BLSays: …and Wisdom to Know the Difference

Wonderful Life
BobLee
December13/ 2018
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…And Wisdom to know the Difference

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“God, grant me Serenity to accept those things I cannot change… Courage to change the things I can… and Wisdom to know the Difference.”

I assume “everyone” has a favorite scene or line from It’s A Wonderful Life.  My definition of “everybody” is “… that I am likely to have much, if anything, in common with”.  Alas, that seems to exclude an ever-increasing % of Earth’s population…. sigh.  Oh well…

One of my favorites is George Bailey’s on-going frustration with a loose pommel on their staircase.  It serves as a constant reminder of how his life is out-of-control with no positive resolution in sight… which, of course, leads him to “the bridge on that snowy night” etc.  Don’t we all have annoying “loose pommels on our staircase”… which can be easily fixed with minimal time/effort.

I replaced a faulty showerhead yesterday – $35 and five minutes VOILA – Life is Good.

The BIG STUFF like saving humanity from diving headlong into The Abyss is not so easily fixed.

Over the past year or so I have gotten a lot better at “fixing my loose pommels”.  Whether it’s an annoying home repair… or decluttering a closet… or decrapitizing the BLSays HQ in general… or excluding unpleasant people from my life, or … …  Daily annoyances that just take minimal effort to un-annoy.  Then the next time you encounter whatever it was that used to frustrate you but doesn’t any more, it’s a satisfying feeling of accomplishment.  

THAT is BobLee’s Life Advice for the day… 

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Since Sunday, my “primary TV” has been glued to ONE channel – MLB Network – for The MLB Winter Meetings. 

(For those of you who perceive MLB like I perceive NFL – NBA – and College MBB – you oughta skip this segment.) 

Each “major sport” has its own 24/7 network now.  In my opinion, MLB Network is The One that is actually enjoyable to watch.  The “experts” really ARE.  Former players and sportswriters who (1) “really know the game” – (2) can explain the nuances – (3) have intelligent conversations – (4) seem to enjoy each other.  NO idiotic yelling matches… NO social justice posturings / political crap… 

The worse day on MLB Network is better than the best day on ESPN or Fox Sports.

MLB Network has “a hottie” – Lauren Shehadi.   She wears short tight skirts, stilettos, sits on a high stool… and giggles a lot.  But manages to complement the show. And Kevin Millar could dial back his “class clown” act a few notches.

I know some of you HATE the big $$$ in MLB; but that is today’s pro sports.   It’s “Monopoly Money”.  If you HATE the game of Baseball “because”… OK, it is what it is.  I like it.   I’m not trying to change anyone’s mind, just telling you what I really enjoy.  

Atlanta drew 70,000 to an MLS soccer game last week.  There may be sea changes coming for America’s sports… MORE on this later.

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FWIW… over on Franklin Street there has been an old saying for MANY years that:

State fans HATE Carolina more than they love NC State.

Old sayings exist for a reason…. 

NC State has had very good FB teams for the past 2+ seasons and currently “own” UNC. … State is going to a “real bowl game” against “a real FB school” – a chance to showcase the Dave Doeren Era to a national audience.  … State’s recruiting is going great and the program “reloads” rather than rebuilds.  … Carter Stadium is rocking and the future is bright. 

NC State is The Dominant College FB Program in NC with due respect to pesky little Wake Forest… OUCH! … and in “the Top Tier” of ACC FB programs. 

Sooo… why is the “Willie LumpLump faction” of State fans so obsessed with what Ol’ Mack Brown has for breakfast each morning … Who is on Brown’s staff … and who he recruits?   Nothing matter unless / until he can “beat State” which he can’t even try to do for eleven months. 

The sizable adult faction of NC State fans might consider jerking a knot in those “Willie LumpLumps” that are embarrassing their school. … IMO.  Or… maybe those folks on Franklin Street are correct?

Oh… and a similar gaggle of terminally constipated human hairballs on Franklin Street are 2nd-guessing every decision Ol’ Mack is making. 

That I am  constantly reminded that such low-wattage humanoids of any persuasion even exist is the price I must pay to be an influential socio-cultural commentator. Sigh!

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John Drescher’s New Job… I’ve mentioned on several occasions that I have two “friends” at The News & Observer – “That Damn DrescherDan” Kane and longtime Executive Editor John Drescher.  I’ve known John 10+ years … had lunch with him several times… and have always enjoyed our lively conversations.  A genuine “nice guy” who works – IMO – for an arrogant and, quite contemptible organization.

It was announced some months ago that the financially imperiled media operation was reassigning John to “community opinion editor” or some such contrived “desk over in the corner” … and replacing him with some woman from another imperiled McClatchey paper in Dallas… (at considerably less $$$ than John was making)… In other words, “take the hint John and go away”… as have 70+% of N&O staff over the past few years.

This week it was made official that after 20+ years, John is leaving N&O.  He is taking a new position at The Washington Post managing a special team of scroungy dumpster divers assigned to dig up (or, if necessary, just “make up”) dirt on President Donald Trump.

