The Rundown

Runners on an indoor track maneuver around a cameraman.

We got some relief from the furnace of Dante Alighieri’s worst plot this week, with temps easing up just a tad. This allowed yours truly to return to my road work, which I had announced my retirement from a couple months back. But hey, if Tom Brady can take it back, so can I. I’ve been on a low key running regimen for several weeks. It’s Easy Peasy Calabrese as she goes, but it still counts. And if you’re coo with leaving July behind in search of cooler pastures, check out Frank’s ode to August this coming Monday. Why he hasn’t been tabbed as the next skipper for the Cincinnati Reds yet . . I haven’t a clue.

The above photograph comes courtesy of The Atlantic and it inspires more questions than President Biden’s economic plan. This all went down last week at the men’s 3,000 meter steeplechase final in Eugene, Oregon. So I have a quick multiple choice quiz as to why in the holy ghost of Bruce Jenner this dude was crashing the party. Buena suerte!

A) He promised his mom he would take part in a World Championship race one day and this was the easiest way to keep the promise.
B) The new GPS app on his phone assured him he was at Wayback Burgers!
C) He’s blind. (That’s a photography joke).
D) He was supposed to be covering a women’s event and didn’t realize the men’s final was even going on when he happened onto the track.

The correct answer is of course, D. Which means this guy wouldn’t last five minutes as a pedestrian in Miami.

Let’s get to the roster . . . .

The life and legend of America's most famous wild horse

I’m a curious chap, so I scrolled back in history to find out how good we had it at the gas pumps back in a simpler time when all we had to worry about were terrorist attacks and waging wars with everybody else. Needless to say, I didn’t get very far . . .

2012- $3.60
2002- $1.12

I couldn’t get past the fact that we were paying less for a gallon of gas than I currently pay for a cheapie pretzel at my convenience store. One dollar and twelve cents per gallon? Are you fucking kidding me? So basically, when I filled up my tank (I’m talking a Dodge Ram pickup) in 2002, I still had plenty left to get a pack of smokes and some Starbucks. Whereas in present day, I would have to notify my financial advisor before doing such a thing. On a plus note, the above capture really could be my ride if gas prices continue to crunch my cojones. Her name will be Sally. Of course.

Shop - Forward Party

I don’t wanna be a (third) party pooper but this new political startup that calls itself The Forward Party is further out of serious contention than the Boston Red Sox. And no, that wasn’t a cheap shot aimed at a much needed change to our same old political structure. That was a cheap shot at the Red Sox.

Rescuers seek to warm and dry the osprey after its ordeal.

My next selection comes courtesy of the lovely Dale, who always brings the smiles with her stories. And this one is no different.

I say it all the time. The good stuff is always happening inside the quiet, far from the madding crowd of forgettable news gone wild. And so when an osprey got caught up in an angler’s line off an island in Brisbane, Australia recently, it took a full court press of compassion to rescue him. So it was that surfers and anglers teamed up to make sure this story would have a happy ending.

It was a long and not so easy process and it resulted in some of the rescuers getting their hands and arms scratched up but good by the desperate creature. Thing is, this group wasn’t going to take tragedy for an answer. And in the end they were able to extricate the bird from the tangle and deliver it to shore.

The catch of the day: Kindness always wins.

Greenland's ice is melting faster than it has in 350 years—what it means

As with most issues that beset humankind, results usually get tucked into a right and wrong sandwich. Whether you believe that climate change will change the way the next generation lives or not, you have to admit that what’s going on in Greenland this summer bears watching.

Over three days in the middle of July, an ice melt resulted in more than 6 billion tons of water being released into the ocean. That’s enough to cover the entire state of West Virginia in a foot of water. Research scientists were walking around in t-shirts as temps reached 60 degrees and now they’re wondering if the 2019 record ice melt might soon have company.

We don’t have to worry about the island of Manhattan being submerged in water. And we don’t have to worry about how farmers are going to be affected adversely, which will in turn affect our food supply. And we don’t have to worry about more power outages and flooding and a scarcity of potable water . . .

But we should.

Since nobody won the Mega Million lottery draw this week, the new jackpot has ballooned to over $1 billion tacos. It’s probably a good thing I didn’t win since I would have blown all of it on a once in a lifetime wager: I would’ve bet everything that Trump will end up behind bars. And while common sense and a mountain of facts are on my side, I fear I might have somehow lost that bet.

