The Daily Dose/Friday, November 22, 2019

The Daily Dose/November 22, 2019
By Gaylon Kent
America’s Funniest Guy

Leading Off
Notes from our human experience…

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Today At The Site
The Diary of a Nobody
Sparrow, after 17 days with rental/courtesy cars, finally takes possession of his new ride. Today’s Diary. 

The only problem – and this might well have been a deal-breaker had I bothered to check it out beforehand – are the USB and audio plugs on my music player don’t fit!!!…I am not making that up…It fit in the old car, of course, and in the rental, which was the same make, but it didn’t fit in the courtesy car or in the new ride…I have some zero clue why…Well, obviously it’s because the jacks and plugs are different sizes…Duh…But you’d think stuff like this would be standard…On the other hand, standards change and the old phone and cable are, at least, six years old, so maybe I’ll have to upgrade or find some adapters.

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

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On This Date
In 2005 – Angela Merkel becomes the chancellor of Germany, the first woman to hold that office. She was first elected to the Bundestag, the German parliament, in 1990 after a short career as a research scientist. Merkel still serves, sometimes described as the de facto leader of both the European Union and the free world. At 14 years, she is the fourth longest-serving German chancellor. Merkel was born in Hamburg, then in West Germany, and lived for a time in East Germany after her father, a Lutheran minister, accepted a pastorate in a town there. 

In 1956 – The Melbourne Summer Olympics begin, the first Games to be held both in the Southern Hemisphere and outside of Europe and North America. The Games are well known for, among other things, a bloody water polo match between Hungary and the Soviet Union, who were at war at the time, a match Hungary won 4-0. The Games had actually begun in June, when the equestrian events were held in Stockholm because of Australian quarantine laws. Eight countries boycotted the Melbourne portion of the Games, in protest of three different incidents, though some had participated in Stockholm. 

In 1980 – Lady by Kenny Rogers is at #1 on Billboard’s Hot 100 for the second of six consecutive weeks. It was the 17th Top 40 hit for Rogers and his first of two #1s. The song was also in its only week at #1 on Billboard’s country chart and peaked at #2 in Spain and at #12 in Great Britain. Though Lady spent all six of its weeks at #1 in 1980, due to when it charted it was the third biggest song of 1981. Lady was also the tenth biggest song of the 1980’s and ranked 60th on Billboard’s 60th anniversary Hot 100 last year. 

In the city, people paid to hear other people sing and watch other people feel. Passion has become a spectator sport supported by emotional cripples. Love and suffering were knacks possessed by the talented paid to display their gifts.
Lawrence Sanders
The Third Deadly Sin

Answer To The Last Trivia Question
Of the five NBA coaches who have coached in at least 2,000 games, Jerry Sloan has the highest winning percentage at 603. Bill Fitch has the lowest at .460. The others to coach in at least 2,000 NBA games are Lenny Wilkens, Donn Nelson and Larry Brown.

Today’s Stumper
How many #1 songs has Kenny Rogers had on Billboard’s country chart? – Answer next time!


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