1. Reggie, the Alligator: Captured, at last. Almost as evasive as Osama Bin Laden, possibly hidden by Pashtun immigrants, or the Pakistani Intelligence Service (PIS, thus dear to me, as
), Reggie is now ensconced in the LA Zoo, safe from the perils of Lake Machado, but not the fires started by cigarette smoking, sleepy, homeless men, the source of the recent Griffith Park fire. Safety is relative, anyway. http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-ex-reggie24may25,1,6574307.story?ctrack=1&cset=true I had Lin look this over, briefly, and asked her if she knew the difference between alligators and crocodiles. She smiled in her usually enticing fashion, and said "Some make better shoes than others." Alas, no need for Wikipedia to explain taxonomy to my beautiful wife.
2. Impostor allegedly lived at Stanford: A young Orange County woman is said to have passed herself off as a student and lived in campus dormitories for eight months. (From the Associated Press) http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-imposter25may25,0,3759769.story?track=mostviewed-storylevel Son, John, the Deputy District Attorney, has always been a proponent of attending a top-ten school, as a necessary catapult to economic achievement, but then, alas, he's a Republican, so that must be taken into consideration. I am posting this report of an apparent security breach which might cause one to ponder just how many similar events occur amidst the student bodies of "Top Ten Universities." Being a Bruin, first, a product of subsidized state education (U.C.L.A.), and acknowledging that Stanford is a fine university (Despite the Hoover Institute, Condoleesa Rice, and Leland Stanford, himself), my prejudices are known. Early in the course of my education, I was subjected to a most pleasant Saturday afternoon of appropriate violence in which the then Stanford Indians (now, the politically appropriate, "Cardinal"), were ravaged at the Coliseum, 72-0. Where can I get a copy of this wonderful football game? My friend, and attorney, Thomas O'Keefe is a Stanford grad, as is my absolutely perfect, daughter-in-law, Dr. Sheryl Lewin, who gives Stanford a really good name!
The Stanford Daily adds further details of what it really takes to get into Stanford: http://daily.stanford.edu/article/2007/5/25/imposterIiFourYearsInVarian
Now I seem to remember a recent PBS documentary, Voyage of the Courtesans, http://www.pbs.org/wnet/secrets/case_courtesans/index.html where the role of a presumed criminal element was explained and dignified. Perhaps, in the fantasy of the life of the sea captain, who smuggled a woman on board to ease the pains of a long ocean voyage, the answer to her stay in the dormitory will be found in a very mundane explanation.
3. More than the Swallows in San Juan Capistrano, now the educators have found something else to do. Make your very own, "Enemies' List." http://www.ocregister.com/ocregister/homepage/abox/article_1706724.php
Well, what can you expect from the same kind of folks who long to go to the Regents University Law School. Great job, Alberto!
4. And finally, to jump onto a promising marketing trend, courtesy of NPR & Market P)lace: It's a sexual marketing revolution: http://www.publicradio.org/tools/media/player/start/00:00:04:34.0/end/00:00:07:20.0/marketplace/morning_report/2007/05/25_mktmorn0550.ram The market for Viagra is estimated to be three times greater amongst women than men. I wouldn't know. Maybe, when I get older.....