My Very Own Ice Floe….

Eskimo Ice
BobLee
August16/ 2016

My Very Own Ice Floe…. Surely you have heard of the (apochraphal) story about Old Eskimos being put on ice floes and shoved out into the Bering Sea when they are deemed more of a burden than a benefit to “the tribe”.

I am constructing my very own ice floe preparatory to separating myself from “the tribe”.  I have decided that “the tribe” is becoming more of a burden than a benefit to ME.  Take THAT tribe.

WHOA!  Does this mean No More incredibly insightful commentaries?  Heavens No.  Exactly the opposite.  OODLES MORE….. From the relative solitude of my ice floe, I will avoid the spirit-breaking cynicism of “the tribe”.   The last burden I would ever place on you fine folks is facing grim reality.  If I can offer you a 10-minute respite from reality several times / week…. what greater good could any man aspire too?

I watched a grand combined total of twenty minutes of the two political conventions. 20 minutes of one (RNC) and 0 of the other one. I did read synopses of each so I know they were a lot of “Balloons & BS”. For anyone who feels compelled to lecture me on what I missed…. DON’T.Rio Olympics

Continuing with building my own ice floe…. I have watched Zip – Zero – Nada of the Whatever Olympiad this current one is.   Relax…. I am NOT protesting anything or making a socio-cultural-political statement. Moi?

Sure, I find Little Bobby Costas beyond insufferable. If Perky Katie Couric and Dickie V had a bastard child it might be Little Bobby Costas. You can insert Bryant Gumbel in that motley gene pool somewhere.

My Olympic Apathy is not a Just Now Thing. It has come on gradually over the past 3-4 of’em. I can’t point to a Aaahhha Moment when I said “that’s enough for me”. I don’t have a short list of Ways The IOC Can Regain Me As A Viewer. I’m not trolling for converts to “do what I do” at all. My custom ice floe is a one-Legend-er.

I promise I do not think less of you if you LOVE The Olympics.  You probably enjoy Dancing With The Stars and The Bachelorette too.  I like “diners” and Baseball…. and listening to, rather than reading, books.  Grant me my choices as I do you and this will stay civil.

I assume the Opening Ceremony included the Mongolian Wrestler carrying the Mongolian flag in one hand with his arm extended. …. “me strong like Mongolian bull”. That was cool the first 6-7 times he did it.

What is especially odd is that “Kid” has become a Total Olympics Addict. A young lady who spent the first 18 years of her life at Ground Zero of Tobacco Road and is clueless re: David Thompson – Michael Jordan or Christian Laettner. Four years at Needham Broughton High and no clue who “Pistol Pete” was.  But she knows the favorite breakfast cereal of every USA gymnast and swimmer.

She was wearing out her text messenger with her cousins during the “floor exercises” and the “800 meter butterfly”. She refers to each “flying pixie” by their first names and analyzes the judges’ scores to the nth degree.Bart Connor

My account of meeting Bart Connor The Gymnast…. and wife Nadia Comaneci at Texas Motor Speedway ten years ago became relevant to her…. But not a clue who Jerry Jones is.

Kid is a “niche sports fan”.  She is also developing an interest in FIFA Soccer which her mother and I are hoping she will soon outgrow.

I have not lost my daughter to the evil of pop-culture via “the Olympics”. That occurred when she memorized the lyrics to every Taylor Swift song EVER.    As for future son-in-law Danny…. He isn’t watching The Olympics either.  Of course he doesn’t own a TV and only uses his flip phone when absolutely necessary.

I am NOT making any sort of “statement” here. If I was, I would make the statement. Of all the Signs of The Apocalypse dragging “us” to Hell In A Handbasket I doubt Little Bobby Costas telling us that Michael Phelps drinks dolphin urine is a contributing factor.

NOTE:  I stopped watching NFL “Preseason Games” a way long time ago.  Can’t recall the last one of those things I watched.  I think Y.A. Tittle was playing …. An NFL “Preseason Game” with a WNBA game at halftime would be the Ultimate Torture.  Forget waterboarding.

 

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Happy Birthday

I do watch Cardinals Baseball. Of Course…. This past Saturday was My Birthday. Birthdays are like noses and opinions on Donald Trump – everybody has one (noses) or many (opinions on Trump).