Our nation’s capitol had a visitor we can all rally behind when a statue of the legendary aviator Amelia Earhart was unveiled this week. And for bonus points, Congress members didn’t have to run for cover as a result! Kansas Governor Laura Kelly was there for the event.

“Amelia was a dreamer. Her dreams went far beyond the banks of [the Missouri] river and far beyond the prescribed gender roles of her time,” Kelly said. “Let it be an inspiration for all, particularly our young girls, for generations to come. Let them stare up at this work of art and think that they, like Amelia, can dream the impossible dream.”

If we’re gonna talk patriots, I’ll take Amelia.

The Circle' Season 2 Teases Contestant Lance Bass in New Trailer

My streaming diet wasn’t quite so FUBAR this week. For every episode of Snowflake Mountain, I returned volley with a slightly smarter reply like D.B. Cooper: Where Are You? When I went with Nailed It!, I lobbed in a George Carlin doc (Thank you Resa!) And my in between was the social experiment show, The Circle, which has given me a new appreciation for social media. And with Lance Bass joining the circle (?), I’m loving season 2 even more than the first one.

It’s the little things . . .

30 thoughts on “The Rundown

  1. I won’t accept the Reds bench job because i would have to deal the crap handed down to me. I won’t settle on anything but head of baseball operations. A friend asked if I was on the same page as Reds management. That’s a negative – we are on different pages in different chapters in different books that are on opposite sides of the library. Oh … of course I knew it was a cheapshot at the Red Sox. … but isn’t that surfer dude Tim Allen? Nonetheless, I’m ready for Monday, but you may be whistling scrotum!

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    • Kindness always wins. I hope my Mega Millions ticket wins also. If Frank becomes skipper of the Reds, can we send back Nick Castellanos to him? I’m hoping Nick will break out of the season-long slump soon in the interim. Greenland is melting away. That’s sad. I get sad at the gas pump also. Too bad our cars can’t run on water.

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      • It does.

        It’s over One BILLION dollars now. Whoa.

        Frank doesn’t seem interested in being the skipper. But I’m sure as President of the club, he would say no to Nick. 😉

        Hell, if our cars ran on water, I’d be in Miami right now maybe . . .

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    • I was hoping you’d take the bench since I’m probably going to say yes to Hank Steinbrenner when he calls me up to ask if I’d be interested in replacing Boone. But I understand why you wouldn’t want to

      Womp . . . Womp!!!

      Haha! It is!

      Okay then! 😉


  2. In the ironic category, I noted that buying gas this week was down $.60 from the beginning of the month yet nary a peep about that. Yesterday’s profit report by Big Oil doesn’t exactly endure them to people yet who does everyone blame? Because some people know exactly how to control the narrative.

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  3. Liked your Rundown, Pilgrim. I’m glad you didn’t win the Mega Million as well. Not for the reason you state but for my own selfish point of view. I hope the day will come when we don’t mention tRump anymore. Amelia, the bird, the photog
    guy, are all good stories. Thanks, Marc. I was surprised that gas was $3.60 in 2012. We are close to that here now. ($3.80) The Ice melt is a scary prospect.

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  4. B,

    I so love Fridays when you Run things Down.

    Relief is good…. it’s cranking back up again, though. And as long as your road work is taken on with all considerations, I shall encourage you all the way.

    What in the blessed fuck? Are those earphones not connected to the studio that is broadcasting this thing? I mean, FFS!

    In 2012 there was that crazy upswing of gas all over the place. Ours went up to $1.53/l ($5.78/gal). In 2002, it was at $0.73/l ($2.69/gal). Lordy… It’s just simply nuts.

    Forward Party – hard to take this name seriously.

    That osprey save was so heartwarming. Glad I was able to share it with you so you could share it with your adoring fans.

    That is a LOT of water. And it’s one thing to walk over the glaciers in western Canada, dressed in shorts and a t-shirt; it’s quite another up in Greenland. It seems wrong on every level. And we really do have to worry.

    They’re talking about the Mega Million up here! Those close to the border can just go over and buy their tickets. Canucks are eligible to win… Yeah. No.

    How lovely! It’s about time she got a statue!

    Uh huh re: your streaming diet… Ooh! I will, however, look into the George Carlin doc!

