The Rundown

Swirling lights appear in the night sky above a northern town.

The above snapshot is courtesy of The Atlantic and it shows the northern lights doing their thing across the night sky in Tromso, Norway. It brings to mind the moody sway of that erstwhile astronomer of pen and paper, Jack London. Dig this quote.

With the aurora borealis flaming coldly overhead, or the stars leaping in the frost dance, and the land numb and frozen under its pall of snow, this song of the huskies might have been the defiance of life, only it was pitched in minor key, with long-drawn wailings and half-sobs, and was more the pleading of life, the articulate travail of existence. It was an old song, old as the breed itself–one of the first songs of the younger world in a day when songs were sad.

That right there is a high five to the heavens . . it’s a Vitamin Si Si shot to the soul . . it’s our lips whispering in Gods ear. And its how we jump into Friday . . . .

Since the dogs took over this spot last Friday, Imma start this week’s episode with the story of Koda and the magic pumpkin. This special fella was diagnosed with terminal cancer after a mass was found in his intestines. He lost seven pounds during chemo treatments so mom began feeding him cans of pumpkin squash. Hundreds of cans and one scan later, the mass was gone. The family credits the diet regimen, which Koda now keeps to, because why mess with that kind of success?

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Okay, we are officially screwed.

McDonalds unveiled its very own gaming chair as part of a contest giveaway in the UK. It comes with grease proof leather, dedicated dip holders, a burger “heat zone” and french fry holsters. And if I devote any more time to this monstrosity, my head will explode.

Officer DuChaine visited 1-month-old Kamiyah in the hospital.

The first Christmas gift of the season was delivered to Kansas City when police officers Richard DuChaine and Charles Owen responded to a call and ended up saving a life. One month old Kamiyah Allen had stopped breathing and the two men were able to resuscitate her using CPR. “The baby was so small, she looked like a doll,” Owen said.

Kamiyah was suffering from RSV, a respiratory illness which has spiked in the US over the last two years with children being the most affected. Thanks to these heroes of the week, she’ll get to celebrate the holidays. So I’m sending her the very best of wishes just a little bit early.

Merry Christmas young lady.

Pennsylvania Senate election results 2022: Did John Fetterman or Mehmet Oz win?

I was wrong about Fetterman. The democratic senatorial candidate from PA outlasted Dr. Oz in one of the most forgettable battles since the Jaguars took on the Jets. And unlike an NFL contest, this one actually matters. 600,000 of those Fetterman votes were placed before that ill conceived debate but that’s not what sealed this deal.

Fetterman dominated his blue plate specials while stealing scraps from the red tables across the state. And it didn’t hurt one bit that he was able to draft Josh Shapiro, who nabbed the Governor’s mansion because his opponent Doug Mastriano proved too extreme even for many Republicans. The PA results mirrored a lot of the country in that the big inroads the GOP had promised for the midterms never came to pass: In spite of the fact history was on their side and inflation is the only robust thing about this economy.

Not for nothing (since nothing is what it’s worth) but Trump backed candidates got what they deserved.

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Ralphie is back!

Fans of the iconic A Christmas Story can celebrate the movie’s 39th anniversary this holiday season by feasting on the long awaited sequel. The cast will include five of the original members, including Peter Billingsley in the lead role. I never saw the original and Imma choose Violent Night as my movie going fare, but it’s still cool to see the excitement associated with fans of the classic Christmas tale.

Kyrie Irving Apologized to LeBron James for Behavior When They Were Teammates | News, Scores, Highlights, Stats, and Rumors | Bleacher Report

Kyrie Irving posted a link to the film Hebrews to Jews: Wake Up Black America, which portrays Jews as Satan’s best friends. When he was called on it, he pretended he was the smartest guy in the room by insisting he couldn’t possibly be an anti-Semite because of his ancestry. What this coddled dope fails to realize is that a family tree doesn’t give you the right to post hateful content. His refusal to apologize was followed by an apology, of course. This guy is a tired act.

