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The sweater is what it is.  It's not really that big a deal one way or the other, and certainly doesn't look "awful on you", or any worse on you than it would look on anyone else.  I think the main thing is that people just like to make fun of people who wear "Cosby sweaters". 

I myself, I confess, possess several of these so-called "Cosby sweaters".  While I don't wear them often, on a cold day or two I HAVE been known to throw one on and go out in public.  I have also had plenty of comments on them... sweaters are certainly dividers, not uniters.  If nothing else, they're real conversation pieces.

If I were you, I'd ignore the detractors who would make fun of your sweater.  I am a long-time advocate of people being able to wear Cosby sweaters whenever and wherever.  Just realize that if you do wear the sweater, it might make people think you're a nerd.  Especially when taken together with excessive verbosity.  My recommendation would be to wear that as a badge of pride.  Pookie may have won the Yoda trophy... but that doesn't mean the rest of us can't wear our eccentricities proudly on our sleeves.

Finally, if anyone makes fun of your sweater anymore, I, the one and only ZAP, hereby give you the authority to tell the offender in question to STFU.  That's right... tell them all where they can stick it, and continue to rock the Cosby sweater with pride.

Good luck, I know you'll make it. ;)


I just think we should all tell the truth here.  I for one don't have a picture of myself in my avatar, but I don't kill children either.  Let it be known. 


Law School Admissions / So Hilarity, tell me...
« on: October 20, 2004, 12:33:01 PM » you ensue? 

Sorry, I just had to ask.


General Off-Topic Board / Most obnoxious troll poll
« on: October 20, 2004, 09:29:44 AM »
Come on now, everybody.  Vote!


General Off-Topic Board / edit
« on: October 18, 2004, 11:40:46 AM »

Law School Admissions / Letters of Recommendation sent! Booyah!
« on: October 11, 2004, 06:35:29 AM »
I got two emails this morning from my recommenders, informing me that they've both sent my recommendations to LSAC.  I'm pumped!  One of them said he told "all those big name schools" they had to let me in or they'd "have to deal with him".  But then he said he was a bit more diplomatic than that.  I thought that was pretty funny.

Needless to say, I'm feeling pretty good today (despite the untimely demise of Christopher Reeve).  Assuming it takes LSAC about 3-4 weeks to process them both, I should be good for early action at about everywhere except maybe Duke, who wants everything in by Nov. 1.

Dancing days are here again!


Politics and Law-Related News / That's one way to pay a fine...
« on: October 08, 2004, 11:59:31 AM »
BURLINGTON, Iowa -- A psychiatrist who police say smeared excrement on dollar bills used to pay a parking ticket has been charged with harassment of a public official.

Ronald Preston McPike, 52, was arrested Sept. 30 at his office in Burlington.

He pleaded not guilty to the charge, a misdemeanor, and was released on $125 bond pending a Dec. 8 court appearance.

Officers received an envelope in July labeled "Foreign brown substance on bills." The envelope contained several dollar bills and a parking ticket made out to a vehicle registered to McPike, police said.

Tests indicated the brown substance was fecal matter and indicated that the stain patterns resulted from the matter being smeared on the bills.

"All personnel that dealt with the bills were offended by what the defendant did," an affidavit said.

McPike told police the money fell into a toilet and was retrieved to pay the parking ticket, police said.

If convicted, McPike could face up to 30 days in jail and a fine of up to $500.

General Off-Topic Board / Post 5000 - Click and see inside!!!!
« on: October 07, 2004, 10:12:57 AM »
An institution, according to, is ďAn established organization or foundation, especially one dedicated to education, public service, or culture.Ē

LSD is an institution.  It means different things to all of us, but its something special to us all, regardless.  Letís face it; we all keep coming back here for a reason.  For some, that reason is because weíre trying to learn more about law school.  For others, itís a place to come and discuss divergent ideas.  For me, though, I keep coming back because is like Cheers.  Itís a place where everybody knows my name.  That means something.

Itís wonderful that weíve been able to form such a strong, supportive community, especially since few of us have ever actually met in person.  We have different interests, different goals, different plans, different values and ideas.  And yet, I feel close to all of you.  Everyone Iíve spoken with here means something to me.  I thought about making this post a shout-out to all my various friends, nemeses, and others past and present.  I decided against that.  Ultimately, Iíd forget someone.  Thatís the last thing I want to do. 

