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  1. COVID-19 III: No Politics For Thee

    I get why athletes are opting out of playing. I have to go to a mandatory meeting in three weeks (and I'm not confident that proper protocols will be followed), and I'm seriously thinking of opting out, even if it negatively effects my future. I think I can survive getting Covid-19, but there are people in my life that I know can't. I'm surprised at the resentment I feel having to make the decision.
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    I like Keller also, I found his book Preaching very good.
  3. 2020 MLB Season Poll

    I'm very close to this stage, any of these bs changes become permanent e.g., dh in the NL, starting runners on second, I'm gone.
  4. MLB Season 2020

    It would be great if some out-of-nowhere team like the Orioles got hot and won the whole thing. It's going to a strange season if it happens.
  5. MLB Season 2020

    2019 Baseball standing after 60 games
  6. 2020 MLB Season Poll

    MLB will force the start of the season despite infections, but Covid-19 will run rampant through the players at some point, and they'll have to shut down. I think MLB will be surprised by the lack of interest in baseball, their moment is gone, and the ratings will be in free fall for the next couple of seasons. I don't think any sport should start up, but money is money.
  7. MLB Season 2020

    Herb Washington, your time has finally come! His most famous moment:
  8. Support Your Local Sheriff. Just a fun movie.
  9. Bob Dylan: Rough and Rowdy Ways Edit: Off my first listen, I have to admit that I'm underwhelmed by the album.
  10. Tommy Keene: You Hear Me - A Retrospective 1983 - 2009. A very good introduction to a vastly underrated artist.
  11. MLB Season 2020

    I have a feeling nothing is going to stop the SEC from playing football...
  12. MLB Season 2020

    MLB, NFL, NBA, tennis, college football, all feel there is some kind of magical location where they are impervious to the virus, with youth winning out -- good luck with that! Can you imagine the fall-out if someone dies? I realize there's a ton of money involved, but honestly, and I love sports, shut it down for 2020, so you can actually plan a season. I think I read that MLB has a 110 page protocol on what teams have to do... good luck with that..
  13. COVID-19 III: No Politics For Thee

    I'm volunteering to be tested tomorrow. I drove from the Napa Valley to Salt Lake City, so I went through, and interacted, with people from two different states. Better to safe than sorry, I have an eighty-two year old mother, and I'd hate to give it to her. Weird times!
  14. Ruby Keeler is all of a sudden Chinese! It is a crazy film! where Cagney and Blondel are running wild! Dick Powell is playing himself again! All the musical numbers are at the end of the movie! I'm using too many exclamation points!!!!
  15. Now reading...

    Essentials: 52 Must-See Movies and Why They Matter by Jeremy Arnold. Nice book just to pick up and read at your leisure.
  16. COVID-19 III: No Politics For Thee

    Jack Murphy Stadium in San Diego had those troughs in the bathrooms. I still shudder when I think of walking into one of those when the Padres had a "Beer On Sale" promotion for a game.. THE HORROR!!!!!
  17. Movie's not too bad, Randolph Scott has all the acting range of A to B, incredibly wooden, it says something where Nigel Bruce is the most vibrant presence of the film! The HGD election was a byword, and a ubiquitous example in California politics even when I was growing up. It set the tone for a long time.
  18. What Are You Watching

    I've gotten to where I love radio and movies, the whole entertainment forms from the 1930s & 1940s (basically, the whole inter-war era), a very interesting era, and it is an entertainment world long gone and not too remembered. Recently, I was trying to explain to someone in their early thirties about how HUGE Bob Hope and Bing Crosby were, how, when either one was introduced on one of these old radio shows, the crowd went absolutely nuts because they were so popular. The guy had barely heard on them. Same thing with a lot of my friends, they refuse to even think of watching any black and white movie -- that's too old timey for them. I feel that I'm in a whole other land when I tell people people I'm into old films, old time radio, books, and love jazz. Whenever I say things like that, I get that uncomprehending look, along with the whole "OK Boomer" vibe.
  19. What Are You Watching

    Hard to believe that Benny died almost 46 years ago. I have insomnia, and I need to listen to the Jack Benny Show or Fibber McGee and Molly radio shows to fall asleep, so it's like he's still alive for me. JBS is fantastic, as well as FMAM, so happy there's all those recordings still available.
  20. MLB Season 2020

    No matter how bad it gets, MLB always finds a way to make things worse!
  21. The COVID 19 Restaurant Poll

    I've been going to restaurants in Napa and St. Helena for the past three weeks, bars open, no spacing there! Servers with masks, but you take your mask off when you get to the table. Good sized crowd the times I've gone, so it seems to be working here.