Kyrie’s one time running mate, LeBron James, wants us to know he can no longer root for the Dallas Cowboys. Reason being? Owner Jerry Jones won’t let his players take a knee during the national anthem. Okay fine. I think players should be able to kneel if they want to, but I also know that Jones gets to make the rules since it is his team. Just because I do not agree with Jones doesn’t change this fact. But what lands LBJ here is his assertion that he made this decision for moral reasons. In the same breath, he said he will now root on the Cleveland Browns. The same Cleveland Browns who employ Deshaun Watson; who currently has twenty-four women alleging sexual misconduct and assault against him.

You cannot make this stuff up.

Widow Tracks Down Fallen U.S. Soldier's Old Toyota Celica to Surprise Teenage Son

The Cincinnati Kid is back with this Veteran’s Day special that puts everything in perspective. I usually post a music video at the end of my Friday episode, but for today, it’s Steve Hartman and the kids sending us into the weekend. It’s a story that happened back in 2017, but the message is right on time.

Justin Rozier was nine months old when his father Jonathan- an Army 1st Lt.- died in Iraq in 2003. As a boy growing up without a father, there were countless times when he was reminded of the tremendous void in his life. When he was fifteen, he told his mom Jessica what he wanted more than anything; he wanted to find a car his dad once drove. Any car would’ve been fine with him but the way he talked about his late father’s ’99 Toyota Celica convertible made the ride seem like a winning Powerball ticket.

Which is the kind of luck it was going to take for mom to track it down since she sold it after her husband’s death in order to make ends meet. She posted the vehicle information on Facebook in the hopes of getting a bite. Before long, some people in Pleasant Grove Utah became the other end of a magical line when they found the car. Kyle Fox who runs a non-profit called “Follow the Flag” decided to double down. So they bought the car and then got to work on it.

I’m not gonna give everything away, but let’s just say their labor of love was a great big thank you to all the brave men and women who serve as well as the families that keep them strong.

Here’s to our heroes.

45 thoughts on “The Rundown

  1. Quite th Roundup, Marc. If healing means going to the dogs, color me in! Bravo to Officers DuChaine & Owen for saving the RSV baby. It’s one scary virus for little people in general. I tip my hat to Senator elect, Fetterman. He seems like a truly down to earth guy, something we especially need in the senate. As for King James, I think he missed the dunk. Big time.Still have goosebumps on the CBS “Be Kind” story. I loved that story from stem to stern. Happy Veterans Day.

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    • I love dog stories. They’re a good belly scratching to the soul.

      The Baby Rescuers from Kansas City, they make us feel just a little more hopeful about this big fat problem of a world.

      He went out there and yes, I give him that. And the Trumpers took it on the ass across the country so there’s that.

      James wants to probably be an owner one day and I hope he gets his own team. I like him but hey, when he says something inane, Imma call him on it. And that was ill fated at best. The Browns sold their soul for Watson and are no longer a feel good story as a result.

      The Hartman series is as good as it gets.

      Happy Veterans Weekend Monika πŸ™‚

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  2. A big fan of Jack London, I love the quote and the photo is mesmerizing. Hats off to the officers who saved the tiny one, when we’re in trouble, who ya gonna call? I’m delighted that Fetterman pulled it off. Having to suffer through stroke rehab before the entire nation takes a strong
    Constitution ( no pun). I wish him nothing but health and success ahead. Thank you Marc, I thoroughly enjoyed your thoughts. 😊

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    • Of course Cincy.

      The Steve Hartman series is classic, it’s must see . . . which is why it landed in the cherry on top position.

      Fetterman overcame a lot. Trump backed candidates got hurt.

      To think there are many who believe Kyrie is being persecuted. That’s madness right there.

      Don’t they? Great story.

      Thank you my man.


  3. The video doesn’t appear to be available in Canada, unfortunately. It was a lovely story that had me tearing up. I wonder if the fact that dog was cured of cancer will make people look at perhaps doing the same thing for humans? It’s just a thought. You never disappoint Marc.

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  4. Great stories, Pilgrim. Thanks for sharing. The car story is heartwarming. I can sure identify with growing up without a father. I was ten when mine died so I have those years that Justin did not have. I’m glad he has the car. We feed Lucy and Twiggy pumpkin every day and both seem to thrive. I’m glad the team saved the baby. Thanks again for your run down.

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  5. B,

    That image is perfect to go with Jack London’s quote. And, not for nothing, but you have a very similar pen to him.

    Pumpkin is so very good for dogs and humans. How wonderful that Koda’s in remission!

