The ‘dibs’ society (5×8 – 4/26/13)

This will be the last 5×8 for a week or so. I’ve got banked vacation time I’m required to burn.


Why do we claim ownership of things we don’t own?

This picture in the Bradenton Herald perfectly captures a disturbing trend.

(Photo: Grant Jefferies/Bradenton Herald. Used by permission.)

There are a dozen photos in the essay, all capturing preparations for the De Soto Heritage Festival Grand Parade on Saturday. The images, taken Wednesday, show people marking their turf for the parade.

I had never seen this done before — and certainly never four days ahead of time — until a parade in Lakeville


You’ve been working toward a goal much of your adult life. You’re a senior in college and it’s all about to come together. Then you get a call that your bone marrow — you’d signed up for a match program but had forgotten you did — matches someone who needs it.

You’d give it all up, right? Because this week, Cameron Lyle did.

Bonus I: Calculate the value of putting a tree in your yard. (Marketplace)

Bonus II: An assessment of the Vikings’ three first-round draft picks. (Daily Norseman)

Bonus III: The carjacking victim in Boston tells his story. (


The White House is seeking more evidence that the Syrian regime has used chemical weapons during the country’s ongoing civil war. Today’s Question: Should the U.S. intervene in Syria?


Daily Circuit (9-12 p.m.) – First hour: This week on the Friday Roundtable: panelists will discuss the purpose of higher education.

Second hour: What can communities and citizens do at the grassroots level to encourage and engage in healthy lives?

Third hour: The benefits of positive parenting.

MPR News Presents (12-1 pm): A special program featuring Minnesota writer Patricia Hampl in “The Big Time: F. Scott Fitzgerald.” It was commissioned by MPR and performed at the Fitzgerald Theater.

Science Friday (1-2 p.m.) – Millions of years ago, giants roamed the earth. Join Ira Flatow on Science Friday for a look at Utah’s paleontological treasures… from massive sauropods to the fierce hunter Utahraptor.

All Things Considered (3-6:30 p.m.) – Eighteen veterans have worked for up to two years on art projects as part of a program designed to help them resolve and heal their trauma and war experiences, and prevent problems that can arise from unresolved trauma – like inhibition, isolation or violence against themselves or their loved ones. They’re having a first-ever show of their artwork today. MPR’s Jess Mador will report.

Despite lowered flood forecasts, students and volunteers help to create temporary sandbag dikes in several Fargo neighborhoods. MPR’s Conrad Wilson is in flood country.

  • I think my biggest question for No. 1 is: why on Earth do people love parades so much? I don’t get it at all.

  • andy


    That’s exactly what I was thinking…..

  • Laura

    In River Falls, WI people begin reserving seats for the parade at least 2 weeks before the actual event. It has been going on for years.

    It sucks because you have no chance of having a spot unless you reserve a seat too. I agree, it is a class-less move, so my daughter never gets to see the parade 🙁

  • Roger

    Added to my To Do list: Make an appointment for Be the Match.

  • Roger

    Darn. Too old, want marrow donors ages 18-44.

  • David

    Unless you are with a group of close friends calling dibs on the last piece of pizza, dibs is completely rude especially on a public right of way.

  • Chuck

    Agreed, it’s classless to “dibs” a parade spot. But it’s extremely difficult to ignore someone’s dibs. The last parade I went to, a family of four–mom, dad, two children–moved a corner of someone’s blanket that had been used for “dibs”-ing. When the dibs-ers returned to their blanket, a reasonably loud altercation ensued, and the family of four ended up moving. As a bystander, I feel I should have said something, but who wants to take a chance that the dibs-ers will pull out a gun or something? I’d be interested to hear whether other Newscut readers have had the guts to buck social convention and defy a dibs, and what the result was.

  • BJ

    I think this dibs thing started when they started handing out wristbands instead of making you stand in line for concert tickets.

  • David Wilford

    For the May Day parade in Minneapolis some people do claim spots along the street a few hours ahead of time, but most just show up and find one not long before the start. On the other hand, people claim prime spots to view the May Day show after the parade at Powderhorn Park early in the morning, so there’s some dibs being called there.

  • Kevin Watterson

    People dibs parade spots all the time. Ask anyone who works in politics, they’ll tell you.