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The Daily Dose/Thursday, August 5, 2021

The Daily Dose/August 5, 2021
By Gaylon Kent
America’s Funniest Guy

Leading Off
Notes from around the human experience. 

Leading Off is running intermittently for the rest of the summer. 

Today At The Site
Writing worth reading. Usually. 

The Diary of a Nobody – Sparrow addresses a paperwork issue at the hotel. Today’s Diary. 

Which brings up a question: do you print – and sign and highlight – the CDSS showing the overage and then drop the overage, or do you drop the overage, adjust the CDSS as needed, and then print out a CDSS showing the standard $200???…

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On This Date
The long march to today. 

In 1583 – The first English colony in North America is established by Sir Humphrey Gilbert at what is now St John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador. Gilbert was in possession of letters patent from King James VI authorizing this and he immediately levied taxes on those fishing in the area and died the following month on his return voyage to England. The first English colony in what would become America was established at Jamestown in 1607, after a failed attempt at Roanoke in 1585. 

In 1936 – Jesse Owens of the United States establishes an unofficial world record in the 200-meters in winning the gold medal at the Berlin Olympics. Owens time of 20.7 seconds was the fastest time ever on a curved track, a record not officially recognized until 1951. (The flat track record was 20.6 seconds, a category discarded in the 1970s.) Earlier in the Games, Owens had won 100-meter and long jump gold medals and Owens would ultimately win four gold medals in Berlin. The 200-meter world record is currently held by Usain Bolt of Jamaica, who ran it in 19.19 seconds, also in Berlin, in 2009. 

In 1972 – Gilbert O’Sullivan is at #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for the second of six non-consecutive weeks with Alone Again (Naturally). It was the first chart single for O’Sullivan, his first of three Top 10 hits and remains his only #1 song. The song also went to #1 in Canada and France, peaked at #3 in Great Britain, was Billboard’s second biggest song of the year and its 24th biggest of the decade. 

Some Philosophy Crap
The wisdom of the ages. Whatever. 

Genius does what it must, talent does what it can.
Edward Bulwer-Lytton

Answer To The Last Trivia Question
Knowledge is power.

In addition to the United States, six other nations have had athletes win Olympic gold medals in the long jump: Sweden, Great Britain, East Germany, Cuba, Panama and Greece. Great Britain is the only nation to do it twice. 

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The Diary of a Nobody/August 4

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The Daily Dose/Wednesday, August 8, 2021

The Daily Dose/August 4, 2021
By Gaylon Kent
America’s Funniest Guy

Leading Off
Notes from around the human experience. 

Leading Off is running intermittently for the rest of the summer. 

Today At The Site
Writing worth reading. Usually. 

The Diary of a Nobody – Sparrow has the latest personal grooming news. Today’s Diary. 

I shaved the dome and trimmed the beard down to 3mm when I got home…

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On This Date
The long march to today. 

In 1783 – The climactic eruption of Mount Asama in central Japan begins. The eruption lasted for 15 days and killed approximately 1,400 people. The damage to farmland exacerbated an ongoing famine, leaving farmland fallow for several years, resulting in the deaths of 20,000 more. The eruption had begun in May. The volcano is located about 100 miles northwest of Tokyo and erupts fairly regularly, the last time in 2019. 

In 1936 – Jesse Owens of the United States wins his second gold medal of the Berlin Olympics, winning the long jump in an Olympic record of 26 feet 5 and 5/16th  inches. Owens defeated Luz Long of Germany and Naoto Tajima of Japan and was the ninth time in ten Olympics the US had won the event. Owens had won the 100 meters the previous day and would win two more gold medals at the Berlin Games 

In 1958 – The Billboard Hot 100 debuts with Ricky Nelson at #1 for the first of two consecutive weeks with Poor Little Fool. The Hot 100 replaced both the Most Played by Jockeys and the Top 100 charts, while the Best Sellers in Stores chart would continue until mid-October. The song also went to #4 in Great Britain and peaked at #3 on Billboard’s country and soul charts. It was the first of two #1 songs for Nelson on the Hot 100. 

Some Philosophy Crap
The wisdom of the ages. Whatever. 

…never think that you are not good enough yourself…My belief is that in life people will take you very much at your own reckoning.
Anthony Trollope

Answer To The Last Trivia Question
Knowledge is power.

John Denver had three #1 songs on Billboard’s country chart: Back Home Again, Thank God I’m a Country Boy and I’m Sorry. 

Today’s Stumper
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Besides the US, how many other countries have won Olympic gold medals in the long jump? – Answer next time!