    We are officially screwed. Those fatties will only have to get up to use the bathroom… gawd almighty.

    RSV affects mostly preemies and children with respiratory issues and they have a vaccine now… which came out about four months after Austin died from it. Crazy. I am so very happy for Kamiyah and bravo to the police officers DuChaine and Owen!

    I think we have to give Fetterman his due. Yes, his debate showing was not up to par – and hopefully, as he continues healing, he will show why so many people voted for him before it all came to pass. Good for him and yes to all the Trumpsters failings.

    Well hell… I ain’t never seen the Christmas Story, neither! And prolly won’t see this one…

    What a disgusting person Irving is. Who the hell does he think he is anyway? As if blacks can’t be anti-Semites or racists any more than any other person. James is no better. Friggen hypocrite.

    What a beautiful story the Justin Rozier and Follow the Flag is. I shoulda known it was a Cincy thing. And again, I am thankful I have that VPN to watch it!

    Wonderful Rundown, babe!


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    • Q

      I think it bleeds over, whatever left an impression does come out in the writing maybe. Who knows? I could have gone with Starry Night as well, but I was just reading some London clips and there it was.

      I’m stocking up on pumpkin.

      You know it’s only a matter of time before they have a toilet kit included. Ugh.

      It’s seen a spike after Covid, just like every other forgettable thing it seems. But yes, thank God for the answers and for heroes like these guys.

      Hey, you know I’m not the biggest Fetterman fan but . . . props! That’s not an easy fucking thing to do and he showed balls. Oz wasn’t a favorite of mine either so yanno, there is that.

      It’s kitschy. Those who love it, really love it and I’m glad for them. But Violent Night, it looks like it’s going to be a riot from the preview.

      Kyrie has plenty of apologists and defenders who claim he is being persecuted. No he’s not, he’s being called on his shit and he doesn’t know how to handle it because he’s been coddled since middle school because of his talents. If he was a shoe store manager, he would’ve been fired. Perspective.

      That’s a great story right there. Hartman and the kids always dish up some kind of goodness. Cincy crushes on it for good reason.

      ‘Precciate it bebe!


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      • That you know where to get your chips amazes me every time. And another author I’ve yet to read.

        I usually cook a few and freeze the purΓ©e which can be added to anything. It adds all sorts of good nutrients and texture but doesn’t change the taste. I’ve added it to chilis, spaghetti sauce, soups…

        That’s just nasty.

        I didn’t realise cases had spiked. God. I remember when Austin was in the hospital and the doctors said, just hope he doesn’t get RSV. So much for that one.

        I like that you can give props where they are due πŸ˜‰ Oz.. No. Just. No.

        Is it? Maybe I should give it just a peek πŸ˜‰

        No, he is not. It’s amazing how many people cannot handle being called on their shit. Perspective, indeed.

        They are great stories. And I’m glad I can cheat πŸ˜‰

        Always, amor!

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        • It’s where reading everywhere and everything in my past helps. I would read excerpts and volumes and was exposed to a lot of different writers.

          It is a most versatile ingredient and like cheddar on pasta, does not get its just desserts. Pun intended.

          It is.

          All of the progress we’ve made and sometimes it doesn’t matter. Covid was a super beast, and it provoked a lot of other shit in its wake.

          I don’t understand the nasty in politics.

          It’s fun.

          When you are an athlete, you are coddled from an early age and that’s because people have a vested interest, a selfish motive in mind. They want on the train. It’s sad. But it doesn’t justify someone posting hateful content. Kyrie’s not a dumb guy, he knows this!



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    • You can bring anything to my blog Valeria. I don’t shy away and I don’t hold anything against anyone. I have my views but . . . I have this novel idea that everyone should be allowed to vote and think as they wish.

      But yeah, lots of Oz votes! LOL

      PS- Yes, I am a scorned Republican. My own party got super radical and left me behind so now I’m an independent.

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  6. I’m glad you led with the Northern Lights and and Koda’s recovery, because some of the other items were just too depressing! Just when you think things can’t get any more bizarre in this country, they do. Common sense seems to have taken a permanent vacation.

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    • There had to be some light and hope in there because yes, there is so much depressing crap out there on the regular. I come across dozens and dozens of stories and most of them, ugh.

      It has!

      Thanks Ann


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