Heroes Of The Week!

Performer Debbie Harry holds a microphone onstage.

That is the lovely as ever Debbie Harry performing at the Tribeca Film Festival in Battery Park last week. She was there to celebrate the premiere of her new doc, Blondie: Vivir En La Habana. The short film documents the band’s trip to Cuba in 2019, and I am all in baby! Not to go to Cuba, heck no. But to check out this work. And oh by the way, ain’t it nice to see musicians doing their thing outside again?

Let’s get to Friday . . .

Victoria's Secret rebrand: Priyanka Chopra, Megan Rapinoe and Valentina Sampaio join as new ambassadors | Ents & Arts News | Sky News

Goooooooooaaaaallllllll . . . Alright, is it okay if I admit that I had no idea Megan Rapinoe has become a brand ambassador for Victoria’s Secret? Thanks to the lovely Dale, I’m in the know. And so when I got to . . ahem, researching the topic, I learned something. Men are pigs.

Okay, I’m not talking about all men. Just the ones who pitched a fit over the new course the struggling retailer is taking. Out with the angels and in with peeps like Rapinoe, actor Priyanka Chopra and transgender model Valentina Sampaio. See, the company is listening to the consumers of its product and not simply the dudes who watch the Victoria’s Secret angels videos. And I really don’t know why anyone would have a problem with more and different kinds of sexy.

It’s a new world fellas. Embrace it.

Carl Nassib is first active NFL player to come out as gay - OPBNice play, Carl . . . Carl Nassib is a defensive lineman for the Las Vegas Raiders and this past Monday he became the first active NFL player to come out as gay. In his Instagram video, Carl talked about a day when such announcements will not be necessary. But for the here and now, it still is. Necessary. And so this young man decided he would be the one to stand up and tell the world his story. His announcement was brief and the young man was calm and soft spoken, and courageous as all get out. All that, and he pledged $100,000 to the Trevor Project, which offers suicide prevention for L.G.B.T.Q youth. Here’s to people living their lives in the light of day, and to people like Carl Nassib who are making it happen.

a woman standing in front of a body of water: Maya Nepos made good use of her unused meal plan money.

When giving a little means everything . . . Maya Nepos was a couple days shy of graduating from Washington University in St. Louis Missouri when she learned that she had $600 worth of unused meal plan money left on her credit. That’s what happens when you don’t have in-person classes during a pandemic.

She had two days to spend that money, and so she decided to make it a challenge she could post to her Tik-Tok page, where she has- get this- 330,000 followers. Maya has made quite a name for herself in the realm of social justice and political advocacy, but spending all that money on food she couldn’t possibly eat by herself? Wasn’t happening. So she started giving it away. Before long she was making care packages for the city’s homeless. In two days time, she handed out forty of them. Videos of this new challenge went viral and the donations started pouring in and so Maya kept going and a week later had donated close to a hundred care packages. It brings to mind the words of another fairly prominent Maya who once wrote that when you get something, you should give something back.

And in the grace of giving, we all rise.

There ain’t no good guy, there ain’t no bad guy, there’s only you and me and we just disagree . . . It was a ‘sticky’ situation on Wednesday night in the City of Not So Brotherly Love, and I was loving every minute of this video. Since the MLB has decided to come down hard on pitchers who use Spider Tack and other substances in order to gain an edge, things have gotten . . well, lively. It reached Defcon1 when Phillies manager decided to enlist some gamesmanship to rescue his squad from the dominant clutches of Nationals hurler Max Scherzer, who was mowing down the Philadelphia Nine. Now . . I love Joe and I love Max . . but what I really loved was how it all went down. For maximum comedic overdrive, watch the above video whilst listening to the theme song from Curb Your Enthusiasm.

Chances Are . . . is how Imma wrap up this Friday episode . .

