Bout Time II
"...Y'see, there's no slow stalking around for Cropsy. He does a little bit of hunt-the-fornicator (remember, kids, sex=death in slasher flicks), but the sudden frenzy of the infamous raft massacre is worth the wait..."
"...Her parents' origins are Mediterranean. They gave their kids Russian names for no conscious reason but that they liked Russian names...."
"...You know Bill Cosby – the man's a national treasure! He's also as funny as his career is long, and if you recognize him mostly as Dr. Cliff Huxtable from the most popular primetime show on network TV back in the day, oh, friend, you're missing out, y'see? There'll be, in this lucky audience at the Bass Concert Hall, geezers who recall the Cos from the first iteration of TV's I Spy, middle-aged hipsters who grooved to Fat Albert & the Cosby Kids during their childhood's Saturday mornings, and people of all ages who've laughed themselves into loss of bladder control while listening to the man's classic series of comedy albums from the Sixties..."
"...Once upon a time, this was not the case. When I was a lad, the closest thing I had to a superpower was a reading ability far beyond those of mortal kids..."
"...James Huizar's mural, painted right on the walls of the museum's main gallery, welcomes visitors with cartoon clouds, birds, and a blissed-out artist wearing a brown paper sack over his head and torso (he looks to be on a spray-paint high), all of them so huge that you feel like you've wandered into some trippy landscape animated by Walt Disney and Ralph Bakshi in tandem. The dishwater clouds may look uncertain, and the electric lime cloud blowing from the mouth of the skull by the artist may appear toxic, but overall, the scene generates the excited buzz of kids hitting the streets on a summer morning: "Hey, it's a beautiful day..."
"...There was the race-against-time re-creation of ancient Rome at Arthouse, with scores of adults and kids working around the clock to carve cardboard and wood into the monuments and temples of the Eternal City (before stomping it back into oblivion)...."
"...MLK CHILDREN'S ORATORY CONTEST Kids from local elementary schools were asked to explain what dream they would share with Dr. King, and now the finalists share their speeches with the public..."
"...You kind of get the impression that they just kind of happened and arrived in front of you in the video store fully formed. Which, when you think about it, is how we used to feel as kids..."
"...The artists in this show should be proud of their maturity and the personal issues they address in their artwork. Still, as someone who works with actual kids and knows how inspiring and energizing they are, it would be great to see creative people between the ages of 12 and 17 get into this show and reclaim the moniker "young" from these thirtysomethings..."
"...They wore tractor hats or maybe baseball caps, with brims pulled backwards, and they were laughing. They didn't notice me salute them, and they couldn't know that I was thinking, Next to these kids, I'm a wuss...."
"...If it takes a glaring red flag like the Chronicle's cover to make you consider the issues on even the most basic level, so be it. Some women don't want to be stuck with pushing out kids and then larding them up at Culver's, so get over yourself and realize there's more to the world than whatever is five feet in front of you...."
"..."In my own work I always take any opportunity to throw something like that in, because it gives the reader the idea that there's a greater world than what's on any particular page. That notion that the world of the work is very, very large and wide is immensely satisfying, especially to kids."..."
"...Why doesn't someone wrap the Intel building in bubble wrap? With a little plaque that says "Do not open until 2020." Little kids can pop the little bubbles for an hour at a time. Bubble wrap makes even ordinary houses look great..."
"...A bit smitten, he introduced himself to her, and found her to be smart and charming. "Now, I'm one of those Sixties kids who used to disdain Frank Sinatra the man and his music," says Black..."
"...More on this as the project evolves... Blessed Event Dept.: As we were going to press word came down from on high that Robert Rodriguez and Elizabeth Avellán, aka Mom 'n' Dad, are in the midst of releasing their fourth mini-epic in the family's ongoing My Kids franchise, the long-awaited (well, nine months, anyway) Rogue Rodriguez, who joins Rocket, Rebel, and Racer in the proud parents' unslakable quest for yet more kickass progeny..."
"...... We have kids in class wearing crash helmets knocking their heads against the wall"; "Human Services, in other words welfare, and Medicaid are the biggest drain on our system"; rising insurance rates are "not the insurance companies' fault..."
"...She has lost a daughter to meningitis, and two husbands have come and gone. Now her other kids are grown and she is spending the evening drinking too much at the Top Line with a suave lover who has a fancy new bra for her in his pocket...."
"...1400 Tillery, 78721. 472-KIDS...."
"...1400 Tillery, 78721. 472-KIDS...."