Updated: December 30, 2012 3:18PM
Because the holiday season is at hand — at least the big-box stores say it’s at hand — it seems fitting that these points were pondered by someone not wise enough to have accompanied Gaspar, Melchior, and Balthasar to the stable, but old enough to have given them driving directions to get there:
■ What’s in a name?
On the far northeast side of Gurnee, there’s a building called “The Octagon,” and it’s called that because it’s an eight-sided structure.
Got that one.
But on Route 83 at Washington Street in Grayslake, there’s a restaurant called “The Triangle” ... and, no, it’s not a three-sided structure.
■ Fueling up.
On Washington Street, two blocks east of the College of Lake County, there’s a gas station on the SW corner of Washington and Route 45.
Comparatively, it’s cheap gas and there are pleasant people working behind the counter.
Betcha all the college kids use that as their fuel stop.
■ For the snail-mailers:
No matter how much you pay for a first-class stamp — currently 45 cents — it’s now a “forever” stamp.
Which means, if/when the price of a stamp goes up to 48 cents or 49 cents or 52 cents or whatever, the stamp you bought for 45 cents still will be good to go.
No more buying one-cent stamps or two-cent stamps to match up with old stamps you already have to cover a price hike.
That move is appreciated.
■ Hoops havoc at Warren High School.
Two thoughts on the boys basketball Thanksgiving week tournament at Warren, that featured Waukegan, North Chicago and Lake Forest Academy.
1) A tip of the cap to Warren athletic director Mark Pos and whoever else was involved in the decision to clear the gym before resuming play after a fight broke out in the stands one night, and also to allow only parents to watch games the following night. Smart, smart, smart decision.
2) That said, it’s just so sad that the derisive actions of a few can ruin the fun and enjoyment of the many. Sad, sad, sad.
■ The big MAC attack.
Lake County sent three basketball players to Mid-American Conference schools over the summer.
1) Waukegan High School grad Akeem Springs is at NIU and is the team’s leading scorer through four games, averaging nearly 13 points per contest.
2) Warren grad Darius Paul is starting at Western Michigan University and is the team’s second-leading scorer at 12.5 points per game.
3) Warren grad Nathan Boothe is starting at Toledo and is averaging eight points and five rebounds per game.
Of the three teams, Western Michigan has the best overall club.
■ The TV camera never lies.
Don’t know if you saw this, but a couple of weeks ago, NIU’s football team’s game was airing live on TV channel ESPN.
On back-to-back plays, NIU defensive lineman Anthony Wells from North Chicago recorded a sack, and defensive back Rashaan Melvin from Waukegan intercepted a pass.
■ Not ready for prime time.
North Chicago native Quincy Miller was picked in the second round of last summer’s NBA draft by Denver.
But the 6-9 forward has now been shipped off to the NBA’s “minor leagues” — the D-League.
Miller will play for the Iowa Energy.
Miller attended high school in the Carolinas, and played one year of college ball at Baylor before opting for the NBA draft rather than playing another year or two in college.
■ Someone knows what they’re doing.
Having spent considerable time in the last two months at various Lake County Forest Preserve “parks,” we have to give credit where credit’s due.
The LCFP people have done a terrific job upgrading the facilities and the trails.
Don’t know how the number of people using the parks compares to the cost of upgrading/maintaining them, but it’s guaranteed that those who use them appreciate them.
■ Keeping an eye on the Redbirds:
Zion-Benton grad Octavia Crump did well enough in high school to earn a scholarship to play women’s hoops at Illinois State University.
In the early going, she’s averaging about 10 minutes of game time coming off the bench for the Redbirds.
■ Lynx card.
The Lincoln Junior College Lynx are 6-3 on the hardwood this winter.
The team’s leading scorers are North Chicago grad Aaron Simpson and Warren grad JoVaughn Gaines.
■ Grid lock.
Unless your favorite team happens to be playing, interest in the high school football playoffs seems to peak on Selection Saturday, and lose steam with each ensuing round of games.