I would prefer a better fate for my old friend but jobs are scarce in the newspaper bizness these days. I hope John remembers to wash his hands after each day’s “work”.  Digging in dumpsters can get yucky. … For those keeping count, I’m now down to ONE friend at The N&O.

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At lunch Thursday… I ran into an old friend who for over 25 years was a senior administrator at UNCCH… retired for the past 15+ years.  I noted…

“Would you PLEASE go over to South Building and take ten minutes to straighten out that ridiculous Silent Sam Mess… Little Chihuahua and those clueless Trustees can’t manage a one-car funeral…”

“I told’em how to fix it 20 years ago, but no one would listen” he replied.

He loves this website so YOU KNOW he is a very smart fellow.   

My BOG Buddy “Very Mad Marty” Kotis is fit to be tied over the mess.  

(1) Move “SSam” to an appropriate (i.e. non-radical left-wing hotbed) site in NC … (2) Replace the empty pedestal with “an obelisk or orb” honoring all UNC students / faculty / staff who have given their lives in defense of North Carolina / America thruout UNC’s history.

BREAKING NEWS:  Today – Friday – The UNC BOG REJECTED Chihuahua/Trustees silly plan to build a $5.3M SSam Mausoleum on-campus.  The BOG has “kicked the can” on down the road until March and appointed a BOG committee to “assist” Chihuahua and her merry little band of numbnuts to come up with a for-real proposal (IOW… Mine as outlined above).

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Nice dissertation, BL. Read it last night. Had to ponder on it. With the Snowflake generation, Santa will soon be defending himself doe uttering HO HO HO when an NBA Mommie brings her little illegitimate dunker’s offspring to see him in a mall and utters the aforementioned H words. . For the strange and funny news of the day, I offer the following . https://www.miamiherald.com/sports/college/conference-usa/florida-international-university/article223088830.html . I HOPE that the link works. If NOT, it is the Audrey tale of one of the Butcher’s FB stars who choked his GF in June. The BROWARD COUNTY DA got around to issuing… Read more »

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Doug

I like your idea about moving SS to someplace else and the new space to honor UNC sacrifices but I’d remove all of it and replace it with a modern ” New Well” for some kind of symmetry between the old and new. Or as Lady Bird Johnson once said; just plant a tree, a bush, or a shrub. . UNC, Mack, Roy, Bubba, all seem to live rent free 24-7-365 in a lot of minds in Raleigh and also in Greenville for some reason. . Soccer. You could be right about the sea change coming. I attended my first… Read more »

UNCBlue
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UNCBlue

And today I learned of TA’s and professors of varying rank announcing withholding grades until SS is removed from campus. I did note at least one AfAm professor. Good God, I love me some UNCCH hypocrisy!

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SunshotDeac

REPLY TO EARLIER COMMENT…
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I couldn’t get the reply button to work, so posting here:
No, I don’t think Wake fans have gotten over the death of Skip Prosser. He had some success… enough to satisfy most reasonable fans, even though his last two years were poor, but Skip was loved for how he represented Wake… wit with the media, rapport with students and higher ups. Besides the losing, Wake sort of lost it’s basketball identity with Skip’s passing.

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SunshotDeac

Merry Christmas BL, . Great advice about the “fixing the loose pommels!” . As one of the few Deacon posters on your site, and seeing the reference to “pesky little Wake Forest,” I felt compelled to gift this ironic tidbit about Wake: . “Wake Forest’s athletic program is No. 2 in the nation following today’s release of the Learfield Director’s Cup. Stanford is No. 1 in the nation as of Dec. 13, having earned 396 points. Wake Forest is second with 266 points. . Wake Forest leads all ACC teams in the Director’s Cup, ranking ahead of second-place NC State… Read more »

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Bill

FWIW, if I was a betting man I would bet the house that the “second coming” of Mr. Brown won’t be as successful as his first appearance. Hence, his inevitable “unexpected” departure will not be as traumatic as was his first. . More importantly is the “first coming” we are preparing to celebrate on December 25th. On behalf of “Coach,” I hope you won’t mind my noting that we “mackerel snappers” began observing the Advent season on December 2 and will continue the observation until December 25. Then we’ll celebrate Christmas until January 13, the Feast of the Baptism of… Read more »

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Former96Heel

1 friend? That’s not bad odds, considering there are maybe 14 left working there. But that doesn’t include the salespeople at Food Lion or the poor delivery person. They can go for miles and miles without needing to stop or toss nowadays. I got a Sunday Chlt Observer subscription free this year. I figured maybe the coupons would be worth the free-ness of it. Heck, the comic pages are only a front and back of 2 pages today. It gets dropped straight in the recycling bin, just like the ValuePak and the phone book. Journalism school may as well be… Read more »

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bill truitt

my wife is addicted to the golf channel.
and, we don’t even play the game!

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Was thinking of something you noted some years ago this week when the so called UNC sports players decided to weigh in on Silent Sam. Wonder if they will make that move you figured would come at some point with some college sports program somewhere and refuse to play games if some social justice item they want done is not done? Still think at some point the UNC Board guys are going to pick up the phone and ask Timmy and Phil to get them some relief here and let them pack up Sam for a final resting place in… Read more »

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Merry Christmas BobLee. Thanks for all you do.