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The Daily Dose/Saturday, June 25, 2022

The Daily Dose/June 24, 2022
By Gaylon Kent – America’s Funniest Guy™

Leading Off
Notes from around our human experience. 

Leading Off is on hiatus. 

Today At The Site
Writing worth reading. Usually. 

The Diary of a Nobody – Sparrow meets the new neighbors. Today’s Diary. 

A friendly sort, she advised that the previous owner’s scouting reporting on me had included the tidbits “sleeps days” and “nice guy” and – and this was pretty funny – “invite him to your loud parties…He won’t come, but will appreciate being invited”.

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History’s long march.  

In 1950 – The Korean War begins when North Korean troops invade South Korea. The US, leading UN forces, entered the war three days later and while the war ended with some South Korean territorial gains, the results were otherwise inconclusive. Japan had ruled Korea from 1910-45 and after World War II the Soviets and the Americans divided the country at the 38th parallel. While combat ended with an armistice in July 1953, a peace treaty has yet to be signed and the two countries technically remain at war. 

In 1926 – Bobby Jones of the US wins the British Open with a final round 74 to finish two strokes ahead of Al Watrous, also of the US, at the Royal Lytham and St Annes Golf Club in England. It was the first of three British Open titles for Jones and his second of 13 major titles, a figure which includes US Amateur and British Amateur titles. It was the first of eleven British Opens held at Royal Lytham and St Annes, the most recent one in 2012. 

In 1966 – The Beatles are at #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for the first of two non-consecutive weeks with Paperback Writer. The song went to #1 in seven other countries, including Great Britain and Norway, and was Billboard’s 28th biggest song of the year. It was the 18th of 34 Top 10 hits for the group and was their 12th of 20 #1 songs, a Hot 100 record that still stands. The song spent ten weeks on the Hot 100, all of them in the Top 40, including five weeks in the Top 10.

Some Philosophy Crap
The wisdom of the ages. Whatever.

Every man is to be respected as an absolute end in himself; and it is a crime against the dignity that belongs to him as a human being, to use him as a mere means for some external purpose.
Immanuel Kant

Answer To The Last Trivia Question
Knowledge is power.

Andy Gibb’s biggest hit in Great Britain was An Everlasting Love, which peaked at #10.  

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The Diary of a Nobody/June 24

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The Daily Dose/Friday, June 24, 2022

The Daily Dose/June 23, 2022
By Gaylon Kent – America’s Funniest Guy™

Leading Off
Notes from around our human experience. 

Leading Off is on hiatus. 

Today At The Site
Writing worth reading. Usually. 

The Diary of a Nobody – Sparrow showers after doing the lawn and before heading out to the next county. Today’s Diary. 

Recall last week we didn’t; we went out dirty and sweaty in our overalls but a couple of factors were in play this week: one, the overalls hadn’t been washed, so we probably stunk, and, two, we really wanted to wear our new shorts and sandals because so far there’s had been only one opportunity to wear them and it was warm today. 

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History’s long march.  

In 1312 BC – King Mursili of the Hittites launches a campaign against the vassal state Azzi-Hayasa kingdom. This event, like others from the era, is dated due to an eclipse that was reported on the day of the battle and while some other dates have been offered, this date, reported as occurring in the tenth year of Mursili’s reign, is in line with him assuming the throne after the death of Tutankhamun – known to History as King Tut – in 1323 BC.  

In 1882 – National League umpire Dick Higham become the first major league umpire banned for misconduct, for dealings with gamblers, and throwing games. Before umpiring, Higham had played three years in the major leagues – where rumors of him throwing games first surfaced – and is known for the hitting into the first triple play in big league history, on May 13, 1876, playing for the Hartford Dark Blues. Higham remains the only umpire so banned. 

