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The Choking Game

Monday, May 5th, 2008

So there I am getting out of my car after another day at M/A/R/C Research. After a quick trip to the bottom of the driveway to get the mail, I enter the house to find the kids and Trish. And of course the kids jump on me with excitement. Most likely I toss the mail down and go with them into the playroom where they have been playing Wii, watching TV and pretty much making a mess of the house. It’s what they do and they are very good at it.

A few minutes go by and I see a letter from my son’s school. I notice the letter is from the principal which usually can’t be a great thing. The principal wants to make parents aware of a game that is sometimes played in schools called "The Choking Game." I think I recall hearing about it but didn’t know much about it. The next day I am reading the local newspaper and read the headline "Youth Choking a Deadly High." As I read the article, it is pretty much describing what the principal’s letter said the prior day.

The article states that people who participate in The Choking Game cut off blood circulation to the brain. They do this by self-induced choking, hanging themselves or having their friends push on their chest. What happens next is when the pressure is released, blood rushes to the brain which in turn can cause a high for the person. This in turn can be something that kids get very addicted to. I did a little research (thanks Google) and apparently this game (to my ignorance) has been around for a while and a number of kids have died across the country.

  • Have you heard of this before today?
  • Did you also receive a letter from your kid’s principal?
  • As a parent, I am very concerned. Any signs we should look for with regard to our kids?


I look forward to your comments being shared.

Everybody Has Thrown Them Out There. What Are The Best/Worst You Have Ever Heard?

Friday, May 2nd, 2008

Ok. So now I have your attention because of the title of this posting. You need to read on because you have NO idea of what this blog is about. Well let me see if this gives you a hint:

  • "You look familiar. Come on! How do I know you?? Ahhh! That’s right! You were in my dreams!"
  • "Did it hurt?? When you fell from heaven?"

So now you have a little more information. This posting is about pick up lines. Yes as a teen we probably all used them, but few of us will admit it — or will we?

I will let you in on a little secret (AB and GS know this because they grew up with me and lived it). When I was in high school I was awkward, hadn’t come into my own and was geeky for sure. Yes I had trouble talking with girls. I think my big line was "Excuse me do you have the time?" or we would be at Cape Cod tossing around a ball at the water’s edge and of course toss the ball over each other’s head next to a girl we hoped to meet. Ok I said it, you know too much and you probably respect me less.

Here are a few more lines that you might have used or heard in the past:

  • "Do you believe in love at first sight? Or should I walk past again."
  • "Are you tired? Tired of what? Because you’ve been running through my mind all day!"
  • "Was your father a mechanic? Then how did you get such a finely tuned body?"
  • "Were you in Boy Scouts? Because you sure have tied my heart in a knot."
  • "You are the reason men fall in love."

And even a few more that you might have used or heard along the way!

  • "I’ve had quite a bit to drink, and you’re beginning to look pretty good.
  • "Can I buy the drink or do you just want the money?"
  • "Didn’t I see you on the cover of Vogue?"
  • "What’s your sign?"
  • "Where have you been all my life?"

One of the funniest lines ever heard was from a friend of mine, BM. I was in a bar in Philadelphia in 1995 with my friend when all of a sudden this attractive woman comes up to him (not me – he is much better looking than I am) and says I need to make a call do you have a dime I could borrow. Without hesitation he says, "Here are two." She looks at him a little strange and he says, "Here is my number. Please call me and leave me a nice message with your phone number!" To me it was a classic. And of course it worked!

  • What are the best pick up lines you have heard?
  • What is the worst line you ever heard?
  • And what about the funniest?

I look forward to reading your comments.