So I'm hanging out at a particular location this past weekend, one which just happens to be the same place that some friends of mine from law school are socializing at with their summer firm. One of the partners from this undisclosed firm is apparently buying drinks for everyone, to which one of my law school friends, being the sharing type, decides that my choice to surf the internet for the summer shouldn't prevent me from enjoying such marvelous perks. In an act that would make Robin Hood proud, she drags me over to the table right as a round of shots comes in, calmly acts as if nothing is going on and hands me one. I toast with everyone else, down my shot, and join the conversation.
Maybe two minutes later, law firm partner finally notices me and goes, "Wait, who's this guy? Did he take a shot?" Unfazed, I make a random comment about what a beautiful night it is or something and continue my conversation. Law firm partner repeats, "No, seriously, WHO IS THIS GUY?!!" I consider tossing a hundy at him while confidently proclaiming, "The Intern could buy and sell you," but upon seeing that my wallet is in fact empty as usual, instead elect to make confusing hand gestures while suavely retreating to my original table. That firm never gave me an interview anyway.
Mom, Dad -- hope you're proud.
seattlepi.nwsource.com -- Charles Barkley continues to prove that he's the most entertaining personality in sports. Plus, how about the story of Barkley pulling a Mel Gibson in "Braveheart" (the pressed flower) and giving a little girl back the note she handed him a year before? That's right, I'm sobbing uncontrollably as I type this.
yahooserious.com (Tim, Danville) -- Possibly the most important filmmaker of the past thirty years, Yahoo Serious, fights the good fight by taking on the evil and oppressive search engine giant. Apparently his original intent was to use a barcode as his name, but "that obviously caused problems." Taking on every retailer in the country, for starters, might have been rather time-consuming.
english.people.com.cn -- Magnificent Yao interview. Where on earth do they find these translators? Here's a small sampling of Yao discussing Shaq:
"His dominance is unprecedented. I had asked Dikembe Mutombo what he felt while playing against O'Neal in the 76ers and that was O'Neal's peak time. Dikembe was a bit recalcitrant, but he did think O'Neal is not invincible."
Recalcitrant? Yeah, I can see how "resistant" would have been slightly off. Reminds me of the time a friend of mine irrationally lost it when some poor girl used the word "apparition," loudly barking at her, "Why don't you just say 'ghost'?"
sciencenews.org (Jake E.) -- Here's the science on why coaches should always ice the kicker. I love at the end when the article turns to the mythical "hot hand" theory in sports. How is there any type of scientific debate to this? Show me another explanation for Will Clark's '89 playoff run, 'Nique and Bird's fourth quarter showdown, or my epic ninth grade summer league basketball game, and I'll show you a fool.