The Rundown

Nope, your eyes ain’t deceiving you. I’m changing our coordinates for Fridays with a different title and more diversified content. The new marquee describes the gist of this remade ride as I’ll be providing a rundown of the kitschy, the bitchy, and everything in between. Oh Imma still bring the good stuff, because it’s how this corner bodega came into being in the first place. Only now we’re gonna have a little bit more of everything else. Which is also like a corner bodega, so there’s that.

Let’s get to stepping . . .

Providence is tomorrow’s hopeful breath, and more and more vintners across Napa Valley have taken to finger-painting with Michelangelo by communing with nature in order to keep varmints scarce. Ditching pesticides in favor of raptors, hawks and barn owls, holistic methods have more than doubled over the past decade. As it happens, barn owls are one of the most efficient pest controllers in the world, and they work for food . . hard. The benefits are grape, I mean great . . both. Wineries have learned that barn owls are cost effective, they never call off and they’re not unionized. So that bottle of wine you buy costs less, and a beautiful species thrives. It’s win meeting win.

I’ll toast to that.

Kourtney Kardashian And Travis Barker Just Got Engaged - Capital

With the news that Kourtney Kardashian is engaged to Blink-182 drummer Travis Barker, the Kardashian family has now officially surpassed the transportation sector in generating the largest carbon footprint.

This is a story of a girl and a boy meeting a house and falling in deep love. A love as deep as the waters off Newfoundland’s Bay of Islands, where the two-story “biscuit box” was located.

“It was the little green house on the point that I loved… I talked about it to my friends, my family. Everybody knew that my heart always belonged to this house,” Says Daniele Penney.

Beautiful huh? Excepting for the part about the house belonging to someone else and oh yeah, that it was scheduled for demolition. And uh . . did I mention that even if these crazy kids managed to convince the owners to sell, there was the small matter of relocating it across water? Love makes us do crazy things. And so after getting the go-ahead, Daniele and her boyfriend Kirk Lovell made the unconventional move . . . eight hours worth, across the water.

Thing is, moving a house across water is a process. You gotta strip it to the studs, drill holes in the floor in order to allow water to drain quickly, attach it to a frame that sits on a series of flotation devices . . and pray. And even with all that, their dream house was going the way of the Titanic. Until . . . a community flotilla gathered round the house and kept it afloat. After which a cheering section, along with the lovebirds and their 6-month old daughter Harper, gathered to watch the parade make it to shore.

And now that the house looks like it’s gonna pull through, Danielle and Kirk will officially have one hell of a fish story.

Colin Powell, First Black Secretary of State, Dies of Covid-19 at 84 | Smart News | Smithsonian Magazine

In the arena, legacies are a complicated arrangement of unrealistic expectations merging with impossibly difficult scenarios. Colin Powell lived that life for six decades. Born in Harlem and raised in the South Bronx, he was a statesman, diplomat and a four-star general, as well as the first African- American secretary of state. His life’s work will be transcribed by those who never rose or fell like the man whose story gets told. The stars will make up the difference.

Micro-Movie Review of Squid Game- I didn’t want to dig it as much as I did. Think a Hunger Games for adults. It’s potato chips for the dark soul, and you can’t eat just one.

Raiders Rumors: Mark Davis Thinks NFL Is 'Out to Get Him'; 'He Thinks It's a Hit Job' | Bleacher Report | Latest News, Videos and Highlights

Las Vegas Raiders owner Mark Davis is changing his story more often than Bernard Malamud these days. After the Gruden emails came to light last week, Davis offered a snarky no comment and capped it off with “Ask the NFL, they have all the answers,”. After which MD got all frisky later in the week by insisting the NFL was out to get him. Using the Gruden saga in order to twist some juice out of a narrative that hasn’t been relevant since Al Davis and the Raiders were a winning ticket is weak. What’s more, it’s nonsense when you consider the league approved the club’s move to Las Vegas, basically saving Davis from bankruptcy. So now Davis is letting us know the club is all about inclusion and diversity, and it only took him three turns to get his response right.

As I watched this video of little Emelia Muddamalle greeting her brothers as they walked home from school, a quote by Gandhi came to mind. If we’re to teach real peace in this world, we have to start with the kids. Amen to that.

John Berry was 15 years old when his mother Janis died. With her unexpected passing, memories became an education to which he held dearly as the years removed more and more of her from his world.