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The Diary of a Nobody/August 3

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The Daily Dose/Tuesday, August 3, 2021

The Daily Dose/August 3, 2021
By Gaylon Kent
America’s Funniest Guy

Leading Off
Notes from around the human experience. 

Leading Off is running intermittently for the rest of the summer. 

Today At The Site
Writing worth reading. Usually. 

The Diary of a Nobody – Sparrow has the results of the hotel’s July rewards club sign-up race. Today’s Diary. 

114-114!!!

I am not making that up: a dead heat – the first in recent memory – for the top spot in the monthly rewards club sign-up race…

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On This Date
The long march to today. 

In 1527 – Englishman John Rut sends the first known letter from North America. Rut was the master of the ship Mary Guildford which had been dispatched by King Henry VII to find a passage to Asia and his letter was to Henry, informing him of the details of his voyage so far and his plans to sail south. Rut returned to England the following year before disappearing from History’s ledger. 

In 1936 – Jesse Owens of the United States wins the gold medal in the 100-meters at the Berlin Olympics with a wind-aided time of 10.3 seconds. Owens beat fellow American Ralph Metcalfe and Norwegian Tinus Osendarp for the first of four gold medals he would win at the Games. Earlier, in his opening heat, Owens had matched the Olympic record with a non-wind-aided time of 10.3 seconds. 

In 1974 – John Denver is at #1 on Billboard’s Hot 100 for the second and final consecutive week with Annie’s Song. The song also went to #1 in Canada and Great Britain and peaked at #9 on Billboard’s country chart. It was the fourth of 15 Top 40 hits for Denver, his fourth of seven Top 10 hits and his second of four #1 songs. The song spent 17 weeks on the chart, including eleven weeks in the Top 40 and seven weeks in the Top 10.

Some Philosophy Crap
The wisdom of the ages. Whatever. 

The world is supported by four things: the learning of the wise, the justice of the great, the prayers of the good, and the valor of the brave.
Will Durant
The Story of Civilization, Vol. VI: The Reformation

Answer To The Last Trivia Question
Knowledge is power.

Five fighters who have won Olympic gold medals have also been world heavyweight champions: Joe Frazier, Muhammed Ali, George Foreman, Lennox Lewis and Anthony Joshua. 

Today’s Stumper
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How many #1 songs did John Denver have on Billboard’s country chart? – Answer next time!

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The Diary of a Nobody/August 2

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The Daily Dose/Monday, August 2, 2021

The Daily Dose/August 2, 2021
By Gaylon Kent
America’s Funniest Guy

Leading Off
Notes from around the human experience. 

Leading Off is running intermittently for the rest of the summer. 

Today At The Site
Writing worth reading. Usually. 

The Diary of a Nobody – Sparrow’s test of which creamers get the most use at the hotel is completed. Today’s Diary. 

In the creamer usage field test (CUFT), the results weren’t even close…In fact, the only real race is the one, still going on, for second place because French vanilla is the runaway winner in the CUFT…Recall last week we had the unprecedented, planets-in-alignment occurrence of all three creamer boxes being replaced at the same time in the back coffee room, a splendid opportunity to get some official results. 

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On This Date
The long march to today. 

In 216 BC – The Carthaginians, led by Hannibal and outnumbered by over 30,000 men, defeat the Romans in the Battle of Cannae in the Second Punic War in southeastern Italy. Despite his inferior numbers, Hannibal was able to surround the Romans and all but annihilate them, the Roman death toll of over 48,000 remaining one of the largest single-day death totals in the history of battle. The Second Punic War would last until 201 BC and result in a Roman victory. 

In 1980 – Teofilo Stevenson of Cuba becomes the first boxer to win three Olympic gold medals in one division at the Moscow Summer Olympics. Stevenson defeated Pyotr Zayev of the Soviet Union 4-1 to add to the gold medals won in 1972 and 1976. Stevenson was not allowed to compete at either the 1984 or 1988 Olympics due to Cuba’s boycott, but he would go on to win the gold medal at the 1986 world championships. Stevenson died in 2012 at age 60. 

In 1967 – The Beatles are at #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for the only week with All You Need Is Love, the 14th of a Hot 100 record 20 #1 songs for the group. The song also went to #1 in nine other countries including Norway and Great Britain – where it was in its third and final week at the top – and was Billboard’s 30th biggest song of the year. Though credited to both John Lennon and Paul McCartney, the song was written by Lennon. 

Some Philosophy Crap
The wisdom of the ages. Whatever. 

No man ever followed his genius till it misled him.
Henry David Thoreau
Walden

Answer To The Last Trivia Question
Knowledge is power.

Bob Seger’s biggest hit in Great Britain was We’ve Got Tonight, which peaked at #41 in 1978. 

