Heroes Of The Week!

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My first order of business this week is to let y’all know I will be away from my WP desk for the next week and change. In the meantime, Imma have a couple posts scheduled. So I had an idea- which I realize is akin to Esther Greenwood being stuck in a phone booth, but suffer me this Bell Jar moment, por favor. You don’t have to leave a comment unless you really, really want to. You can like, you can post a music video telling me how much you miss me, or you can just read it. Whatever YOU wish to do with it, that’s beauty to my senses. And thank you, for any and all of it. Always.

And now the roster . . .

Mookie Betts Dodgers Contract Extension Value Taxes – Sportico.com

He hits for average, he hits for power . . he steals bases . . he makes gold glove plays on the regular. And he wins, much. The dude became the first player to walk and steal two bases in the same inning of a World Series game since Babe Ruth did it, ninety nine years ago. But the magnificence of Mookie is landing here today for what he did for America, yes America! By stealing a base in the World Series, Mookie done won America a free taco on October 28th. And okay, it’s not really a taco since it’s being served up by Taco Bell, but hey . . free still counts! So I just have one question. Is it too late to get Mookie on the ballot?

Jeffrey Toobin suspended from New Yorker, on leave from CNN, after he exposed himself on Zoom call - CNN

It was reported this week that Jeffrey Toobin has been suspended from his gigs on CNN and the New Yorker after he was caught masturbating during a Zoom meeting with staffers. And it seems that Father Superior, the guy who rails on about the peccadilloes of politicians, has a pantry full of them in his own right. And it’s people like Toobin who make it so easy to point to the other side of the aisle and proclaim how full of shit they are. But this goes far beyond politics. This is about a guy who’s gotten away with a closet full of shit for too long a time. In an age where the bad guys are getting found out right and left, Toobin seemingly wore Teflon, until he took matters into his own hand.

El Arroyo in Austin, Texas has taken to panning the pandemic. And really, good for them . . and us. And I wonder if they take requests? Imma call ’em.


So thank goodness for Frank “Beach Walks” Angle for bringing the heater in the very best of ways with this next story. It’s proof that every new ending is just a beginning to something else, and it reads as if Kinsella and Capra and Chapin got together on Cloud Nine and came up with the script.

Brian and Carter Robinson were keeping to the father and son tradition of hitting some baseballs at the cages when Dad came across a bucket of baseballs with a note attached, which read as follows.

“Hope someone can use some of these baseballs. I pitched them to my son and grandson for countless rounds.”

The writer’s name is Randy Long, and the sentiment was a bittersweet one. Long was thinking his life had gone Chapin on him, what with his brood having moved to different parts of the map with clans of their own now. So his donation of the baseballs was meant to pass the torch to a young family that was still busy writing their days of Kinsella. But that’s where Capra came in to steal the show.

Because the Robinsons got hold of Randy Long and then one thing led to another and young Carter was asking him if he might want to take in one of his little league games. And that’s when this grandfather learned that young Carter had lost both his grandfathers at a very young age and if you ain’t tearing up by now, okay, you asked for it.

The two of them ended up having a catch together. The end of one chapter in their lives giving way to the one they never saw coming.

And Cloud Nine, damn. Those guys still have it.

And now for a musical interlude, because I can’t get me enough Rush. And this isolation play on Geddy Lee’s tug of the maddening strings gets me high whilst completely sober. What’s not to love?

Seriously . . I listened to that on a loop whilst on my stationary bike, one day after being laid up in bed for ten hours. Music as medicine . . . .

Six California firefighters lost their homes while battling the flames. Days later, a CNN Hero provided RVs for them to shelter them - CNN

The fires ravaging Northern California have added yet another layer of “What next?” to this bitter cake of a year. So it’s good to know there are people like Woody Faircloth who get busy every day thinking up new and better recipes for their fellow humans.

Faircloth is a 2019 CNN Hero recipient, and here’s why he got noticed in the first place. Because when he heard about a group of volunteer firefighters who lost their homes recently- and continued battling the fires anyway- he got to fixing up a recipe for them inside theses worst of times. He did so in the form of delivering RV’s to the displaced heroes through his non-profit RV4CampfireFamily.

