BobLeeAsks: How Y’all Doin’ ?

How Y'all Doin?
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March24/ 2020

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March 24, 2020

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BobLeeAsks:  How Y’all Doin ?

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So…

  • Have you learned to play the harmonica… yet?
  • Howsabout that Rosetta Stone course on Learn To Speak _____?  How’s that coming along?
  • Have you binged watched all the seasons of Bosch? … Ozark? …  Man In The High Castle? … (fill in the blank)
  • Read the entire King James Version cover to cover, including all those “begats”?
  • Repainted the guest room? … twice?
  • Purged at least 50% of your closets and taken the effluent to a charity?  Throw out everything you have “outgrown” ??  IF you do lose weight… reward yourself with new jeans, etc.
  • Are you ordering Take Out from your favorite locally-owned restaurant?  PLEASE do that every day or so…
  • Cussed ALL politicians / bureaucrats, or at least the ones you really don’t like.Ship In Bottle
  • Remember putting together “model planes, cars, ships” as a kid?  Amazon has a lot of DIY kits to choose from … just don’t sniff the glue.  Build “a ship in a bottle”
  • Jigsaw puzzles …

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OK… that took care of Day One.  What all did you do on Day Two?

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I have confidence that all of you “regular” visitors to Here are doin’ OK.  “THIS” is not a good thing by any means.  Earth did not need a Pandemic to “cull the herd” or “get rid of the pollen” or … BTW… Who scheduled THIS to coincide with Pollen Season? … REALLY?  I want his/her name and address.

Given the choice of – 1 – “a Pandemic” or…. – 2 – a rogue asteroid hitting Yellowstone and setting off The Caldera, I suppose most of us would choose #1.  I would.

I don’t think such cataclysmic occurrences are decided by a poll on Facebook… or by The Illuminati.  Maybe by Oprah in concert with George Soros and/ or Cher? … Rob Reiner? … Do those of you “on the Left” really pay attention to Michael Moore?  Why?  Thats a rhetorical “why”.

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Other than Tom Brady deciding to “go out” like an old Willie Mays (falling down in centerfield as a Met) rather than like Derek Jeter… has anything in Sports been worth reading beyond a headline?  Not that I’ve seen.

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A very long-tenured dear friend called me “out of the blue” a few days ago.  We discussed all sorts of stuff for over an hour.  Other than cancelling each others votes in state / national elections for many years, he and I have always agreed on all the important stuff… and we still do.

We have always been “sports fans” – but never “board monkeys” – we followed all the major sports in-season but really only cared about “the actual games” themselves.  NOT all the off-field faux-drama about contracts and player unions and agents and jack-ass owners and fat cat boosters… and…  and…

I’m ahead of him in eating one too many Pringles (or cashews…) deciding “OK, thats enough… I’m not doing this – addicted to Sports – any more.”  My Don’t-Give-A-Damn re: Sports kicked in several years ago.  He’s getting there.

Years ago he was in a collective that bought Panther PSLs… on the 45.  To go to a Panther game now costs him $500 … and thats with his family being able to walk to BOA Stadium… and NOT counting beer and hot dogs.  Financially he can afford it; but his rational mind is rejecting it.

Much of my TILT re: Sports is due to the 24/7 news cycle ravenous appetite for Content Filler.  Much of it is inane and insulting to any double-digit IQ.  Especially “recruiting crap”.

I do recommend – TheAthletic … a subscription site with ZERO advertising, pop-ups, etc.  Just long form articles by veteran sportswriter who have been “let go” by financially imperiled media operations.  Veteran sportswriters – with a few exceptions – are not eat up with “woke”.  I go out of my way to avoid “woke” i.e. I haven’t checked “very wokey” USAToday in a long time.  Are they still in business?

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Several of you have asked for my recommendations for “good books / preferred authors”.  I am glad to oblige.  As you know – I am an Audible “reader”.  Any book / author I recommend is available in multi-forms … hardcover… paperback… kindle… or audible.

