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  1. SteveS

    2018 Indianapolis 500

    I had a couple of odd connections to the Speedway bomber case. If you remember, he was caught when he tried to have a local printing company make him some fake government id’s. The printer had called the police after the guy left, suspecting something was wrong. That printer was next door to my parents fabric store and I remember being at the store one night when there were unmarked police waiting in the parking lot for the guy to come pick up the id’s. My mom was really on edge the whole time. The other connection was that the guy who did it lived a few houses away from one of my friends growing up and I remember seeing him from time to time. It was really odd to me at the time.
  2. SteveS

    2018 Indianapolis 500

    It could be stifling then, I can remember some really hot race days.
  3. SteveS

    2018 Indianapolis 500

    My dad was working for Penske racing that year. He has a winners ring from that race as well as Big Al Unsers 4th win in ‘87.
  4. SteveS

    2018 Indianapolis 500

    My first race was in 1973, the year Swede Savage died, I was 6. The race was rained out for three days, they finally ran it on Wednesday. My parents pulled my brother and I out of school to go to the race. About all I remember from that day was my dad showing up at my school to get us and walking into the track. The gates were all wide open and after three days of rained out partying, there were piles of beer cans as high as my house. I also remember it being very loud. I started going regularly when I was 9 in 1976. That is the year you are talking about, Johnny Rutherford won in a rain shortened race, they only ran 102 laps. After that I went to 29 consecutive races until my son was born in Denver in early May of 1997. There were complications with him during and right after birth so there was no way I was leaving my new son and still recovering wife.
  5. SteveS

    2018 Indianapolis 500

    That was a crazy day. I was in my seat in the paddock penthouse and they started showing the tornado warning message on the Jumbotron as soon as the race ended. There were thousands of people trying to get down ten flights of steps to get out. I decided to just stay up there and watch the horizon, if I saw a tornado coming I was seriously going to climb down a drain pipe. Fortunately that didn’t happen, but the rain that came in was truly impressive.
  6. SteveS

    2018 Indianapolis 500

    I’m leaving at 4am Friday to drive from Denver to Indy with my son and nephew. This will be my 36th or so race, 10th (I think) with my son. “Back Home Again in Indiana” took on a whole new meaning when I moved to Colorado, but I don’t have much nostalgia for the Wabash river.
  7. Do do you mean he couldn’t do the clothesline today?
  8. SteveS

    The Off-Topic Thread

    Lemon-lime was the only flavor they had in the powder at Costco. That’s why I had to buy the big variety pack. These days I generally only drink water ... and beer.
  9. SteveS

    The Off-Topic Thread

    I used to get the big variety pack for the kids back when they were in sports. I was the only one who would drink the lemon-lime. Now that the kids buy their own, all we have the blue stuff.
  10. SteveS

    The Off-Topic Thread

    None of the flavors to day are as good as what we had in the 70’s. Give me lemon-lime or nothing. Lol
  11. SteveS

    Sampson to Magic?

    I was lead to believe that we had Beilein all but signed. When Greenspan took the deal to Herbert he was told that he had to hire a minority coach. I was told Sampson was never on the original list of candidates.
  12. I was so excited when I heard that Kravitz was leaving Denver. I just couldn’t stand him as a columnist nor a radio host. His opinions always seemed lazy or crafted just to piss people off. Of course, the subject of Coach Knight would send him into a raging fit. I was always ashamed that he was an IU alum. Imagine my horror when I found out he was going to the Indy Star...
  13. SteveS

    Hoosiers In the NBA

    Ujiri did the same thing to George Karl in Denver. Karl was great regular season coach that just couldn’t ever get over the hump and win in the playoffs. I’m sure that whole experience had at least a little bit to do with this.
  14. My cord was cut for me when, after losing my job, I didn't pay them. When I finally got back on my feet financially I gave the kids the option of cable TV OR high speed internet. They didn't even think about it. I have used a really nice digital antenna (that I made myself out of old coat hangers) to get reception for local stations since around 2006. Roku has been our main streaming TV provider since around 2009, we get Netflix and Amazon Prime. I do admit that I cheat and use my brothers DirecTV login to get Big 10 games, ESPN and FS1.
  15. SteveS

    Immigration!

    Let's tie this back to immigration. Should only citizens be allowed to vote? If so then how do we guarantee that only citizens are voting? Voter ID would seem to be a good solution, but the devil is in the details. When my grandmother moved to a nursing home here in Colorado she had an expired Oklahoma drivers license since she didn't drive anymore, several years expired. It was extremely difficult to get her a valid ID so she could vote here. She had no direct bills sent to her at the nursing home and her license had been expired so long that they would not accept it as a valid ID (the picture hardly looked like her as well). We ended up having to have an affidavit mailed to her to prove her address and after I found her equally expired passport and several other non government id's they allowed her to have a state ID. It was an arduous and time consuming process. Fast forward to last year. My church has been working with the increasing homeless population in our small-ish town (a suburb of Denver). I'm not necessarily talking about drunk bums panhandling downtown or at the highway interchanges. A lot of these are what might be called the working poor, where one of the parents loses a job and before they know it the whole family is living out of a car or on the street. One of the biggest problems we have with these people is getting them valid ID's so they can get a job. In many cases they have lost everything that might be used to identify them. How are we to differentiate between these people and all the illegal immigrants who also want ID's and may want to vote? I don't have an answer, of course. I will say this though, before we really hash out a way (or a better way) to make immigration easier or simpler or equitable, shouldn't we at least attempt to stop the increase in illegals crossing into our country. To use a plumbing analogy, we should first fix the leak, then we can figure out what to do with the water that's now in the basement.
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