Thrust into the unfamiliar role of ministering posterity, in time he built his nest with the patience of a goldfinch; weaving sunflower petals to sturdy vines until his testament to Janis transformed into a quest: to find the lime green Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme his old man had bought for her in 1971. He searched and searched until he located the man who purchased it from his father: An auto executive who wasn’t interested in selling.

Undeterred, John kept in touch with the man because that old car had become a favorite song of his. “I remember my Mom getting in, putting the top down, putting a scarf around her head and putting her sunglasses on and going for a ride,”

For more than twenty years, John kept at it; checking in with the owner from time to time and making sure he was first in line should the man ever decide to part with the car. There were plenty of times when John wondered if that day would ever come since the owner’s love of cars ran deep, as evidenced by his impressive collection of Buicks, Chevrolets and Oldsmobiles.

Then September happened and John received a letter from the guy letting him know that he’d had a “change of heart”. And just like that, fifty years worth of searching for a missing piece of his life, it was right there.

There’s a garage in Union, Kentucky where a lime green 1971 Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme now resides. It’s got all of its original parts and 42,000 miles on the odometer. In the glove box there’s a pair of Janis Berry’s sunglasses, her comb, a pair of earrings and some maps of trips she’d taken.

The car rides like a favorite song.

66 thoughts on “The Rundown

  1. Wonderful post Mark, Barn Owls are fascinating and beautiful , I was not aware of there ability to work for a living! Colin Powell, hate to see him go. Unfortunately there will always be that bit of a stigma re the Iraq War. Oops, you mentioned the Kardashians, I nearly lost my breakfast. Finally, I l adore the lime green cutlass tale. I’m happy it was reunited with its family. Have a wonderful day!

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  2. I like the new rundown! I’m so about the Barn Owls. We had two snow owls set up residents in our barn two years ago. Talk about gorgeous. Where do I find me some barn owls? Kardashin who?
    Moving houses – The heart wants what the heart wants. When you fall in love, you’ll move mountains…or cross waters I guess. The siblings reunited after a long day at school…heart melting.
    Thanks for the synopsis!

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    • Gracias Ella. Those barn owls are the coolest. And good workers to boot.

      Uh . . never mind that one.

      The house party these two could give. And they could have a theme like “Surf and Turf” and not be exaggerating in the least.

      Thank YOU


  3. Love the new format that retains the touch of Heroes – and including a hero as Colin Powell in the first edition is fitting (despite what Pumpkin Face says). That Cutlass is in Union Kentucky, which is suburban Cincy – yet I haven’t heard of this story. Cheers to the new owner’s persistence. Heck, I had a Cutlass S back in the day. I think a 1969 model. Loved it – but it wasn’t a convertible.

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  4. B

    May I start off by saying I like the new coordinates? And I like that this opens you up to all sorts of shenanigans and we know you do that best 😉 I’ll be a regular at this here bodega, that is for sure.

    I love when humans wake up to the benefits of using nature to do what it does, naturally. Anything that uses less pesticides is a winner in my book. This is definitely a winner for both the hunters and the owners. That is a beauty of an owl, too.

    Good luck to the happy couple… Every pot finds its lid.

    Oh my goodness, that house story! I don’t even wanna think of the costs involved but hey, if they can put it all back together and live happily ever after? That is priceless, isn’t it? I love that pic!

    Colin Powell deserves a spot here. He achieved much in his lifetime and focusing on the, as you say, unrealistic expectations, serves no purpose. I salute you, General. R.I.P.

    I’m thisclose to watching the damn thing…

    When I glanced at the picture, I thought it was Trump. Then realised the cap was the wrong colour. You are constantly enlightening me. I had to look up Bernard Malamud. As for the whol MD/JG affair… Can they both just go away?

    That little Emilia and her brothers brought a tear to my eye. Too sweet. And poor her when she comes of age to date. She is so screwed…

    That John Berry story is such a beautiful one. You needs must watch season 2, episode 1 of Modern Love on Prime. Tell you what, I’ll watch it with ya. That guy who finally relented – man oh man, what took him so long?

    Perfect tune, of course!


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    • Q

      Those corner bodegas are kitschy, and yeah, you can find basically anything you might feel like.

      Who? Who? Okay, I had to because I forgot to make an owl joke in my post. But these creatures are no joke.

      The Kardashians resemble that remark. And just like a pot and its lid, they have ninety days to change their mind.

      The house (boat) that was aided by a neighborhood flotilla. You cannot make up stuff like that.

      Powell lived a life, that’s for sure.

      Uh oh . . .

      I think Mark Davis and Trump have many of the same qualities. Arrogance, lack of self awareness. I could go on, but why?