What would BobLee likely do “on His Day”? Duh ….. (1) Go out for Breakfast …. (2) Listen to a good audiobook ….. (3) Watch The Cardinals (vs Cubs) on MLB.Premium …. (4) Enjoy prime rib at The Angus Barn.

Blondie gave me my present – a Cardinals Aloha shirt which is now my official “wear while watching” uniform.  So I settled in Saturday afternoon at 2:00 PM with my noise-cancelling headphones and MLB.Premium.

Here’s where it gets Woo Woo Mystical.

Cardinals were in “the friendly confines” of Wrigley for a four-game series playing The Greatest Team Ever In Baseball. Sorry ’27 Yankees but millennials have declared “The ’16 Cubs” BEST EVER despite “ain’t done nuthin’ yet”. Millennials tend to do that a lot.

Cards lost the opener in 11 innings…. A good’un but, alas, an “L”. On Friday, Cards’ Ace Adam Wainwright had THE WORST outing of his Life. He got shelled worse that Dresden. MLB invoked the 10-run Rule.

BREAKING NEWS:  Cardinals Reliever / Former ECU Star – Seth Maness having “Tommy John” this week.  Will likely miss all of next season.  BUMMER!

So now it’s Saturday afternoon in Wrigley. Manager Mike’s (Matheny) starters are decimated by injuries. A totally raw rookie Luke WeaverLuke Weaver – is called up from AAA Memphis for his “big league” debut – in raucous Wrigley – on national TV – against The Greatest Team Ever. The Cards are reeling from two L’s – Cubs thinking Sweep. It could NOT be more ominous.

Luke Weaver’s parents are on-hand. Luke looks like he oughta be in Williamsport rather than Wrigley.

First pitch ever in “the big leagues” is a called strike at the knees. Strikes out Cubs lead-off Dexter Fowler. Second Cub grounds out. Cubs Superstar – Kris Bryant – goes down swinging for 3rd Out. HOLY COW!!! Luke’s mamma going nutz. Luke’s dad stone-faced.

….. then 2nd inning. Not so good. Lead-off man gets a single. Cubs’ SS Addison Russell takes a Luke Weaver slider DEEP over the LF ivy. Uh Oh! Cubs up 2-0. Luke’s mamma distraught. Luke’s dad stone-faced.

Luke settles down. Pitches out of jams in 3rd and 4th. Cubs up 2-0. Mike pulls Luke in 5th bringing in rookie phenom – Alex Reyes. Reyes shuts down Cubs with 100 mph heat.

Cards get solo HRs in 6th and 7th by two of my favorites – Moss & Gyorko. Now 2-2. Our Angus Barn reservation are for 5:00 PM. It’s 4:20….

I’m thinking it’s “been a good game”. Cards kept it close, but Cubs will erupt in 7th – 8th to put it away. Rookie Luke did “fine”.

BUT WAIT

Randal GrichukCards’ bats wake up in 8th…. Walk, walk, single, single. Cards up 4-2. WHOA! It’s 4:35. Two outs…. Walk, walk. Bases Loaded…. Struggling Randal Grichuk comes to the plate. Grichuk has been “sent down” twice this season for batting woes (hovering near The Mendoza Line) ….. so naturally:

GRAND SLAM For Randal Grichuk … Cards up 8-2.

Cubs get 2 in 9th but their 11-game win streak is Kaput. Cards would also go on to win on Sunday to split the 4-game series. We made our 5:00 PM reservation at The Angus Barn.

BUT WAIT

I get a perfect Birthday present – an exciting Cardinals win @ Wrigley. But it was also a special August 13 for another Birthday Boy – THE GRAND SLAMMER himself – Randal Grichuk also born on August 13  (‘91). ….. NO WAY?…. Yes, WAY!  

Note:  Fidel Castro was also born on August 13.  Neither Randal nor I tout that fact.

Yep…. Don’t tell me (and Randal) that there are not “Baseball Gods” and that they don’t smile….. ☺

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I was going to talk about Cam Newton and “Race” but why spoil a great baseball story. That can wait ‘til next time…..

 

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BobLee
  • FightingBobKennel, Jr. Reply
    7 months ago

    You know, I invented the Olympic Games. The original ones. Got a call from Zeus himself who said, “Bob, here’s a problem only you can solve.” I didn’t know everyone was going to run naked, though. Wasn’t my idea.

    • BobLee Reply
      7 months ago

      FBL… No one who knows you would ever blame for that. 😎

  • Dr. Phil Reply
    7 months ago

    Damn BobLee,

    Are you depressed? Call my office Monday and make an appointment.

