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Tuesday, Feb 5, 2013

* I played football in high school and the coach forbade us from having long bangs that he said could interfere with our vision. Hey, it was the 70s and our coach wasn’t exactly a hippie. But I still wanted long hair, so I had to get what is now called a mullet. From 1977…

Man, I loved that shirt.

Best comment wins a $20 gift card at Grab-a-Java in Springfield.

- Posted by Rich Miller        


138 Comments
  1. - Oswego Willy - Tuesday, Feb 5, 13 @ 10:03 am:

    “No Ma’am, that was taken about a week ago …”


  2. - Gator - Tuesday, Feb 5, 13 @ 10:04 am:

    “Oh, yeah. I’m going to the dance with Marcia Brady!”

    FWIW, I was born in 1977.


  3. - Oswego Willy - Tuesday, Feb 5, 13 @ 10:07 am:

    Little known fact: Before there was “The Mullet”, there was “The Miller”…Sassier, and with Bangs, which are fabulous …


  4. - Oswego Willy - Tuesday, Feb 5, 13 @ 10:10 am:

    “Ensemble number 32, entitled “Omar Sharif’, modelled by Rich Miller, who hails from, if I can read the card here, Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan…Keep in mind that the perfect accessory for the man in your life is a season ticket to the Chiefs’ games…”


  5. - Esquire - Tuesday, Feb 5, 13 @ 10:11 am:

    Your loyalty to the Chicago White Sox is now completely understandable.


  6. - How Ironic - Tuesday, Feb 5, 13 @ 10:11 am:

    Listen buddy…$3 a month isn’t that much considering I get you all the inside dirt on the school board, student council AND who’s going to win this years prom election for king and queen.


  7. - Anonymous - Tuesday, Feb 5, 13 @ 10:11 am:

    “Sadly, Rich Miller Partridge never quite achieved the musical success of his distant cousins from San Pueblo, California.”


  8. - anonymoose - Tuesday, Feb 5, 13 @ 10:12 am:

    ….and the winner of Kankakee County’s 1977 David Cassiday look alike contest…..

    What a great shirt, it looks like a Steve Miller Band album cover:)


  9. - How Ironic - Tuesday, Feb 5, 13 @ 10:14 am:

    Rich Miller goes for gold in the annual “Match the Photographers Background” contest.


  10. - walkinfool - Tuesday, Feb 5, 13 @ 10:14 am:

    Spare me, but the first thing that popped into my head was:

    “Boogie Nights!”


  11. - VanillaMan - Tuesday, Feb 5, 13 @ 10:15 am:

    Miller sadly discovered that once innocence was lost, there are no second chances in the Garden of Eden.

    Even when wearing acetate and nylon blends.


  12. - Oswego Willy - Tuesday, Feb 5, 13 @ 10:16 am:

    “Mr. Photographer, sir, since I am here … posing … isn’t it really …OUR time …”


  13. - Amalia - Tuesday, Feb 5, 13 @ 10:16 am:

    Parrot, eagle or vulture? No, I mean the shirt!


  14. - Senior Advocate - Tuesday, Feb 5, 13 @ 10:17 am:

    “Ted Nugent called, he wants his shirt back.”


  15. - 6-4-3 - Tuesday, Feb 5, 13 @ 10:18 am:

    The older you get, the more rules they are going to try and get you to follow. You just gotta keep on livin’, man. L-I-V-I-N.


  16. - Chicago Cynic - Tuesday, Feb 5, 13 @ 10:19 am:

    Well Hubba Hubba Baby!


  17. - Anonymous - Tuesday, Feb 5, 13 @ 10:21 am:

    Disco Demolition Night? What a great idea!


  18. - Roadiepig - Tuesday, Feb 5, 13 @ 10:21 am:

    Unfortunately this was the last time Rich wore his favorite shirt . Because it was made of 100% polyester , it burst into flames when the heat from the photographer’s 1970’s flashbulbs went off for this shot.


  19. - Give Me A Break - Tuesday, Feb 5, 13 @ 10:22 am:

    Yes, as a matter of fact I am the lost member of the Partridge Family.


