Virus

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I haven’t really talked about the so-called “Coronavirus” that came out of China and is being so increasingly talked about in the news the past few days. The stock market boom of the last decade or so has finally hit a brick wall, and it’s likely fears of this virus is the cause of it.

On this February 26th of 2020, the news about the virus is increasingly discouraging. A flight attendant based of Los Angeles airport has now tested positive. The state of New York is now monitoring 83 people in Long Island’s Nassau County for the disease – and as I type this, President Trump is a few hours away from holding a news conference about that very topic. Experts now believe it will spread here – saying it’s not a matter of it but of when it happens.

I for one am not convinced there’s a need to panic just yet. But if we here in America are in a bad place a few months from now – this may be the time where the dots began to connect. Our divided leadership continues to play the games of division – and if they keep doing that, their “kiss the ring” games won’t matter.

Is The End Near?

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I don’t like talking about myself on here. Have you noticed? I’d rather talk about other things, like sports, politics, weather, anything but myself.

I’m facing an uncertain future to where this site might have to go on hiatus for a while. The money isn’t coming in for me at present, but I guess there’s always the chance that tomorrow will bring better news.

Last year, I did a Go Fund Me for myself and for mother. I really don’t want to go down that road again. To ask for help once – anyone can fall down that rabbit-hole one time, I suppose. To fall down TWICE raises a whole new set of issues.

My weight is down significantly, to the point where most of my pants don’t fit me, save a pair of jogging pants. I used to weigh closer to 300 pounds – but I’m now down to about 220. Normally, that’s a very good thing – but not when you’re trying to gain an income, and belted pants fall off of you like a moderate Democrat.

Anyway, I’ll keep you posted – hope there’s good news on the horizon, as I sure can use it.

Daytona’s Miracle

A rain-plagued 2020 Daytona 500 produced it’s first repeat winner in 25 years in the form of Denny Hamlin. It is quite more likely, however, that this most recent “500” will be remembered for something else – how Ryan Newman got caught in a harrowing crash and somehow survived it.

Watching the race at home as the climactic laps clicked off, I saw the crash as it happened on TV. I thought the worst, because often when you watch an auto race – it seems natural that the mind goes to that place. I happened to watch the Formula 1 race on ESPN back in the 90’s when Ayrton Senna died as it happened, and watched the 2001 Daytona 500 where what looked like an run of the mill crash claimed Dale Earnhardt Sr.’s life.

FOX’s telecast went off the air without any real word of Newman’s condition shortly after 8pm East Coast time Monday night – but word came a few hours later that his injuries should prove to be survivable. Yesterday brought news that Ryan was alert and talking – more good signs.

Some are already calling for NASCAR to make changes to its races in light of the near tragedy. For the moment, let’s just enjoy the fact that for once – a tragedy did NOT take place before moving on, shall we?

This Is (Once Again) The XFL

Another new football league has once again made its way to stadiums across the country and on the various television networks. This time, it’s a reboot of the XFL – the name of the same league that lasted one season back in 2001. The owner of the league is the same now as it also was 19 years ago – wrestling mogul Vince McMahon.

I’ve seen six of the eight games played so far – with my local Tampa Bay Vipers losing their first two contests in a ten-game season. Unlike as was the case in 2001, the league sought out markets with NFL teams already in place, with the exception of St. Louis – who recently lost the NFL’s Rams who decided to return to Los Angeles.

The games have been for the most part compelling – mainly because the league doesn’t restrict access as the NFL does in terms of interviews. This past Saturday afternoon, a 27-0 rout by DC’s Defenders over the New York Guardians kept my attention because the New York quarterback (Matt McGloin) argued in interviews that he and his offense weren’t on the same page. When coach Kevin Gilbride yanked him from the game later in the second half, fans watching on ABC got to hear the verbal exchange between the head coach and the QB as it happened. If this happened in a NFL game, fans would have been clueless as to what had happened – but in the XFL, there’s no such speculation.

There’s one thing I don’t really like about the XFL – and that’s doing away with kicked extra points. I wrote last year when the AAF failed that there’s this very odd correlation between leagues playing around with extra points and how quickly they fail. It’s a “gimmick” every league seems to play around with, like the PAT is some sort of shiny toy.