    Dr. Phil

    • BobLee Reply
      7 months ago

      Not at all Dr Phil. I simply deal with Life issues a bit differently than most.

      • Dr. Phil Reply
        7 months ago

        Okay, good to know. Had me worried there for a minute. I want my irascible BobLee back in action before the gladiators start playing in September. Something to be down about is that Raylan (Tim) is doing a silly sitcom called Santa Clarita Diet with Drew Barrymore this fall on Netflix. I’ll reserve final judgement until an episode or two airs. Tim has a dry sense of humor, so who knows. Boyd (Walter) is starring in Vice Principals on HBO and it pretty much skewers the public schools. Not Justified!

        • BobLee Reply
          7 months ago

          Winona was in a recent sitcom…. Hubba Jubba…

  • Phil.T Reply
    7 months ago

    Where else in the Milky Way Galaxy and Worldwide Web… will one find on-going discussions of (1) the merits of Bob Kennel’s comments; AND (2) “watching Sarah Palin doing yoga on her back deck”?

    • BobLee Reply
      7 months ago

      Indeed! Maybe I should incorporate that as a tagline to the website? It is critical to note that those subjects are two very very very separate discussions. 🙂

  • MaHa Reply
    7 months ago

    I’m glad William Neal Reynolds feels about BK the same way I do. Boy does that guy give me gas. How much does age have to do with the stuff he writes? MAHA.

    • BobLee Reply
      7 months ago

      Chill MaHa. At the end of the day BK is harmless. I get more off-line complaints about him from embarrassed Wuffs than from those of us “offended” by his politics. He does have “a few” political allies here, which is fine. As to his age, those who have known him much longer than I have (6+ years) say he has pretty much always been “this way”
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      As I say in reply to his latest blurt… if he didn’t exist, I’d probably “make him up” for reoccurring comic relief. 🙂

      • Doug Reply
        7 months ago

        Well bless BK’s heart.*

        *My mom’s stern, less genteel version of bhh specially reserved for those requiring some extra attention. As us southerners know, a bless your heart is not necessarily a sympathetic sentiment. 😎

  • Bob Kennel Reply
    7 months ago

    BL, just so you know everything is not all Barber all the time (although he is on a roll), following is the letter that was printed in the N&O yesterday in response to Yoder’s very good opinion piece (Yoder a friend of John Shelton Reed’s as well)
    ” Edwin Yoder’s UNC-NCAA Point of View on 9 August was truly poignant over a 60 year span. I was a mid-’50’s contemporary of Yoder’s although as a multi-sport student-athlete at NC State who remembers smacking Carolina at Keenan Stadium in 1956 as their team burst through the “Welcome Home Sunny Jim” banner.
    …. Many of the same athletic temptations affected State these same 60 years from the Jackie Moreland basketball scandal in the ’50’s to the over-hyped Valvano scandal of the late ’80’s. I was present for both beginning with Coach Earle Edwards asking me to write the NCAA asking why our ’57 ACC Football Championship team couldn’t go to a bowl game because of a basketball issue. I received a prompt return letter from Walter Byers saying the NCAA was a voluntary association of institutions rather than individual sports requiring punishment at the institutional level.
    …. With respect to Valvano issues, I was involved as President of the Parents’ Association and Alumni Association, plus Chancellor’s Council on Athletics. The big difference is that NC State learned from its more minor mistakes placing academic support for student-athletes under the Provost rather than the Athletic Director which continues to help State’s institutional perspective. ”
    (Don’t let ice floes melt prematurely :>))

    • BobLee Reply
      7 months ago

      As is often the case… I’m not sure what the point is of this one either. Except perhaps to remind your fellow Wolfpackers that NOTHING of significance has ever taken place at NC State without you at its epicenter. I’m sure that reminder is a great comfort to generations of NC State alumni and fans.
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      I have said on occasion that “every fan base has a Bob Kennel”. I may have to stop saying that. NC State might be unique in that regard. Since I have not picked up an N&O in going on ten years, it is noteworthy, I suppose, that it is still being printed. Last I heard they were down to a bare minimum staff. Have you applied to replace Orage Quarles as Publisher…. yet?

