Friday, September 21, 2018
Chet out their beers here.
It's a long piece, but it's really good.
I only had one encounter with Chevy in my life. I was given his home phone number during his days hosting a late night talk show on Fox, and I called him up to ask if he would be on our show (Landecker's show).
He told me to fuck off and lose the number.
In this current study, scientists have discovered that octypuses get cuddly on the mood drug ecstacy.
I wish I was in the meeting when they pitched this study? "My wife says I get a little grabby on X, and who has more arms than me? An Octypus. It's a natural."
Thursday, September 20, 2018
Sunday at Blue Island Brewing Company on Old S. Western Avenue I'll be speaking and signing my new book, a book heavy with stories about my life and the games and people I've covered that you have never heard before. @MarkPotash @BruceWolfChi @jwasports 2:30 to 6:30 #oneofakind pic.twitter.com/4W7jkI90s8— Chet Coppock (@ChetCoppock) September 20, 2018
Wednesday, September 19, 2018
My youngest son Sean turns 16 years old today.
In honor of his birthday I'm posting a few old Father Knows Nothing columns from his youth. These two columns didn't make the final version of the book, but they remain very good insights into the boy...
The first one was written in 2009, when he was 7 years old.
The other morning when I woke up my youngest son Sean, it was immediately clear he was waking up on the right side of the bed.
“You know, Dad,” he said, as he rubbed his eyes. “Life is good.”
I laughed, and agreed.
“I really mean it,” he continued as he climbed down the stairs of his bunk bed. “Think about it. I’ve got it pretty good here. I mean, this is a nice house.”
I nodded. “Nice enough, I suppose.”
“And look at all my stuff. I’ve got a lot of pretty cool stuff.”
“Yes, that’s true,” I concurred.
Our dog Ivy came up to lick his hand. He let her lick his left hand, while he patted her head with his right.
“And this dog. We’ve got a beautiful dog. Look at how awesome this dog is.”
“Are you sure you’re not sleepwalking?” I asked.
“I’m awake, Dad,” he said. “It’s just that sometimes you have to remind yourself how good you have it. I’ve got everything I ever needed.”
“OK,” I said suspiciously, “Now I know you’re up to something. What is it?”
“Nothing,” he said. “Honestly. Nothing. Everything is great.”
He walked into the kitchen and began to make himself some breakfast. I followed him.
“Don’t forget, you have great parents too,” I reminded him.
He put his cereal box down, and looked up at me. “You know what,” he said. “That’s true. You and mom are awesome parents.”
“And you have great brothers too,” I added.
“Dad,” he said, showing me his palm. “Don’t push it.”
I should have quit while I was ahead.
The second one was written in 2010, when he was 8. His brother Johnny was 12 at the time, and his oldest brother Tommy was 15.
Sean calmly told me that the fighting that used to consume every waking moment in our house would never happen again. He seemed pretty confident about it.
“And how are you going to manage that?” I asked.
“I figured out a way to protect myself and make Tommy and Johnny laugh at the same time,” he said. “Want to see it?”
So he ran into the basement, fiddled around with a few things, and then called me downstairs to unveil his incredible new invention. His voice was a little muffled, and I soon discovered why.
“Well, when Johnny gets mad, I just put on these rolled up sleeping pads. If he stays mad I can block his punches and it won’t hurt. If he pushes me over, I’ll land on pads, and it won’t hurt. But mostly he just laughs at how stupid I look, and the fight just ends.”
You may mock this device, but I should tell you that we’ve now gone two full months without a fight in my house. That’s nearly Guinness World Records worthy.
Good news for musical artists who have really been taken advantage of since the beginning of time.
“As we have always said, Bert and Ernie are best friends,” said the nonprofit education organization behind the PBS series. “They were created to teach preschoolers that people can be good friends with those who are very different from themselves. Even though they are identified as male characters and possess many human traits and characteristics … they remain puppets, and do not have a sexual orientation.”
Tuesday, September 18, 2018
One final question. Is there a Yeti combover?
The Republicans are crying foul about this Cavanagh situation, which is particularly galling because they literally stole a Supreme Court seat from Obama.
How can we get past this? I have a solution that will bring this country together, or at the very least, end the inevitable payback loop we are now engaged in.
Trump should withdraw Cavanagh. Nominate the rightful Justice Merrick Garland. Consider Neil Gorsuch your newest Supreme Court justice. This is his rightful seat now. He would no longer have an asterisk next to his name, would no longer be considered an illegitate justice installed unconstitutionally. Democrats could no longer bring up the stolen seat. Republicans could reclaim a moral high ground--something they haven't been able to do in more than a decade.
Average: Average people are high in neuroticism and extraversion, while low in openness. This is the most common personality type.
Reserved: The Reserved type is emotionally stable but not open or neurotic. They are not particularly extraverted but are somewhat agreeable and conscientious.
Role Models: Role models score low in neuroticism and high in all the other traits. They are good leaders, dependable and open to new ideas.
Self Centered: Self-Centered people score very high in extraversion and below average in openness, agreeableness, and conscientiousness.
I can't figure out which one I am.
Among the winners, John Oliver, SNL, Game of Thrones, and a bunch of Emmys went to a show I've never seen or heard of (but now must seek out)...The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel.
Monday, September 17, 2018
But I read her account, and it sure sounds believable to me.
The question is, in this #metoo moment are we just going to Anita Hill her? I sure hope the answer is no, but I'm not optimistic.
Listen to it here.