About 7:30 Friday night, Tarbell was heading to Kaldi's Coffee House and Bookstore in Over-the-Rhine, about two blocks from Tarbell's home in the adjacent neighborhood of Pendleton.
"Things were a little bit slow, so we decided to stir it up," Tarbell quipped Saturday.
He was going there to listen to a band, but when he got there, Tarbell, 64, saw a man verbally accosting band members in the street as they were moving their equipment inside. The man was aggressively asking them for money, Tarbell said.
"There were fists flying," Tarbell said.
Tarbell was knocked down and Smith took off.
Tarbell admits he won't win any prize fights.
"I guess not - because he got away," Tarbell joked. "I did get him in the Tarbell Death Grip."
When police arrived, Tarbell jumped in the cruiser and went with police looking for Smith.
About 10 minutes later, they saw him on the street, blocks away.
I can tell you from personal experience, Jim Tarbell is as crazy and awesome as this article makes him seem. He loves Cincinnati, and is a great asset to the community. He is being term-limited out after this year, but I am sure he will keep doing good things for the 'nati.
This is a picture from last year's Opening Day, with Mayor Mallory and Vice-Mayor Tarbell (plus another guy). Yes, he wears a top hat and tails every year for the Opening Day parade.
2) You know, I often wonder what Michael Jackson could possibly do to top his previous insanities. Well, this is a good answer.
Michael Jackson is in discussions about creating a 50-foot robotic replica of himself to roam the Las Vegas desert, according to reports.
The pop legend is currently understood to be living in the city, as he considers making a comeback after 2004's turbulent child sex case.
It has now been claimed that his plans include an elaborate show in Vegas, which would feature the giant Jacko striding around the desert, firing laser beams.
I challenge you to read that first sentence and not smile. I am still laughing. I know the guy may or may not molest children, but he never ceases to be entirely ridiculous. His music was good back in the day.
Oh, and why are the lasers necessary? A giant robot doesn't draw enough attention?
3) SI.com has a list of celebrity picks for the Final Four this weekend, and I found it interesting that very few people picked Ohio State. In fact, I think I only counted 3. The odd part? OSU was the pick of ALL 3 NASCAR drivers. I have no idea why that would be. Tony Stewart, who is from Indy, went with the Bucks because of the Midwest connection, and because Oden and Conley are from Indy, but that just seems odd. Oh well, we have the NASCAR driver vote.
4) I found this story from France somewhat interesting, as it involves riots in the train station I came into when I went to Paris (Gare du Nord). Two things interest me:
a) I wonder if the rioters were Muslim. I don't have any particular beef with the religion of Islam, but if this disturbance was similar to those riots in the Paris suburbs last year, I think that is relevant.
b) Why is it that we have so many fewer riots in the US than in France? Whatever the issue, it seems like the French riot more. When I went to Paris for the day, as I walked past the Louvre, a school bus pulled up and riot police jumped out and started heading where I had just been (noteI walked all of Paris, from Notre Dame, to the Louvre, to the Eiffel Tower, to the Arc de Triomphe, and then took the Metro back to Notre Dame). Needless to say, I began walking faster.
5) Slate.com has an interesting article discussing the connection between size of mansions and CEO performance.
Using property records, public databases, and search engines, Yermack and Liu were able to identify the primary residences of 488 of the 500 CEOs of the S&P 500. These guys—and they're almost all guys—are living large. The mean residence of a CEO was anything but mean: 6,145 square feet, 12 rooms, 5.37 acres of land, and a market value of $3.1 million. For the 164 in the sample who bought new houses after being named CEO, the mean house was even less mean: 6,635 square feet, 13.1 rooms, 6.13 acres, and a market value of $3.9 million. "Aerial photographs indicate that outdoor swimming pools, tennis courts, boathouses, formal gardens, and detached guest houses or servants' quarters are common features of CEOs' homesteads," Yermak and Liu write. CEOs are also engaging in the same sort of financing that the home-buying masses do.
Then the professors examined the returns of the CEOs' stocks, and discovered that the bigger the home, the worse the stock performed.
Personally, that seems somewhat obvious. I would assume the stocks of thrifty but successful CEO's would be doing better than ostentatious CEO's. Obviously, correlation does not equal causation, but which would it be? Do CEO's mentally check out when they get a big house, or do good CEO's not buy the huge (relatively it seems) houses in the first place? Interesting.
6) I had a bit of a stressful situation this week. As the Editor-in-Chief of the Immigration and Nationality Law Review at UC, I helped bring a really cool speaker to UC. His name is Eli Rosenbaum, and he is the head of the Department of Justice Office of Special Investigations. His organization is the group that hunts down former Nazis who have come to the US, and then deports them. Their mission was recently expanded, so now they go after all participants in any genocide or persecution. Since they focus on those immigrants, I thought it seemed like a great topic (and I wrote a paper on it, so it interested me personally). Mr. Rosenbaum told me that he thought, and I had thought of this already, that given his subject matter, the local Jewish community would be particularly interested in the topic of the lecture. So we scheduled the lecture for April 3rd, and I advertised heavily, among all groups of people I thought would be interested.
Well, it just so happens April 3rd is the first full day of Passover. I received some angry/disappointed (rightfully so) phone calls from some individuals, and I was definitely feeling pretty crappy. However, after talking to all of the people responsible for reservations and whatnot, I was able to reschedule the lecture for April 17th. I hope I can get the message out to everybody that the lecture was changed, but I am just glad to be able to change it. Crisis averted. Stefanie helped me with the replanning, as did some other INLR students, and it was all ok. Now I can breathe, and stop feeling like a bad person.
Well, everybody have a good weekend. Stefanie and I are seeing The Lion King show for the Broadway Series in Cincinnati, so I am excited. Go Bucks!