      • Bob Kennel Reply
        7 months ago

        “BL, well at least this last response didn’t garner the friendly adjective “assine” :>))
        I believe a real problem is that you have not read Yoder’s guest column which is well written, timely and is the epitome’ of everything you have ever said about TGU. If you don’t believe me, ask Reed.”
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        Hopefully still a “friend”
        Bob K

        • BobLee Reply
          7 months ago

          BK, the assine level of your comments is unimportant. So long as I have reason to believe they contribute to the overall entertainment level of this website, I have no reluctance to post them. Most readers probably think I “made you up” as a reoccurring foil, which I probably would have done had we never met.
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          There is a “real problem” ??? I am sure this Mr Yoder is a most impressive gentleman. If he is a friend of JSR, that is certainly a PLUS. After six years I think “we” are well beyond yet another esoteric anal examination of The Carolina Way. That segment of Earth’s population obsessed with the sordid mess has long ago decided how it views TGU. Dean Smith resurrecting himself from “the tomb” to publicly admit “I was the mastermind” MIGHT sway a few ambivalent souls – but NEVER Art Chansky.

  • Bill Brockman Reply
    7 months ago

    Thoroughly enjoyed this screed, especially since I’ve entertained most of the same thoughts about politics, the Olympics, our nation’s long slouch toward Gommorah, etc. And the comments of your faithful followers don’t leave much for me to add, except….
    Thanks for your Louisiana reference. YAT is still remembered fondly, loved and respected by LSU fans of most generations. His autobiography, I Pass, was one of the very first sports books I ever read. Early teenage years, as I recall. Quite a fighter and a classy man throughout his life. The photo of him kneeling on the field, helmet off, dripping blood is one of the all time classics.

    • BobLee Reply
      7 months ago

      Is YAT on the same level as Billy Cannon ??? Is ANYBODY on THAT LEVEL? 🙂

      • Bill Brockman Reply
        7 months ago

        In my personal opinion, yes, but I suspect that most LSU fans would disagree. Unfortunately, Dr. Cannon did time for a counterfeiting scheme between 10 to 20 years ago, I believe. However, after serving 2 1/2 years he was released and has put it behind him. In fact, I read that he now serves as the dentist for the prison where he was incarcerated.

        Of course, Dr. Cannon also was the star of the first Tiger team to win a national title, so I really wouldn’t argue with anyone who chose him over YAT. No doubt, my fondness for Tittle stems from reading his book at such an impressionable age.

        Bottom line, both are men of whom Tiger fans can legitimately be very proud.

        BTW, how could you resist viewing Olympic golf? 😉

        • BobLee Reply
          7 months ago

          “resist Olympic Golf” … it was a struggle! 🙂

          • Bill Brockman
            7 months ago

            Wasn’t it? You know what a golf nut I am, but I watched maybe 10 minutes and none of the award ceremony. Sheer overexposure. Sort of like I feel about Olympic basketball. That long season just ended and now more?

          • BobLee
            7 months ago

            If they made’em play with hickory shafts and gutta percha balls maybe I’d watch. Make me IOC Prez and I eliminate all the Big Time Pro Sports. Olympics should just be for “old-school” amateur athletes. Gong back to the Greek tradition of competing in the nude might help TV ratings too. Soccer star Alex Morgan … Hubba Hubba!

      • Bill Brockman Reply
        7 months ago

        Decided to read a bit more about YAT and found this N.C. connection: Pittsburgh player John Baker, who hit Tittle right before the picture was taken, ran for sheriff in his native Wake County, North Carolina in 1978, and used the photo as a campaign tool. He was elected and went on to serve for 25 years.[48]

        YAT definitely had the more distinguished pro career of the two greats.

        • BobLee Reply
          7 months ago

          Oddly… I know the inside story of how Sheriff John Baker finally was defeated about 8-10 years ago. He had been running a campaign fund scam with local AfAm churches. Once that was shut-down he was toast.

          • Bill Brockman
            7 months ago

            Good to hear that the old saying, “time wounds all heels,” is still true! Thanks, BobLee.

  • William.N.Reynolds Reply
    7 months ago

    Sounds like you are finally learning what 95% of Wolfpackers have known for many years as re: Bob Kennel.

    • BobLee Reply
      7 months ago

      Nothing I haven’t known for all those six years. BK has worked very hard for 80 years to develop his reputation. He has succeeded.

