Rocket Dog

17 Feb 19
Eclectic Homeschooling

This is the first post of a 5-part series dedicated to our favorite books for children and youth. Part 1: Audiobooks Part 2: Picture Books Part 3: Easy Readers Part 4: Chapter Books Part 5: Read-Aloud Books One of the most fun and unanticipated benefits of being a parent is that I have thoroughly enjoyed […]

17 Feb 19
The Undefeated
CHARLOTTE, North Carolina — For Houston Rockets forward P.J. Tucker, when it comes to shoes, patience is a virtue, and persistence is key. He’s the NBA’s biggest sneakerhead — and it’s not even close. His collection is in the thousands — plural — because he’s always in search of grails and gems in his size 14. During the 2017-18 NBA season, Tucker spent $200,000 on sneakers, and wore 106 different pairs on the court in 99 games. Throughout the 2018 playoffs alone, he rotated between 22 pairs in 17 games. This season, his sneaker reign has continued in expansive fashion all the way up to the 2019 NBA All-Star break. This weekend, Tucker, along with other sneaker connoisseurs, such as international stylist Aleali May, YouTube/social media influencer Jacques Slade and customizer Kickstradomis, partnered with eBay to sell pairs of sneakers from his collection for charity. He donated a pair of exclusive “friends and family” Nike Air Fear of God 1s, a signed of his first player exclusive (PE) Nike Hyperdunk X, as well as one of his signed NBA jerseys and a basketball signed by the entire Rockets team. A portion of the proceeds from the sale of the sneakers and memorabilia will benefit Project Fit, an organization that creates new opportunities for kids to be active, fit and live a healthy lifestyle. eBay also collaborated with Highsnobiety to create a pop-up sneaker gallery called “The Vault,” which featured shoes on display from a wide range of collectors. The Undefeated sat down at The Vault with Tucker, who discussed being the NBA’s “Sneaker King,” how he tracks down pairs, and that time Michael Jordan asked him, “Where’d you get those?” [ornamentalrule] How useful has eBay been on your sneaker collector journey? I don’t know anybody that buys more shoes on eBay than me. My college teammate and one of my best friends in life, Royal Ivey, is a big shoe guy. At Texas, he used to always be on eBay. I had no idea what eBay was. He’d get packages. Shoes would just show up … I was like, ‘Oh, my God … ’ And back then, you could really find crazy gems on eBay. I actually went to the bank and got a debit card so I could get an eBay account and buy shoes. My first debit card … was because of eBay, so I could buy shoes. What’s the best pair of shoes you’ve ever found on eBay? Ooooohhhhh … now, that’s tough. It’d be something old. I like eBay because I can always find old gems. I spend hours and hours just scrolling on eBay. I found the original Stash Air Force 1 [released in 2003; only 1,000 pairs were made]. Deadstock, everything … with the case, all the bells and whistles. And to find a 13 in those is impossible. But I found them on eBay. That’s probably the most hype I’ve ever been about getting a shoe. How often are you looking for shoes? Every day … I’m looking for shoes right now. I just answered a text message from a guy that does a lot of my buying and selling … It never stops, man. It’s 24 hours a day. It’s part of my life. I just love sneakers. It’s just something that I do unconsciously every day. Whose sneaker collection do you respect the most? My favorite sneakerhead is DJ Clark Kent — without a doubt. Clark, his influence on sneakers, and how natural it is? From Day One, he’s been one of the avid sneaker guys. I love how he kind of does everything. He does every brand. And he knows the heat … He’s just one of those pioneers. What’s the weirdest way you’ve ever procured a pair of sneakers? Yooo … some of these collectors. … are superweird. I remember one guy, he didn’t want to do PayPal … He was like, ‘Only cash.’ And he didn’t want me to know who he was. He showed up with his wife and his daughter and stayed in the car. His wife and daughter got out and brought me the shoes. They made the transaction. He’s the most top-secret guy I’ve ever met in my life. Do you go pick up shoes yourself? Yeah … all the time. Even my eBay account is me. Really … ? Yeah, it’s pjtucker. People are like, ‘Is this really you, P.J.?’ I’m like, ‘Yeah, it’s me, dog … I appreciate it.’ We’re in Charlotte for All-Star. It’s Michael Jordan’s city. In 2016, you shocked M.J. by breaking out a pair of super rare Shawn Marion Air Jordan 5 player exclusives. Mannnn, it was about the timing of that … A friend of mine who had them — both of them, the black ones and the white ones — contacted me. It was right before we played the Hornets here. It was crazy. It was a no-brainer to be able to wear them then. He was like, ‘Yo, where’d you get those?’ I kind of just gave them the shrug, like, ‘I don’t know.’ P.J. Tucker (left) of the Phoenix Suns goes to the basket wearing a pair of rare Shawn Marion Air Jordan 5 PEs on March 1, 2016, at Time Warner Cable Arena in Charlotte, North Carolina. Kent Smith/NBAE via Getty Images So how exactly did you get them? A friend of a friend of a friend that knew a friend who had them. I had heard that Shawn didn’t even get them. He was trying to figure out his situation with Nike. To have those, deadstock right there, was crazy. It was a fun experience. Is there a pair you’ve always wanted but never been able to find? Yes … The Supreme SB Blazers. I got a bunch of them in a 13 but they fit like an 11.5. But I know there are some 14s out there. I’ve been trying to find them every chance I get. I love that sneaker. I’m still searching for those. … What else? Oh … I’m bugging. The friends and family Amsterdam Parra [it’s speculated that