  20. - VanillaMan - Tuesday, Feb 5, 13 @ 10:23 am:

    Dreaming about cheerleaders, hoping to make the big play.


  21. - Arthur Andersen - Tuesday, Feb 5, 13 @ 10:23 am:

    Darn it Anon, beat me to the post on Partridge.

    “Believe it or not Mrs. Obama, I used to have bangs too! “


  22. - Oswego Willy - Tuesday, Feb 5, 13 @ 10:24 am:

    “Hurry up. please, I need to get back to the paint store, then I am heading to Manhattan to Dance …”


  23. - Wensicia - Tuesday, Feb 5, 13 @ 10:26 am:

    “I’m on my way to audition for “Saturday Night Fever” after this shoot!”


  24. - Oswego Willy - Tuesday, Feb 5, 13 @ 10:28 am:

    “You’re not God, Nickerson. You’re just a typing teacher. …Scholarship here, no scholarship here. Who gave you that power?”


  25. - Anonymous - Tuesday, Feb 5, 13 @ 10:29 am:

    Yearbook note: Most likely to blog.


  26. - Oswego Willy - Tuesday, Feb 5, 13 @ 10:31 am:

    “Look Sergeant-At-Arms, I know its an older picture, Rich still wears this “shirt”, when you see the guy wearing “this” shirt, don’t let him in!”


  27. - Angry Chicagoan - Tuesday, Feb 5, 13 @ 10:32 am:

    So now we know how the mullet was invented . . .


  28. - NIref - Tuesday, Feb 5, 13 @ 10:33 am:

    As we can see from this historical photograph, the scruffy hair does not disappear, rather it migrates from the head to the chin.


  29. - VanillaMan - Tuesday, Feb 5, 13 @ 10:34 am:

    100% Miller without any impurities, additives, or fillers, now in stay-fresh polyester wrapper!


  30. - Oswego Willy - Tuesday, Feb 5, 13 @ 10:34 am:

    “As far back as I can remember, …I always wanted to be a blogger.”


  31. - ChicagoDem - Tuesday, Feb 5, 13 @ 10:35 am:

    “Yes David Cassidy was and continues to be my hero.”


  32. - Secret Square - Tuesday, Feb 5, 13 @ 10:36 am:

    This picture is as old as Illinois’ last Triple A bond rating :-)


  33. - VanillaMan - Tuesday, Feb 5, 13 @ 10:37 am:

    LOOK! A KITTEN!


  34. - RatherBeGolfing - Tuesday, Feb 5, 13 @ 10:38 am:

    And here he is, the Prom King.


  35. - Oswego Willy - Tuesday, Feb 5, 13 @ 10:40 am:

    “Rich, hurry, the ‘new’ Speaker of the Illinois House, a ‘Madigan’ or something is coming to talk to our Social Studies class…”


  36. - VanillaMan - Tuesday, Feb 5, 13 @ 10:40 am:

    Say, “Perky Cheerleaders!”


  37. - Irish - Tuesday, Feb 5, 13 @ 10:42 am:

    I don’t know why I took those Poli-sci classes I just want to be a Bee Gee.


  38. - SAP - Tuesday, Feb 5, 13 @ 10:42 am:

    Maybe I should try growing a beard.


  39. - Oswego Willy - Tuesday, Feb 5, 13 @ 10:42 am:

    In retrospect, Rich Miller always regretted NOT wearing the white tie with that shirt …


  40. - dupage dan - Tuesday, Feb 5, 13 @ 10:43 am:

    Ok, now hold the placard up higher and turn to the right.


  41. - Ghost of John Brown - Tuesday, Feb 5, 13 @ 10:43 am:

    GroovyDude Dating Service
    Personal Bio: Rich Miller

    Occupation: Roadie for Foghat
    DOB: 1-1-1960
    Personal Aspiration: Tour manager for the Bee-Gees
    Hero: Barry Gibb
    What you are looking for in a date: Has to know how to do “The Hustle”, enjoys disco music, and long walks in the park
    Favorite Possession: Scarf that Barry Gibb threw to the crowd when they came to the Illinois State Fair and my 1973 two-tone Gremlin
    Greatest Accomplishment: Runner up in the Kankakee all-night dance competition.