In 1978 – Andy Gibb is at #1 on Billboard’s Hot 100 for the second of seven consecutive weeks with Shadow Dancing. It was the third chart single for Gibb, his third of six Top 10 hits, and his third and final #1 song. The song also went to #1 in Canada and Brazil, peaked at #42 in Great Britain, at #11 on Billboard’s soul chart, was Billboard’s #1 song of the year, and ranked 49th on Billboard’s 60th Anniversary Hot 100 in 2018. Gibb co-wrote the song with his brothers, the Bee Gees. 

Some Philosophy Crap
The wisdom of the ages. Whatever.

I must be a castaway on the desert island of my dreams.
Phillipe Petit
French high wire walker

Answer To The Last Trivia Question
Knowledge is power.

Roxette has had three #1 songs in their native Sweden, one less than their US total. 

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What was Andy Gibb’s biggest hit in his native Great Britain? – Answer next time!

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The Diary of a Nobody/June 23

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The Daily Dose/Thursday, June 23, 2022

The Daily Dose/June 23, 2022
By Gaylon Kent – America’s Funniest Guy™

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Notes from around our human experience. 

Leading Off is on hiatus. 

Today At The Site
Writing worth reading. Usually. 

The Diary of a Nobody – At the VSO, Sparrow deals with a favored client. Today’s Diary.

I got up to go to the Building Department to make a copy of the estimate and Glenn was yapping…I left the office and he was still yapping…I return to the office and he is still yapping!!!…I am not making that up!!!…He was talking to himself the whole time I was gone!!!

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On This Date
History’s long march.  

In 1314 – Scottish troops led by King Robert the Bruce defeat English troops led by King Edward II at the Battle of Bannockburn in central Scotland during the First War of Scottish Independence. Despite the win, and a later victory at Berwick, Edward II did not renounce his claim to Scotland and the war did not end until Edward II was replaced by his son Edward III in 1328. England was so intent on Scottish independence that the Second War of Scottish Independence was fought from 1332-57.

In 2005 – The San Antonio Spurs win the NBA title defeating the Detroit Pistons 81-74 to win the series in seven games. It was the third of five NBA titles for the Spurs and was the fifth loss for the Pistons in eight trips to the Finals. The Pistons were the defending champions and the series was the first to go seven games since the Houston Rockets defeated New York Knicks in 1994. Spurs’ forward Tim Duncan was named the MVP of the series. 

In 1990 – Roxette is at #1 on Billboard’s Hot 100 for the second and final consecutive week with It Must’ve Been Love. The song went to #1 in six other countries, including Zimbabwe and Norway, peaked at #3 in Great Britain, and was Billboard’s second-biggest song of the year. It was the fifth of nine top 40 hits for the group, their fourth of six Top 10s, and their third of four #1s. The song peaked at #6 in their native Sweden. 

Some Philosophy Crap
The wisdom of the ages. Whatever.

I could excuse a man who was afraid of an uplifted fist, but if one habitually manifests fear at the utterance of a sincere thought, I must think that his life is a kind of nightmare continued into broad daylight.
Henry David Thoreau

Answer To The Last Trivia Question
Knowledge is power.

Louisville has had two major league baseball teams: the Grays were in the National League from 1876-77, and the Colonels were in the American Association from 1882-88 and then moved to the National League from 1889-99. 

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The Diary of a Nobody/June 22

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The Daily Dose/Wednesday, June 22, 2022

The Daily Dose/June 22, 2022
By Gaylon Kent – America’s Funniest Guy™

Leading Off
Notes from around our human experience. 

Leading Off is on hiatus.

Today At The Site
Writing worth reading. Usually. 

The Diary of a Nobody – Sparrow runs into a woman who is crackers. Today’s Diary.

She’s yapping the whole time, too…It’s unreal…She’s apologizing left and right, she’ll just be a minute; she knows right where they are and who knows what else because after a while you tend to ignore the torrent…She’s completely batty, too, as opposed to merely being a ditz…A ditz you can work with; a ditz is funny and adaptable, someone who will shoot a spitwad at you at a diner and share a wine pairing with you at a 5-star restaurant…

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On This Date
History’s long march.  

