Weekend Reading

*I meant to post this last weekend, but forgot to, so some of the articles (NCAA tournament, Brewers opening day are a little dated). My apologies!

Confessions of a racing sausage | OnMilwaukee.com

“See, for three years, starting in high school and ending my sophomore year of college, I was a proud member of the Milwaukee Brewers Brew Crew. The job mostly entails doing odd jobs of various levels of boredom around the stadium. But the main draw of the gig – other than getting essentially paid to go to games – was, every so often, getting to compete in the sixth inning Klements sausage race.

It’s the ultimate fun factoid to bust out during icebreakers, and it always results in a pile of questions from Brewers fans (or merely fans of racing meat products).”

In honor of Opening Day at Miller Park earlier this week, I thought it’d be appropriate to share this tell-all about the Milwaukee Brewers sausage race answer. Most surprising finding: the races aren’t rigged!

Why I’m moving to the place I called ‘America’s worst place to live’ | Washington Post

“If you live in a major metro area, you’ve probably had the experience of driving through the country on the way to the beach, or to visit relatives in other states, wondering, “what do these people do for a living out here?”

Many people I’ve discussed the move with tell me how it sounds like a lot of fun, but they can’t imagine living without all the amenities of a city — the culture, the restaurants, the general bustle and abundance of things to do. But with a 15-hour commute, these things have generally been an abstraction to me — activities other people did that I didn’t have time for.”

This WashPo data reporter wrote a story last year about the best and worst places to live, but got a lot of flack for his snarky assessment of a northern Minnesota county. Tired of long commutes, he is moving his family there after realizing how nice it is. Crazy story!

Before Kris Jenkins’s shot, there was Ryan Arcidiacono’s pass | New York Times

“On Monday night came the moment when Arcidiacono could finally live his dream of being the hero of a big game. With a real championship on the line against North Carolina, with 4.7 seconds left on the clock and the game tied at 74, he had the ball and headed toward the basket. He dribbled up the court thinking, “I’m going to shoot this!”

Then, he took the ball – and passed it?

“Nope, you don’t ever dream about making the pass,” he said.

That single flick of the ball set up one of the most stunning moments in N.C.A.A. tournament history.

I only watched the last six minutes of the NCAA championship game, but so glad I did because this game was INSANE. I was really rooting for Villanova because a lot of people said at the beginning of basketball season that the Big East Conference (Marquette’s conference) is just mediocre. Well…

This article delved into the selflessness of Arcidiacono’s pass and how Nova played as a team. The plan, formulated in the huddle with just 4.7 seconds left on the clock, was for Arcidiacono to take the last shot — and then Jenkins got open. It’s a split-second decision  — make the pass or take the glory — and Arcidiacono decided on the latter. It paid off.

Time off the bench: the social lives of Supreme Court justices | Washington Post

“The reality is that most people outside Washington are hard-pressed to name all the justices, much less recognize them without their robes. Kennedy was once stopped on the steps in front of the Supreme Court building by tourists who handed him a camera and giddily asked him to take their picture — without ever recognizing their ad hoc photographer.

You can’t talk about a case or an issue that might come before the court. You talk about life — kids, music, movies — the things normal people talk
about.

Before they joined the court, the justices functioned under the radar, not really known by the general public. Then suddenly, they’re at the top of Washington’s social elite.”

Interesting insight into how reserved judges are thrown into the spotlight when they are appointed to the Supreme Court.

Will you sprint, stroll or stumble into a career? | New York Times

“Sprinters start fast right out of the gate. They pick a major early on and stick with it, enabling a progression of internships that look more and more impressive with each year. Some have the perfect job lined up on graduation; others are laserlike in their focus, moving from job to job up the career ladder. They have little or no student-loan debt, freeing them to pick job opportunities without regard to pay.

She became a Wanderer, part of the contingent of young adults who are largely treading water in the years after graduation. Most, eventually, go on to get a Master’s.

Many Stragglers struggle to find viable options after high school. And if they go to college, most of them struggle to finish, or don’t at all.”

This story outlines the three types of college graduates: sprinters, wanderers and stragglers. It describes that it’s not just personality traits that place people into particular categories, but many other factors outside of students’ control. The amount of debt, the general direction of the economy and geographic location all play a part in college gradautes’ trajectories.

I also loved the lede for this story — an extended anecdote about a Williams College graduate unsure of what to pursue who considers grad school and lives abroad for a while. It sounds like a lot of people I know. And yet, this example dates back to the 1800s.

I’m trying to get a bunch of work done on my end-of-the-semester projects this weekend to save myself a little sanity come mid-May, so I’ll be holed up in the library for most of today and tomorrow evening.

But tomorrow afternoon, I’m headed down to my hometown to take two of my friends around. We visited one of their hometowns last weekend and wanted to squeeze in each of ours before graduation. We had first come up with this idea first semester of freshman year, so it’s cool that it’s finally happening (albeit, a month before graduation). Hoping the lake is thawed and the skies are blue tomorrow!

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