  42. - dupage dan - Tuesday, Feb 5, 13 @ 10:44 am:

    Look, Joe Dirt’s long lost cousin!


  43. - Irish - Tuesday, Feb 5, 13 @ 10:44 am:

    Don’t like my shirt? …Bite Me!


  44. - VanillaMan - Tuesday, Feb 5, 13 @ 10:45 am:

    How about removing your football helmet for the picture Rich?

    Oh. Sorry.


  45. - dupage dan - Tuesday, Feb 5, 13 @ 10:45 am:

    OK, open up one more button, we can’t see the peace necklace.


  46. - zatoichi - Tuesday, Feb 5, 13 @ 10:46 am:

    How high were the heels on the platform shoes that went with that outfit? Still got them?


  47. - dupage dan - Tuesday, Feb 5, 13 @ 10:47 am:

    Make-up……Make-up, get out here - that nose is still too shiny!


  48. - dupage dan - Tuesday, Feb 5, 13 @ 10:47 am:

    Do shiny bloggers noses really reflect up?


  49. - OneMan - Tuesday, Feb 5, 13 @ 10:47 am:

    Ready For The Future


  50. - Rich Miller - Tuesday, Feb 5, 13 @ 10:51 am:

    ===How high were the heels on the platform shoes ===

    Three inches, I think. They’re long gone. They were beautiful, though. lol


  51. - Oswego Willy - Tuesday, Feb 5, 13 @ 10:51 am:

    “Master Miller, do you want to use LAST year’s Senoir Picture again, or do you want to pose again for THIS senior year?”


  52. - VanillaMan - Tuesday, Feb 5, 13 @ 10:51 am:

    Next, Richard Miller is sporting a popular look we call, “Virgin”.


  53. - Arthur Andersen - Tuesday, Feb 5, 13 @ 10:55 am:

    “Hide those split ends with Sauve Shampoo. Available at Rexall Drugs, Jewel Foods, and other fine retailers. “


  54. - Oswego Willy - Tuesday, Feb 5, 13 @ 10:56 am:

    Years later, this shirt would re-surface in a Caption Contest … twice. Once, with Rich wearing it back in the day, and the other time for Andy Raucci wearing it, present day.


  55. - MrJm - Tuesday, Feb 5, 13 @ 10:58 am:

    “The new issue of ‘Popular Mechanics’ predicts that someday individuals may be able to afford their own facsimile machines… Imagine the possibilities, man!”

    – MrJM


  56. - VanillaMan - Tuesday, Feb 5, 13 @ 10:58 am:

    Inspiration for Richard Branson’s corporate name.


  57. - Endangered Moderate Species - Tuesday, Feb 5, 13 @ 10:58 am:

    “I aced this morning’s Social Studies test. The bonus question asked for he name of the IL Lt. Governor. I was the only one in the class who knew the answer was Dave O’Neal. Mr. Photographer, isn’t that cool!”


  58. - VanillaMan - Tuesday, Feb 5, 13 @ 11:02 am:

    Photo found taped inside Sheila Simon’s junior high locker.


  59. - Oswego Willy - Tuesday, Feb 5, 13 @ 11:03 am:

    Jason Plummer: “Dad bought me the Time Machine for one reason, and one reason only. Take out a young Rich Miller. With Rich not starting “Capitol Fax”, I will win an elected office, sometime …I had Rich’s yearbook picture so I knew where to begin …”


  60. - VanillaMan - Tuesday, Feb 5, 13 @ 11:04 am:

    Mr. Soy Boy - 1977


  61. - UISer - Tuesday, Feb 5, 13 @ 11:04 am:

    Like


  62. - Oswego Willy - Tuesday, Feb 5, 13 @ 11:05 am:

    ===Photo found taped inside Sheila Simon’s junior high locker.===

    Wow!!

    That was good. Well done.


