On post-its, dog collars, and hula skirts

Steinn beat me to it, but I was going to discuss the latest appearance of the post-it bandit.

So, to recap, someone covered my truck in post-it notes a few months ago. This was followed by a day at work where a number of office doors were similarly covered.

More recently, the bandit stuck again. Steinn found a hula skirt in his office, Mike found dog collars, Larry found a groundhog (stuffed, I assume), and Caryl found glow-in-the-dark glasses.

Today's pranks led to police being called.

I agree, the prankster did go too far, they probably should have stopped before putting stuff in very sensitive offices. Here's my working hypothesis: the prankster(s) don't really have access to the offices. I'm thinking they have some clever method for getting stuff in otherwise. I've heard several reports of stuff being knocked over (Steinn, Mike, Caryl), and I can't imagine someone who was so precise in their post-it application wouldn't be careful enough not to knock stuff off of everyone's desks. This suggests to me they don't have that much control over where stuff gets placed. Robin also got balloons, which you can place under the door and inflate from the other side. I'm not just saying this because someone called "Prankster" commented to Steinn that they can't get in -- even if that is a fake comment by an outside observer, I mentioned this same thought to Mike earlier today. Mike didn't believe me, but Mike's evidence was that opening the door blew papers off his desk. I think it was the method for placing the stuff in the office without opening the door that knocked stuff off the desk.

Anyway, I would like to know (just for curiosity's sake) who the bandit is, but I don't want the person to get in trouble -- even placing a groundhog in Larry's office seems harmless to me.


On apologies

Sorry for the neglect of this blog -- it's been busy lately, and I have a tough time blogging when I'm on my computer working all the time. I need to escape the keyboard rather than spend more time in front of it.

I thought that since I'm in Boston for a meeting, I'd find some time to catch up, but I spent a lot of time today at the meeting corresponding with folks back home about some plans for some work obligations next week. So still didn't find any time to blog.

Now, I'm tired. Sorry to the few of you who have found checking here to be futile lately, but I'll be back to posting something random soon.

In the meantime, here's a few links I've found interesting lately:

more from Chris Dodd.

I'm going to miss this by about 2 hours. Interesting that Jay Paterno was at his campaign HQ.

It really seems like this is it for Joe, but many people are enjoying this far too much. Many people seem to have so many axes to grind with him that they are really seeming to savor watching this play out in a way that is not so flattering for Joe. Personally, I will always believe that the man deserves much more respect than he gets.

More at some time when I'm more motivated...


The Moon Hoax Hoax

One of my pet peeves -- moon landing hoax theories.

One of my dreams come true: Mythbusters are going to be taking on the Moon landing hoax myths.

I can't wait.


On the Stillers again

Most folks will probably deny this, but I've been on record for a few years saying that although I wish Joe Paterno will never retire, I do have an approved coach that has my all important permission to replace him.

That person is Bill Cowher. I know this is a complete pipe dream, and in fact, I'm only partly convinced myself this is a good idea. However, I can't think of anyone else I think should take over for Joe.

So, the rumors are that Cowher was here talking to PSU's AD. I had actually heard that rumor through the grapevine before it showed up on SI.com or in the Pittsburgh newspapers. I hope it's true.

Bill's got my vote, and as I mentioned, I have lots of pull around here.


On the Stillers

This past week, Myron Cope passed away.

Peter King wrote a nice tribute to him in his column this week.

Everything that everyone says about Myron is true. I came late to the Steelers and won't claim to be a long time fan (or even necessarily the most loyal fan right now), but the reason I am a Steelers fan at all today is because of Myron Cope. Like everyone around here, I turn down the volume of the TV when Penn State football is on TV and when the Steelers are on TV, and turn up the volume on the radio and listen to our local announcers. The reason for listening to the Steelers was always Myron. The rest of the crew is great, too, but Myron really was a lot of fun to listen to because it was clear how much he loved the Steelers. After decades on the radio, he was still screeching "Touchdonn" (no, that's not a typo) every time they scored.

When I lived in Virginia, I loved visiting PA, because on the drive back to CVille on football Sundays, I could usually keep Cope on my radio for a good chunk of the trip.

If I have such fond memories of a guy I've listened to for a few years now, I can't even imagine what the guys who have been listening to Myron since the 70s feel. I imagine a lot of cans of Iron City were raised in his honor last week.

Sorry... no time to finish this, gotta go get a hot dog.