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Friday Thoughts II

Yeah, I missed last Friday. So what? You're not reading it anyways.


Here we are on careening towards 'the official start of Summer' or what's less commonly referred to now as simply Memorial Day. Bravo to the marketing wizard who started that phrase as it's managed to wedge itself into the lexicon of American life more than the actually meaning of Memorial Day. It's sad and unfair to be honest, but here we are.


And because of the currently viral climate that's still a thing on Earth, there will be nothing like Memorial Day's of the past unless you're just a selfish asshole with a bunch of selfish asshole friends/family that want to gather en masse just eat shitty food and probably drink shitty beer. I just continue to be blown away by the relatively small number of people who are apparently aggrieved and inconvenienced by having to wear a mask while getting the attention that they so desperately crave. I read something on Twitter of all places that I thought was apt: ""Freedom" without commitment to the common good is halfwitted anarchy..."


That was an entirely unintentional left turn and I certainly apologize as I don't want to this to be anything more than a fun outlet so let's get into that, shall we?! Right, no one's reading this and I'm talking to myself. Oh well. An audience of one is better than an audience of none.


There's an article that came out this week by Sam Borden at ESPN on the legend of Randy "Macho Man" Savage who passed away 9 years ago this week. As I was at one time a rabid pro wrestling fan and am currently just a big fan, Savage is my all-time favorite wrestler and this article is a great read. As I'm wont to do anytime I'm on the interwebs reading & watching Savage, I end up finding shit that I hadn't seen before. This time it was his online obituary which is still getting comments after all these years. He's also part of the Child Advocacy Hall of Fame for all of the work that he did for underprivileged kids in Florida. I didn't dislike the article as a whole, but the way Borden ended it was a bit dirty. He spent the entire article quoting Savage's brother, Lanny and the makes him to be a pathetic figure. It's unfair really and not needed.


That should've been more fun, but it wasn't. Again, I apologize.


I'll be better for the rest of this, I promise.


Are you familiar with George Wallace? If not, you should be. His Twitter feed makes me laugh on a daily basis:

https://twitter.com/MrGeorgeWallace


This seems to be a very Twitter-centric edition, doesn't it? Oh well. I was retweeted by Rex Chapman earlier this week. Listen, it's a huge accomplishment for someone with so few even minor accomplishments.

https://twitter.com/dave_lapointe/status/1263497137632968706


If you're not familiar with the story of former Nissan Chairman Carlos Ghosn being smuggled out of Japan, buckle up as you're in for a fucking roller coaster ride:

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/features/2020-01-14/how-nissan-s-carlos-ghosn-was-smuggled-out-of-japan

Well now a former Green Beret (who is an interesting character in his own right) and his son were just arrested in Boston for helping Ghosn get out:

https://www.boston.com/news/crime/2020/05/20/u-s-marshals-service-arrests-2-men-in-massachusetts-accused-of-aiding-ex-nissan-chairman-flee-japan

Honestly, it's a fascinating story and will undoubtedly become a movie when this is all said & done.


Well that's all for today as I've gone on FAR too long. I'll leave you with another amazing track from Trivium's latest masterpiece that I simply cannot stop listening to:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wDcSigYUYZQ&list=PLnBv9tkHpJEsQjnsqzY6PddUtN7hsi-4g&index=5&t=0s


Godspeed.












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