Adam Reisinger, the creator of AdamReisinger.com, turns 30 on May 17, 2010. As part of the countdown to his 30th birthday, AdamReisinger.com looks back on May 17th each year since 1980.
On May 17, 2008 -- my 28th birthday -- 3,000 people were evacuated from Lafayette, Louisiana because of a hydrochloric acid spill. That's pretty bad, but it could've been worse. I mean, it's not like the derailed train cars were spilling a non-stop flow of oil that resulted in a giant oil mass the size of Rhode Island... oh wait... that's, kinda, ya know, happening now. Man, thank God the Saints won the Super Bowl or Louisiana wouldn't have anything going for it (of course, maybe this is karma for the state giving us JaMarcus Russell).
May 17, 2008 was an off day in the NBA playoffs, the day between Game 6 and Game 7 in the Eastern Conference Semifinal series between the Cavaliers and Celtics. Unlike this year, there actually WAS a Game 7 needed in 2008, and despite the fact the Cavaliers lost, it was actually considered something of an achievement for that team to lose to the Celtics. I'm done talking about this now, though, because basketball makes me angry right now.
The Mets actually managed to not make me angry on my 28th birthday, beating the Yankees 7-4. Of course, the 2008 Mets ended the season much like the 2007 Mets did, setting the stage for a horrible 2009. I still hate sports.