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The Daily Dose/Sunday, January 16, 2022

The Daily Dose/January 16, 2022
By Gaylon Kent – America’s Funniest Guy™

The Sunday Bottom 5
A ranking of some things.

1. Novak Djokovic While SB5 pollsters remain “pretty sure” world revolves around Serbian tennis player – just like Djokovic does –  they would like to point out he is not a persecuted victim, merely a man of privilege seeking preferential treatment…Fortunately Aussies had good sense to say no and send him home.  

2. US Army Noted military force’s plan to offer up $50,000 enlistment bonuses has piqued interest at SB5 headquarters, though since SB5 pollsters only skill – technical or otherwise – remains Bar Tab Maintenance, they “strongly suspect” US Army interest in this talent could be anywhere for “low” to “rock bottom”> 

3. Donald Trump The 3-hole staple…Instead of being banished in shame for leading the January 6 insurrection, instead of being reviled for the blood on his hands for an inept coronavirus response, instead of being dismissed for believing the moon is part Mars and that Revolution was won by securing British airports, ignorant blatherskite continually heralded as the pacesetter for the 2024 GOP nomination. 

4. NFL – Game officials, hardly for first time, bringing A game to postseason as inadvertent whistle on Bengal touchdown not only a(nother) blown call, but so was NFL insisting inadvertent whistle happened after play when even Stevie Wonder could tell it happened during play. 

5. NFL II While Super Bowl halftime shows will continue to resemble police lineups, TV ratings up 10% this season, with 17 million people watching average NFL game…Note to major league baseball: this is 3 million more viewers than watched final game of your most recent World Series, so it’s OK not to worry about ending your lockout. 

Today At The Site
Writing worth reading. Usually. 

Q: Is it Read Free Sunday at The Diary?
A: Of course it is. 

The Diary of a Nobody – Sparrow runs into more Post-It Notes in the shred pile. Today’s Diary. 

Which begs the question: which dangerous arch-criminal does this relatively useless information need to kept from???…

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History’s long march. 

In 1945 – German Chancellor Adolf Hitler moves into his underground bunker, known as the Fuhrerbunker, in central Berlin. The bunker was 28 feet underground and its cement roof was almost 10 feet thick, though because it was below the water table water had to be continually pumped out and Hitler stayed in the bunker until his suicide on April 30. The buildings above the bunker were torn down with the bunker mostly destroyed, though some hallways – still closed to the public – remain. 

In 1972 – The Dallas Cowboys defeat the Miami Dolphins 24-3 in Super Bowl VI at Tulane Stadium in New Orleans, their first of five Super Bowl wins. The national anthem was sung by the Air Force Academy Chorale and the halftime show was a tribute to Al Hirt. It was the second of three Super Bowls at Tulane Stadium before the Superdome opened in 1975 and the game remains the only Super Bowl played by teams from states that were members of the Confederacy during the Civil War. 

In 1971 – Lynn Anderson is at #1 on Billboard’s country chart – then known as the Hot Country Singles chart – for the fourth of five consecutive weeks with Rose Garden. The song also went #1 country in Canada and peaked at #3 in both Great Britain and on the Hot 100. It was the sixth Top 10 country hit for Anderson and her first of four country #1s. The song was written by Joe South and has been recorded many times, including a version by Martina McBride which peaked at #18 on the country chart in 2005. 

Some Philosophy Crap
The wisdom of the ages. Whatever.

…motion was life. All men must climb, particularly those born at the top who must make the fascinating but perilous journey down.
Gore Vidal
Washington, D.C. 

Answer To The Last Trivia Question
Knowledge is power.

The second and final Billboard soul chart #1 for Paul McCartney was FourFiveSeconds, with Rihana and Kanye West, which spent seven weeks at #1 in 2015. 

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Where was Adolf Hitler born? – Answer next time!  

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The Diary of a Nobody/January 15

Indeed, it’s Read Free Sunday at The Diary.

It’s Sparrow, an average man passing an average life…

Saturday. January 15
Every now and then you run into baffling behavior from your co-workers…Recall Wednesday, my last shift before days off, there were 55 pennies in one drawer and 65 in the other, a rare enuff occurrence when a roll of pennies has 50 in them…Also recall that ol’ Sparrow bagged up 50 pennies in each drawer, leaving the remainder in the trays. 

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The Daily Dose/Saturday, January 15, 2022

The Daily Dose/January 15, 2022
By Gaylon Kent – America’s Funniest Guy™

Leading Off
Notes from around the human experience. 

Leading Off is running intermittently for the time being. 

Today At The Site
Writing worth reading. Usually. 

The Diary of a Nobody – Sparrow gets a look at the plans for the new VSO. Today’s Diary. 

The new VSO is going to be on the first floor, where Public Health is, and I am pleased to report it looks like it is going to be significantly bigger than the former closet I’m in now because the plans show not only a desk and chair, but also two chairs and a table, tho it’s unclear if my printer and scanner will be in the office or whether I’ll have to trudge down the hall as I do now.

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History’s long march. 