I’d love to see the league succeed, though it’s not really up to me – as I think there’s room on the sports calendar for spring football. But I don’t think we will ever see the day the XFL goes to a fall season, or becomes the premier pro football league in America – at least not in my lifetime.

Milestone

If my math is correct, this is my 2,000th post on this blog – which I’m sure WordPress will confirm as soon as click the “Publish” button. It took me eight years, two months, and eleven days to get here – for those keeping score.

As I’ve said a few times lately, when I began this blog, I had three goals – all of them chronologically clustered together a bit. One was to do this into 2020. The next goals was to reach 2,000 posts, and the third was to make it to December 1, 2021 – ten years to the day I began this blog.

As always, my thanks to everyone who’s dropped by over the years and being a part of what it is that I do – and I don’t feel like stopping any time soon.

Walter And Saul, Revisited

The AMC cable channel has been re-airing Breaking Bad in a series of episodes on Sundays as of late, in light of the fifth season of the Better Call Saul prequel beginning on February 23rd. I’ve also had a chance as of recently to watch the movie El Camino, which plays out what happens to the Jesse Pinkman character after Walter White dies.

I’ve probably said before in my 1,999 posts (counting this one) that the Breaking Bad series of TV shows and movies may be the best thing to hit American TV ever. The Walter White and Jimmy McGill/Saul Goodman characters are very much alike, the way I see it.

In the world of a normal person, there are “laws of unintended consequences” where everything we do has results we don’t necessarily see all of the time. In the worlds of White and McGill/Goodman, it seems everything they do has an intended consequence with it, usually bad, usually for their own personal gain.

It’s just a TV show and a movie yes, but it’s an interesting set of shows. We cheer for Walter and Saul when in fact, they are not heroes. More like anti-heroic in what they do.

Nancy Rips It Up

Some thoughts today about that “big elephant in the room” that was House Speaker Pelosi’s reaction to President Trump’s State Of The Union speech last night.

Good taste will prevent me from me telling you exactly what I said when Mrs. Pelosi ripped up the physical copy of the speech – but I used two words: one beginning with an “f” and the other began with a “b”, in that order. It’s one of the lowest things I’ve seen in politics in a long time, and I hope Pelosi gets reprimanded or censured in some sort of official capacity.

Later today, the President will extremely likely be acquitted of the two articles of impeachment that have hung over him these past few years. I doubt the Democrats will stop there, of course – they may make this President the first president to face multiple impeachments in his term or terms.

In a way, they (the Democrats) are going through the same governmental temper tantrum that has been going on in the United Kingdom over Brexit. Their leaders struggled for nearly four years about whether or not to accept the voting public’s decision to leave the European Union – even though that was exactly what the British people agreed upon doing with a majority vote in favor of it. This past week, the UK left the EU at long last.

Hopefully, in our “long last”, once POTUS is re-elected in November (because who out there is going to beat him?), he can have some peace. To do otherwise is petty and appalling.

The Year I Didn’t Watch The Super Bowl

Another Super Bowl is in the books. This year brought the 54th edition of the big game, won by Kansas City 31-20 over San Francisco after a furious fourth quarter comeback. The Chiefs emerge as a possible dynasty team of the 2020s, and quarterback Pat Mahomes may have risen to become the league’s best player.

People who know me would be shocked – shocked, I say – to know that there was one year I missed watching the Super Bowl, or at least the first half of the game.

The year was 1981 – the Super Bowl in question was the 15th such game between Oakland and Philadelphia that the Raiders prevailed in, 27-10. The nine year-old version of yours truly was a big Flintstones fan at the time, and I noticed that a movie called The Man Called Flintstone was running on TBS at the time the Super Bowl was starting. So, I went to my bedroom and watched that instead.

Like I said, I was nine – but I don’t think I’ve ever shared the fact that I skipped the first half of one of the 43 Super Bowls out of 54 I’ve seen.

Oh, wait. I have. Well, when you’ve done nearly 2,000 or so blog entries, you tend to forget a few things.