With all that got lost in the fire, Faircloth and his family are making sure hope remains.

This 5-year-old wrote a book to help kids battle the stress of the coronavirus pandemic

This has been the year of living dangerously, replete with prospects that frighten even the bravest souls among us. And so you have to imagine what it’s done to the little minds whose bravery isn’t talked about enough if you ask me.

Take Wade Williams as an example. He’s five years old and currently attending pre-school and he’s not crazy about the state of this great big world. So he decided he wanted to create a nightlight for other kids who are going through the same thing and he wrote a book.

“It all started by him saying ‘Dad I really want to help. I really want to help people,” said Williams’ father Joshua Williams.

And just like that, Wade was punching the keys and sharing his mighty so that it may shine a light on anyone who feels as if the darkness is too much. And Seneca the younger would be shimmying in his stoic sandals at the brighter than expected profits of a human race that births souls such as Wade Williams. Because it shows us that compassion is not a paradise lost, unless we make it so. And sometimes from the mouths of babes comes our truest reality.


123 thoughts on “Heroes Of The Week!

  1. You ended with one of my all time favorite songs!! Beth Hart live was an experience I will never forget and I have been to hundreds of concerts. I just recently came across your blog. Glad I did, the world needs to highlight more heroes and less of the pandering.

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    • Teresa

      Get out! I love Beth Hart. I saw her for the first time at a Melissa Etheridge concert in this venue where the acoustics really let Beth do her thing. So talented, and I was hooked.

      Thank you so much, and have a great weekend.


  2. Ok…first off, the sign about soy milk. Classic! And Jeffrey Toobin? Omg I’ve been news light lately but that is just too much…I mean, it’s he the legal correspondent?

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  3. Now this is a classic line – “until he (Tooban) took matters into his own hand.” Thanks for using the baseball story, but young Wade was the winner for me. Great last song. Enjoy your blog break time!

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    • Ha! Hey, it was right there, I had to or I wouldn’t have forgiven myself.

      Thank YOU for gifting me that story, it was just perfect for this week’s episode. Gave me the Field of Dreams vibe.

      And Wade . . . what a kid!

      Thank you Cincy

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  4. You made fun of J. Toobin, a favorite writer of mine, who has critically tarnished himself. Wacking off in a meeting, for the New Yorker no less, doesn’t say much about how he must feel about his colleagues let alone the magazine. Now, he’ll appear in a porn Google search alongside Peawee Herman, a place was unimaginable. Was that apparent urgency worth it, I’d line to know.

    On a brighter, lighter note…

    wish Tide Williams was running for president. I’d sure vote for him.

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  5. You made fun of J. Toobin, a favorite writer of mine, who has critically tarnished himself. Wacking off in a meeting, for the New Yorker no less, doesn’t say much about how he must feel about his colleagues let alone the magazine. Now, he’ll appear in a porn Google search alongside Peawee Herman, a place a week ago, that was unimaginable. Was that apparent urgency worth it, I’d line to know.

    On a brighter, lighter note…

    wish Wade Williams was running for president. I’d sure vote for him.

    Without my faux pas.

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  6. The Toobs seems to be competing against the NYC mayor who got totally Borat-ed. Because every guy tucks in their shirt flat on their back on someone’s hotel bed.

    Bless all this week’s good guys and I absolutely 💙 El Arroyo’s signs with a pox on both Toobin and Rudy. That’s about as kind as I can be to those two clowns. Whatever you’ve got going on for the next week or so, hope it’s something that brings smiles to your heart and soul. We’ll be here jonesing for any crumbs you see fit to share.

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  7. Any time you start a post off with a positive note about anybody or anything related to the Dodgers, you risk losing me. Potentially forever. Do you not understand how these things work?!?!?!

    But … you redeemed yourself by including a Rush song later on. I’ve been a fan for 40 years and still love their music. With Peart’s passing earlier this year, I’ve learned a lot more about the band members. They are all very complex, but good and decent men.

    And finally, I’ve missed the download on Toobin. What is his parade of horribles that preceded his … ummm … solo hand job?