  63. - traveler - Tuesday, Feb 5, 13 @ 11:05 am:

    So it was you in that fast car chaing us all over Tuscola,

    Still young at heart, me to


  64. - VanillaMan - Tuesday, Feb 5, 13 @ 11:06 am:

    Hickey free since ‘73


  65. - 10th Indy - Tuesday, Feb 5, 13 @ 11:12 am:

    “It’d be a lot cooler if you did”


  66. - Hacks - Tuesday, Feb 5, 13 @ 11:13 am:

    The mullet isn’t just a hairdo, it’s a lifestyle.


  67. - Anonymous - Tuesday, Feb 5, 13 @ 11:13 am:

    Damn, I forgot my Pucca Shell necklace…


  68. - VanillaMan - Tuesday, Feb 5, 13 @ 11:16 am:

    Still optimistic about Carter Administration


  69. - Boone's is Back - Tuesday, Feb 5, 13 @ 11:22 am:

    Rich you must really be in a masochistic mood today. This one’s too easy.

    Since no one has said it yet…”business in the front, party in the back.”


  70. - VanillaMan - Tuesday, Feb 5, 13 @ 11:23 am:

    Student president of “Youth For Mayor Bilandic”


  71. - Left of Central IL - Tuesday, Feb 5, 13 @ 11:24 am:

    “I’m Peaking!!!!!”


  72. - Jake From Elwood - Tuesday, Feb 5, 13 @ 11:27 am:

    Richie Cunningham a decade later.


  73. - Rich Miller Sr - Tuesday, Feb 5, 13 @ 11:29 am:

    Remember, this is AFTER the haircut!


  74. - dupage dan - Tuesday, Feb 5, 13 @ 11:30 am:

    From the back you look like a girl. From the front, well all I can say is you should grow a beard.


  75. - Oswego Willy - Tuesday, Feb 5, 13 @ 11:36 am:

    “…We’re all alright
    We’re all alright
    eah,oh yeah,oh yeah…

    Hello wisconsin!”


  76. - Aikaterine - Tuesday, Feb 5, 13 @ 11:41 am:

    Polyester tends to be very resilient, quick drying, resistant to biological damage such as mold and mildew, easy to wash and able to hold forms well. Although polyester is often maligned as a textile, it has many useful applications. It is, however, highly flammable, so care should be taken when wearing it - unless you are Rich Miller, who despite his lifestyle can wear highly flammable clothing AND have long bangs at he same time ;)


  77. - wordslinger - Tuesday, Feb 5, 13 @ 11:44 am:

    Like Charlie said, before he saw the light:

    “If you don’t like the way I’m livin’, you just leave this long-haired country boy alone.”


  78. - dupage dan - Tuesday, Feb 5, 13 @ 11:46 am:

    Yeah, and I can tie most of it back into a pony tail - it looks even better then.


  79. - Third Reading - Tuesday, Feb 5, 13 @ 11:47 am:

    Caption.

    Hmmmmm. So many good ones here.

    Guess I’ll have to mullet over. :)

    I’m outta here.


  80. - Stones - Tuesday, Feb 5, 13 @ 11:53 am:

    Dude, who threw up on your shirt?


  81. - VanillaMan - Tuesday, Feb 5, 13 @ 12:01 pm:

    Pre-punk, Malaise-era fashion


  82. - just sayin' - Tuesday, Feb 5, 13 @ 12:02 pm:

    Scary part is you can find people right now in Springfield with that look. Just sayin’. #timewarp


  83. - VanillaMan - Tuesday, Feb 5, 13 @ 12:04 pm:

    Oliver Brady’s cousin, Jinx Brady.


  84. - VanillaMan - Tuesday, Feb 5, 13 @ 12:07 pm:

    Pants so tight, needs to wear an extra sock.


  85. - VanillaMan - Tuesday, Feb 5, 13 @ 12:11 pm:

    Flew like an eagle over Hotel California to party all night long with a wayward son named John Shimkus.


  86. - SirLankselot - Tuesday, Feb 5, 13 @ 12:15 pm:

    Did you have an El Camino to go with that mullet. :P


  87. - VanillaMan - Tuesday, Feb 5, 13 @ 12:20 pm:

    Shirt matches Corinthian leather pants.


