Where The Down Boys Go....

Danny CarberryContributor IMarch 30, 2009

MILWAUKEE - MARCH 07: Paul Harris #11 of the Syracuse Orange looks to pass against the Marquette Golden Eagles on March 7, 2009 at the Bradley Center in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Syracuse defeated Marquette 86-79 in overtime. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

A friend of mine this weekend asked me, "where are all the hot chicks in Syracuse tonight?" I paused, then remembered what was happening at the Palace Theatre in Eastwood. I recall talking to a lot of fast women, that they were going to be there and hopefully have the opportunity to jump into some speed dating at the event with all the participants.


Here is what happened~


Group in Syracuse reads "The Hobbit" out loud in less than 10 hours

by The Post-Standard

More than 40 J.R.R. Tolkien enthusiasts from Central New York celebrated international Tolkien Reading Day Sunday by reading "The Hobbit" out loud, from beginning to end.

The group assembled on the second floor of The Palace Theatre in Eastwood, where it took about nine and a half hours to read the 305-page book. The size of the gathering fluctuated as people came and went throughout the day. Onondaga County Executive Joanie Mahoney, whose office supports several literacy initiatives, was among the readers.

By 10:30 p.m., for the last pages of the book, the group was down to six. The final paragraph was read by Alex Madden, 15, of Syracuse.

Admission was free, but organizers raised about $150 in donations for several local literacy projects.

The event was put together by John Mariani and Sean Kirst of The Post-Standard, with the support of executive editor Mike Connor. The international Tolkien Society credits Kirst with coming up for the idea for a reading day, which is officially held on March 25 -- the date in the books on which Frodo Baggins and Samwise Gamgee, two hobbits, begin their climactic ascent of Mount Doom.

How does one join the international Tolkien Society? If you do know, contact my people so I can quit my job and move to New Zealand.

They like to party.