The Daily Dose/November 17, 2018

The Daily Dose/November 17, 2018
By Gaylon Kent
America’s Funniest Guy

In The News
More than a week after the 2018 midterms, there are still votes being counted.

Florida – long the American standard bearer in mucking things like this up – continues to set the pace, with an undecided US Senate race and a gubernatorial election whose results weren’t entirely certain until recently. Florida’s 2018 elections were rife with the fiascoes and intrigues we’ve come to expect from them and a manual recount has been ordered for the US Senate race – and the state agriculture commissioner race – with the results due by Tuesday. At least a dozen lawsuits are pending.

In Georgia, the Governor’s race is over, though the Democratic candidate has decided to, of course, sue under a Georgia law that allows challenges based on “misconduct, fraud and irregularities”.

California, Utah, Texas and Georgia still have close US House races where ballots are still being counted, while New York has two of their own. The almost obligatory lawsuits have not been announced yet.

Editor’s note: Not among the undecided races is Colorado’s 3rd Congressional District, where Gaylon ran as the Libertarian Party nominee. It was won comfortably by the GOP incumbent and while Gaylon has yet to officially concede, he has declined to demand a recount. 

Today at the Site
Sparrow gives a ride to a hitchhiker who needs a shower, plus there’s a leak in the roof at the retailer and the lobby of Hotel B is a complete mess on today’s edition of The Diary of a Nobody.

It was slow enough at the service desk that Supervisor Maria was able to fill out her cat adoption paperwork…Maria was filling out the employment part of it and put “36” in the space for hours worked per week but zany Sparrow pretended it had asked her age…The line from yours truly:

36!!!…You’re 40!!!

Maria didn’t catch on immediately, but when she did she slugged me on the arm, tho it is true she’s 40…I know she’s 40 – everybody in the tri-county area knows she’s 40 – because she blabbed about it for a week a few months ago.

Dan Duffy, a shipmate of ours in the Navy, has our Thought for the Day, about courage and reward.

We cannot be afraid of the successes and failures that await us. Both may be out of whatever realm we are accustomed to, but the blue chips are worth the work and courage they take to rake in.

On This Date
In 1558 – Elizabeth I becomes Queen of England following the death of her half-sister Mary I. Elizabeth was the daughter of Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn, whom Henry had executed when Elizabeth was two-and-a-half. Elizabeth I never married and she was succeeded by her cousin James I, who was also King James VI of Scotland. James’ mother – Mary, Queen of Scots – had been imprisoned and executed by Elizabeth.

In 1968 -NBC cuts away from the New York Jets/Oakland Raiders game to air the movie Heidi. As it became clear the game would not end by 7 pm Eastern, NBC’s phone lines became so jammed network executives could not communicate with each other, and previous instructions to air Heidi as scheduled were followed and the eastern portion of America left the game with 1:01 remaining and the Jets leading 32-29. Now known to History as the Heidi Game, the Raiders would come from behind to beat the Jets 43-32

In 2018 – Bebe Rexha and Florida Georgia Line continue their unprecedented run at #1 on Billboard’s Hot Country Songs chart with Meant To Be topping the survey for the 50th consecutive week, the longest any single has spent at #1 on any Billboard chart. Luke Combs remains at #1 on Billboard’s Country Airplay chart for the 4th consecutive week, the longest #1 stint for any song in 2018.

Answer To The Last Trivia Question
Of the Top 10 scorers in NBA history, six – Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Karl Malone, Kobe Bryant, LeBron James, Wilt Chamberlain and Shaquille O’Neal – played or are playing for the Los Angeles Lakers.

Today’s Stumper
How long did Elizabeth I reign as queen of England? – Answer Next Time!

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