Sometimes it’s best not to question the fates, and there are two families in Atlanta, Georgia who can testify to this. Susan Ellis and Tia Wimbush work at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta and so it was that the two friends were playing catchup last fall. They hadn’t seen each other since COVID turned the world upside down, so Susan hadn’t a clue that Tia’s husband Rodney was in need of a kidney. Same goes for Tia, who had no idea that Susan’s husband Lance . . was also in need of a kidney.

The two ladies were all too familiar with the daunting prospects of transplant lists when the conversation moved in a direction neither of them could’ve imagined. And the next thing you know, they were being tested to see if it was possible they could be kidney donors for each other’s husbands. When it came back a match on both counts, it was as if the collective breaths of two families could be heard from one end of the state of Georgia to the other. And in March of this year, the transplant surgeries were carried out successfully and friends became something more, so much more. They became family.

“Our story is a story of kindness. It ended up in a kidney exchange, that was the result of it, but it started with human beings just human beings and checking on each other,” Susan said. “We’re so busy with social media and texting and thinking, that’s not my business that we can self-isolate and we don’t check in on our neighbors.”

Here’s to the crazy chances.


40 thoughts on “Heroes Of The Week!

    • Mission accomplished baby! Thank you Cincy, I like how you put that. And you know, it’s true when I look at it now. Good for everyone involved and for the world at large. That final story made the hair stand up on the back of my neck, that chance encounter . . changing everything.

      The crazy beautiful chances.


    • And ANOTHER no hitter last night???!!!! The Cubs threw a combined four-pitcher no hitter and now the MLB is one no-no away from setting the record for one season. And we’re not even halfway through!


  1. We live in a world that is diverse and wondrous and we need to acknowledge that. There are miracles around every corner and we just have to be open to see them. This was a wonderful post and gives me great hope.

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    • I agree Pam. Why is it so hard for some people to get this? Why do they insist on condemning the differences rather than celebrating them?

      That last story speaks to what a delicate thread we cling to. A chance encounter changed everything for two families.

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  2. B,

    Doesn’t Debbie Harry look like Geena Davis in that photo? I had to look twice! Going to have to check out that documentary.

    Men (no, definitely not all) are pigs. This whole Victoria’s Secret story has me scratching my head. Well, no. I say kudos to the brand for waking up and smelling the coffee (finally) and catering to the people who actually wear their product. Women. All sorts of women. Glad to provide this one 🙂

    I’m with Carl Nassib – I look forward to the day when this is NOT a story. And until then, doing his announcement as he did is a wonderful act of courage that will surely help the ones struggling with this.

    Way to go Maya! Jeez… 330,000 followers… what a crazy world we live in but how wonderful that she used this platform for such good. Excellent link to that other Maya, too 😉

    Good grief! Sticky situation, indeed! I’m laughing because I took your suggestion and listened to the Curb Your Enthusiasm theme music at the same time (I didn’t watch it enough to know it). They dissing on my Expos? I mean the Nationals?

    Oh. Wow. What a wrap up story. What are the odds? I mean seriously… There is some beautiful magic / fate / universal manipulation going down there. I got my own shivers up and down my spine reading their story.

    Thanks for the wonderful Blondie song.


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    • Q

      I hadn’t thought about it until you mentioned it but yes, she does!

      Thank you kindly and much. And yes, this is yet another example of men talking up a topic they have no business talking up. Hey, I dig the angels just fine, but what in the hell is wrong with bringing in more and different kinds of sexy? I don’t get it.

      And to make sure people understand what the Trevor Project does, that was a nice thing as well. Carl’s video was down to earth and true. Here’s to him.

      I know right? She has made quite the name for herself in her community so who knows? We might be hearing a lot more from this young lady in the years to come.

      That’s right! They WERE the Expos in another life! And right? CYE tune goes perfectly with this brouhaha.

      The hair stood up on the back of my neck when I read about how they just happened upon each other while working. And for the conversation to go there, and then . . . wow.

      Love Blondie!