  • BC.in.PV Reply
    7 months ago

    BL, enjoyable column. Are we related??? I have found myself, over the past few years, becoming disinterested in the Olympics as well! I do watch most of the swimming and women’s gymnastics because Ann likes them. I did enjoy seeing the winner of the men’s 400 meter race and the human interest story which accompanied it [74 year old grandmother coach!]. Also, I have to admit to “peeking” at Tom Brady’s wife during opening ceremonies.
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    Your mention of the Angus Barn brought back fond memories! Does the Eure family still own it? Every time I would have Regional Managers come to Raleigh for a meeting, the Barn was a must with them. Glad you’re well! Wear warm clothes on the ice floe!

    • BobLee Reply
      7 months ago

      I’m not trying to start a trend. Just expressing my own preferences. 🙂 …
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      Yes. The Eure Family (thru Daughter Vann) still own/operate The Angus Barn. Vann has become quite an international Restauranteur celebrity, winning numerous F&B awards. She keeps TAB updated without losing its ambiance and quality.

  • Sampson Reply
    7 months ago

    BL…I watched five minutes of the two conventions…then felt I might throw up and turned it off.
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    I think I may have watch 10 minutes of the Olympics to see the NC State student swim.
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    Picking and singing still give me comfort—along with Miss Fisher, Father Brown, Dr. Blake, Midsommer Murders and old movies…and of course, the beach.
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    Hope all is well with you…hope we can have lunch soon.

    • BobLee Reply
      7 months ago

      We have a date… early September for lunch.

  • Bob Kennel Reply
    7 months ago

    Yikes, how old were you, 97? Sounds like many of your regular responders have become “old white men” as well.
    Can understand some down-in-the-mouth feelings with Trump, Ailes, courts, McCrory, daughters leaving the nest, and the Cardinals 😃.
    It’s also hard to be so down on the Olympics. Sister Jennie knows our gymnasts who are pretty outstanding young ladies, including one of their coaches who was a gymnast at State.
    Still loved your Junction Boys article, but to round off comments, Yoder was DTH editor in 1956 who fought the original seeds of TGU with Sunny Jim Tatum. Yoder became a Rhodes Scholar as well as a Pulitzer Prize winner. Also, the N&O published my letter yesterday with some good comments received.
    Make sure to take lots of batteries with you on the ice island. :+))

    • BobLee Reply
      7 months ago

      Bob, how long have we known each other? About six years or so? In that time I believe we have “agreed” MAYBE one time. That UNCCH deserves serious penalties for its serial malfeasances. Other than that one issue, I do believe we are 0-fer. Your oh-so-predictably assine comments today keep that record in tact.
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      I have no doubt that your little pals at The N&O enjoyed your Bully Barber-ogasm.

  • UNCBlue Reply
    7 months ago

    Gosh. I pretty much agreed with every word.

    You mentioned breakfast. I finally found the best in MHC, Cox Family Restaurant. Best country ham biscuit EVER!

    • BobLee Reply
      7 months ago

      I promise not to tell anyone you agree… Except the 100s that read this. … A great breakfast place is to be treasured! Isn’t Cox’s the place on West Arendall St that used to be a DoNut House years ago… near BoJangles?

  • NCSU68Grad Reply
    7 months ago

    Greetings from Music City via Atlanta, Huntsville & Memphis. Rained last night in Memphis. Graceland was not shut down by thugs getting paid by Soros

    Like the IceFloe take. Maybe the DNC will put HRC & WJC on one & set them a float.

    Watched minimum Rio…..but did enjoy the female beach butt show. As an ex director of environmental, the green, Stinking diving pool was fascinating. Saw a little of that during best ribs in Memphis….a dive that my family wanted to make sure that Mr. 9mm Ruger was also attending.

    Best part of Rio is lousy ratings for NBC/ComCast. Will drop ship binoculars as Palin does Nude Yoga.

    Sad note of the week is DT’s wife, Cathy, passing away. She saved DT from becoming homeless junkie and tough loved him back. Classy lady. RIP.

    Will there be BobLee signature yetl coolers & cups provided?

    • BobLee Reply
      7 months ago

      Ribs at The Rendezvous is on my Bucket List. … Saw news about Mrs DT. No nothing about any of that history. I do know that he (DT) has been a first-class fellow in recent years.

      • NCSU68Grad Reply
        7 months ago

        Cozy Corner was the most recommended. Great!

        DT wrote autobiography. He detailed good and bad times and how Cathy finally turned around his life.

