Falling Rain, Pumped Up Kicks, And That Song Stuck In Your Head

I’m sure you’ve had those moments when a song will pop in your head. A recent rain storm reminded me of an old song by The Cascades. “Listen to the rhythm of the falling rain…” sounds so nice except that the rest of the lyric didn’t fit in with my mood at the time, which was the rain. The song was more about love lost, and well, I wasn’t feeling that right now. Oh well.

That brings to mind another song. There’s a popular song by Foster The People called “Pumped Up Kicks” which I got hooked on when I heard the chorus playing on my son’s cell phone. It’s a catchy song which easily got stuck in my head. Thinking it would be nice to know the words to the song, I did a search. Well, I didn’t know what to make of what I found. Poking around further, I found this answer to the question, “What is ‘Pumped Up Kicks’ about?”:

‘Pumped Up Kicks’ is about a kid that basically is losing his mind and is plotting revenge. He’s an outcast. I feel like the youth in our culture are becoming more and more isolated. It’s kind of an epidemic. Instead of writing about victims and some tragedy, I wanted to get into the killer’s mind, like Truman Capote did in ‘In Cold Blood.’ I love to write about characters. That’s my style. I really like to get inside the heads of other people and try to walk in their shoes.

Well, after reading the lyrics and this explanation, this song is ruined for me. Still, I’m having trouble getting that chorus out of my head…

Laurel Little League Robbery

Press release:

Tuesday February 22, 2011 4:53 PM EST

State Police Probe Laurel Little League Robbery/Burglary
Laurel Little League Concession Stand
Woodland Ferry Road Laurel, DE

Monday February 21, 2011 7:35 p.m.

Laurel Little League
48 year old Laurel man

Two male suspects
No additional information currently available

Laurel-Delaware State Police are currently seeking information into a robbery/burglary which occurred Monday evening around 7:35 p.m.

The robbery/burglary occurred at the Laurel Little League’s Concession stand located off of Woodland Ferry Road Laurel Delaware. The investigation revealed that a 48 year old Laurel man had come to the little league concession stand in order to perform maintenance inside of the building.

When the victim entered the building he observed an interior light already illuminated. The victim became suspicious of this light being on and decided to exit the building. As the victim began to leave he observed the light shut off and then heard voices.

The victim was attacked from behind by at least two suspects and stripped of his wallet and a Dell laptop computer. After taking the victim’s belongings the suspects fled the scene.

The victim sustained minor bruises to his neck, arm and elbow. The victim did not require immediate medical treatment.

When State Troopers and Laurel Police Department arrived on scene a K-9 track was conducted which yielded negative results in locating the suspects.

Delaware State Police seek the public’s assistance with information about this crime. To offer information regarding this investigation, please contact the Delaware State Police at 302-856-5850 ext 219.
Citizens may also provide a tip by texting keyword “DSP” plus your message to 274637 (CRIMES).
Tipsters may also provide information through lines maintained by Delaware Crime Stoppers at (800) TIP-3333. Callers can also submit information via the internet at http://www.tipsubmit.com.

Delaware Doesn’t Need A “National Park”

This subject of Delaware’s lack of a national park has come up numerous times. I did comment on it on this blog two years ago, and said this:

One time the Cypress Swamp in Gumboro was suggested. Other times it’s been some of the beaches currently under the state’s control. Quite honestly I don’t see the point. Forty-nine other states have national parks, so what if Delaware doesn’t have one? One can only imagine the pain and suffering the federal government would impose on property owners bordering the national park, like how much fertilizer they could put on their lawn or what type of septic system they could have. The possibilities could be endless. With regard to this matter, Delaware doesn’t need to be a “me too!” state.

I really don’t know if much more needs to be said. This time through it seems that Delaware’s congressional delegation is hell-bent on making it happen. Senator Carper, Senator Coons, and Rep. Carney have afflicted us with The First State National Historical Park Act of 2011. Gee, I wish they had that much passion for other things that increased our economy, our personal freedoms, and jobs. Of course, the pitch for the national park is to bring in tourism dollars, based on this quote from Sen. Tom Carper from the press release:

“I cannot wait for the day when families all across this country and the world will plan their vacations around the Delaware National Park…”

I don’t know about you but if they aren’t planning them now, what thing about making these properties part of a “national park” will magically make people want to come here now? Does this First State National Historical Park Act come with Jedi mind tricks too?