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    • It’s a trigger, LA LA Town, I get it. It’s like Boston for me. I can’t bring myself to root for anyone who plays in that town which is why I’m playing catchup with Mookie now, since I loved his game in Boston but no . . .

      Rush is one of my all time HOF favorite bands and for good reason.

      He was fingered for a crime and caught red handed.

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      • I have a group of friends who I went to Spring Training with a few years ago. Ever since we have had a group text string going where we talk primarily about sports, and within that niche, primarily about baseball. All are baseball fans. Every once in awhile, one will express some sympathy or positive feeling about the Dodgers and I slam the door on it immediately. No self-respecting Giants fan can ever say anything nice or positive about that team or want anything good to happen for them or their fans. It’s rather simple, folks.

        As for Rush … absolutely. I’ve been listening to them a lot this year and it is just so good.

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        • I get it. We don’t talk about the Red Sox unless it includes four letter words. There has only been one time in the history of my fandom where I was with a Boston guy and that was Ortiz after the Boston bombing. Tragic circumstances, and it was necessary inside those moments. But by the time October rolled around and the Sox were back in the World Series, détente was over and I didn’t watch.

          Rush is the fix that just keeps giving.

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  8. B,

    Lawsy… I had to scroll and scroll to get down to this box (kinda like folks do when I get in here early. 😉 ) Now, how sweet are you to schedule a coupla posts for your peeps whilst you’re gone? I never think of doing that sort of thing.

    Those Mookie stats are outta da park! And free is free and no one needs look a gift horse in the mouth, I say.

    Unfuckingbelievable. I thought the opening scene in Ozark was bad when the financial advisor played by Justin Batemen watches porn as he discusses his clients’ investment portfolio… Or a guy I once, er, frequented whose phone was moving as we video chatted, letting me know exactly what he was doing. Told him I wasn’t impressed and hung up. But this guy? I am positively amazed (I don’t know why) that it is those who preach who are the guiltiest. Guess he had zero respect for his co-workers.

    I LOVE the El Arrroyo signs. And the Indian Hills ones. So much fun.

    I love how you do that: mix mediums and references to tie your story together. You are constantly enlightening me. As for this story… I have something in my eye… so beautiful.

    Rush always has a place in my roster! And you chose such a great song, too.

    This year’s layer cake is one for the books, tell you what. And Woddy Faircloth is sweet cream filling between those layers. What a fantastic thing to do for the firefighters. I’m always in awe of those who spring forward when the needs arise.

    And wow to Wade! Five years old and so enlightened already. My goodness. Can you imagine what lies ahead for this helper?

    And love, LOVE Beth Hart. Perfect song. Funny, I just recently discovered her so thank you for sharing this tune.


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    • Q

      Funny story about the scheduling situation. I have a guest host I’m flying in next week. Beach Bum, famous blogger . . a pretty big deal on WP. So that’s one. And . . I’m writing the other one. And here I thought it was gonna be a copy/paste job.

      I absolutely agree with you about the proselytizers. From Falwell to Toobin, they get all holier than thou until they get the curtain pulled back on them. And as for the dudes who send dick pics . . I don’t get it. I must be a prude. 😉

      That’s how you sign.

      If I don’t keep it moving, peeps would lose interest in me right quick.

      Amen to that. We need us some of the flavor called hope and compassion inside the maddest and meanest of years. A blogger was writing the other day about how we’ve forgotten the early days of baking bread and having virtual music flash mobs . . and she’s right. We give a shelf life to everything and then it’s back to business as usual. So kudos to the people who put it all out there every day.

      Lots of good. For him and for the world he says hello to.

      She is such good stuff, and there is so much of her new stuff I need to catch up on. Which is great.


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      • No way! Too funny. And great! And don’t forget… ya always got me on Wednesdays… Looking forward to reading them when I get home from my getaway…

        It’s always the case… they who doth protest too much are guilty! And no… no need to be a prude whilst not feeling the need to send a pic of your dick. This was not dick pick. This was him doing a Toobin!!!

        That is a great way to sign.

        Gonna take a lot for peeps to lose interest in you. Just sayin’.