Before I list a bunch for you… I stumbled on a really enjoyable website last week … TheCrewReviews.com. … four guys who live in different parts of the country … all four are avid readers and aspiring novelists.  Each week they do hour-long podcast interviews with famous authors of the action / thriller genre.  They let the author talk for 90% of the hour about his/her “craft” … their writing routine … how they research … their relationships with their characters … etc.  Cool stuff if you like to get to know successful authors.

They recently had David Morrell who created “Rambo”… along with 20+ other Action/Thriller novels.  In Morrell’s opinion – the Five Most Iconic Characters in 20th fiction literature are …. Sherlock Holmes – Tarzan – James Bond – Rambo – and Harry Potter.   Your list may differ but thats the type of stuff in their interviews.

“Famous Author” interviews in their archives are … CJ Box … Robert Crais … Stephen Hunter … James Rollins … Brad Taylor … Mark Greaney.  There are 28 of’em and counting.  Check it out.  It ain’t like you “don’t have time” these days.

Some BobLee Book Recommends … many are already on my Book Club Page.   In no particular order… I like’em ALL …

CJ Box … Joe Pickett series

John D. MacDonald … Travis McGee series

Robert B. Parker … Spenser & Jesse Stone series

James Rollins … Sigma Force series

Robert Crais … Elvis Cole / Joe Pike series

Michael Connolly … Harry Bosch / Lincoln Lawyer series

Gregg Hurwitz … Evan Smoak / Orphan X / Nowhere Man series

Louie L’Amour … Barnabas Sackett series

Angus Donald … The Outlaw Chronicles (Robin Hood)

Clive Cussler … Dirk Pitt / Oregon Files / Issac Stone …

Wayne Stinnett … Jesse McDermitt series

Harlan Coben … Myron Bolitar series

David Golemon … The Event Group

Vince Flynn … Mitch Rapp series

Those oughta keep you busy for a few days.  There are lots more.  If you don’t like some of these, that’s OK.  I keep discovering new “favorites” which is always fun.

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GOOD MOVIE Recommend – on Amazon Prime – KNIVES OUT … a 2019 “Who Done It” Murder mystery… wealthy patriarch dies mysteriously and his entire dysfunctional family are all suspects.  Daniel Craig (James Bond) plays a Columbo-esque Detective with a deep southern accent (??).  Best movie I’ve seen in years.

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Stay busy  – “idle hands … Devil’s workshop” …. get some sort of regular exercise… Walking is great (with an audible book is even better) on a Greenway or just around your neighborhood.  Avoid too much “junk food” / “snacking”.

IF you do Facebook / Twitter… PLEASE Be Careful.  It’s addictive.  As with anything – MODERATION.  Much of social media now is “Political Porn” regardless of your ideological ilk.  The more “social media” you do… the more appealing “social distancing” becomes.  Other People = Yuck!

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BobLeeSays has been a continually  functioning website since 1999… with over 2100 commentaries.  BobLee  ponders the HowComes of Life.   He is NOT (1) “an Intellectual” … Nor (2) “a Journalist” – YUCK!

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Doug
Doug
6 months ago

Readers here not inclined to pay for Audible might be interested in this. Check this out. Free from Audible. From kids to adults for those homebound as long as school is out. Nothing to sign up for or download. Just click to start listening.

https://stories.audible.com/start-listen

Pyrate
Pyrate
6 months ago

Dittos on “Knives Out”. Up till Covid broke out, the wife liked frequent movie dates so we saw it at the Cineplex. Not many times do I walk out at the end creditd saying “I could see that again”, but this film made the mark. However, I scratched my head several times during the film about why Daniel Craig would attempt an southern drawl. A bit unsettling.

Doug
Doug
6 months ago

For the first time since the 1918 Spanish Flu pandemic our generation has been tasked with saving the human race basically by sitting around in front of our TV’s in sweats and PJ’s and doing absolutely NOTHING. Let’s not screw this up.