    Love that tune 😉


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    • Q

      Ah yes, that I do . . .

      Yes, all systems are go- in the nice and easy variety. The running has been fantastic. Funny how that is, after I thought I was done with it.

      Yeah, I don’t know how this guy can call himself a professional if he can’t even get that right.

      It doesn’t seem possible, does it?

      They might have given a little more consideration to the name, I think.

      It is a great story. And muchas gracias for gifting it to me. Even if you forgot you had! 😉

      This is a crisis. We are in crisis mode and yet, too many people still don’t believe we have anything to worry about.

      Haha! It’s over a billion tacos now.

      Right? Good thing.

      The George Carlin doc is good stuff. I think you’ll like it.

      Those kids had game, didn’t they? Do. I’m talking as if they’re old men now!


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      • You do.

        So very glad ALL systems are go.

        Honestly. That is the epitome of zero attention span!

        It doesn’t and yet, here we are.

        They shoulda.

        Always my pleasure. And how weird was that?

        It is a very serious crisis. I’m thinking our grandchildren’s children are the ones who will bear the brunt of it… if not sooner.

        A very good thing!

        I don’t doubt it for a second.

        They really did. They were kids back then!!

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        • The running is going to be taking on a completely different look as time goes on. Longer runs I think, less days for sure. So I want to get to where I’m going twice a week (or so) for five miles at a clip. Right now I’m doing more than half that with no sweat.

          You know what the Forward Party needs to do in order to gain a serious foothold in the political landscape? For one thing, don’t hire that photographer. For another, show the kind of compassion those peeps did with the osprey. Maybe promise every American a wild mustang. GO to Greenland and start a video log of the events. And last but most certainly not least, the party needs to win the Mega Millions jackpot.

          Nsync was chock full of talented peeps, still is.

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  5. Clueless cameraman? What the heck is he looking at? Good for the bird save. The Forward Party will be getting left behind pronto. What does one person need with a billion dollars? Just sayin’. That number of bucks could do a lot of good in the world.

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    • Right?

      I think he was checking baseball scores or something. Which begs the question. Who checks baseball scores any more? Other than me and Frank, that is.

      Love the bird save. The creatures of the world need all the help they can get. All this talk about shark ‘attacks’ recently had me ticked. Sure, because we’re retrofitting THEIR habitat! Pushing them out of the deep blue.

      No, I agree. We are same page on this. I feel as if it wouldn’t hurt to break up the cash prize into other drawings, spread the wealth. A billion dollar winner scores headlines. But a billion million dollar winners? Why not? Of course it doesn’t work that way, I get it.

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  6. I think people should probably start looking at learning to snorkel. It might become a lot more important to us in the not so distant future. Gills may be an evolutionarily compromise.

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  7. I was going with “C”!

    I’m not going to parties these days… forwards, backwards, sideways… anyways!

    I like ospreys. I hate angler’s lines. I pretty much hate all things man does that hurt animals.

    Too bad all that water could not have been channeled toLake Meade.

    What the hell is someone going to do with a billion tacos? Don’t you guys have any lotteries where the prize is $$$$?

    Thank you for the shout out!!!
    Although we like many of the same shows…. not much got EMMY noms.
    Tokyo Vice – 0
    Winning Time – 1

    I have MANY shows to watch before I can vote!
    “Only Murders in the Building” came outta nowhere. They must have aired an episode in the nick of time.
    “Succession” 25 noms!!!!! I hope I like it!

    Pretty cool NSYNC tune.
    Worked with Joey Fatone on a movie with Whoopi. Real sweet guy!

    Bye for now~


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    • A C for the win!

      Me either. I was never a big party goer in my younger days. I mean, I went to them but I tended to stick to the peeps I was most comfortable with.

      You are such a peace and love chica. I dig that.

      Yes, right?! I mean, let’s get the water to the places that need it terribly.

      Yeah, but I would take mine in tacos. I get in less trouble that way.

      Tokyo Vice was robbed. It’s a great show. As is Winning Time. I’m currently watching “The Thing About Pam” with Renee Zellweger and Josh Duhamel. Great performances all around.

      What’s Murders on?

      I dig the tune just fine. They were a talented bunch of kids and I thought I would give them some props.

      Of COURSE you did! 😉

      Bye Bye Bye!



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