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    World"s Largest Geode

    Because my parents were "rockhounds" I spent a good deal of my youth scouring the desert floor in search of gemstones and geodes. My biggest geode find was about the size of an avocado. Now I see...
  2. Thread: Son like father?

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    I believe Valery Brumel had a son, Viktor, who...

    I believe Valery Brumel had a son, Viktor, who became a 2.21 HJer.
    And, of course, Randall Cunningham's daughter Vashti is within 2 inches of her dad's PR, which may still be the record at Santa...
  3. Thread: Whj wr

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    dukehjsteve, as usual is exactly right. And the...

    dukehjsteve, as usual is exactly right.
    And the head official is the final arbiter.
    As per rule, there is this discretionary power:

    The key phrase here is "without touching it". But in this...
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    Interesting. Tough call from the video evidence....

    Interesting.
    Tough call from the video evidence.
    Was the bar wobbling and nearing displacement or not?
    Once the head official rules a clearance the bar can be stabilized.
    But in the...
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    Also: I hate the light show introductions that...

    Also: I hate the light show introductions that require the athletes to stand at their blocks way too long.
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    Seems to me the continuing trend is that Brit...

    Seems to me the continuing trend is that Brit commentators more often describe what is really happening while the US narration follows pre-scripted talking points.
    In one NBC Sports broadcast...
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    That is a reasonable an explanation for the...

    That is a reasonable an explanation for the mis-statement of the rules, although the use of flags in HJ events is far from universal at all levels.
    Bottom line is that the official must determine...
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    When Hauser received his high school diploma at...

    When Hauser received his high school diploma at the Oxnard HS stadium he was such an accomplished athlete that as he was handed the his scroll a curtain was dropped from the football score board to...
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    My favorite gum chewing, gaunt Johnny Cash...

    My favorite gum chewing, gaunt Johnny Cash video. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jgn60pCY3xQ
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    Interesting comments but some flawed premises. ...

    Interesting comments but some flawed premises.
    For instance, does anyone really believe that all throwers and jumpers really try for PRs on every attempt?
    Or that attempts at lower heights in...
  11. Thread: HS Reunion

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    Best aspect of my 50th was that nearly all the...

    Best aspect of my 50th was that nearly all the spouses decided they were fed up with such gatherings and decided not to attend, so old friends didn't spend a lot of time having to introduce and try...
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    So the plasticine is a quarter inch higher than...

    So the plasticine is a quarter inch higher than the board? Pity the poor Lonewolf and colleagues smoothing out the junk to that exact tolerance ! And how about the unfortunate jumper whose take off...
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    The Altamont free concert was a freaking...

    The Altamont free concert was a freaking nightmare.
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    All this recollection got me to thinking about...

    All this recollection got me to thinking about which 1969 legends I'd actually seen in person:
    Jefferson Airplane (with Signe Anderson and later with Grace Slick)
    Rolling Stones (from a distance at...
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    Here's a pretty grim outlook vis-a-vis the aging...

    Here's a pretty grim outlook vis-a-vis the aging music legends of 1969 and, by implication, their aging fans!!!
    https://theweek.com/articles/861750/coming-death-just-about-every-rock-legend
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    She made great music throughout her career,...

    She made great music throughout her career, including terrific covers of Mexican classics.
    Here in her powerful prime:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HNAN-JoMabM
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    Has anyone yet called Brazier's performance...

    Has anyone yet called Brazier's performance "Wottle-esque"?
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    Then there is this:...

    Then there is this: https://chicago.suntimes.com/entertainment-and-culture/2019/8/27/20835435/pete-davidson-stops-show-tirade-against-college-audience
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    Jeopardy guy James Holzhauer tweets: Of...

    Jeopardy guy James Holzhauer tweets:

    Of course the twitter world attacked Holzhauer with allegations he took a dive when he lost at Jeopardy...
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    Luck Retires, Fans Boo

    Football really is brutal. Indy fans jeering Andrew Luck off the field is an appalling example of the state of the sport. Apparently the guy was expected to keep throwing his body into the fray with...
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    Remarkably, I find myself in the same corner with...

    Remarkably, I find myself in the same corner with Atticus for the second time in a week!
    I'd add that the second really sad fact illustrated by the list is that the biggest "stars" are associated...
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    Blaming the behavior described here on cell...

    Blaming the behavior described here on cell phones? I seem to vaguely recall kids goofing off in class since I began elementary school in 1951. Guess we were ahead of the curve...
    Also recall looney...
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    The best idea is what Atticus seems to be...

    The best idea is what Atticus seems to be advocating... a campus & classroom culture where kids recognize when and where it is appropriate to use phones and when and where it is not. The first & most...
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    Junior life guard programs in California have...

    Junior life guard programs in California have sprint aces for "flags" (really pieces of garden hose stuck in the sand)... always fewer flags than kids, sort of musical chairs elimination heats. Lots...
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    ESPN now echoing the same report. Sources still...

    ESPN now echoing the same report. Sources still not clear.
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