The Daily Dose/Monday, October 3, 2022

The Daily Dose/October 3, 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 in a rare Sunday workout. Today’s Diary. 

Shoulder and biceps were Friday strong, but we only got the 170 on the bench press up eight times – still good strength – and our first leg work in ages could not have been weaker had the workout been getting up off of a chair ten times. 

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On This Date
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In 1981 A hunger strike by Irish Republicans at Maze Prison in Northern Ireland comes to an end after seven months and ten deaths. Among the deaths was Bobby Sands, who was elected to the British Parliament during his hunger strike. Parts of Ireland have been under some sort of British rule since the Norman Invasion in the 12th century, with the Irish objecting from the start. Hunger strikes have been part of Irish life since before the 5th century 

In 1993 – Cleveland Stadium hosts its final major league baseball game, a 4-0 loss to the Chicago White Sox. Opened in 1932, the Guardians, then the Indians, played there permanently from 1937 and the stadium also hosted the NFL’s  Cleveland Rams (1936; 1939-41) and the Cleveland Browns (1946-95). The stadium hosted the World Series three times and the NFL Championship Games five times. The Indians had a 2.234-1,950 record while playing there.

In 1964 – Jim Reeves is at #1 on Billboard’s country chart – then known as the Hot Country Singles chart – for the sixth of seven consecutive weeks with I Guess I’m Crazy. It was the 33rd of 49 Top 10 singles for Reeves and his second of seven #1s, the last six of which came after his death on July 31 when a plane he was piloting crashed. The song also went #1 country in Canada and peaked at #82 on the Hot 100. In 1955 a version by Tommy Collins peaked at 13 on the C7W Best Seller chart. 

Some Philosophy Crap
The wisdom of the ages. Whatever.

I believed in what I did so much, I couldn’t believe there were people who couldn’t hear it.
Barry Manilow

Answer To The Last Trivia Question
Knowledge is power.

The League Championship Series record for most strikeouts in a game is 15, done three times, most recently by Roger Clemens of the New York Yankees in Game 4 of the 2000 American League Championship Series. 

Today’s Stumper
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What was Jim Reeves’ biggest hit on the Hot 100? – Answer next time!

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The Diary of a Nobody/October 2

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The Daily Dose/Sunday, October 2, 2022

The Daily Dose/October 2, 2022
By Gaylon Kent – America’s Funniest Guy™

The Sunday Bottom 5
A ranking of some things.

1. Vladimir Putin Russian leader completely off his rocker now, conducting elections and annexing parts of Ukraine nobody outside of his bedroom acknowledges as legitimate…Sunday Bottom 5 pollsters “pretty sure” it’s only a matter of time before further battlefield setbacks – thanks in no small part to US and European aid – before he completely loses his mind and starts deploying nukes. 

2. Student Loan Relief Now you see it, now you don’t!!!…It’s pretty complex, but a Department of Education ruling means over three-quarters of a million borrowers could now be excluded from relief, which we don’t think they were entitled to anyway…Pay your debts, dammit…We do.   

3. USA! USA! The current 3-hole staple…75 percent of kids are now too fat, stupid, or drug-addled to join Army…Citizens still earning marksmanship ribbons at record pace America…Entire country circling wagons, unable to face any viewpoint not in step with their own…America remains far closer to the oblivion that awaits her than the prosperity she once knew, with Sunday Bottom 5 pollsters “pretty sure” America has until half-century is out to show it can govern itself before someone comes in and does it for us.  

4. DART Spacecraft American spacecraft successfully collides with asteroid in test to see if it could later course of rock heading towards earth…Impact was as scheduled and while the impact produced energy barely equiclenat to three (3) tons of TNT, even Sunday Bottom 5 pollsters are (mostly) smart enough to know that even a small change in trajectory could cause avoidance with Earth.  

5. Fake News Click here for a recap of what some of the wizards amongst us were believing this week. Courtesy of the dreaded AP.

Today At The Site
Writing worth reading. Usually. 

It’s Read Free Sunday (RFS) at The Diary. 

The Diary of a Nobody – The lawn’s not completely dormant, and Sparrow will have to mow the lawn this week. Today’s Diary.

