all honestly, I think it's a terrible place (at least, where I'm from). You remind me of a story about two men traveling separately to the same foreign city. The first arrives and asks a local, "What are people like here?" The local says, "Well, what are people like where you are from?" The traveler replies, "Where I am from, people are nice." The local says, "I think you'll find people here are the same." The second traveler arrives and encounters the same local. They have the same exchange. But the second traveler says, "Where I am from, people are terrible." The local replies, "I think you'll find people here are the same." That's a long way of saying, I think YOU will find what you expect. I find people here to be kind, caring, and like everywhere else, with many problems. Welcome to life. This place is terrific. And perhaps most of all, it has great potential. Let's make something of it -- together!
Give me a really, really good reason not to hate my homeland.
For such a large geographic area with a reasonably-sized population, there is a dearth of institutions of higher education. Would you increase funding for regional colleges and universities? Also, educated individuals tend to leave this district. How would you attract them back to the area? We have some of the worst rates of high school and college graduates in America. It is our most serious long-term challenge. I would advocate legislation to encourage private investment in public education. Businesses lack a sufficiently educated work force. Young people lack good jobs. Let's help bridge that gap. I would also advocate some form of universal national service in which graduates are rewarded for giving back to their communities. And I'd offer tax incentives to local business for hiring local grads (maybe call it "Keep 'Em Home") which, among other things, would be a boost to family values.
Is Phillips your fathers name as well, or was it anglicized when he immigrated? My father's family name (and mine until Dad became a U.S. citizen) was Phillipidis. He was a Greek national born in Smyrna, Turkey.
Well coming from a Turkish background hinder you at all in politics? Will it hinder you at all from actually getting elected? I consider myself of Greek and Armenian heritage. But I have been to Turkey and liked it very much. We all have a lot in common: music, food, beautiful women, etc. I see no hindrance from my roots in getting elected. On the contrary, it's an advantage!
Terry, With all due modesty (a difficult commodity to have as a public office seeker!), I think my personal story is one many people appreciate. I am NOT a career politician. I have real world experience. I am a good communicator. And I like to listen to people. Fortunately, people also seem to like talking to me.
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