A lot of important things happened this week…

- The controversy over the proposed mega-Mosque just two blocks from Ground Zero reached a fever pitch…

- The always handsome Mahmoud Amedinejhad took off his “Members Only” jacket long enough to announce the opening of Iran’s first nuclear reactor and unveiled the country’s first unmanned drone-bombing plane, which Mahmoud called “the ambassador of death”… as Sgt. Sacto would say… “Ooooohhh, scary!”

- And Salmonella poisoning caused a massive, nationwide egg recall that had grocery stores scrambling.

But there’s one story that I feel is incredibly important, yet got very little coverage in the Press:  Can Hooters girls be overweight? 

Apparently, it’s possible.  A Michigan judge has okayed two lawsuits against Hooters filed by waitresses saying they were wrongfully fired for being “too heavy”.  A Hooter’s spokesperson claims the girls are actually “entertainers” and therefore have to meet certain requirements.   

The Hooters Girls are entertainers???    Shouldn’t they be charging some kind of cover charge?  Silly me, and all this time I thought they were just waitresses wearing tight t-shirts. 

I feel better now that I got that off MY chest.  Oh, by the way, on a side note… Big Al just got hired as a waiter at a new Mexican restaurant called “Tooters”.

Hard to believe we’re getting close to Labor Day Weekend.  Not the official, but to me, the end of Summer… my absolute favorite season of the year. 

The back-to-school commercials are all over TV.  And as a matter of fact, my grandso…um, my daughter, Jill’s son, Matthew, has already been back in school for almost two full weeks. 

Hop on the freeway and you’re bound to see cars packed with dorm room paraphernalia – including the obligatory futon strapped to the roof or sticking out the back.  (As a father of six girls, I know how happy all you dads are helping your daughter move in a piece of furniture that’s not only a couch…but converts into a bed!)

And walk into just about any store – and you’ll find yourself face-to-face with Halloween stuff.  HALLOWEEN???  My ears are still ringing from the 4th of July Fireworks!  I’m not ready for Candy Corn and Witches Costumes… (although I’ll admit the Nancy Pelosi mask I saw was pretty realistic). 

Sure fall is beautiful in Michigan, but I’m just not ready for it.  I want Frisbees not Football!  Sunscreen not Sweatshirts!  I’m going to hang on to summer with everything I’ve got. 

And, yes, I will wear white after Labor Day!   

Call me crazy… a renegade… I don’t care.  This may be the last weekend of August but, to paraphrase the poet Dylan Thomas, “I will not go gently into September”. 

In fact, I may wear my Speedo until it snows! (Not)


Have a safe, happy weekend and I’ll see you back here Monday!

- Dick

P.S.  On Labor Day itself I will be co-hosting the Jerry Lewis Muscular Dystrophy telethon along with my daughter, JoAnne.  We’ll be on the final three-and-a-half hours from 3pm to 6:30pm on Channel 20.  Hope you’ll donate to this very worthy cause!