That fertilizer company we bought some stuff from recommends we mulch the leaves back into the ground and because that is easier than raking them up – not to mention cheaper than paying someone to pick them up – it’s advice we are completely on board with…

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On This Date
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In 2018 – Saudi national and Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi is murdered in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, Turkey. Kashoggi was 59 and had long been a critic of the Saudi government. The Saudis convicted several people in a trial no one outside of Saudi Arabia took seriously and the general conclusion is that the assassination was ordered by the highest levels of the Saudi government. Turkey had initiated legal proceedings en absentia, but this past spring referred the matter back to Saudi Arabie. 

In 1963 – Sandy Koufax of the Los Angeles Dodgers establishes a new World Series record for most strikeouts in a game in a 5-3 Dodgers win in Game 1 at Yankee Stadium. Koufax struck out 15 batters to break the record of 14 established by Carl Erskine of the Brooklyn Dodgers in Game 3 of the 1953 World Series and the record is now 17, by Bob Gibson of the St Louis Cardinals in Game 1 of the 1968 World Series. Koufax would win two games in the series that the Dodgers won in four games. 

In 2010 – Bruno Mars is at #1 on Billboard’s Hot 100 for the first of four consecutive weeks with Just The Way You Are. It was the first chart single for Mars, his first of 17 Top 10 hits, and his first of seven #1 songs. The song went to #1 in ten other countries, including Israel, Venezuela, and Great Britain, was Billboard’s 18th-biggest song of 2010, it’s 15th-biggest of 2011, and its 22nd-biggest of the decade. Later in the year, a version by the cast of the TV show Glee would peak at #40 on the Hot 100.

Some Philosophy Crap
The wisdom of the ages. Whatever.

I almost never think of my calendar years. I’m forever hiking across the same plateau with no end in sight.
Saul Bellow
Ravelstein

Answer To The Last Trivia Question
Knowledge is power.

B.J. Thomas’ last appearance on a Billboard chart came in 2000 when You Call That a Mountain peaked at #66 on the Hot Country Singles and Tracks chart. 

Today’s Stumper
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Who holds the League Championship Series record for most strikeouts in a game? – Answer next time!

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The Diary of a Nobody/October 1

It’s Read Free Sunday (RFS) at The Diary.

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

Saturday, October 1
It was End of the Month tonite and, as noted last week, the revenue numbers for the month were strong, with Assistant Front Desk Manager Q noting business is strong next month, too, and that already we’re not too far away from October’s goal…I asked if this was due to improper revenue forecasting by front desk management and Q was noncommittal, merely noting that nite auditors have no clue the pressures front desk managers go thru, adding that the very best nite auditors know when to keep their yaps shut, which was pretty funny. 

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The Daily Dose/Saturday, October 1, 2022

The Daily Dose/October 1, 2022
By Gaylon Kent – America’s Funniest Guy™

Leading Off
Notes from around the human experience. 

Leading Off is running intermittently for a while. 

Today At The Site
Writing worth reading. Usually. 

The Diary of a Nobody – Sparrow reports things are back to normal at the gym. Today’s Diary. 

The big news is, unlike last week, all my Friday chicks were there today: Jackie, the Friday biddies, and Madam Public Health Director…Jackie didn’t see me tho because she was immersed in her phone – hopefully bickering with her husband over some trivial matter that will needlessly explode into something bigger – but the biddies and Madam Public Health Director were their usual selves.

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On This Date
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In 331 BC – The fall of the Achaemenid Empire of ancient Persia begins when Alexander the Great defeats Darius III at the Battle of Gaugamela in what is now northern Iraq. Darius would escape but was later murdered and Alexander would later consolidate power. The empire was founded in 550 BC and got its name from an ancestor of the empire’s founder, Cyrus the Great. It remains one of the largest empires in history, at its peak ranging from Libya and Greece to India and from the Black Sea to the Arabian Sea. 

In 1988 – Steffi Graf of West Germany becomes the only tennis player to win an Olympic gold medal and the Grand Slam in one year, defeating Gabriella Sabatini of Argentina 6-3, 6-3 in the gold medal match at the Seoul Summer Olympics. Earlier, Graf had won, in order, the Australian and French opens, Wimbledon, and the US Open, where she had also beaten Sabatini. History refers to the feat as the Golden Slam and Graff’s feat remains unmatched. 