It would seem that in a time when our federal government needs to be more careful about how it spends it’s money we wouldn’t be dumping it into projects that are already being well taken care of by our own state or local organizations.

Press release from Rep. John Carney’s office.

Laurel High School Performing Arts Presents “Hairspray”

Press release:

Laurel High School’s Performing Arts Department is proud to announce their 2011 musical production – “Hairspray.” Come support the students who have worked hard for the past three months to put on a quality production for their community. Seasoned performers, Tommy Abrams, Brooke Brittingham, Collin Butterworth, Carrie Gambrill, Patrice Holden, Taylor Johnson, Emily Lance, Domyno-Autumn
Lecates, Brandon Niblett, Caitlin Stokes, John Dillon Travis, Liz Waite and C.J. Wilkerson return to dazzle their audience in musical numbers such as “Good Morning Baltimore,” “Welcome to the Sixties,” “I Know Where I’ve Been,” and “You Can’t Stop the Beat.” Debut performers Matt Duryea, Carol Elliott, Nikea Griffin, James Hansen, Alexis Hunt, Dana Marshall, Aaliyah McCoy, Amanda
McGarvey, Bryan Mills, Ja’vona Mitchell, Kaleb Scott, Matt Trivits and Cameron Wilson are eager to leave a lasting impression as they round out this year’s exceptional cast. Of course, this production would not be possible without the hard working stage, sound and lighting crew – Jake Bradley, Kat Duryea, Matthew Duryea, Gregory Hare, Bradley Hastings, Trey Lord, Erin Reynolds, and Matt Trivits.

The students and staff would like to thank Mr. Brad Temple and his agricultural structures class for their help with set construction, Bonnie Elliott for her help with advertising and public relations, as well as Bob and Peggy Pierce for their swing-dance instruction and guidance. They would also like to thank the Laurel School District and its representatives, the Laurel School Board, parents, guardians, family, and friends for all their help and support. Without their dedication to the arts, “Hairspray” would not be possible.

Dates: Thursday, February 17th – 7:30pm
Friday, February 18th – 7:30pm
Saturday, February 19th – 7:30pm
Sunday, February 20th – 2:00pm

Cost: $5.00/Students and Seniors

Purchase your tickets TODAY for Laurel High School Performing Arts Department’s production of “Hairspray.” Reserve your seats by contacting Brian Cass, Director at (302) 875-6120 ext. 273 or via E-mail at bcass@laurel.k12.de.us. Tickets are also available for purchase in Laurel High School’s Main Office M-F 7:30am-3:30pm.

University of Delaware Student Launches Free Job Search Website

from a press release:

PlentyofResumes.com was recently opened to the public for registration from both employers and job seekers. The site is free to everyone, a fact which major competitors such as Monster.com do not share. “At PlentyofResumes.com it is my hope to take away any barriers for someone either searching for a job or someone looking to post a job opening. It is my belief that every citizen has the right to employment and no company should be profiting in any way from someone seeking to exercise this right, ”states founder Matthew McGeehan.

The company’s main focus for the time being will be attracting both employers and job seekers alike in the state of Delaware with hopes of forming and maintaining a useful service for the community.

“Hairspray” at Laurel High School

The Laurel High School Performing Arts Department is pleased to announce their production of “Hairspray.” This is LHS’s fifth musical, preceded by “Grease,” “The Music Man,” “High School Musical,” and “Annie.”

Shows will be held on:
Thursday, February 17, 2011 – 7:30pm
Friday, February 18, 2011 – 7:30pm
Saturday, February 19, 2011 – 7:30pm
Sunday, February 20, 2011 – 2:00pm Matinee

Ticket Prices:
$8/Adult, $5/Students and Senior Citizens

For more information or to reserve your tickets in advance, please contact Mr. Brian Cass, Director at (302) 875-6120 ext. 273 or via E-mail at bcass@laurel.k12.de.us.