  88. - Rich Miller - Tuesday, Feb 5, 13 @ 12:21 pm:

    ===Did you have an El Camino to go with that mullet===

    1963 Cadillac convertible, whenever my dad let me. Otherwise it was the Datsun 510 station wagon or the family’s big behemoth of a (Buick?) station wagon with a gigantic engine that I used for drag racing. lol


  89. - Rich's Mom - Tuesday, Feb 5, 13 @ 12:21 pm:

    I liked the shirt so much I used to borrow it occasionally. What could I have been thinking?


  90. - Small Town Liberal - Tuesday, Feb 5, 13 @ 12:29 pm:

    Thousands of young campaign volunteers just like Richard Miller, Iroquois County, were devastated by Gov. Walker’s primary loss.

    Reached for comment 35 years later, Miller had this to say, “In hindsight it was a big f&*@ing waste of time, the guy didn’t have a prayer at succeeding.”


  91. - nothin's easy - Tuesday, Feb 5, 13 @ 12:30 pm:

    Didn’t we see you standing around the dance floor looking, adoringly, at John Travolta in Saturday Night Fever?


  92. - Rich Miller Sr - Tuesday, Feb 5, 13 @ 12:31 pm:

    It was a big Chrysler wagon and the guy I sold it told me later that the transmission fell out on his driveway. Now I know why!


  93. - Kasich Walker, Jr. - Tuesday, Feb 5, 13 @ 12:33 pm:

    “The the third runner-up in yesteryear’s Iroquois County Joni Mitchell look alike contest was Rich Miller.”

    Wordslinger, I had to reach. I was disappointed to see you already wrote in “Better leave this long-haired country boy alone!” That was my initial reaction, too.


  94. - Mr.Big Trouble - Tuesday, Feb 5, 13 @ 12:35 pm:

    How long was the black comb in your back pocket, on your too tight pants, that you pulled out to tame that do?


  95. - Darienite - Tuesday, Feb 5, 13 @ 12:35 pm:

    So what color were the bell-bottoms?


  96. - Kasich Walker, Jr. - Tuesday, Feb 5, 13 @ 12:40 pm:

    If anyone wants to hear a great cover of “Long Haired Country Boy” embedded in a medley featuring “Old Joe Clark” and “Midnight Rider”, go to youtube and search “Sam Bush Band Mishawaka 9-15-11.”


  97. - Newsclown - Tuesday, Feb 5, 13 @ 12:41 pm:

    Like the “faces of Meth” campaign, this “before” picture is part of the new “faces of Politics” PSA campaign.

    You really don’t want to see the “after”.


  98. - Newsclown - Tuesday, Feb 5, 13 @ 12:41 pm:

    Actually looks a little bit like Bob Denver there.


  99. - Anonymous - Tuesday, Feb 5, 13 @ 12:45 pm:

    Having cleaned up his look when he was recruited by Pat Quinn to work on Governor Walker’s re-election campain in 1976, Rich Miller had started to let his hair grow back in 1977.


  100. - MrJM - Tuesday, Feb 5, 13 @ 12:51 pm:

    “Have you listened to Rush, man? I mean really listened?”

    – MrJM


  101. - Loop Lady - Tuesday, Feb 5, 13 @ 12:52 pm:

    Warning: This is Rich before covering politics turned him into a stressed out, bearded boomer…
    young bloggers, beware!


  102. - Oswego Willy - Tuesday, Feb 5, 13 @ 12:54 pm:

    Although not known by many, Rich Miller was an aspiring actor, using this head shot to catch the eye of George Lucas. After countless audtions for Lucas, sadly, Rich lost the role of “Luke Skywalker” to Mark Hamill…

    98… 2 more…at least!


  103. - Chucky Jay - Tuesday, Feb 5, 13 @ 12:58 pm:

    After Rich’s coach made him cut his hair, he turned it into his now famous beard.


  104. - OneMan - Tuesday, Feb 5, 13 @ 1:00 pm:

    It turned out the ladies were not as into a dude in a shirt with a vulture on it as Rich had hoped.