In 1983 – B.J. Thomas is at #1 on Billboard’s country chart – then known as the Hot Country Singles chart – for the only week with New Looks From an Old Lover. It was the ninth of 17 country hits for Thomas, his third of five Top 10 country hits, and his third and final #1 song. The song also went #6 country in Canada and was Billboard’s 18th-biggest country song of the year. Thomas also had five Top 10 hits and two #1s on Billboard’s Hot 100 in a chart career that lasted from 1966 to 2000. 

Some Philosophy Crap
The wisdom of the ages. Whatever.

We are going to sing so that they will remember this for the rest of their lives. There is no other reason to do it, folks, none.
Garrison Keillor
Love Me

Answer To The Last Trivia Question
Knowledge is power.

The Philadelphia Phillies hold the major league record for most hits in a game with 36, in a 29-4 win over the Louisville Colonels on August 17, 1894. The modern major league record is 31, done twice. 

Today’s Stumper
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What was B. J. Thomas’ final appearance on a Billboard chart? – Answer next time!

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The Diary of a Nobody/September 30

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The Daily Dose/Friday, September 30

The Daily Dose/September 30, 2022
By Gaylon Kent – America’s Funniest Guy™

Friends, your Daily Dose is enjoying a day off. It will return.

Today At The Site
Writing worth reading. Usually. 

The Diary of a Nobody – Sparrow enjoys a leisurely day off. Today’s Diary. 

The tone was set, early…We weren’t in any particular mood to do even the most cursory Level I cleaning, but we did anyway, mostly because of the cat, who was strongly urging we vacuum…

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The Diary of a Nobody/September 29

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To Our Reader In Kyiv, Ukraine

We see your IP address pop up from time to time. (The city is all we know; we don’t know your specific location or who you are).

So write and say hi. Let us know if you’re a Ukrainian defender or a Russian invader and how you’re doing.

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The Daily Dose/Thursday, September 29, 2022

The Daily Dose/September 29, 2022
By Gaylon Kent – America’s Funniest Guy™

Leading Off
Notes from around the human experience. 

Leading Off is running intermittently for a while. 

Today At The Site
Writing worth reading. Usually. 

The Diary of a Nobody – At the veterans service office (VSO), Sparrow has a new computer. Today’s Diary.

The other fly in the ointment – and perhaps further proof, as if more was needed, that ol’ Sparrow will whine about absolutely anything – was the monitor had been standing on the old CPU and now was sitting on the desk, but ol’ Sparrow – ever the innovator – took some coffee table books celebrating the 25th anniversary of the Kuwait liberation that were lying around and put them on the desk and put the monitor of top of those. 

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On This Date
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In 1988 – The space shuttle Discovery launches from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida on the first shuttle mission since the Challenger explosion in January 1986. Although it’s primary mission was to launch and return safely, the crew launched a tracking data relay satellite, conducted a variety of experiments, and landed safely on Oct 3, after 69 orbits of Earth. It was the first US space mission where all members of the crew had made prior trips into space since Apollo 11 in 1969.

In 1928 – The Detroit Tigers and the New York Yankees tie the American League for most hits in a game in a 19-10 Detroit victory. The Tigers had 27 hits and the Yankees 18 to tie the record of 45 done by the Philadelphia Athletics and the Boston Americans in 1902. Charlie Gernhinger of the Tigers had five hits and no Yankee had more than three. The all-time record is 51 by the Philadelphia Phillies and Chicago Cubs in 1922 and the extra-inning record is 58, by the Cleveland Indians and the Athletics in an 18-inning game in 1932. 

In 1973 – Grand Funk, also known as Grand Funk Railroad, is at #1 on Billboard’s Hot 100 for the only week with We’re an American Band. It was the tenth chart single for the group, their first of four Top 10 hits, and their first of two #1s (Locomotion; two weeks, 1974). The song was written by band member Don Brewer and was produced by Todd Rundgren and the album of the same name was in its fourth of five consecutive weeks at #1 on the Billboard 200. 

Some Philosophy Crap
The wisdom of the ages. Whatever.

Philosophy does not mean reading books about wisdom, it means training oneself in the practice of wisdom. The essence of the matter is that a man should so mold his life and conduct that his happiness shall depend as little as possible upon external things.
Will Durant
The Story of Civilization: Vol. II: Caesar to Christ

Answer To The Last Trivia Question
Knowledge is power.

The British nautical prefix RMS stands for Royal Mail Ship. 

Today’s Stumper
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What team holds the record for most hits in a major league game? – Answer next time!

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