only 200-250 pairs were made]. Those joints are No. 1 on my list. I’ve been trying to get those forever. They’re impossible to find. I found a 12 deadstock. But way too small. I need a 14 in those. Maybe 13, but 14 for sure. What do you like most about PEs? Bigger than anything, it’s about the individuality of them. For me having my own now, it’s about picking those colorways surrounding how I’m feeling and what I wanted at the time. Which players are on your Mount Rushmore of PEs? Yo, that is a great question … I’m gonna mess you up, because it ain’t gonna be who you think. No. 1 is easy: Ray Allen. No. 2, Derek Anderson. No. 3 … Chris Paul … And then Kobe. There’s nothing like Kobe PEs. How special is collecting sneakers to you? It’s bigger than just sneakers. As a kid, I just always worked hard to be able to make my mom happy so she would buy me shoes. It was so much more than the actual shoes. It taught me a lot, too, because I had to take care of my shoes. I wore shoes, took them off and cleaned them. So the next time when I put them on, I was already ready to go. Because I knew I wasn’t getting another pair … you know what I’m saying? Shoes taught me how to be a man, in a way. Growing up, and being an adult, you gotta take care of your stuff. Do you like being the ‘Sneaker King’ of the NBA? That’s not something I talk about or push … Because when you look over the years, I wore exclusive PEs when I was in Phoenix … way more than now. I was wearing crazy PEs, and nobody ever knew. Sole Collector would probably post something every once in a while, but not many people knew. It’s just something, my whole life, I’ve always done. Sneaker King? Ahhh, whatever. It’s cool. I just do me, you know? Stay tuned for another Q&A from The Vault with international stylist Aleali May on her two Air Jordan collaborations, her relationship with Maya Moore and the importance of female sneakerheads.
17 Feb 19
Boston Herald
FALMOUTH – Austin Prep head coach Bill Pappas gathered the troops before the third period and told his squad they had to beat Reading with a ‘dirty goal’. Almost exactly as Pappas described it, Doug Russo pushed through the game-winner as he dove at the net off a beautiful centering pass from Joe Thibodeau to give the Cougars (13-3-3) the 2-1 overtime win over Reading. The game goes down as a 1-1 tie in the MIAA books. But with the one-goal win over their cross-town rivals in the first round of the Buddy Ferreira Classic it sets up a semi-final showdown tomorrow night between Super Eight top dog BC High. The Eagles dispatched Falmouth 4-0 in the night cap of the elite Cape Cod tournament. Both goalies – Reading’s Dylan Emery, who finished with 27 saves, and Austin Prep’s Robbie Farrell both played outstanding in net. Each netminder seemed to turn their efforts up a notch or three with every save and the rivalry on the line. “Dylan Emery (Reading) is a great goalie, I know him well, I’m proud of him and obviously (Reading head coach) Mark (Doherty) put together a great team. We knew it was going to be a battle,” said Pappas. “I told the boys ‘you aren’t going to beat (Emery) with a shot, you aren’t going to beat him straight, you aren’t going to beat him high – it had to be a redirect to start things off.” But it was Reading (11-6-3) that started the scoring, as Brendan Donovan slid into the right slot and faked a pass before going far side corner on Reading’s first rush of the second period. Donovan took the pass from Matthew Gallagher and pumped the brakes on the give-and-go to put the Rockets on the board 37 seconds into the second period. Reading carried the play with their fast-paced style and was energized by a spectacular kick save from Emery as the junior goalie went into a full butterfly to stone Max Pineo on the corner of the left post. But exactly one minute later, Deniro Demarco flipped the puck from the far side of the left faceoff circle as Joe Solimine tipped the puck out front for the redirect into the back of the net. Solimine’s goal came at the 12:41 mark of the second to tie things up 1-1 as the puck barely trickled off Emery’s glove for the equalizer. “Two good teams and I expected it to be a dog fight, but we have some pretty good skill there and we can play with anyone,” said Doherty. “We had plenty of great scoring chances and with a couple of breaks here and there we would have been the winner.” The Rockets rang the post five separate times in the game and also seemed to have a penalty shot taken away at the end of regulation as Micheal Tobin was dragged down on a breakaway. No call was made as time expired to set up an exciting three-on-three battle in the extra stanza. Russo’s tally came 2:12 into the five-minute overtime period to hand the Cougars the thrilling 2-1 victory. Austin Prep finished with a 29-23 shot advantage but it seemed even tighter than that throughout. “I think Austin (Prep) playing Reading was a good fit and I think the kids came to play, it was a good game up and down. I wish it didn’t go into overtime but it did and that’s the way it ended – so we will take it,” added Pappas. Even worse news for Reading was Tobin, who is Reading’s point-leader this season with 28 points, seemed to injure his right shoulder badly on an attempted check along the boards. “We will see how the remainder of this tournament goes as this tournament is a great litmus test”, Doherty said. “It wasn’t a victory but we didn’t fail that’s for sure.” In the tournament openers, Hingham shutout Arlington Catholic 3-0 while Duxbury upended Archbishop Williams, 2-0. Matt Stewart posted both goals for the Dragons, including an empty netter to set up the other side of the semi-final bracket on Monday with Duxbury facing over against their South Shore rivals, Hingham.
17 Feb 19
Mommy Uniqueness

