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Monday, March 19, 2021

What is it about the two-dollar bill that makes it so appealing to the skin trade?

First, the strip clubs adopted it as a more efficient tip-dispensing denomination. And now, central Florida nudist resorts are making it their currency of choice, as a way to demonstrate how much their members pump into the local economy that hassles them so.

I’m thinking this naked ambition has something to do with Thomas Jefferson’s general regard for libertarian freedom of expression. Maybe also for his now-infamous bedroom activities…

In any case, these notable applications threaten to permanently brand the two-note in the popular consciousness: Jefferson bill = nekkid people! Chaz seems to think that the perceptional impact will be severely limited. On the other hand, Joel is sure that it will serve as a monetary scarlet letter — so, presumably, I’m sure he’ll be happy to give you non-reproachable change for all those double-greenbacks you accumulate during your next Sunshine State visit.

by Costa Tsiokos, Mon 03/19/2007 11:44 PM
Category: Business, Florida Livin'
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hav at it
Of all the twists and turns brought on by this 2006-07 NHL season, I, improbably, find this one to be the oddest:

Of the 96 NHL players who have at least 20 goals this season, only Chicago RW Martin Havlat (24 goals) and Calgary LW Alex Tanguay (20) have not scored a game-winner.

Marty Havlat, sans a GWG? And, given the Blackhawks’ losing ways, very likely to wind up with none for the entire season?

That underlines what a change of scenery Havlat’s undergone in the trade from Ottawa last offseason. Back when I was participating in fantasy hockey, the Czech winger was my secret weapon, for one reason only: He would pick up game-winners almost at will. In fact, he’d often back into the GWG. For example, the Senators would build a big lead, like 5-0, with Havlat scoring the third goal of the game; then, in the third period, Ottawa would give up two goals en route to a cruising win, and the end result would be Havlat being credited with that difference-making game-winner. Truly an uncanny statistical talent.

Hopefully, the ‘Hawks will put things together for next year, and Havlat can get back his game-winning goal mojo.

by Costa Tsiokos, Mon 03/19/2007 11:10 PM
Category: Hockey
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southern cookin'
For failing to give Mike Modano his career 503-goal props over the Gaylord Entertainment Center PA system, the Nashville Predators are being branded as North America’s most selfish franchise by Dallas Stars president Jim Lites:

“I understand it’s a competitive situation, but we’re also working together to sell the game,” Lites told the [Dallas Morning News]. “[The Preds] get more money from revenue sharing than any team in the league, they voted against the new schedule because they wanted to have an easier schedule for themselves. They take and take and take and take and never give back, and I’m sick of it.”

That’ll get the rivalry juices flowing. Too bad the teams aren’t in the same division. They’ll both make the playoffs this year; right now, a first-round matchup is looking unlikely, but maybe they’ll get a chance to knock heads in the next round. If so, Lites comments are ready-made subplot material.

by Costa Tsiokos, Mon 03/19/2007 10:47 PM
Category: Hockey
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