The first thing you need to understand is that it doesn’t snow in Eugene.

Okay, sure, it snows, but not that much. Not dependably. Snow is an event in Eugene, something special. And when Eugene gets even a few inches — enough to close down the University of Oregon — it’s an occasion for joy.

It certainly was joyous back in January 1969 — especially to a ten-year-old boy — when it snowed three feet one weekend. Not so joyous to the boy’s father, who was responsible for making sure the local rag was delivered to snowbound local homes.

Dad had chains on his pickup, so he was also enlisted to escort reporters around the white streets. It was in that capacity that he found himself driving down Thirteenth, through the heart of campus — and through the middle of a snowball fight. It wasn’t until he survived the gauntlet that he rolled down his window in relief.

And then SPLAT. Right in the kisser.

We weren’t there. We only remember it now because the reporter was sufficiently amused to write it up the next day.

Thirteenth is around the corner from University Street, where this video was shot last Friday, and posted to YouTube by our beloved student paper. And for some reason it’s gone viral, possibly because there was at least one football player in the crowd, doing what UO students have done for generations when there’s something worth doing it with.

(Also, that’s the student union in the background. You may recognize those large windows from the Animal House food-fight scene.)

So now the football player’s been suspended, Stern Words are being issued by UO Mucky-Mucks, and the campus has something more familiar to be distracted with: joyless controversies.

Maybe it looks different in the cold stare of video. Maybe Dad took his own pelting with better humor than the miscreants deserved. But he’s been telling that story for more than four decades, and it’s never any less funny.


Just in time for all this wintry fun, Jalopnik presents stupid winter driving tricks.

@blogenfreude: I thought it was just me. It’s like Oregon is an outpost of Mars. Who are these people?

@Benedick: They come from The Planet of Sock-Wearing Birks.

Family Values news item from TPM:

“Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN) announced in a statement on Wednesday that law enforcement agents were searching the residence of his chief of staff, Ryan Loskarn, over allegations of child pornography. Alexander said in a statement that he had placed Loskarn on administrative leave without pay.

“I was just informed by the United States Senate legal counsel’s office that law enforcement agents are conducting a search of the personal residence of Ryan Loskarn, the chief of staff of my Washington, D.C., office regarding allegations involving child pornography,” Alexander said in the statement. “I am stunned, surprised and disappointed by what I have learned. Based on this information, I immediately placed Mr. Loskarn on administrative leave without pay. The office is fully cooperating with the investigation.”

@Dodgerblue:Am I a bad person if I hope for a wide-ranging scandal? I mean, nobody trades this stuff in a vacuum.

Hate to see all those kids raped, though.

@Tommmcatt Says Pull My Finger: I’m guessing that this creep was in a trading network, and hope that the others are Republican Hill staffers. If not electeds.

@Dodgerblue: I was praying that we wouldn’t get through Cocktober, Blowvember, and Dicksember without a proper secks scandal, though kiddie porn–while not exactly surprising–is a depressing new low for the current crop of DC psychopaths.

@mellbell: Sweet Jeebus. Going to hug the dog now.

@¡Andrew!: If it makes you feel any better (relatively speaking, of course), the child pornographer was fished out of the Potomac last night.

Wait. 15 is not a child. 7 is a child. I was sexually active at 15. 15 year olds have been sentenced as adults in murder cases. 15 year olds are sending selfies as one types. No one wants to harm children but witch hunts should not be encouraged and I’m thinking that’s what’s going on here.

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