Also in Slate: Dana Stevens reviews the remade The Karate Kid, starring Jackie Chan and Jaden Smith. If you only know William Zabka from his work as the quintessential teen movie villain—a role he first played in the original Karate Kid (1984) and reprised in Just One of the Guys (1985) and Back to School (1986)—I strongly recommend you read the interview Zabka gave this week to the Onion's AV Club.
This piece was originally published in Slate on Oct. 21, 2008. What has become of the birthday party? I used to love a good birthday get-together. Some other kid’s parents are picking up the tab for an afternoon of bumper bowling? There might be a Cookie Puss from Carvel? Fire up the Datsun, Mom, we’re going to be late! I’m told that when you’re a legitimate grown-up—with a spouse and kids of your own—birthday parties are once again events you look forward to.
Several months ago, I gave up sports. I hadn't planned to go cold turkey, so I didn't note the exact day I quit. One morning—it must have been in June—I picked up the paper and didn't feel like reading the sports section. So I didn't, that day or any day since. Around the same time, I stopped watching live sporting events on TV, catching highlights on ESPN, and checking for the latest sports news on the Web. I abandoned, midseason, two promising fantasy baseball teams in two very competitive leagues.
@DeePhunk Followed by the sorrow of getting the game home, popping in the cartridge, and realizing the game is wack and you made the wrong call and now you've popped the box so you can't return unless you pretend it's broken and beg for a store credit and another shot at the wall.
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