  105. - Boone Logan Square - Tuesday, Feb 5, 13 @ 1:03 pm:

    The older you get, the more rules they are going to try and get you to follow. You just gotta keep on livin’, man. L-I-V-I-N.


  106. - Middle of the Road - Tuesday, Feb 5, 13 @ 1:11 pm:

    Another reason to be thankful there was no Facebook in the 70’s.


  107. - Irish - Tuesday, Feb 5, 13 @ 1:17 pm:

    “the family’s big behemoth of a (Buick?) station wagon with a gigantic engine that I used for drag racing. lol”

    And you would have won too, if it was a half mile race instead of a quarter mile.


  108. - Irish - Tuesday, Feb 5, 13 @ 1:25 pm:

    “Wayward Son”


  109. - wordslinger - Tuesday, Feb 5, 13 @ 1:27 pm:

    –”the family’s big behemoth of a (Buick?) station wagon with a gigantic engine that I used for drag racing. lol”–

    We had an old Buick wagon. On Fridays, after the old man made bank, my family of seven would load up and head into town for groceries, errands and just about all the craziness you can imagine from five kids off the farm encountering sidewalks.

    The Buick had a fold-out jumpseat in the back. My older brothers would put me in that, then fold me down in it, and I’d suck on the exhaust pipe all the way to town.

    Probably explains a lot.


  110. - RatherBeGolfing - Tuesday, Feb 5, 13 @ 1:40 pm:

    And the winner of the John Denver Look-A-Like Contest is . . .


  111. - Moderate REpub - Tuesday, Feb 5, 13 @ 1:42 pm:

    “That’s what I love about these high school girls man. I get older, and they stay the same age…”


  112. - Reggaeman - Tuesday, Feb 5, 13 @ 2:00 pm:

    Why it is John Denver without his glasses on.
    Far Out!


  113. - dupage dan - Tuesday, Feb 5, 13 @ 2:04 pm:

    Those old MOPAR wagons would rust out so bad the spare tire would drop out of the well and make it look like a tandem trailer. Made the cars go faster, too.


  114. - Oswego Willy - Tuesday, Feb 5, 13 @ 2:04 pm:

    We just flew past 100 without blinking.

    Well done!


  115. - 10th Indy - Tuesday, Feb 5, 13 @ 2:05 pm:

    “So what color were the bell-bottoms?”

    Please tell us they were mauve cords…


  116. - Irish - Tuesday, Feb 5, 13 @ 2:24 pm:

    I wonder if that Blago kid will let me use his hairbrush?


  117. - Sgtstu - Tuesday, Feb 5, 13 @ 2:24 pm:

    VanillaMan - Tuesday, Feb 5, 13 @ 11:02 am:

    Photo found taped inside Sheila Simon’s junior high locker.

    That was just plain mean. NOT !!


  118. - Democratic Yoda - Tuesday, Feb 5, 13 @ 2:46 pm:

    I never thought Jeff “Spicolli” would be interested enough in IL state government & politics to start the Capitol fax Blog.


  119. - WazUp - Tuesday, Feb 5, 13 @ 3:14 pm:

    “Look at the camera and smile? How bout you bite me photographer dude!”


  120. - Arthur Andersen - Tuesday, Feb 5, 13 @ 3:31 pm:

    “Rich Jr. If you wear that hideous shirt for your senior picture, I’ll eat my hat. No, even better, I’ll paint the name of some politician who has no chance of winning all over my Caddy. ”
    “You’re on, Dad.”


  121. - Pardon - Tuesday, Feb 5, 13 @ 4:02 pm:

    Aerosmith in two weeks!


  122. - Quizzical - Tuesday, Feb 5, 13 @ 4:04 pm:

    Love was a battlefield for Pat and Rich. Though the young Ms. Benatar would no longer be able to run her hands over his shiny shirt, the haircut she danced through a dozen videos would always remind her of that first love farm boy.


  123. - Pardon - Tuesday, Feb 5, 13 @ 4:04 pm:

    They’re not bloodshot, besides I have allergies man.


