State College reminded that bear patrols don’t pay for themselves

I think residents of the borough of State College may be rethinking their shortsighted decision to not enact a bear tax. No tax = no bear patrol.

State College police follow black bear out of downtown without incidentCDT
There he goes again, seeking out food or perhaps employment. It was barely 4 years ago that this happened, why haven’t they learned?!

By the way, anybody want to buy a rock that scares tigers?

PREVIOUSLY: Book ‘em Lou. One count of being a bear.

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A look at Pennsylvania dialects

Pennsylvania’s dialects are as varied as its downtowns — and dahntahnsPatriot-News

The bottom line is few kitchen tables can be as linguistically cluttered as a Pennsylvania table when the family comes to town.

Based solely upon pronunciation and grammar, researchers generally split the United States into a number of linguistic regions. Those regions come together in Pennsylvania — which makes the state kind of a crossroads of the English language.

Thanks in part to immigration patterns and relative geographic isolation, Pennsylvania is home to six — count’em six — distinct English dialects.

My Pennsylvania friends and readers may enjoy the article linked above. It would be fun to learn more about linguistics.

I’m pretty sure the greater DC dialect, if it exists, if the most homogenized in the United States. I think there used to be a distinct dialect for D.C.’s gold coast, but that is probably just about gone.

Oh and its soda, not pop. More on that sometime soon.

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Bruce Boudreau fired and I ponder whether I am coach killer

Friday, I went my first (only?) Washington Capitals game of the season. It was an uninspiring effort that saw a 0-0 game in the first period quickly turn into a 3-0 New York Rangers lead. The Caps were playing without passion and the Rangers rather easily converted little mistakes into goals. Goalie Michael Neuvirth did not have a good game, but what was in front of him was the bigger problem. Though the Caps got goals from Troy Brouwer, John Carlson and Alex Ovechkin (first at home), they still lost 6-3. We pondered the fate of Bruce Boudreau after the game, so after Saturday’s loss to the Buffalo Sabres I was not shocked this morning when I learned that Bourdreau had been fired and replaced with another rookie NHL head coach, Caps legend Dale Hunter. That is certainly a transition that fans can approve of based on sentimentality, but I don’t know if Hunter’s perceived toughness in the locker room can be enough to get the Caps to the elite they should have reached already.

Surely, there are those who believe that Ovechkin, who was clearly not on the same page of Boudreau, is a coach-killer. Maybe he is, I would not argue otherwise. However, I’m beginning to wonder, if I am a coach killer myself too.

I have now seen the final home games of 3 D.C. head coaches or managers:

Jim Riggleman quit after a bottom of the ninth win during a stretch which the Washington Nationals had won 11 of 12. I found out on the Yellow Line as it pulled out of L’nfant Plaza.

I was at Frank Robinson’s final game at Nats manager too, back in 2006. We knew he was leaving though, it was announced his contract was not picked up. Oddly enough, I was at his final home game with Baltimore in 1991.

I think Mike Shanahan, Flip Saunders and Ben Olsen ought to hope I don’t go to any of their games anytime soon.

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Happy Thanksgiving 2011

Thanksgiving is probably my favorite holiday. Turkey and all the trimmings, a fire in my parents fireplace and football on TV is makes for America’s greatest holiday. We rule.

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YES, SIR, OFFICER OBIE, I CANNOT TELL A LIE, I PUT THAT ENVELOPE UNDER THAT GARBAGE:

Arlo Guthrie’s “Alice’s Restaurant” is one of my Thanksgiving traditions, I usually hear it on DC 101, but I got out the door late. I always work on Thanksgiving (time & half, plus the holiday pay!) before heading over to my parents house. After I get there, I always have my turkey before my turkey

I always have my turkey before my turkey

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FOOTBAW

I am not the pro football fan I was before college, but I love me some NFL on Thanksgiving. The resurgent Detroit Lions host the undefeated Green Bay Packers. Good to see the Lions doing well, because the talk of them losing their Thanksgiving game was unfortunate. The second game is the Miami Dolphins visiting the Dallas Cowboys, so get ready for lots of references to this:

The one downside of the first two games are the likely throwbacks to be worn by the home teams. The Cowboys will be wearing blue fauxbacks from 1960 that remind you why they changed to their silver helmet and white at home look. The Lions will probably just wear utterly plan helmets and jerseys. What they ought to wear is anything from 1964 or so to 2008.

Sadly, Nickelback will play the halftime show of the first game. Why not have a crappy Detroit band instead of a crappy Canadian band?

The night game is the San Francisco 49ers coached by Jim Harbaugh visiting the Baltimore Ravens coached by Jon Harbaugh. Nice. Hard to believe it took the NFL until the 21st century to figure out people might want to watch more football after dinner. The Ravens don’t have

The Oatmeal, which works a little blue, has a comparison of Thanksgiving as a child and as an adult.

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OVERFILLED TURKEY FRYER = CHINA SYNDROME

There is a William Shatner safety deep fried turkey video out this year, but I much prefer the UL one that didn’t need CGI to remind us that overfilled

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Turkey!

CARVING THE BIRD

The best way I have seen to carve a turkey came from this 2008 Times video:

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YOU CAN START THINKING ABOUT CHRISTMAS WHEN ED McMAHON SAYS SO (WITHOUT SAYING IT)

Thanksgiving means that Christmas is coming. As far as I am concerned, there should be no mention of Christmas until the late third quarter (when I used to eat a turkey leg on the couch) of the Cowboys game when the “Holiday Greetings from Budweiser” came on

They ran it until 1996 and I think they broke the social contract when they replaced Ed.

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Have a great Thanksgiving!

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