        Also detailed DES almost having coronary when he picked NCSU. Then gave details of pick-me-up game in Carmichael with Eddie Biedenbach. A UNC student told DES. Coach called Bill Gutheridge’s old college roommate. Just happened to be an NCAA investigator. Rest is history.

        @ Grand Ole Port….outta here.

        • NCSU68Grad Reply
          7 months ago

          #$#^%& self correcting phone. Should have been Grand Ole OPRY….

  • Don Reply
    7 months ago

    In paragraph 4 the word “synopsis” should be “synopses”. Hate to have the value of outstanding prose diminished by technical errors.

    • BobLee Reply
      7 months ago

      OK.

  • OldWuf Vet Reply
    7 months ago

    BL you have raised curmudgeon behavior to new heights. It is a beautiful thing to behold. I figure you’re a few years ahead of me so I’ve still got time to fine tune my plan. I’ve told my wife I’ll just wander to the woods when it gets too crazy; sort of one of those native American rituals.

    • BobLee Reply
      7 months ago

      I take issue with “curmudgeon”. 🙂 …. I’m not telling the kids to “GET OUT OF MY YARD” or even saying “America went to Hell when they cancelled Bonanza”. I just think every civilization has a shelf life. Our was about 250 years give/take. Comparing us to Egyptians, Babylonians, Greeks, Romans requires an inflation factor to be figured in. NOTHING lasts as long as it used to. It’s been a pretty impressive run all things considered. …. That said: Cancelling Bonanza didn’t help matters.

  • TheCowdog Reply
    7 months ago

    The Bering Sea is vast, yet the odds are good that you will eventually drift into MY floe.

    When you do, we will share blubber and caviar, and speak at length of the Cardinals and Yankees.

    • BobLee Reply
      7 months ago

      On a clear day maybe we can watch Sarah Palin doing yoga on her back deck.

  • Leroy Corso Reply
    7 months ago

    Didn’t the tribe put Art Chansky on an ice floe but the damn thing kept floating back?

    • BobLee Reply
      7 months ago

      Arthur has outlived The Rat, The Kenan Fieldhouse, The Pines Restaurant and DEAN. He is ETERNAL!

  • robedixonrrr Reply
    7 months ago

    Wonder if every generation of males as they got older took to their own ice floe and sailed away doing the few things that they enjoyed the most as the finished up that final round in life’s game, or is it just the current generation? I know as I get further past age 60 I am saying I am done with this and done with that, be it sports, television, or just some home or lawn maintenance I want out of my life. Give me a good breakfast at someplace I enjoy, one of favorite meals once in awhile, enjoyment of long time friends of like mind or just family. The rest means less and less.

    • BobLee Reply
      7 months ago

      Blondie says I am “The happiest man she knows”. My “Give A Damn About” List fits on a matchbook cover. I am down to ONE dark suit/tie for funerals. …. Teeing it up on Life’s #17 ain’t all that bad. I figure those “just making the turn” ain’t likely to get in a full 18.

  • Doug Reply
    7 months ago

    I don’t get your passing on The Olympic Games. What’s not to like? It’s got it all. Business, sport, race, sex, stick-ups, politics, graft, disease, pollution, corruption and greed, drama, comedy (see synchronized swimming and diving) NBC, Matt Lauer, Al Roker, Rio, murky green pools, women’s beach volleyball, and as you say Little Bobby. Where else do you get to see cities around the globe drool and bid billions of dollars to host an event? The first prize winning city is a virtual lock to lose a few billion dollars every four years for their hometown. This is what winning looks like in today’s world.😒 I mean you really have to admire the old farts at the IOC and their rock solid business models. FIFA, the IOC, the GOP, and the DNC are all in a race to the very bottom. I’m cheering for all of em to reach the tape in a photo finish as hard as I can.

    • BobLee Reply
      7 months ago

      Oh Crap… Matt Lauer is there too ??? Noooooo…. Actually I met Misty May (Traenor) several years ago. A great beach volleyball legend… but she ain’t Abigail Ratchford by a long shot!
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      The bone-deep corruption of The IOC isn’t even on my short list of reasons. I figure the Rivers of Blood and Raining Frogs will soon take’em all out.

      • Doug Reply
        7 months ago

        I forgot to add baseball and the Yankees. Stripping your roster and start winning now, not later. What took you so long guys?

        • BobLee Reply
          7 months ago

          Wonder what Clyde King would think?

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