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Things I've Found 2 (300MPH of fun)—11/8/2001

by Mark Rose

Ballard: Our local gardening-cum-home accent store Home Again (2313 NW Market St.) is moving, based on a giant For Lease sign in its window. Also in its window is an intriguing wooden box of what look like giant Japanese Tinkertoys. The tag says, unhelpfully, “Antique Japanese game” but it looks less like a game and more like a building set. Very cool. Can anyone read Japanese to help me find out more?

Road Trips: Before Seattle International Raceway is passed over to its new owner, there’ll be an auction of all existing assets. I’d love to take away a Christmas Tree, scoring stand, or maybe some piles of old programs. Here’s the link: http://www.murphyauctions.net/sir.html. Who’s up for a road trip on both the 14th and 15th of November, huh?? Let’s go!  . . . Also, Takashi Murakami will be exhibiting his “Superflat” style of contemporary art at the Henry Art Gallery now through March 3. You can see examples in Art in America and the current (and previous) cover of Giant Robot magazine. Still can’t figure out why it appeals to me so much. Go and tell me what you think.

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Sports: Let’s get this straight. Damien Robinson (S, NYJ) nearly rips the head off Aaron Brooks (QB, NO) and gets fined $20,000. Kyle Terley (T, NO) takes off Robinson’s helmet and wings it skyward and gets fined $25,000 and must take anger management class? Terley protected his teammate. Robinson could have snapped Brooks’ neck. Nice decision, NFL Next you’ll be wanting to contract teams.  . . . In other sports news, they never played strip volleyball in my school: http://www.azcentral.com/offbeat/articles/1106stripvolley06-ON.html  . . . And in other other sports news: 213 pounds of marijuana! [http://www.foxsports.com/story/story.adp?contentId=198026] [Sadly, neither of these links work any more. I believe the latter story was about former Cowboys guard Nate Newton being caught with a 213-pound wad of weed in his Econoline van. That’s a big spliff for a big man.]

Entertainment: I hate to admit it but Fox’s new show “24” isn’t all that bad. Kiefer Sutherland (Flashback and . . .and . . .well, Flashback) is decent, good pace, like the split screens . . .Go ahead, call me a philistine . . . This is what we need in these troubled times: counter-terrorism trading cards http://www.topps.com/enduringfreedom.html [This annoyed me. Topps made these cards, but you can’t find anything about them on their site any longer. Apparently, they’re ashamed. Well, you can see examples here: http://flakmag.com/misc/topps.html but the writer of the piece is upset at them too, boo hoo hoo] . . . For those of you who heard a drunken Mark Grace address the fans at the Diamondbacks World Series Parade: “I have two words for you: trophy and ring (hic)!”

Subscribers’ Contributions: Man Eats Big Macs Every Day (265 in one month!): [http://dailynews.yahoo.com/h/wisn/20011106/lo/955662_1.html] [And this one doesn’t work either. I wonder if this guy ever met Morgan Spurlock. If you’re interested in Morgan Spurlock’s “Super Size Me” film and his blog, check out: http://blogs.indiewire.com/morganspurlock/]