Rix Evans
Rix Evans
7 months ago

Doing fine, BL. Thanks! The calm, measured stance of this career Engineer / Manager has spent appreciable time trying to calm others. Like I used to coach my staff managers, we don’t have the luxury to lose our cool and make stupid decisions. President Trump thus far has given me no reason whatsoever to not trust his leadership. And until he does, I’m all in. We really don’t have a choice, but I digress. . You can be sure the suggestion to try already approved drugs that might work did not originate from the WH. Some pocket protector wearing biotech… Read more »

Former96heel
Former96heel
7 months ago

I’m still stunned how quickly everyone seemed to acquiesce to the demands to shut down. I’m thinking if it’s my business and my whole life is on the line, I’d as soon go down fighting than fold up and vanish.
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If the JW’s start ringing my bell, I’ll happily answer with a deep cough.

70sTarheel
70sTarheel
7 months ago
Reply to  Former96heel

Is RO’s still open? Read Wiley Cash?

former96heel
former96heel
6 months ago
Reply to  70sTarheel

RO’s should be open…it’s curb service, so why not??? I tried to listen to one of Wiley’s books, and the narrator was horrible. It sounded like an Australian faking a bad Alabama accent. I couldn’t do it. One day, I will flip actual pages and read them. I still fashion Thomas Sowell as G-town’s favored son author though.

58WolfKennel
58WolfKennel
7 months ago

BL. thanks for a lot of useful and timely thoughts as well as some good suggestions. Elaine and I are doing well watching some old classic movies like Hamlet, Dial M for Murder,, and several time the 25th anniversary of Less Miserables. Was doing good until you got to the point of staying away from snacks. . I’m including a heartfelt letter I wrote to our church family yesterday about the spiritual side of this virus downtime. If you don’t think it appropriate, okay, but some of your folks might understand and enjoy. Let’s all buckle up and stray safe..… Read more »

BC.PV
BC.PV
7 months ago

BL, for a chuckle. “the worst is yet to come. Wait until the Jehova Witnesses find out that we’re all home!!”
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I’ve enjoyed the Hurwitz X/Nowhere Man series.
Stay well..

rivlax
rivlax
7 months ago

I’m hooked on the Billy Boyle WWII series by James R. Benn. There are 14 in the series and I’m on No. 12, so I’ll have to find a new series soon.

ENC1
ENC1
7 months ago

The “down time” has allowed me time to watch old NCAA basketball tournament games. I have watched some from 80s and 90s and my has the game changed. The game was once a game of passing and ball movement as well as taking good shots. Now it is spread the floor and shoot 3s or drive to dunk. I guess we can blame the NBA for all this 1 on 1 stuff but we can also blame AAU, the shot clock and 3 point line. The one constant in today’s game vs the game in the past IMO…. a fast… Read more »

TarSpartan
TarSpartan
7 months ago

I second the recommendation to support local restaurants. Lots of good, hard-working folks are taking it in the chin right now, and those of us who can support them should. As for “The Athletic,” how does it compare to the old-school “Sporting News?” I always preferred SN to SI growing up in the 80s, but SN seemed to die with the invention of the internet.

Dave HIntz
Dave HIntz
7 months ago

BL: Amen to all. “Attending” church online is a new one for us. The Christian community almost broke the internet last Sunday AM, resulting in major buffering/garbled signals. Maybe this Sunday we’ll shut it down.
Best to you & Blondie. All the best. Dave H

Babs.N.Derm
Babs.N.Derm
7 months ago

David Morrell – a good one. After reading current events and political history for the last few years, I feel the need to get back to some good fiction.

Banks Randolph
Banks Randolph
7 months ago
Reply to  BobLee

Agree on Knives Out. Interesting whodunnit. Just hard to look at James Bond and hear a southern drawl. Sometimes seemed like Daniel Craig was talking with a mouthful of marbles.

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