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High Noon: Public Restroom Mix-Up

On her Facebook wall, the Accidental Rabbit Trails blogger admits that Paul Turner's Slice column struck a cord this morning — you know, the one in which Paul asks if you've ever wondered what it's like in the public restrooms used by the opposite sex. The ART blogger recalls “a time at a hockey game in DC when I accidentally walked into the men's restroom (saw “men” and thought it had a “w” and an “o” in front of that) — saw lots of men standing, facing walls and thought — literally, it was my first thought — why are all these men in the women's bathroom?”

Question: Have you ever accidentally walked into the public restroom of the opposite gender?

NIdaho Blogs: A Brush With Death

It all happened fast, and slow, all at the same time. I didn’t have to jump back into my car, because I hadn’t gotten out of it yet. I didn’t even have to watch the truck tear off my driver’s side door because I had decided to sit in the car with the door closed while I had my phone conversation. But what if I had parked one spot further away from our building? My car would have been rear ended, maybe even crushed. Or what if my friend hadn’t answered her phone, which delayed my getting out of the car for just that extra few moments? Or what if it I had opened the car door and stepped out while I talked to her? As the truck came racing backwards, aimed right at me …/Beth Bollinger, Accidental Rabbit Trails. More here.

  • HBO numbers (for Monday, Sept. 13): 12,000 page-views/7200 unique views

Question: Has circumstance ever intervened to save you from serious injury or death?

ART: ‘I’m Proud To Be An American’

I’m the kind of person who will not say “under God” when saying the pledge of allegiance, out of respect for American atheists, or who will defend in court the person who burns the flag in protest. But I am also the kind of person who looks with pride at that same flag - my flag - as it waves in the wind over a baseball field, as the national anthem plays. I swell with pride, looking at that flag and knowing the ideals that it represents, knowing that I belong to a nation that represents those ideals. Maybe that’s why I fit right in here, in America. I am, at heart, an impatient, idealistic, enthusiastic soul/Beth Bollinger, Accidental Rabbit Trails. More here.

HBO numbers (for Tuesday, Aug. 31): 11,205/6551, (for Monday, Aug. 30): 8551/5307; (for month of August): 200,450/124,633; (for year-to-date): 1,566,713/925,587

Question: Do you question the patriotism of people who don’t agree with your politics or religion?

Beth: Loving Baseball For Its Moments

RE: Armando Galaraga’s perfect game can be saved/Mike Lupica, New York Daily News

But then last night, there was another moment as well (thanks to Mike Lupica for spelling it out here). It was the moment that the pitcher turned to the ump who made the wrong call and - smiled at him. It was an awkward smile, followed by a pulling of the cap and a return to the mound, to finish a game that ought to have been finished already. But that smile - that grace, to react with a smile and not a shout - was a moment in time that makes baseball something else - reminds me that baseball is a game of moments, of opportunities to play above and beyond just the mechanics of the game/Beth Bollinger, Accidental Rabbit Trails. More here.

Question: Have you witnessed another example of someone reacting to extreme disappointment with the grace shown by Detroit pitcher Armando Galaraga?

ART: Perfection On Demand

Did you know that Jennifer Hudson lip-synched the National Anthem at the Super Bowl the other night? She is an incredibly talented, dependable singer. But her passionate performance (she sure looked like she was belting it out) was pre-recorded. Faith Hill, too, was lip synching when she sang “America the Beautiful.” Both did so at the request of the Super Bowl’s producer. His reason: “There’s too many variables to go live. I would never recommend any artist go live, because the slightest glitch would devastate the performance.” (At least Bruce Springsteen was live. And up close and personal too, as he slid into the camera at the end of his walkway)/Beth Bollinger, Accidental Rabbit Trails. More here.

DFO: Put your hands together for the newest member of the HBO Blogosphere: Beth Bollinger of Accidental Rabbit Trails. You can read all about her here.

Question (from Beth): Have we reached a point of expecting perfection at all times?

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