Aren’t We All?

There is little in the news that makes me laugh these days. Occasionally, though, I’m surprised. Yesterday morning was one of those occasions. I read a headline from The Washington Post that did it for me. Then it made me pause and think, “Hmmm, aren’t we all?” I think you’ll know what I mean when you read the headline below:

Honestly…aren’t we all?

To read the full article, just click on the headline above or click here.

Reading this fun, but very believable, headline made we wonder, “Hey, what other interesting headlines and stories are there out in the world today?” I visited the United Press International’s “Odd News” section to find out what I’ve been missing. Apparently there is a lot of “odd news” about animals:

Danish Zoo’s 41 Year Old Penguin Declared World’s Oldest – Not suprisingly the penguin’s name is Olde, which is Danish for “grandmother.”

Horse Skeleton Siezed at Florida Mail Sorting Facility – That’s just what we need! More ballots delayed by an influx of horse skeletons in the mail system.

Three Llamas Escape from Truck on Oregon Highway – Seriously, the articles says one of the llama’s was given medication to “ease her mama llama trauma.”

Aggressive Cougar Follows Man on Utah Trail for 6 Minutes – This is a pretty interesting video but, why was the guy shooting a video of a cougar that obviously wasn’t messing around?

French Couple Trying to Buy Savannah Cat get Tiger Cub, Instead – Good thing they weren’t being followed by a cougar; they probably would have thought it was a dog just trying to be friendly.

Beaver on the Loose after New Mexico Zoo Escape – Yes, Busy the Beaver is on the loose. And why is this a story?


A Musical Treat from the Late Late Show with James Corden


The View from Jeff

First a big, big shout out to my friend Jeff Logan for submitting his doctoral dissertation to his committee. Next up…defense! I’m proud to say that I was there on Day One of Jeff’s doctoral journey and I have been rooting for him ever since. This week’s cartoon from Jeff celebrates that achievement, with all the anxiety that comes with the accomplishment.

Jeff Explains: Having submitted my dissertation to my committee there was a (very) short window of elation followed by an immense sense of submission remorse (kinda like buyer’s remorse but much worse) as I can only think of all the changes I shoulda/coulda changed!!

One Last Thing…

If you have gone through all the Netflix, Disney+, Amazon Prime, and Hulu shows that have been recommended as “must watch,” here’s one more. It is from the Discovery Channel and it is Dodgeball Thunderdome. Really. A reality TV dodgeball competition loosely based on the hit movie comedy, Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story.

I occasionally enjoy watching American Ninja Warrior because it features people who are truly outstanding amateur athletes competing on an amazing obstacle course (and, honestly, because I love how the announcer growls out, “American Ninja Warrior!” at every opportunity). Dodgeball Thunderdome is nothing like that. It combines an obstacle course with flying red and blue dodgeballs. Getting hit by the red dodgeballs (which sometimes explode red powder) drives the score up against competitors and the blue dodgeballs…well…they just hurt…a little. Add to all of this competitors who are not athletes and wise-cracking commentators. What do you get? A truly chuckle-worthy, and occasionally laugh-out-loud, show that is highly distracting during these challenging times. Check out the trailer and then tune in:


One More Last Thing

Thanks to my Colombian spouse, I have become a big fan of Carlos Vives. Vives nearly single-handedly revived a form of Colombian folk music known as villenato. We have been to three of his live concerts and, honestly, I’ve never attended better live musical events. There is no warm up act and his shows go nonstop for two and a half to three hours. The music is all live and extraordinary. Originally a television star, Vives also creates a theatrical experience in his shows. If you’ve not heard him before, or even heard of him, I wanted to make sure you had a change to experience some of his music. Enjoy!


Stay safe, be well, keep calm, keep washing your hands, keep wearing your mask, and keep striving for justice, peace, and health for all.

Tom

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