Contest starts TOMORROW!!! And ONE DAY EVENTS May 5th!

May contest starts tomorrow, May 5th, theme is Perfume/Cologne. Men's cologne is fine, but let's try to steer clear of aftershave as many don't view that as cologne.

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6. Hem and Haw rule: Can't believe it's gonna be mid-80s at the end of the week. I got some pepper plants planted and vegetable seeds and some herbs. Also have planted my ass out front of my house to sit in the sun in my chair in the street! Hope we have a long summer!! Anyone else doing any gardening? Street sitting?

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ONE DAY EVENTS May 5th! Ads for Cinco de Mayo and Mexican themed/based ads. Please pass me a margarita, thanks!

Kent State May 4th, 1970 12:24pm 13 seconds of gun fire, 4 dead....

Not putting an ad in this post (rules are sometimes meant to be broken). 45 years ago today, at 12:24pm at Kent State, for reasons that are still disputed, National Guardsmen turned and fired on students who were retreating from the area. 4 were killed, 9 were wounded. Two of the dead were just on their way from/to finals, two were protesting. But as Allison Krause's father once asked, in between sobs, why couldn't his daughter peacefully protest her government? Kent State was a watershed moment in the Vietnam war.

It's also a lesson in living history and how history evolves with the years. 45 years ago, even 20 years ago, it would have been unthinkable to consider any empathy for the guardsman at Kent State, but now there is. Many of them were the same age as the students. From when I first arrived at Kent State in 1988 thru today, I've witnessed a massive shift in how May 4th has been handled by the university. The parking spaces where the 4 were killed did not use to be closed off, they had little stenciled angels on them. It was incredibly tacky and I always felt somewhat disrespectful. In the early 90s, those spaces finally were permanently closed off with a memorial on each spot. There are now also signs from the main roads around campus directing visitors to the May 4th memorial. It's as if the university, for a long time, just wanted to try to keep it in the past instead of realizing that you can't just shove something like that in a book and close it. When the dorms overlooking the commons were rebuilt they ensured the sides facing that way looked exactly the same so as to not change the area anymore that's been, as had happened when they built the gym in the 1970s on part of a field where shots had been fired. There's also now a new May 4th visitor's center in Taylor Hall, the building in between the commons and the Prentice Hall parking lot where the students were killed and wounded.

The city of Kent itself is still evolving in how they face May 4th. When I first arrived at Kent State in 1988 my roommates and I went to a grocery store and someone in the checkout behind us called us "Damned students". We weren't even being obnoxious. The cashier told us it was because of May 4th and some people still had problems with it. When I lived at an apartment a few years later, there was a lady next door who was as nice and sweet as you could expect someone in their 80s to be. But when it came to mentioning May 4th? I was shocked! The viciousness she had towards the 4 who were killed and she said "more should have been killed." (As someone was quoted in the news in 1970 as saying). Pointing out to her that 2 weren't even protesting was pointless, they shouldn't have gone around that crowd. I think with the city, the evolving attitude towards May 4th involves the older residents who harbored such feelings passing away and new people moving to town, younger residents having a different view and/or a more open mind.

Every May 4th they cancel classes for 2 hours. I've always had mixed feelings about this. There is an event every year but the May 4th Task Group is hit or miss with whom they get to speak and sometimes it appears they just get people to promote their personal agendas that have zero to do with May 4th. They've had very bizarre speaker choices before. For the 30th anniversary they had Julia Butterfly Hill [sic?] who lived in a tree for like 2 years. That was one of the weirdest spectacles I'd ever seen. She kept talking about living in a tree and then she'd toss in "May 4th" every so often. A couple alumni who had witnessed the shootings were sitting next to me and they asked "Where's the guard at now?" Surreal. I've sometimes felt it would have more meaning and poignancy if they didn't cancel classes but at 12:24pm every thing came to a halt for one minute and the bell (there's a huge bell on the library) tolled 4 times. The candlelight vigil the night before May 4th IS very poignant and beautiful. The start on the commons and walk around front campus and end in the Prentice Hall parking lot and then people stand in those 4 spots for 20 minutes a turn through 12:24pm May 4th when the bell on the commons is rung, which starts the event.

The most surreal event, for me, was 1997 when Crosby, Stills, and Nash (no Young) played on May 4th on the commons, actually in about where the ROTC building once stood. Overlooking that hill and singing Ohio. It's chill inducing remembering it.