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City removes shocking pornographic public display

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Re: City removes shocking pornographic public display

Postby bdog » Fri Aug 09, 2013 6:36 pm

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Re: City removes shocking pornographic public display

Postby Donald » Fri Aug 09, 2013 8:00 pm

snoqueen wrote:Did anybody actually play with the tether ball? It was the dumbest, most annoying device on the playground. Far better to spend the entire recess hanging by your knees on the monkey bars looking at everything upside-down.

Tether ball was huge for a while, but mostly a boy thing at my elementary school in the late 50s-early 60s. Girls ruled on the monkey bars and jump rope. Both played what we called four-square, but others called bounce ball.
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Postby peripat » Fri Aug 09, 2013 8:07 pm

We had a tether ball in our back yard- we thought it was a lot of fun to play with siblings where you could try to hit it into a face...that lasted until one of the sibs decided it would be better to hit the ball with a large stick, missed the ball and broke my glasses. I guess I remember it as a rather violent game.
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Postby Ttusker » Fri Aug 09, 2013 8:50 pm

My twin brother and I went to a boy's camp (Camp Villa Jerome) for two weeks each summer from 1967 through 1971, and really loved it. Some of the cabins we stayed in had tetherball set-ups outside and we played it often. I thought it was fun, even after I caught one right smack in the face. That sucker had to have been going 60 or 70 mph, and it literally knocked me off my feet. I can still remember the weird metallic ringing sound it made when it hit. I was fortunate that I wasn't hurt too bad, just a bloody nose. Anyway, I'm not surprised that tetherball ball is just a memory now.
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Re: City removes shocking pornographic public display

Postby Huckleby » Fri Aug 09, 2013 9:22 pm

I love tether ball.

I also remember a game of dodgeball played in gym class. Except it wasn't dodgeball exactly, more like a contest of extreme cruelty, much closer to a stoning. I remember the nerdy kids getting pulverized.

I also remember a gym teachers in junior high actually beating a kid up. Now, the kid deserved it, but this sort of insanity is a thing of the past.
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Re: City removes shocking pornographic public display

Postby Ducatista » Mon Aug 12, 2013 10:40 am

I feel a little guilty for loving this Onion headline:

Special Olympics T-Ball Stand Pitches Perfect Game
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Re: City removes shocking pornographic public display

Postby Francis Di Domizio » Mon Aug 12, 2013 2:57 pm

Ducatista wrote:I feel a little guilty for loving this Onion headline:

Special Olympics T-Ball Stand Pitches Perfect Game

Well you've successfully spread the guilt
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Re: City removes shocking pornographic public display

Postby Donald » Mon Aug 12, 2013 8:45 pm

I don't know why I took this thread off track, but here I go again:

I never understood T-Ball. When I grew up it hadn't been invented yet, so we learned how to hit the old fashioned way--by being razed and laughed at mercilessly as older siblings or neighborhood kids tossed balls to us just to see how funny it was to see us turning 360 degrees after swinging and missing. It was funny for them for about a week, and then we started hitting.

As a father I thought it was my duty to try to eliminate some of the humiliation for my daughter by teaching her to hit and throw and catch. We started out with a whiffle ball and bat. We'd go out and practice a lot. She really wasn't into sports but she was into competition, and "being better than most of the boys," for which she thanked me.
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Re: City removes shocking pornographic public display

Postby narcoleptish » Mon Sep 16, 2013 8:44 am

It's baaack.

http://host.madison.com/wsj/news/local/ ... 49290.html

When will the mayor chime in? Word is he's very anti-signage these days.
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Re: City removes shocking pornographic public display

Postby Huckleby » Mon Sep 16, 2013 9:40 am

Great. Power to the people! Pasty power!
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Re: City removes shocking pornographic public display

Postby green union terrace chair » Tue Sep 17, 2013 10:04 am

A big part of the issue is that they painted the first and now the second murals directly onto the building. If these dumb-dumbs just painted their nearly-nekkid lady onto a plywood sign and attached that to their building, they might not have a problem.

From city staff's quotes in local media, I get the impression that they don't want to explicitly say that this would be acceptable and the Visions guys haven't figured it out on their own, making stupid, litigious threats instead of the path of least resistance.
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Re: City removes shocking pornographic public display

Postby Huckleby » Tue Sep 17, 2013 12:57 pm

green union terrace chair wrote:A big part of the issue is that they painted the first and now the second murals directly onto the building.


The issue (as I see it) is the intolerant and overbearing nature of a stupid law prohibiting murals on buildings.

I am for a relatively free country where people don't have to bow and scrape before authority, in this case getting around stupid codes by making plywood signs that they don't want, then possibly running into more code violations for that. Nonsense.

It's a question of judgement, obviously we need to control some of the chaos. The anti-commercial mural law goes too far for my tastes.

What do we want? More freedom of expression!
When do we want it? Now!
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Re: City removes shocking pornographic public display

Postby Detritus » Tue Sep 17, 2013 5:04 pm

I don't understand. What does all this have to do with tetherball?
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