In 1910 – Construction on the world’s tallest dam – the Buffalo Bill Dam on the Shoshone River in northwest Wyoming ends after five years. At the time 325 feet tall, the dam was named after Buffalo Bill Cody, who founded a nearby town named after him and owned much of the land now covered by the reservoir. The dam is 70 feet wide at the base, 200 feet wide at the top and 25 feet was added to its height in the 1980s. The tallest dam in the world now is the Nurek Dam in Tajikistan at 984 feet. 

In 1967 – The Green Bay Packers (NFL) defeat the Kansas City Chiefs (AFL) 35-10 in Super Bowl I at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. It was the first of four Super Bowl wins for the Packers and remains the only Super Bowl aired by two networks (NBC, CBS). It was the first of two Super Bowls at the Coliseum before the Rose Bowl hosted five. Super Bowl 56 will be played at SoFi Stadium in Los Angeles on February 13. The AFL’s first season was in 1960 and it would merge with the NFL before the 1970 season.

In 1983 – Michael Jackson and Paul McCartney are at #1 on Billboard’s soul chart – then known as the Hot Black Singles chart – for the first of three consecutive weeks with The Girls Is Mine. It was the third of 13 #1 soul hits for Jackson and was the first of two soul #1s for McCartney. The song also went to #1 in Spain, peaked at #8 in Great Britain and was in its second of three consecutive weeks at #2 on the Hot 100. The song was written by Jackson and produced by Jackson and Quincy Jones.  

Some Philosophy Crap
The wisdom of the ages. Whatever.

Acting only works for a leader if you play yourself.
Richard Brookhiser
George Washington on Leadership

Answer To The Last Trivia Question
Knowledge is power.

The French Arms Tavern in Trenton, New Jersey succeeded the Maryland State House in Annapolis, Maryland as the capital of the United States. It served as the meeting place of the Congress of the Confederation from November 1 until December 24, 1784. 

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What was Paul McCartney’s other #1 song on Billboard’s soul chart? – Answer next time!  

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The Diary of a Nobody/January 14

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The Daily Dose/Friday, January 14, 2022

The Daily Dose/January 14, 2022
By Gaylon Kent – America’s Funniest Guy™

Leading Off
Notes from around the human experience. 

Leading Off will return. 

Today At The Site
Writing worth reading. Usually. 

The Diary of a Nobody – Sparrow’s long-term housecleaning project rolls on. Today’s Diary. 

The inventory from the couch was all over the place: my old Navy blanket, old umpire pants, books, you name it, anything a bachelor might be too lazy to put in its proper place…

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History’s long march. 

In 1784 – The Congress of the Confederation – meeting in Annapolis, Maryland – ratifies the Treaty of Paris, which ended the American Revolution against Great Britain. Congress’ journal from the day said the body “…do approve, ratify and confirm the said articles and every part and clause thereof” and was the only item of business on the day’s agenda. The treaty had been signed the previous September 3rd, Britain would ratify it April and the Revolution officially ended when copies were exchanged in Paris in May. 

In 1932 – Eddie Arcaro, 15, wins his first race aboard Eagle Bird at Agua Caliente in Tijuana.  Arcaro retired in 1962 with 4,779 wins, including a record 17 wins in Triple Crown races and a record six wins in both the Preakness and Belmont Stakes and his five Kentucky Derby wins are tied for the most with Bill Hartack. Arcaro won the Triple Crown in 1941 (Whirlaway) and 1948 (Citation) and remains the only jockey to win it twice. 

In 1956 – Dean Martin is at #1 on Billboard’s Best Sellers in Stores chart – a predecessor to the Hot 100 – for the first of five consecutive weeks with Memories Are Made of This. The song also went to #1 in Great Britain and has charted several times, most recently by the Drifters in 1966. It was the eighth of 24 hits on a Billboard pop chart for Martin and his first of two #1s (Everybody Love Somebody, one week, 1964). A version by Austrian Freddie Quinn spent 14 weeks at #1 in Germany in 1956.  

Some Philosophy Crap
The wisdom of the ages. Whatever.

I gathered the last of my strength. If one needs it, one has it.
Ernst Weiss
Georg Letham Physician and Murderer

Answer To The Last Trivia Question
Knowledge is power.

Ray Price’s biggest hit on the Billboard Hot 100 was For The Good Times, which peaked at #11 in 1971. The song had also spent a week at #1 on Billboard’s country chart in 1970. 

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Which city followed Annapolis, Maryland as the capital of the United States? – Answer next time!  

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The Diary of a Nobody/January 13

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The Daily Dose/Thursday, January 13, 2022

The Daily Dose/January 13, 2022
By Gaylon Kent – America’s Funniest Guy™

Leading Off
Notes from around the human experience. 

Leading Off will return. 

Today At The Site
Writing worth reading. Usually. 

The Diary of a Nobody – At the hotel, the battle is on, again, between French vanilla and half & half. Today’s Diary. 

French vanilla is off to a slight lead in Creamer Challenge IV, but it’s early yet…Ol’ Sparrow knows you’re as curious to see how this plays out on his nites off as he is. 

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On This Date
History’s long march. 