        We do! Funny, I was just thinking of that. The bread one, that is. And yeah. Notice how friggen short the shelf life is now? Jeezus. Even back in the day when we went to see movies in the theatre… if you don’t go within two-three weeks, you miss it.

        Yes. A sweet kid who is gonna become a lovely man. I can’t help be feel pretty sure about that one.

        Excellent. Do share what you discover (as I start to check her out, myself.)

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        • I thought I was going to the copy and paste until an idea came into my head. And yes, there is Wednesday, isn’t there?

          Same stupid difference if you ask me. It’s why I always say that there are men who think porn scenarios are real life shit. They think every woman wants to see their five inches, as if!

          I think so too, LOL

          Just saying huh? Well, I don’t take any chances. I always wanna be bringing something better than just okay. Otherwise, why do it?

          Right? I mean, I remember when the theater movies were available on demand and I thought, this is great! It STILL is great, but there’s something about going to the theater. Doesn’t have to be all the time, but it’s just an event.

          Me too. The kid is going to spread goodwill and better outcomes.

          I have her on Pandora as one of my stations, so her new stuff gets solid play there.

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          • I’m rather glad you had an idea.. Mind you, the copy/paste thing isn’t bad as you usually go to your old blog and share things I’ve not read so… win! And yes, you always have Wednesdays…

            Same stupid difference, indeed. I cannot tell you the reaction I had the first time (sadly, there were many after) I opened up my text only to find a picture I was NOT expecting. Funny thing is, I never met, in person, those who did this. Eejits. I’m sure there are those who love it. I just haven’t met any yet.

            With good reason!

            Just sayin’ and hey, just so you know, we love all the efforts you make. You are far from just okay (‘course, I might just be one of your numero uno fans).

            I really enjoy going to the movies. The experience is far from what you have at home. Which is great and all, but the feel you get when you are ensconced in one of those seats? The atmosphere, the smell of popcorn… can’t be reproduced at home.

            He will.

            Pandora? Shit. I am SO outta da loop.

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          • I went all Telemundo when I was figuring on C-Span, because that’s how it works around here. We’re sorry is a four letter word with bonus rounds attached. So yeah, I’m glad I got called somewhere else, if only to break up the monotony.

            Wednesdays rock.

            Well, there are . . . wait for it . . different strokes for different folks. But the guys who play it that way, they’re playing in the minor leagues while the ADD-ults are dealing up major league stuff so there’s that.


            I think it’s like anything else. Bust it if you trust it, don’t just put in time with it because it will show. Make it about some kind of sweat and effort or you might as well take up Sudoku for a hobby, right?

            It’s like when there were video rental stores. There was something about going out to rent a movie that was kitschy. Doing it from home is great and all, but it doesn’t give you that same feeling. As you were saying about theaters . . nothing like that smell of popcorn, the dark and hushed theater . . previews.

            He most certainly will.

            You guys have Pandora music service, don’t you?

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          • Haha! You kill me.

            They do, do they? 🙂 I’m rather chuffed you think so.

            Oh. Em. Gee…But yeah.

            That is not the case when it comes to you, Mr. Sorryless. We can read the efforts you put in – no matter the genre and we all eat it up. So.. Keep on keepin’ on.

            Yes! It was kitschy – hell, my father did it until he died back in 2013. He must’ve been one of their last customers. Previews that are now preceded by commercials. The popcorn, the feel of kindred spirit within the four walls. After all, they all came to see the same thing as you.


            Ummm. No. I just googled it and got a big-ass blue “sign” saying: Pandora isn’t available where you are…yet.

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          • Good movie.

            Get chuffy, g’on!


            So it will be then. Imma keep plating ’em just so long as y’all keep on ordering from the menu.

            Excepting for that one pain in the ass who just comes to the theater to be a dick, talking on his phone and such. It’s usually the case that he’s the same dude who think it’s okay to send dick pics.


            What? Well now . . .

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          • You’re cuppa tea, eh?

            Gettin’ cuffy wid it!


            Oh… we will keep ordering so you just keep on plating and coming up with more menu ideas. We good.

            No. Or the one who MUST rustle through the packaging of his candy. Yeah, both are dick pic afficionados.

            Sad, but true… we Canadians are not hip enough, ‘parently.

