The Daily Dose/May 13, 2019
By Gaylon Kent
America’s Funniest Guy
Leading Off will return.
Today At The Site
The Diary of a Nobody: Sparrow buys some bird seed at the retailer, lifts weights, and mows the lawn, as The Wife heads out for a couple of weeks with her kids. Today’s Diary.
Bought some bird seed while I was at the retailer, too…Any guy married for more than two minutes knows there are some battles you fight and some battles you don’t fight, and I’ve waved the white flag on the bird seed front: I now buy the premium bird seed…The Wife prefers it to the 500 lbs-for-a-dollar crap I still prefer, and I suppose there is some merit to her claim we get nicer birds with the primo stuff, tho we’re hardly running an arboretum here at The Shire.
It’s Sparrow, an average man passing an average life.
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On This Date
In 1995 – Allison Hargreaves of Great Britain becomes the first woman to climb Mount Everest with the aid of either oxygen or a Sherpa guide. The previous year Hargreaves had climbed to 27,500 feet before weather obliged her to turn back. Three months later Hargreaves was killed shortly after reaching the summit of the mountain K2. She was survived by a husband and two children.
In 1983 – Reggie Jackson of the California Angels becomes the first major league player to strike out 2,000 times in a career, going 0-for-5 with three strikeouts in a 5-4, 12-inning loss to the Minnesota Twins. Jackson would retire with 2,597 strikeouts, a record that still stands, as well as 2,584 hits, 563 home runs, and 1,702 RBIs.
In 1978 – Yvonne Elliman is at #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for the only week with If I Can’t Have You. It was the fourth of five Top 40 hits for Elliman and her only #1. The song was written by the Bee Gees and was the fourth and final #1 song from the Saturday Night Fever soundrack that was written specifically for the soundtrack. Three other previously released songs that had hit #1 – Jive Talking and You Should Be Dancing by the Bee Gees and A Fifth of Beethoven by Walter Murphy – were included on the soundtrack, as well.
The tragedy of life is not that man loses, but that he almost wins.
Answer To The Last Trivia Question
Lionel Ritchie was a part of two #1 songs on Billboard’s Hot 100 as a member of the Commodores: Three Times a Lady and Still.
What pitcher was responsible for Reggie Jackson’s first major league strikeout? – Answer next time!