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17 Feb 19
desaint

PC,PS3,Xbox 360 Cheat mode While playing the game, press Up to display Niko’s cell phone. Press Up again to access the keypad. Then, enter one of the following codes to activate the corresponding cheat function. Once a code has been entered correctly, a new “Cheats” menu option will be available on your phone, below “Options”, […]

17 Feb 19
Wandering Pine

…Oh girl dancing down those [snowy] and [icy] trails Take it hip to hip, rocket through the wilderness… -Roam, The B-52’s Back from a Winter retreat with Thrive Women’s Outdoor Adventures! We got close to a foot of snow in parts of Northern Wisconsin, played in single digit temps and had the trails to ourselves. […]

17 Feb 19
News Archives Uk

Six people were arrested after the violence that erupted during a protest demonstration against the pro-Brexit yellow vest in central London. The London Metropolitan Police said that two police officers had been assaulted while they were trying to control angry right-wing protesters crossing Whitehall and Piccadilly. The police were taken to the hospital where they […]

17 Feb 19
Smorgasbord Blog Magazine

Please welcome my guest this week, author and poet Abbie Taylor and let’s find out a little more about her. About Abbie Taylor I live in Sheridan, Wyoming, where for six years, I cared for my late husband Bill, totally blind, who was partially paralyzed by two strokes soon after we were married. Before that, […]

16 Feb 19
Archy news nety

SINGAPORE: I met Jamie * when he was 35 years old. He stopped working after the debilitating eruptions of his eczema became unbearable. The monthly flares left a red rash all over the body and threw them into episodes of intense itching. Advertisement Between a flare and the other, he suffered from a constant itching […]

16 Feb 19
Mom Seeking Travel

Earlier this week, we focused on the fun opportunities for the little Disney goers in our lives. Today, y’all, it’s about the bigger kids and US. We deserve some fun, am I right? First of all, let me tell you that you can still do the rides if you are traveling with kids. Schedule a […]

16 Feb 19
News Archives Uk

An anti-terrorist police officer reportedly raped a 14-year-old girl after finding her with Snapchat's help, a court said. Peter Drummond is accused of coming to Cornwall twice to rape the teenager in his bedroom at his parents' home. On one occasion, he climbed out of his bedroom window before an alleged sexual assault. Mr. Drummond, […]

16 Feb 19
Marshall Geck's Fiction Blog

Synopsis: First off, I must once again apologize for taking so long to post something new. A grueling job search and a thousand other life events just always seemed to get in the way of my writing. In any case, the inspiration for this story comes from a bizarre concept I learned about in graduate […]

16 Feb 19
Update News Portal

0 of 24 Matt Slocum/Associated Press The NBA is in tremendous shape. If you need proof of that, we’ll suggest two places to look. For starters, soak up every second of All-Star Weekend 2019. This is a superstars’ league, after all, so you would be remiss not to see its largest contingent of star power. […]

16 Feb 19
AstroloBeast

Aru Shah and The End Of Time Summary Twelve-year-old Aru Shah has a tendency to stretch the truth in order to fit in at school. While her classmates are jetting off to family vacations in exotic locales, she’ll be spending her autumn break at home, in the Museum of Ancient Indian Art and Culture, waiting […]