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          • Dark comedy, so there’s that.

            It may not read like a rap song title, but it’s plenty coo nonetheless.


            That’s how it rolls. Orders keep coming in and the plates keep going out of the kitchen. And okay, so every once in a while someone returns something . . but that’s part of the deal, yanno?

            Ugh! Or talk about how every single preview is “Awesome!”. Or the person who gets up twenty eight times. Or . . .

            Muricans are prude, Canadians are too nice . . where DO these adorable little generalizations come from?

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          • Which is fun.

            I like to think so.

            It is part of the deal. As long as the rate of return is low, you just keep on cooking.

            Yeah. Take a leak, get your shit and sit the fuck down! For pete’s sake, how small is your bladder?

            I would like to know where they do and if you find out, you share?

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          • And most of the returns were from ex’s, who have promised not to venture into Sorryless-Land (I’m guessing on that one). So I’m somewhat confident most plates will be consumed, no worries.

            The size of their brain, that’s how small.

            Americans are really quite good at playing prude. But get them behind closed doors and there is a level of freak going on that would be shut down by the NRC. Of course, not just plain old freak, which I consider to be whatevs. I’m talking bizarre . . . and then some.

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          • Yeah. No worries on those counts 😉 If they do, then, they can window-watch!

            Which ain’t big – especially for them.

            This is true. I find it so funny that one side won’t show boobs in a movie but the underground has them doing that and much more. And when it comes to freaks… holy frijoles!

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          • Hell, I jest because I don’t know who’s reading me, LOL. I don’t read them and the deal is, they don’t read me. I guess.

            No it ain’t.

            It’s like in this area. The pillars of society are doing things that would strip the ozone. I was fortunate enough to spend time with a socialite and I got to see the dark web. It’s entertaining, if nothing else.

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          • LOL! I know what you mean. I know who reads by the comments I receive. Any that may sneak a peak and leave are welcome to do so and I am none the wiser.

            Not one bit.

            I can only imagine.

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  9. Music as medicine indeed.
    And that bass laden version of to sawyer was strong and fresh. Also – the soul shine song was a good ending – “soul Shine -Better than sunshine and moonshine….”

    And the baseball story is a heart tug and love how little things like this happen.
    Also – I sometimes think of “sorely…less” blog when I see Baseball stuff – and so when you get back to blog land – ((enjoys our break)) I will
    Share the latest photo –
    There was a sign with graffiti of “MLB” – and snatched a photo to show ya (cos it read Major League Baseball to moi)

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    • One of my all time favorites, but the list is long so there’s that.

      That baseball story had me thinking Field of Dreams, when the father and son are having a catch together.

      I will enjoy the break, gracias very much. And I will come calling on ya when I do, amiga.

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  10. I just want to say thank you for the first photo of Daniel Craig. Honestly, I stopped readying after that. I so needed that tall drink of gorgeous blue eyes. It’s been a harsh couple of weeks for me, and that helped tremendously.

    Enjoy your time away.

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  11. First off … yes to Mookie. That’s just simple. The irony is he stole against the Dodgers in the other World Series and then he stole on the Dodgers to give everyone tacos again, although we all thought it was Taylor but they didn’t count that as a steal. Whatever 🙂 Second that restaurant in Austin IS THE BEST. I discovered it in February and have been a fan ever since. The sign are so awesome it’s probably the only reason I venture out to social media just to check those signs. Then you HADDDDD to do it, you HADDDDD to involve the Kleenex. That Randy Long story … mannn! You know that sports gets me and that right there was pretty sweet. But of course Williams that kid … that kid right there renews my hope in the future. We’re gonna look into getting that book. Thanks for posting that one … always ending on a feel-good note. THANKS!

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    • If Mookie hasn’t taken the top spot in the MLB . . he’s right there, and ready to do so. I fell in love with his game when he was in Boston, but it was painful to admit. Dude can do it all.

      And tacos . . further proof.

      Signs, signs . . everywhere a sign. And they all blow my mind with how very clever they are. I love it.

      I kept going to that scene in Field of Dreams with Costner and his dad.

      And yes, let me know what you find. I’m interested in knowing.

      De nada, hermana.

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