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      • I kinda did a double-take 🙂

        Spoken as a true feminist. And I wish more men were not afraid to do so. Hey, there are women who enjoyed the angels catwalk, too. But I don’t think it helped in any way to sell more because what was on the catwalk was nothing like what’s in the stores! And yes, dammit. Cater to all shapes and sizes, please!

        Yes, absolutely. I went to see his video and it was perfect. A humble man, stating a fact that shouldn’t need to be stated but doing it more for others than his own self.

        I often wonder about these young philanthropists. I like to think it’s simply in their nature and will remain something they always carry forward.

        As if you didn’t know 😉 And yes, it does! Hilarious but at the same time, FFS, to what lengths will a manager go to try to break momentum?

        No kidding. To find out they were in the same boat is already something to wonder over. To be able to help each other’s spouses out like that? Surreal.

        Me too!

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  3. Megan has become quite the activist ambassador! Mad soccer skills too boot. What a gal (I just listened to an interview with her on Terry Gross yesterday-she’s just amazing)! A tip of the hat to Carl. Hopefully in the very near future stories like both of these won’t be a big deal and people can be accepted for the humans they are. Baseball…head shaking…since I’m not much of a follower these days (the Rockies management have made sure of that) I had to chuckle at Girardi who antics when he behind the plate in Colorado have a long legacy. Max though…wow, talk about dropping the hammer on batters. Look out world…Maya is knocking on your door to do great things! Have a fabulous weekend and thanks for sharing all these great stories which provide my heart with a big smile.

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    • She really has, hasn’t she?

      Let’s hope Carl is right about that. I think he might be.

      Joe is being Joe and I remember him well from his time in the Bronx. I related to Max’s reaction because enough is enough. The MLB has to get these managers in line or they’ll keep pulling stunts like this.

      Maya is ready for the world, that’s for sure.

      Have a great weekend, Monika

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  4. Terrific uplifting post today, Pilgrim. I think Victoria Secret needs to try some new stuff. Maybe it will work. Carl Nassib is a strong man and I agree with the idea of looking forward to the time when no one gives a shit about who or what others are. Maya Nepos is a hero for sure. I like the kidney story but have to admit the theme from Twilight Zone was going through my head. Joe say it isn’t so. Thanks for this.

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    • I agree, Victoria’s Secret has been going along on automatic pilot for a while. Why not change things up?

      Let’s hope this young man can be accepted across the league for the value he brings on the field and off.

      Maya is a powerful young woman with a world of promise sitting in front of her.

      Right! It is just the craziest of chances come true. And it’s nice to see a story like this, where the chances win the day.

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  5. I’m in awe of the 2 women who saved each others husbands. Brilliant!
    Love this Blondie song! She’s another beauty, at any age.
    Carl Nassib is brave. Hopefully it will all move in the right direction, after all the tide is high! Perhaps he has a cross dressing boyfriend who can become a Victoria’s Secret model? That would be so cool!
    Hurrah for Maya Nepos!!!
    So… The Canadiens and all of Canada are in the Stanley cup. I know you didn’t write about that, but I think Canada is about to take a cup north.
    Is Brittany Spears a hero, or zero?

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    • To think, how a chance meeting helped to save the lives of their husbands. It’s why I have a hard time believing in coincidences.

      I agree, I love Blondie.

      Who knows? VS is open for brand new business and hopefully this means the quality of the merchandise is also going to be improved.

      I hope so, I really so. I’m a Canadiens fan for the next two weeks. Go Habs!

      Hmmm. I like Brittany. While I don’t necessarily think she’s a hero, she’s not a zero to me either.

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  6. oh my goodness with the interfering with the pace of play!
    make that WTF?

    and thanks for getting this song in my mind –
    There ain’t no good guy, there ain’t no bad guy, there’s only you and me and we just disagree .

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    • As if the MLB doesn’t already have problems when it comes to pace of play. it’s not like they need managers issuing challenges every other inning.

      Haha! Blame Dave Mason, 😉

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