Today’s Stumper
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How many world heavyweight boxing champions were also Olympic gold medalists? – Answer next time!

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The Diary of a Nobody/August 1

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The Daily Dose/Sunday, August 1, 2021

The Daily Dose/August 1, 2021
By Gaylon Kent
America’s Funniest Guy

The Sunday Bottom 5
A ranking of some things.

1. COVID Vaccine– America, we’re showing our ignorance by not getting vaccinated…It is not a government plot and it’s safe, effective and free…We’ve been getting vaccinated all our lives so what’s the trouble now???…Your stubbornness is merely going to make America take it in the health and economic shorts again…Thanks guys!!!

2. Southeastern Conference – Overthrow of US government next goal of noted affiliation of college sports teams after acquisition of Texas Longhorns and Oklahoma Sooners…Sunday Bottom 5 pollsters “pretty sure” putting Nick Saban in charge would result in entire country vaccinated in two weeks. 

3. Lauren Daigle American singer triumphantly returns home to SB5 3-hole as single ‘You Say’ is back at #1 on Billboard’s Hot Christian Songs chart for 131st non-consecutive week, extending Billboard all-chart record owned since 111th week at #1…Envious Morman Tabernacle Choir’s work on sacred version of ‘Give It To Me Baby’ hits snag after attempts to replace “sweet, funky stuff” with “body and blood of Christ” prove unworkable. 

4. Donald Trump Supporters – Demoted to 4-hole after Lauren Daigle’s return, former president remains a lying sexual predator who believes the moon is part of Mars…And that the Revolution was won by the securing of British airports…Sunday Bottom 5 pollsters remain “pretty sure” asking Trump supporters which of these elements continues to solidify their support still reasonable question. 

5. Surfing at Olympics Sport inaccessible to everyone who doesn’t live near a beach makes Olympic debut, including participants from noted hang ten countries like Germany and Israel…With inclusion of skateboarding in Games, Sunday Bottom 5 pollsters considering petitioning IOC for inclusion of bar tabbing as demonstration spot for 2024 Paris Games. 

Today At The Site
Writing worth reading. Usually. 

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

The Diary of a Nobody – It’s tedious guest central for Sparrow at the hotel. Today’s Diary. 

In the end, he favored us by deigning to take the room, despite the fact there wasn’t a full kitchen and after he left I put it at even money he’d call within five minutes to whine about something and he did, too!!!…I am not making that up…There wasn’t a freezer big enuff to hold the chicken he had brought, nor was there a wine opener…I told him we could keep the chicken for him in a back-office freezer and that we had a wine bottle opener for him.

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On This Date
The long march to today. 

In 1966 – Charles Whitman, a 25-year-old student at the University of Texas in Austin, goes on a shooting spree from the tower of the university’s Main Building. Whitman arrived on campus about 11:30 and killed three people on his way to the observation deck, from which he began firing about 20 minutes later, killing 13 more and injuring 31. Whitman would be shot and killed by Austin police officers after 96 minutes of shooting. The final death toll of 18 includes Whitman, an unborn child and a victim who died in 2001 from injuries suffered in the attack. The total does not include his mother and his wife, whom he had killed just after midnight. 

In  1941 – Lefty Gomez of the New York Yankees establishes a new major league record for most walks in a shutout in a 9-0 victory of the St Louis Browns. Gomez walked eleven batters to break the record of nine established by Gene Packard of the Cincinnati Reds in 1913. Gomez allowed five hits and the Browns left 15 runners on base. The record still stands and is actually one more walk than the extra-inning record of ten. 

In 1987 – Bob Seger is at #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for the only week with Shakedown. It was the 18th and penultimate Top 40 hit for Seger, his seventh and final top 10 hit and remains his only #1 song. The song also went to #1 in Canada and was Billboard’s ninth-biggest song of the year. The song was from the movie Beverly Hills Cop II and was originally offered to Glen Frey, who came down with laryngitis before the recording session. 

Some Philosophy Crap
The wisdom of the ages. Whatever. 

History is idle gossip about a happening whose truth is lost the instant it has taken place.
Gore Vidal
Julian

Answer To The Last Trivia Question
Knowledge is power.

Marit Bjorgen of Norway has won the most Winter Olympic medals, with 15 in cross-country skiing between 2002-18. 

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The Diary of a Nobody/July 31

It’s Read Free Sunday (RFS) at The Diary of a Nobody. 

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

Saturday, July 31
Good gravy this was a busy nite…Billing wasn’t done and the hotel walked until after 0300 and registration cards for the day’s arrivals weren’t done until 0530, tho we can all take heart in the fact morning coffee service (MCS) went off on time and without a hitch. 

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