As an outside this year, I very much enjoyed this report, Neil. Thank you!
I am astonished that there is no regulation. My daughter was towed last night from an apartment complex while parked in a spot where guests park (one of four near a dumpster.)
When she finally was able to locate her car, which she thought had been stolen, it was at Talbert's Towing. She was told $125 (cash only) by the person she talked to. She entered the premises through an open pedestrian gate to meet the tow operator. When she asked for some paperwork, who requested that she be towed and what time she was towed the operator said he didnt know and said 8:00 and she reponded she didn't park until 9:00, he got beligerent and said he could get her for breaking and entering since she came through the gate without being met there by him. No receipt was offered. Sounds like a scam to me.
George King is a slime ball.
I had to deal with him on multiple occasions while managing a local business downtown Chapel Hill. Once he ruthlessly towed a legitimately handicapped grandma's car within about 5 minutes while she ran into Panera Bread with her grandkids. She had a tag, parked in a handicapped spot, and legitimately needed the space. The lot she parked in was pretty much empty....at least 40+ open spots but since she went across the street and he got her on video camera he towed her car out to wherever his lot is in the sticks outside of town. They were stranded and helpless with no money to pay the hefty fines and had no way to get the car back. He refused to help her or see her side. This is just one of many instances where this asshole took advantage of people.
Please edit second paragraph. Two incomplete sentences. Thanks for the info otherwise:)
I have to say, I agree with the Sharky above. My full analysis is here: http://nikitab.wordpress.com/2013/10/28/the-bora-controversy-and-american-values/
I hope that the owners can re-constitute somewhere else. Great dining areas are hard to come by.
Steven, thanks for the comment. Another practical reason to like the July break: It gives teams time to work on a couple of other revenue streams, namely camps and summer friendlies.
As for Atlanta's lame-duck status in the fall--my hope is that the in-the-works Woosnam Cup will be treated with seriousness by the league. If it's seen as a prestigious piece of silverware, that might help motivate teams in Atlanta's shoes. After all, who doesn't want to "win the double"?
If NASL ever gets a national television deal other than the one that exists with Sportsnet in Canada (as in, an American national deal), then the idea of playoffs becomes palatable again. But with no TV, playoff games, as you mentioned become money losers, especially for the road teams.
But NASL did have some issues: Atlanta couldn't escape being a lame duck in the second season.
I like the July break for a number of reasons — too hot to play in the south, it's the time of year when people like to be going away for the weekend in Canada, not staying in the city to watch soccer — but I would prefer, for now, a full season and then maybe No. 2 visiting No. 1 in the Soccer Bowl.
Wasn't broke before he came into office....
I am sure money will determine the outcome of this sale....Corporations do not care about forests...The money made on this deal will be spent or pilfered away and the land will be lost for what reason....A few bucks today and what of the future. Pockets lined deals done we get the bill. Our government at work...always looking out for the little man..
ha! go back to canada, ya commies!
I attended last night's game and agree completely with Mr. Vitimello. Further, I was not offered napkins with my soft pretzel. The Carolina franchise is really going downhill.
It looks like the RailHawks have a chance to earn the distinction of having the year's best overall record, yet they will miss the post-season. This, of course, is the worst consequence of the split-season format in which the spring and fall winners face each other in the Soccer Bowl.
Your post points to the way the Soccer Bowl is working as intended: A slate of corporate parties, an ESPN3/Deportes webcast and more. If NASL is committed to this championship format, there's a very simple way to honor the best overall team, and that's to present a trophy. It sounds like one of the plans that emerged from a recent supporters meeting with the league is to create just such an award.
Such a shield or cup or trophy for the best overall record should be treated a prestigious piece of silverware, though, not as an off-the-cuff consolation prize. NASL could assist with this by keeping a separate table for the overall season on its website.
Graig Meyer is just what we need in Raleigh! He will be a spectacular legislator.
Looking forward to the changes. Hoping this revitalized Raleigh institution will be healthy and productive for years to come.
You might need a vinyl Jukebox
I am a science "insider," and a woman to boot. I am an active participant in women in science type groups and often see this sort of overblown hand-wringing about the perils of being a female scientist. Any and all hardships of making a career in science (and it IS hard) are viewed through the lens of gender, and massive amounts of thoughtful deconstruction expended on analyzing and fixing the perceived gender bias. Not to be glib, but similar single-mindedness in the pursuit of their research questions would go a long way to vaporizing the perceived barriers. Tellingly, many senior/successful female scientists are wary of participating in these groups--too busy working, and quite possibly not wanting to get sucked in to the hand-wringing circle. (Of course, they are viewed as unsupportive traitors to their gender.)
I know Bora quite well, and have interacted with him over 10+ years. He is indeed a bit socially awkward and not the best at reading cues--he is the sort that stands chatting for 15 minutes as you try to move on to the next person, is over-enthusiastic in his gestures, and laughs at the wrong moments sometimes. He is also extremely smart, a great synthesizer of ideas, and one of my favorite people to talk science with. He has always been all these things. In the realm of online science journalism, he seemed to have found the perfect way to use his undoubted skills, and he did so in a way that helped other people far more than it helped him. It's only recently that he's even had a salary for his blog-related stuff, and the spin from his accusers that his massive powerfulness was sooo scary that they dare not speak up is an utter joke.
The entire debacle is sickening and makes me want to write nasty things about these harridans, and certainly I will do them professional harm should their "pitches" ever cross my desk. I think the one-sided release of personal emails by Kathleen Raven is criminal. Does no one else wonder very strongly what was in her half of the correspondence? The simple unfairness of filtering a long-running email exchange to fit the story you’re telling is shocking. The saddest thing to me is that by all accounts (from Bora, Raven, and their colleagues) Raven was one of Bora’s close friends up until the big reveal.
Have no position on fracking. The environmental report is, as expected, totally one sided. The AEI report, links below, serves to give a more balanced picture.
Sweeps $220,000 proposal includes gold toilets and 2.5 years of labor, read more https://sweeps.jobs/sweeps-fabulous-governors-mansion-bathroom-proposal/
The group's purpose?
To provide a scapegoat for the city government and business groups to use as they begin to deny the homeless access to this so-called public park.
Task-force members said we should do X.
I am personally insulted by Ms Baldwin's quote. The only people "dwelling" on Moore square are the business interests paying you to "clean it up". Of course, once we start addressing the homeless, by arresting them or busing them out of sight, I think we all know that attention will immediately shift to "cleaning up" the bus station. Raleigh govt seems to exist only to serve the business community - aside from acting as Mr Crowder's personal HOA that is.
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