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The Chocolate-Thunder-Flying, Robinzine-Crying, Teeth-Shaking, Glass-Breaking, Rump-Roasting, Bun-Toasting, Wham-Bam, Glass-Breaker-I-Am-Jam

August 7, 2017

This morning’s reading reminded me of the backboard-shattering slam dunks of Darryl Dawkins, and how he would create such fantastic names for them. (See Darryl Dawkins
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia).

This is the relevant excerpt from this morning’s reading experience:

JOHN VANAK: The game was in Raleigh— Pittsburgh against the Carolina Cougars. [Charlie “Helicopter” Hentz, a 6-foot-6, 230 pound player from Arkansas AM&N] went up for a slam and just tore the rim right off. I mean, you’d have thought the whole arena was coming down. He had a powerful one-handed tomahawk slam. It really was a sight. The first time it happened— yes, I said the first time— was late in the first half and they held up the game for an hour, but eventually found another rim and backboard. But in the second half, the same damn thing happened again. Helicopter went up for a dunk and I said to myself, “Oh, no, not again.” Sure enough, he broke another backboard. Now I knew we were in real trouble. Where were we going to find another backboard? It was about 11 at night. (Cougars GM) Carl Scheer wanted to call off the game and then replay it with a big promotion— Broken Backboard Night or some such thing. Jack McMahon was coaching Pittsburgh and he said he didn’t care if we had to wait until 3 A.M., we were going to finish the game. They brought in a wooden backboard from a local high school and we did finish, probably about 3 A.M. I had worked in the NBA since 1960 and I had never seen one backboard smashed, and the Helicopter did it twice in a night.

Pluto, Terry. Loose Balls (Kindle Locations 1831-1841). Simon & Schuster. Kindle Edition.


“Face to Face with Elder and Sister Renlund”

August 6, 2017

I watched this nice program today.

” . . . you do not emerge from reading Les Misérables the same person . . . “

August 6, 2017

Julie Rose in the Translator’s Preface to Les Misérables (Modern Library Classics) (Kindle Location 369). Random House Publishing Group. Kindle Edition.

“Open House Begins at Provo Missionary Training Center”

August 6, 2017

Last night I had the opportunity to serve as a volunteer host at this open house.

Contract Law: From Trust to Promise to Contract by Harvard University (Updated)

July 18, 2017

I’m just starting this online course.  I enrolled when it was offered earlier this year, but did not finish, and this time around intend to see it through, even if my schedule gets out of control.

If you ever wanted to learn about contract law, or more about contract law, you may want to consider this online course, which can be taken free of charge.  The professor (Charles Fried) is excellent.

Update (20170718)

One of the things I like about Professor Fried is that he provides rich illustrations of the concepts he teaches, drawing on areas outside of the law, which broadens my perspective and interests.  In a lecture I just listened to, he used the following two paintings:

Eakins, The Champion Single Sculls (Max Schmitt in a Single Scull)

Lorenzetti, Allegory of Good and Bad Government