In case you missed it, even the runways are looking downright conservative these days, with their button-down oxfords and snappy repp ties. So it should be no surprise that Aaron Schock, the youngest man in Congress (28!), proves you can maintain an appropriate—and appropriately all-American—wardrobe on Capitol Hill while sending a slightly more progressive fashion message.
Aaron Schock is almost 28 and a half years old, and he is a politician. School-board member at 19. Illinois state representative at 23. U.S. congressman at 27. And unlike every single one of his colleagues (except maybe Ron Paul), he owes a great measure of his success to the way his abs ripple. “In a sea of 435 people in Congress, part of getting things done is having an ID,” Schock says of that infamous red-bathing-suit photo TMZ published of him.
TMZ’s stalking a congressman is excellent news for the Republican Party, Schock’s party, the party that hasn’t been doing so well with the young folks since Family Ties. Schock sees himself (and so does congressional leadership) as someone who can sell people his age on the power of conservatism. “If there was a major failure [during the Bush administration],” he says, “it was a failure to communicate.” And he thinks a big part of correcting that is to become more tolerant. “Obviously, there are those who think that Republican candidates have to check all the boxes on economic and social issues—that’s why we’re the minority.”
Some of his fustier colleagues have asked him how they can better reach new voters, maybe through the Facebooks. But that’s the problem: Since he’s spent his postpubescent life perfecting the dark arts of politicking—learning to laugh at the right times and deflect questions (no, he doesn’t know why John Boehner is orange)—Schock now possesses the cultural awareness of a 14-year-old circa 1995. He still has an AOL account. It gets worse: “I got to know Elton John’s older music by learning to like his newer stuff,” he says. “The Lion King? That’s what I like.” Is this why he’s still single? Nah. “My only personal time is a couple of hours in the gym in the morning.”—greg veis
Although the memories of Ohio State’s 2007 loss to the Illini and quarterback Juice William’s clock draining late game attack, don’t get too excited Illinois fans. Since that fateful day in the shoe, the Buckeyes have a new weapon with the potential to render Illinois coach Ron Zook helpless against the Buckeye Defense. That weapon? Terrell Pryor.
I know what you’re saying…but what good is Pryor if he can’t get the ball? If the defense can’t handle Williams two pronged run/pass attack, then it doesn’t matter what Pryor does. Our defense has always struggled against a quarterback who can run and Williams knows how to run.
Ahhh, not so fast my friend. The biggest difference between the 07 Ohio State defense and the 09 defense? The 09 defense has spent their summer lining up against Pryor, a quarterback very similar to Williams only about four inches taller. The biggest difference is that Williams has the maturity that Pryor has yet to develop.
The Midland Theatre's 2009-10 season begins Friday with the Tony-nominated one-man Broadway play "Say Goodnight, Gracie."
The play is told through the eyes of George Burns, played by Rupert Holmes. The play examines Burns' romance and professional partnership with Gracie Allen from the afterlife.
In "Say Goodnight, Gracie," Burns is in limbo between this world and the next, unable to join his wife and partner, Allen, until he gives a performance for God. The play looks upon his impoverished youth, his initial meeting of Allen, and his career after she passed away.
"Say Goodnight, Gracie" was Broadway's third-longest running solo performance show, was nominated for a 2003 Tony Award for Best Play, and won the 2003-04 National Broadway Theatre Award for Best Play.
Home sales, pricing and inventory remaining consistent Average sales price increases slightly from July, down just 3.8 percent from ‘08
Home sales dipped slightly in August while inventory, average sales prices and days on market all showed important signs of a healthy housing market, the Columbus Board of REALTORS® said today.
August home sales were off by 7.9 percent compared to August 2008, with a total of 1,994 sold, while inventory and the average days on market both declined.
The average sales price crept up in August to $168,873, from an average of $167,039 in July and was down only 3.8 percent compared to August 2008.
“Affordable pricing, historically low interest rates and incentives including the $8,000 first-time homebuyer tax credit are all positively impacting the central Ohio housing market,” said Gary Parsons, president of the Columbus Board of REALTORS®.
“Pricing has remained consistent this summer while inventory and the length of time homes are for sale is trending downward, illustrating how competitively-priced homes are keeping central Ohio’s housing market balanced,” Parsons said.