So instead, Iíll just say that if you know who I am, and I know who you are, you mean something special to me.  Iíve got your back.  I appreciate you all, and Iím proud to be a part of this community.  Hopefully, Iíll have the honor of being a part of it for some time to come.

So as I come full circle, going back to my roots and assuming my original LSD identity, I'd like to thank you all for more than just the good advice you've given me.  I'd like to thank you all for being my friends. 

And Cho, You and I both know, Buicks rule.  Greetings from Nashville.


General Off-Topic Board / Countdown to 5000... help me post-whore.
« on: October 07, 2004, 09:24:34 AM »
OK, this is the official "let's all pull together and help ZAP reach 5000 and status of LSD Obsessed" thread.  Feel free to post anything to it that would meet that objective.


General Off-Topic Board / PIXIES SHOW LAST NIGHT
« on: October 07, 2004, 07:19:06 AM »
I promised an update on the Pixies show.  Far be it from me to disappoint, or fail to give the Pixies their due.

The Thrills (opening the show) went on about 7:30.  Although I really like their recorded material I've heard (in particular the singles, but their debut album is pretty solid), I wasn't so fond of their live show.  To start off, the mix just wasn't that good, and the singer's voice was a little too buried.  Also, most of their stuff was downtempo and nice enough (I mean, they're good songs), but it just didn't rock out.  The only song where they really captured the audience's undivided attention was their big single off their first album, One Horse Town.  It was great.  The lead singer gave the backstory of the song, saying "This is a song that came about because of a wager we had going in a pub in Dublin.  My bandmate said if you could ever write a song that combined Belle and Sebastian with The E-Street Band, you'd really be onto something.  So I wrote this song."  Given that context, the song makes so much more sense now. 

I digress.  Onto Pixies.

Fun fact about Pixies... everyone says "The Pixies", including myself.  But "The" isn't part of their name.  It isn't on their merchandise, isn't on any of their album covers, isn't on their posters, and I guess they've been "Pixies" all along.  But they'll always be "The Pixies" to me...

The Pixies went on at about 9:00 and played for about an hour-fifteen, twentyish. 

They opened with "Is She Weird" ("Is she weird, is she white, is she promised to the night?  And her head has no room").  Along with "Velouria", it was the only song they played off "Bossanova" (no "Digging for Fire", unfortunately).  I only remember one song off Trompe Le Monde too: they played "UMass" but, sadly, no Alec Eiffel.  They also played "Caribou" off of "Come On Pilgrim".

Of course, while I was disappointed in no "Alec Eiffel" and no "Digging For Fire" after the fact (I was hoping for an encore with these, but they didn't do an encore), the show itself was anything but disappointing!  They played practically everything off "Doolittle", and played about half of "Surfer Rosa".  It was great when they came out and played a few songs, and the Black Francis said "Before the show tonight, Kim Deal came up to me and said "I don't think I can do (didn't catch what song he said) tonight, but I think I can do Gigantic."  Of course, the place went wild.  Then Black Francis was like "So Kim, are you in enough pain tonight to sing that song?"  And Kim stepped up to the microphone and said "Charles, I'm an artist.  I'm always in pain."  The place went crazy again.

They didn't go straight on and play Gigantic then, it came later in the set.  Joey Santiago did some weird noise guitar stuff where the drummer threw him a drumstick and he put his guitar on his guitar stand and just kind of hit it with the stick to make it reverbate.  He really is no Thurston Moore, but when it comes to the single-note, simple leads he's famous for, he delivered in full force.  They closed with "Where is My Mind."  The whole crowd was doing the "whoo-ooh" part.

As far as the overall show... the mix was good, the lights were fantastic, they played their best songs, they seemed to be having fun, the crowd was definitely having fun (It was great to see all the hands going in the air holding up different numbers of fingers "If man is 5 then the devil is 6, if the devil is 6 then God is 7" during Monkey Gone to Heaven).  They were playing really tight.  I can't imagine they would have been any better in terms of quality ten years ago.  To sum up, Andrew, you have quite a show ahead of you when they play Boston.

The Pixies Rock!


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