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At least it's an easy job. The hardest part is waiting for the parts to arrived via Amazon Prime:






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Why there are so few Asian Americans in major U.S. sports

The cacophonous gyms of Texas were, in many ways, Natalie Chou’s second childhood home. More than a decade ago, with bangs covering her forehead and black hair bouncing, Chou grew addicted to basketball north of Dallas, amid the squeaks of sneakers and the trill of young voices. She made friends through the sport. Concocted dreams through the sport. By middle school, she’d decided that this — a game she loves for its universality — was where she wanted to be.

And yet a part of her felt out of place. “Alone.” “Different.”

At the time, she didn’t quite understand why. But the occasional comments from AAU opponents offered hints. “Their team has an Asian? That’s so weird,” some would whisper. Chou says that a few would match up with her, and inform their teammates: “I got the Asian, this should be easy.”

Dots connected in 2014 at USA Basketball tryouts. Upon being named to the U17 national team as one of the 12 best girls her age in the country, Chou, the daughter of Chinese immigrants, found out that she was the first Asian American to ever make the cut.

That’s when she began to realize. “Oh, wow,” she thought. “I really am on a path that no one has walked before.”

Her experiences — “I never looked like my teammates, or anyone that I played against,” she says — align with those of many other Asian Americans who’ve ventured deep into mainstream U.S. sports. Some 20 million people of Asian descent now comprise 6% of the U.S. population. And yet, in 2019-20, players of Asian descent made up only 0.7% of NCAA Division I women’s basketball players; 0.4% of Division I men’s basketball players; and 0.3% of Division I football players.

In professional leagues, the dearth was even more striking. Just 0.4% of NBA players were of Asian descent; and 0.1% of NFL players; and 0% of WNBA players.

In fact, for as long as experts can remember, perhaps for as long as organized American sports have existed, Asian groups have been underrepresent ed. The reasons are as diverse and nuanced as the Asian American population itself. It hails from dozens of different countries and distinct cultures, from different generations and circumstances that make it the most disparate minority group in the U.S. Experts say that any search for answers — to the question of why so few Asian Americans reach the pros — must begin with an acknowledgment that Asian Americans are anything but homogeneous. The barriers that Chou faced, as a second-generation Chinese American in Dallas’ suburbs, are different from those that Indian immigrants might have faced in California, which are different from what a Cambodian refugee might have faced in Atlanta.


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General Discussion / Bring Water
« on: June 16, 2021, 11:11:47 PM »
I can believe it:

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Death Valley, California, climbed to 124 degrees Tuesday, making it not only the hottest spot in the U.S. but also probably one of the hottest places in the world — if not the hottest.

Here are some photos I took when I was there:


















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General Discussion / Man, Kim could be a linemen?
« on: June 16, 2021, 11:06:14 PM »
In recent state media images, including those published on Wednesday, Kim appeared to have lost a large amount of weight. The strap on his fancy watch is tighter, and his face thinner. Some observers say Kim — who is about 170 centimeters (5 feet, 8 inches) tall and has previously weighed 140 kilograms (308 pounds) — may have lost about 10-20 kilograms (22-44 pounds).




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Got $2.75 million? You could buy this 160-year-old San Fran restaurant

If, by some strange stroke of luck, you’ve got some post-vaccination money to burn, I have a unique investment opportunity for you: the Old Clam House, a 160-year-old San Francisco’s Bayview neighborhood restaurant, has been on the market since May. Owners Jerry Dal Bozzo and Dante Serafini are retiring. They’re also selling their other restaurant, the Stinking Rose, known for including garlic in all of their dishes, including their ice cream.

I took this photo of all the garlic hanging along the ceiling when I was at the Stinking Rose:


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General Discussion / Mai has a point
« on: June 16, 2021, 09:35:27 PM »
Jeannie Mai says ‘trust, hot and heavy sex’ keys to marriage with Jeezy


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Michael Jordan caught a dolphin to capture an early lead in a $3.4 million fishing tournament in North Carolina. Michael Jordan brought his boat to the Crystal Coast for the 2021 Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament. The NBA legend and his "Catch 23" crew hit the leaderboard on Day 1 by catching a 25-pound dolphin.


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General Discussion / C'mon perverts, leave the Asian girls alone
« on: June 16, 2021, 09:30:46 PM »
K-Pop Cover Dancer Reveals She Was Sexually Harassed While Filming in New York

A group of Asian dancers in New York City was filming a K-pop cover video in Times Square when an unidentified male was caught on camera sexually harassing one of its members.

An uninvited appearance: Yingqi, a member of 404 Dance Crew, was filming a dance cover of “Next Level” by aespa for the group's YouTube channel on the evening of May 25.

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General Discussion / Another good deal for Father's Day gift idea IMO
« on: June 16, 2021, 04:19:06 PM »
Took these photos earlier  O0:







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...swim but we are still vigilant and take all precautions possible every time she wants to swim:

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Doctors sound the alarm about increased child drownings

Trauma doctors with Orlando Health Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children say they've seen a 600% increase in critical and fatal submersions among children this past spring compared to the same time frame last year.

Like I've said before, I even got this for my pool in the name of safety:




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Federal Agent Admits to Falsely Accusing Tennessee Professor of Being a Chinese Spy


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With an empire of handbags and cognac, Bernard Arnault elbows past tech titan Jeff Bezos to top world’s richest list

French luxury mogul Bernard Arnault isn’t sending anybody into outer space, but his fortunes sure are taking off.

On Tuesday, Arnault’s net worth topped $196.8 billion—beating Amazon founder Jeff Bezos to become the richest person in the world.

One makes rockets, the other makes handbags. Bezos and Arnault have been knocking each other off the Forbes Real-Time Billionaires List for the past few weeks, and the two are head-to-head. Arnault’s entire family net worth puts him a mere $1.5 billion above Bezos.

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Report: Vince Wilfork’s son arrested, charged with stealing his Super Bowl rings

The son of former Patriots defensive tackle Vince Wilfork has been arrested and charged with stealing hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of property from his father, including two Super Bowl rings.

The Galveston Daily News reports that 23-year-old D’Aundre Holmes-Wilfork was arrested and charged with theft of property greater than $300,000.

Vince Wilfork reported on May 10 that he was missing two Super Bowl rings, two AFC championship rings, a college football national championship ring, necklaces, bracelets and earrings. A Patriots fan who heard about Wilfork’s missing rings contacted Wilfork to inform him that someone had been offering Wilfork’s rings for sale in an online sports memorabilia community.

It turned out that the person offering them for sale had previously paid $62,000 to Wilfork’s son for the rings. The memorabilia dealer, who didn’t know that Wilfork’s son didn’t have permission to sell the rings, handed them over to police when informed they had been reported stolen.

Holmes-Wilfork was arrested and has been released on a $300,000 bond.

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..first...Here's mine, a 2005 SR5 Access Cab V6 4x4 with a 6-Speed manual and it almost got eaten by a fiery Jaguar a while back.. ;D:








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