In 1807 – The USS Chesapeake and HMS Leopard engage in a brief battle off the coast of Virginia, an incident History refers to as the Chesapeake-Leopard Affair. The crew of the Leopold caught Chesapeake by surprise and attacked and boarded in search of British deserters, ultimately taking four prisoners. President Thomas Jefferson was never able to solve the matter diplomatically, leading to the Embargo Act of 1807 

In 1889 – The Louisville Colonels of the American Association lose their major league record 26th and final consecutive game in 7-3 loss to the St Louis Browns. The streak had started on May 22 with an 11-2 loss to the Baltimore Orioles and would end the following day with a 7-3 win over the Browns. The Colonels broke the record of 17 consecutive losses established by the Cincinnati Red Stockings of the National League in 1876 and their record still stands. 

In 1985 – Freddie Jackson is at #1 on Billboard’s soul chart – then known as the Hot Black Singles chart – for the fourth of six consecutive weeks with Rock Me Tonight (For Old Times Sake). It was the first of 18 hits on the soul chart for Jackson and his first ten #1s. The song also peaked at #18 in both the US and Great Britain and was Billboard’s biggest soul song of the year. Jackson was nominated for the Grammy Award for Best New Artist, losing out to Sade. 

Some Philosophy Crap
The wisdom of the ages. Whatever.

If you accord with Tao you become one with it.
If you accord with loss, you become one with it.
Lao Tzu
Tao Te Ching #23

Answer To The Last Trivia Question
Knowledge is power.

Hank Thompson’s biggest hit on the Hot 100 was She’s Just A Whole Lot Like You, which spent one week at #99 in 1960. 

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The Diary of a Nobody/June 21

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The Daily Dose/Tuesday, June 21, 2022

The Daily Dose/June 21, 2022
By Gaylon Kent – America’s Funniest Guy™

Leading Off
Notes from around our human experience. 

Leading Off is on hiatus.

Today At The Site
Writing worth reading. Usually. 

The Diary of a Nobody – A guest reports there is a bear outside the hotel. Today’s Diary. 

At least her tone wasn’t demanding immediate action on the matter because there is nothing to be done here…At least by ol’ Sparrow…A forest ranger might have something useful to offer…

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History’s long march.  

In 1621 – The Austrian House of Habsburg executes 27 Bohemians in the town square of Prague, now the capital of the Czech Republic and then the capital of Bohemia. The 27 were executed for their part in the Bohemian Revolt of 1618 and had started the Thirty Years’ War. Most were beheaded, but some were hanged and some had tongues and other body parts cut off prior to execution. Today the execution site is marked with 27 white crosses inlaid in the gray bricks of the town square. 

In 1938 – Pinky Higgins of the Boston Red Sox ties the major league record for most consecutive hits in 8-3 and 5-4 wins over the Detroit Tigers. Higgins went 4-for-4 in both games giving him twelve consecutive hits to tie the mark established by Johnny Kling of the Chicago Cubs in 1902 and the mark was tied in 1952 by Walt Dropo of the Tigers and still stands. The streak had begun on June 19 and ended the following day when Higgins went 0-for-4 against the Tigers. 

In 1952 – Hank Thompson is at #1 on Billboard’s Best Sellers in Stores country chart – a predecessor to today’s country chart – for the sixth of 15 consecutive weeks with The Wild Side of Life. It was the sixth of 31 country Top 10 hits for Thompson and the first of three #1 songs in a career that spanned from 1948-83. The song also went to #1 on Billboard’s Most Played by Disc Jockeys and Most Played in Jukeboxes charts. 

Some Philosophy Crap
The wisdom of the ages. Whatever.

In any weather, at any hour of the day or night, I have been anxious to improve the nick of time…to stand on the meeting of two eternities, the past and the future, which is precisely the present moment. And to use the lessons of the past to profit the future.
Henry David Thoreau
Walden

Answer To The Last Trivia Question
Knowledge is power.

The last American to hold a 100-meter world record that wasn’t rescinded was Maurice Green, who ran 9.79 seconds in 1999. 

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The Diary of a Nobody/June 20

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