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Did you enjoy playing dodgeball as a youth?

Asked at Massachusetts Street on March 25, 2005

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“Actually, it was a pretty horrific experience because I’m really uncoordinated.”

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“No. I was the smallest one in the class. It was definitely not my game.”

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“Of course. I still play dodgeball. It’s a lifetime sport.”

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“I loved it. I played it in grade school and junior high. It was lots of fun. We got to hit our gym teacher.”


jonas 13 years, 2 months ago

I kinda enjoyed that movie! It were funny, in a stoopid way.

I think smitty got the metaphor, though, as the LJ staff tosses out this softy question to "dodge" the controversy.

I was happy to see over 90 posts yesterday, though. It's been a long time since we came anywhere near 100!

Dodgeball was fun. No one could hit me. They called me the Flash!!! Well. . . no, they really didn't, but it would've made me so happy if they did. Almost enough to redeem the friendless existence that I had, cuz my mom gave me bad haircuts and cheap, hand me down clothes.


Hong_Kong_Phooey 13 years, 2 months ago

Alright, Smitty, you want to talk about the police department? Let's talk about the police department. These people put their lives on the line every day to serve bitchy, whiny, punks like you. Everybody sings the praises of the fire department because they run into a burning building. Who is it that runs toward the danger when everyone else is fleeing? The police. Who was it that ran toward the gunman in the recent Minnesota school shootings? The police. Who are the first people to arrive at most any emergency? The police.

Let's see how you would handle having every second of your workday under scrutiny from everyone, often on videotape. Every time you make a mistake (and you haven't ever made a mistake, right smitty?) the public armchair quarterbacks it until the end of time, though you only had a blink of an eye to make a decision. Have you, or any of your co-workers, stopped during the course of your workday to take a break and been shot in your office? The police have. Why? Because people don't like police. It's a thankless job and, frankly, I think that these dumbasses who leave their stuff sitting out, or their cars unlocked, and then get it stolen deserve it. If you noticed in the article the other day, it said that none of the thefts in the BrookCreek neighborhood were forced entries. That means that their crap was either laying around or they didn't bother to lock a door.

You want to know how to decrease the amount of time it takes for police to respond? Lock your doors and put your stuff away!! The police spend most of their time taking reports on theft reports (i.e, people didn't lock their stuff up like a responsible adult).

italianprincess 13 years, 2 months ago

I remember dodge ball and all the other games I played in elementary school. Dodge ball was kinda fun unless you got hit of course then the fun went away. We were always told to hit below the shoulders, but like that happened........LOL

Does anyone remember " Red Rover, Red Rover " or I think some called it " Don't Break The Chain "? You basically had two teams and you would line up and hole hands ( we held wrists ) and the other team would send someone from their team over when you called out " Red Rover, Red Rover, send sombody over " and they would try to break through. We also had handball courts ( no handball of course, we used the red rubber ones ). That was a big hit also back then.

Games are like fads, they come and go like other things. I'm hoping the gas prices will go away for good here, but its not going to happen anytime soon.

Liberty 13 years, 2 months ago

Hong_Kong_Phooey, you sure did liven up the subject matter! People do respect the bravery of the police and dealing with the duds that you no doubt encounter often. People are thankful for all the good that the police dept. does.

The thing that people don't like (and most don't understand what has happened to the courts and law), is the fact that the police do law enforcement, instead of peace keeping like they used to. Many of the laws are bad laws and the courts and judges have changed the courts into what I believe is Roman law courts which are largely revenue collection stations that are corporations instead of common law courts and Constitutional government. The current system is based on "Emergency Warpowers" since the civil war which skirts around the Constitution and that is why our courts are corrupted into Roman law or Admiralty law (like a captain on the high seas) instead of Constitutional land based courts that are also common law where you have to show a damage to receive a ticket for example.

It is not really the police dept.'s fault, but they are the enforcement arm that keeps this 'system' protected, and allows the corruption to continue with Roman law courts. We need a return to Constitutional government and courts that are also common law, not Roman law. We can return to the Constitution by declaring a time of peace instead of a constant state of renewed emergency which by-passes the Constitution (by abusing it) and temporarily suspends it for 140 years now.

I personally thank you for all the good that you do as a minister of God, being the magistrate rewarding that which is good and punishing that which is evil. We respect the bravery that you guys show every day and you hold an important part of God's ministry. (Romans 13)

Richard Heckler 13 years, 2 months ago

As I understood the LPD situation it's far more than about Brookcreek robberies. In the age of computers why did it it take more than a week for the LPD to realize hey there is a problem in a concentrated area? It is also my understanding that neighbors were talking to each other and taking walks more frequently throughout the area. Our officers should have better electronic tools in place that would provide new data daily on matters such as this. Something that would have sent up a red flag indicating " hey somethings up". It is not the officer's fault they do not have these tools. Ultimately it was data from the neighborhood that helped solve the problem.

Most people understand police can't be everywhere.

Officers if called to a residence should be able to plug an address into their car computers to determine if previous police visits have been made, when and why? This would allow officers to make a better informed decision on many matters including domestic violence. Perhaps a neighborhood code could get plugged in as well to see what's up?

This is what neighborhoods have been requesting for some length of time. They would like data available that covers up to 12 months past. Again in the computer age why not?

It's repeated activities at same locations that get people riled up. Once again updated computer programs likely could assist. Officers don't always know about previous encounters....they need help.

Sometimes it was about officers attitudes toward victims however those would not necessarily be representative of the entire force of the "beat patrol". The greater majority of my encounters have been friendly and positive.

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