  124. - Observing - Tuesday, Feb 5, 13 @ 4:23 pm:

    That’s no mullet. It’s Rural Beatles.


  125. - Commonsense in Illinois - Tuesday, Feb 5, 13 @ 4:41 pm:

    Here I am…Here I am…yep, a man for the ages…that’s me alright. Man, I’m gonna stay this cool for the next 30 years…you watch. Nobody ever gonna look this good…


  126. - Commonsense in Illinois - Tuesday, Feb 5, 13 @ 4:41 pm:

    Yeah, mom cut my hair while I was reading an Archie…


  127. - Anon - Tuesday, Feb 5, 13 @ 4:55 pm:

    The shirt looks even better with my leisure suit.


  128. - x ace - Tuesday, Feb 5, 13 @ 5:04 pm:

    Groovy

    ( but as afootball player not very intimidating)


  129. - VanillaMan - Tuesday, Feb 5, 13 @ 5:06 pm:

    “AT SEVENTEEN”
    By Janis Ian, enhanced by VanillaMan

    I learned the truth at seventeen
    That votes were meant for beauty queens
    And handsome guys with clear skinned smiles
    Who got elected and then lied by miles

    The candidates that I knew
    Their campaign charades full in view
    Monies spent in districts more plentful
    At seventeen I learned the truth…

    And those of us with honest faces
    Lacking in the social graces
    Hanging on our folk’s phone
    Hanging with some friends thats stoned
    Who called to say that “she likes me”
    And murmured vague obscenities
    It isn’t all it seems at seventeen…

    As a brown eyed guy in floral duds
    Who watched candidates roll in muds
    Said: “Please the voters who you serve
    They replied: “They got they they deserve”

    The rich relationed hometown swell
    Who married into a family of Mells
    With a guarantee of political company
    And jail until he’s elderly…

    So remember those who win electios
    Usually end up facing rejection
    In debitures of quality and dubious integrity
    Their corrupted eyes will gape at you
    And claim surprise when payment due
    Exceeds campaign accounts received

    at seventeen…

    To those of them who knew the pain
    Of election losses and the shame
    And those whose names were never called
    As winners elected in the Fall

    One day it will all go away
    new candidates will arrive today
    they’ll be taken down and harrassed for free
    by snarky Capitolfax bloggers, like me…

    It seventeen, I learned the truth…


  130. - Just The Way It Is One - Tuesday, Feb 5, 13 @ 5:54 pm:

    Yeah…it’ll have to do. Fine. Cuz, Man, not even a centimenter longer and I’d be kicked off the team for sure. Cool…yeah. Far out and funky, Man, but…if they could ONly lower the shot a little so all the chicks ‘n my friends could see me holdin’ my Gibson guitar blendin’ in with mah shirt, THAT’d be REEEEEALY cool!!!


  131. - Just The Way It Is One - Tuesday, Feb 5, 13 @ 8:21 pm:

    Oops–that WAS to read “centimeter…”


  132. - Arthur Andersen - Tuesday, Feb 5, 13 @ 10:12 pm:

    “I call the bird Squeezy.”


  133. - Arthur Andersen - Tuesday, Feb 5, 13 @ 10:19 pm:

    “Miller. Table for One!”


  134. - Du Jour - Tuesday, Feb 5, 13 @ 10:57 pm:

    And on the eighth day, God made a geek.


  135. - Rich Miller - Wednesday, Feb 6, 13 @ 5:58 am:

    ===Photo found taped inside Sheila Simon’s junior high locker.===

    That’s the winner. Vanilla Man, send me an e-mail, please.


  136. - Leatherneck - Wednesday, Feb 6, 13 @ 6:42 am:

    Just wait until ‘78!


  137. - Leatherneck - Wednesday, Feb 6, 13 @ 6:44 am:

    I sure love that 2-year transition term and off-presidential election year gubernatorial elections ideas!


  138. - Arthur Andersen - Wednesday, Feb 6, 13 @ 7:24 am:

    Congrats, VMan. I knew I was personally out as soon as I read that one.
    Rich, thanks for letting us have some fun on you.


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