      You’re right, I didn’t think about that.

      And the car! That car is pristine! The only problem I had was, why didn’t the guy tell him about the personal effects in the glove box? But it ended well.



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  5. As others have said, I like the broader approach to things.

    Plenty of heartwarming stuff still to be had. The little girl and her brothers is a classic, as is the car.

    I have mixed emotions about Colin Powell. He did live an incredible life, but he also played a role in some of our most unfortunate misadventures over the last few decades. I don’t think he should get a free pass from his responsibility for those mistakes.

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    • Gracias.

      The car is just perfect, it is.

      And no, I can’t forget that nor would I. But there is the line between paying our respects while not forgetting and what Trump had to say this week. Not surprised though.

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  6. Terrific, Mark. All stories that warm the heart. I love the brothers and sister story. Big smile over that. The Raiders owner looks like trump and that was enough for me. Thanks for the tribute to Colin Powell. There are plenty who will disparage his memory but for me, I think he was an intelligent patriot. who was an inspiration to us all. The car story was killer. Had to wonder why the guy didn’t just sell it right away. Well, glad he did, Thanks, Marc.

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  7. I spent years looking for an out of print book, almost a decade, because it was one my mother and I shared. I have many items in my apartment that have special meaning because of their connection to friends and family. And not just pictures. I relish the memories these items inspire and I’m a better person because of it, because of them.

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  8. Hi
    Like the new Rundown idea and it seems to really fit a broader spectrum – or as you say “the kitschy, the bitchy, and everything in between”
    And so cool
    About the car and laughing at how the owls are not unionized / ha!
    And so cool to utilize them like for natural helpers!

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  9. Also… I am going to link this post to my recent interview of Norah – a teacher – because Marc
    Your Ghandi quote was so Eloquently inserted after the smiles from that video- and it also fit in with norah’s advocacy for the care of our children
    “If we’re to teach real peace in this world, we have to start with the kids.”

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  10. Like the new format. Glad you included Colin Powell, even though some feel he’s not worthy of all the adulation. I feel, anyone who gave their whole life to their country deserves everything, including what’s behind the curtain.

    I smiled big at the Happy Toddler video because I’ve watched it on Instagram a good 20 times. So sweet, so innocent, and Mr. Imma, we need more of that. Nice job, as always. SB

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  11. Love (and heartily endorse) the reboot of this corner Bodega. Well done. And kudos for this week’s content (well an exception for the Raider knuckleheads and any story containing the Kardashians-we can all use less of both). That video of little Emilia and her sibs gave me an ear to ear smile. How precious and sweet! As for the General, may he rest in eternal peace. ☮️

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  12. The Rundown – cool!
    The Run-up, The Run Away, The Runway, The Running on the Spot, The Runner, The Runny Nose, The Run in My Stockings… so much to chose from! I would never have been able to make up my mind.

    So the little girl and her brothers is a perfect slice of life. (The Run to Your Brothers)!

    Kardashian? I could shit less.

    I want an owl!!!
    The house – boat thing, RIP Colin Powell (ignoring the sports bit) and the lime green car. The treasure was in the glove compartment.
    Nice Rundown, all in all! thanks !

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    • I’m glad I was able to come up with a title that best suits the idea of this new format on Fridays, Resa. But the Runner . . that IS kind of cool, gotta say.

      The Run To Your Brothers . . a book maybe?

      Many people feel the same.

      Me too. They are beautiful creatures.

      Yes to House Boat . . can you imagine moving . . when it’s across water? Me neither.

      Gracias as always

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      • In TV there’s a job – Show Runner –
        That person has the difficult position of reporting to all the big producers and working with the crew.
        Pays well, but bloody hell!

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          • A thankless job!
            Okay, our front door window got kicked in an hour ago. The window is pretty much the entire door.
            The person is caught on our security camera. Called the police. Repair guy is here.
            There’s nothing like living in a rough part of town, in a construction cage with no end in sight.
            Construction companies are LIARS!!!!!!

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          • Looks like a late dinner!
            Oh well… from Fawlty Towers:

            Irish man: ‘Just remember Mr Fawlty there’s always someone worse off than you.’

            Basil: ‘Really? I’d love to meet them I could do with a bloody laugh.’

            Construction was supposed to be done July 22.
            Now,.. after many other supposed dates, Nov. 8… maybe later. They’ll let us know.

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          • Fucking A.

            Yeah, I think Basil is onto something with that thought. Jesus!

            Whenever they give you a completion date, add a couple months. Again. And again. And again . ..


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