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  1. 2017 High School Football

    He has to pay $300 to play (athletic fee), and they take one plane trip (Juneau) or ferry trip (Kodiak) a year, and while they do fundraisers, the booster club springs for the cost of the trip. They spend the night in the gym of the high school they are visiting and a road trip can take several days. His older sister is a cheerleader at the school and she has to pay for everything (travel, hotel, etc.) to go to these games, whereas he pays nothing (other than the yearly athletic fee). I went to high school in NW Washington, it cost nothing to play, and our longest road trip was maybe 50-60 miles down the freeway, which could be done in one night. We were talking about this because my old high school is now charging students to play high school sports, which seems strange to me, I thought high school sports were supposed to be free, except for some basic personal equipment. That's when she told me about what he winds up paying.
  2. 2017 High School Football

    The championship game is in Anchorage at Anchorage Football Stadium (sounds more impressive than it is). My friend says booster clubs and support groups pay for the travel, so I don't know how much tickets cost, but I'll be sure to ask her.
  3. Go Stare at the Sun

    I found it funny that the tv station that continuously hyped this as a "once in a lifetime" event just interviewed a guy who has just seen his third eclipse and is planning on seeing the one in 2024.
  4. 2017 High School Football

    The last game on the schedule is September 29, then a couple of rounds of playoffs, the whole thing should be done by Halloween.
  5. 2017-18 NCAA Football Thread

    Forgive my ignorance, but what is a Gasparilla?
  6. 2017 High School Football

    My friend's son's team has already started the season 0-2. They start the season early up in Alaska.
  7. Football and CTE

    I knew a girl in high school whose brother died playing h.s. football a couple years before I knew her. Yet all of her other older and younger brothers played football "in his memory" as if the memory of him dying totally escaped them. Then she got hurt in competitive gymnastics, and a few of them quit football because they figured the family was "cursed".
  8. Celebrate Yourself Here

    So on my birthday a couple days ago, my parents said they'll take me anywhere for a week for my 50th. I'm trying to decide if I want to go someplace I've been before, or someplace new. I have 6 months to decide.
  9. 2017 MLB Season

    I remember several years ago when Uncle Bud proposed a radical realignment where the AL was basically the western division and the NL was the eastern division or the other way around. The AL west would have been Seattle, Arizona, and the 5 California clubs. Or maybe it was the NL. It was shot down so fast I forgot the specifics of which league was where.
  10. The all encompassing Doctor Who thread

    I had to dig through years of Facebook posts, finally found the one where my cousin and I argued if there would be a female doctor. Took some doing and searching, but 4 years after that argument, I guess I finally won. I don't hold grudges well, do I?
  11. That logo looks familiar...

    This is for sports logos used for other purposes. This is a tv producer in Southern California and I think her shirt advertising her show is using a familiar, if old, logo...
  12. What Grinds Your Gears...

    And again, they were going off tonight. My cat is terrified (she doesn't like loud noises, but on the 4th I expect it and come home early from my friends fourth BBQ to comfort her) and I have work in the morning. I'm debating whether or not to call the cops or just refuse to pay my homeowner's association bill because they are obviously not enforcing their own rules.
  13. What Grinds Your Gears...

    They just said on the tv news that the upcoming solar eclipse was a once in a lifetime event. Does this mean I'm going to die before August 21, because I remember one in the NW in the spring of 1979 when I was 9 years old.
  14. Amelia Earhart

    It was thrown out eventually because of that (you can't sue for injuries in combat), but that didn't stop him from trying.
  15. 2017 NHL Offseason

    Aho is actually a popular surname in Finland, but Sebastian is not a common Finnish name, so it is quite surprising to see two of them. I have quite an uncommon name, so I was surprised when I got a call for smzimbabwe, and he said, you can't be smzimbabwe, you don't sound black.