In 2021 – President of the United States Donald Trump is impeached by the House of Representatives on one count of incitement of insurrection for his role in the January 6 attack on the US Capitol. It was the fourth impeachment of a US president by the House and the second time Trump had been impeached. Trump would be acquitted of the charge in a trial by the US Senate after he left office. Previously, Trump had been impeached in 2019 and remains the only president to be impeached twice. 

In 1908 – The Montreal Wanderers of the Eastern Canada Amateur Hockey Association win the Stanley Cup defeating the Ottawa Victorias of the Federal Amateur Hockey League 13-1 in game two of a two-game total goal challenge. In March, the Wanderers would win Stanley Cup challenges against the Winnipeg Maple Leafs (Manitoba Professional Hockey League) and the Toronto Argonauts (Ontario Professional Hockey League). The Wanderers were charter members of the NHL, but disbanded after four games after their home arena burned down. 

In 1973 – Ray Price is at #1 on Billboard’s country chart – then known as the Hot Country Singles chart – for the third and final consecutive week with She’s Got to Be a Saint. It was the seventh of eight #1 country songs for Price and the 62nd of 109 country chart hits in a chart career that spanned from 1952-89. The song also peaked at #93 on the Hot 100, the smallest of Price’s nine pop hits. Price, originally from Texas, was studying to be a veterinarian before serving in the Marine Corps in World War II.   

Some Philosophy Crap
The wisdom of the ages. Whatever.

To be great is not to be placed above humanity,…but to stand above the partialities and futilities of uninformed desire, and to rule one’s self.
Baruch Spinoza

Answer To The Last Trivia Question
Knowledge is power.

Five presidents of the United States have also served as US minister/ambassador to Great Britain and/or the United Kingdom: John Adams. James Monroe, John Quincy Adams, Martin Van Buren and James Buchanan. 

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What was Ray Price’s biggest hit on the Hot 100? – Answer next time!  

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The Diary of a Nobody/January 12

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The Daily Dose/Wednesday, January 12, 2022

The Daily Dose/January 12, 2022
By Gaylon Kent – America’s Funniest Guy™

Leading Off
Notes from around the human experience. 

Leading Off will return. 

Today At The Site
Writing worth reading. Usually. 

The Diary of a Nobody – There are some dogs at the hotel. Today’s Diary. 

…and the next thing anybody knows we’ve gone from zero to 60 quicker than you can say “Fido” and both dogs are yapping at each other like nobody’s business…Heck Whiskey – per standard Whiskey policy (SWP) – is jumping up and down and paws yours truly right in the cubes…Ouch…Not total, double ouch, but enuff ouch to cause ol’ Sparrow to invoke the name of the human form of the Christian triumvirate.

The Bottom Ten/NFL Final – It’s all over. To the losers go the spoils in the race for The Dan Henning Trophy – symbolic of NFL Bottom Ten supremacy.  

Giants earn first B-10 title, rallying to lose final six (6) games to win B-10 title team had all but given up on after winning three (3) of five (5) in midseason…

Despite finishing with second consecutive B-10 medal stand berth, owner Genghis Khan has coaching staff taken out back for beatings for not winning consecutive B-10 titles…

Ravens earn first-ever ConstructionDigest.com Award – issued to team with best collapse in a season – as Ravens went from barely needing to break sweat to clinch playoff spot to losing last six (6) games and missing playoffs.  

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History’s long march. 

In 1792 – President George Washington names Thomas Pinckney as US ambassador to Great Britain, the first such ambassador appointed by a president. Pinckney was unable to reach agreement with the British on a variety of issues, though – still as UK ambassador – he later negotiated a treaty with Spain which established the 31st parallel as the border between the US and Spain in the southern US. Pinckney had served in the Revolution and would later serve as a Major General in the War of 1812. Previously, John Adams had served as US minister to Great Britain under the Articles of Confederation. 

In 1951 – Ezzard Charles defends his world heavyweight boxing title with a 10th-round TKO over Lee Oma. Charles had won the title in June 1949 with a unanimous decision over Jersey Joe Walcott and would defend the title eight times before losing it to Wolcott the following July. Charles continued to fight until 1959, finishing with a professional record of 95-25-1.

In 1980 – Kenny Rogers is at #1 on Billboard’s country chart – then known as the Hot Country Singles chart – for the second of three consecutive weeks with Coward of the County. The song also went #1 country and pop in Canada, went to #1 in Ireland and Great Britain, peaked at #3 on the Hot 100 and was Billboard’s 9th-biggest country hit of the year as well as its 34th-biggest pop hit. It was the seventh of 21 #1 country hits for Rogers. 

Some Philosophy Crap
The wisdom of the ages. Whatever. 

Courage is…{to}…beard the lion in his den.
Sir Walter Scott

Answer To The Last Trivia Question
Knowledge is power.

The NBA single-season record for most consecutive games giving up 100 or more points in a game is 82, an entire season, done twice, both by the Denver Nuggets, in 1981-82 and 1990-91. The 90-91 team gave up an average of 130.8 points power game, still an NBA record.

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The Bottom Ten/NFL Final

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