The Rundown

Mother Nature’s destructive tool kit is being felt across the country this week as a deadly snow system has worked its way from the plains to the Midwest to the gulf and the northeast. This beast is working on a biblical blueprint; with tornadoes, blizzards, hail and ice pelting every corner of the map. Bing Crosby took one look at the image above and said “Oh hell nah!”.

Imma be providing another episode of the Rundown this weekend so’s I can report on the World Cup finals result . . and because I got a super late start on this week’s post. That too.

Let’s get to some twin-billing . . .

Frank “Beach Walks” Angle hit me with this gem a couple weeks back and I’m better late than never in posting it, which is in keeping with this story. Because Jeanne Gustavson and Steve Watts finally got around to writing the next chapter of their love story: Forty-two years after she broke up with him.

The couple found love at first sight as students at Loyola College in Chicago back in the ’70’s but Jean’s mother forbid the relationship. The reason? Steve Watts was a black man. Yeah, there was a time when this kind of thing was the norm rather than the exception. Jeanne regretted her decision every day for the last forty-three years, until she found him again, after which they began writing their last chapter.

The college sweethearts were married last year, meeting up with forever after before their love story went unfinished.

(For our Canadian pals, check out this beautiful story at Interracial couple marries decades after being torn apart)

Vengeance (2022) - IMDb

Forty five minutes into the movie Vengeance and I knew it was one of the best movies I had seen this year. Right under the wire, but hey, it still counts. And does it ever, with B.J. Novak of The Office fame performing triple duty; he wrote, directed and stars in this black comedy that is, in a word? Fucking brilliant. That first word is on the house and very much what I was feeling as I watched this one. Because Novak writes the hell out of it and nails every single little thing- from the cast to the pace to the sense of hope and despair (both) that weaves one moment into the winning next.

If I had an Oscar vote, Imma give Ashton Kutcher all the love in the world for pulling off a modern day Benjamin Willard so perfectly. And then Imma give Novak a vote for writing, directing and starring in it . . . the whole damn thing.

2022 World Cup final odds for France vs Argentina

I’ll be breaking my self-imposed exile from the World Cup this Sunday morning, and for good reason. It’s the kind of finals matchup that has fifteen rounds written all over it: The defending champs from France are the most graceful chainsaw ever made. Lionel Messi on the other side, is hoping to get into the conversation with Maradona by lifting Argentina to their first Cup win since 1986.

Roger Goodell wishes he had a matchup like this1.

Bad news Vector Art Stock Images | Depositphotos

  • Yes, Trump is keeping a low profile with his enemies list growing by the minute. No, he’s not done making a mess of things. And neither are his cronies, led by Marjorie Taylor Green who can’t stop spewing dangerously stupid shit. When asked recently if she was behind the Capitol riot, she laughed it off before adding (Are you sitting down?) “. . . if Steve Bannon and I had organized that, we would have won. Not to mention, it would’ve been armed.”
  • The Fed is raising interest rates again. It’s the seventh hike this year and there’s more where that came from. But there’s good news! Chairman Jerome Powell says the rate hikes won’t be as painful with inflation falling. Granted, it’s some pretty shitty good news . . . but it still counts.
  • The flu is spreading faster than gossip at a covered dish social.
  • Dua Lipa is dating Jack Harlow and okay, maybe it’s not bad news. But it’s not good news either . . .
  • If you want a true sign of the times, here you go: Big Bird Boss Elon Musk is selling everything not bolted down at Twitter headquarters in order to pay the rent; from office chairs, desks and televisions to espresso machines.

I put in a bid on a 6 foot tall planter before realizing it was Musk’s CFO.




56 thoughts on “The Rundown

  1. Glad you used the Jeanne and Steve story. Meanwhile, I’m even thinking about tuning into the World Cup final. He may not be falling as fast as OJ, but Elon Musk is in freefall.

    Oh …. I think you’ll like what they did to the Green Monster for the Fenway Bowl. Joe vs Tom this weekend in a must-win game.

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  2. I LOVE the Jeanne and Steve story! Wishing the lovebirds much love in the future.

    While I’m also boycotting the World Cup, the final is truly a match made in heaven. Whoever wins, it’ll be great. Now if we can just get FIFA and Goodell stranded on the same island so we never have to deal with either of them. #icebabyice Happy weekend.

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  3. Another good one, Marc. Thanks for the movie recommendation. Loved the lovebirds’ story. Sorry, I won’t be joining you on the final for the World cup, but you have a good time. The most interesting part of all the matches is when perfectly healthy strapping players act like they have a broken leg when touched, begging for a foul call on opponents. Don’t remind me of the bad news. I mean it’s okay to write about it I just don’t want to comment.

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  4. I’m trying to figure out how I can put my head down until March, maybe April. Although I might try to check out that movie. Oh wait I’d have to go out… I’ll put it on my list to see when it hits Netflix.

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  5. Ever see the Lucy episode with…slowly I turn? It’s how I feel every time I think of the Capitol riots and how Trump feels it was just a no big deal event…that alone should put him in an orange jumpsuit. He so makes me sick, and that blonde who is another wacho, his soulmate, bewilders me to no end.

    If dear Marjorie were alive a little sooner, she would have been a favorite of Adolph Hitler’s rivaling Eva for his affections.

    I ask you seriously, who are these fucked people who call themselves Americans?

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    • Refresh me on the Lucy episode. I have to believe I have seen it.

      MTG is a complete lampoon act. It’s impossible to write satire about her since everything you write is redundant!

      They capitalized on capitalism to the umpteenth degree. And the minions who follow them never stop to think that they couldn’t give a rat’s ass about them!

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    Mother Nature came a-calling here. It started in the morning and went all day with little pauses to give you hope. And then over night? Holy frijoles! I now have a good foot of the heavy, sticky, heart-attack-inducing stuff to clear. Who needs a gym?

    How cool! We get a two-fer of Rundowns! And hah! World Cup got ya 😉

    That Jeanne and Steve story is one heartbreaker then heartwarmer. So sad that he is not healthy. Goes to show how strong the love is that she took him in and they’ve managed to rebuilt their life together. So awful when parents do this. (I hope you don’t mind but I added the link for the Canadian peeps.)

    Dammit! Now I want to see this movie more than ever. C’mon whatever streamer in Canada, please make it happen! (Oh, without charging me extra, please.)

    I’m not judging you. I didn’t know you knew so much about “football” but apparently you dip your toes just enough to be on the up and up 😉

    ◆ Unfuckingbelievable the thowl MTJ/T/SB thing. This woman is just… I have no words.
    ◆ Those interest rates are doing the same dance up here.
    ◆ I know so many people who are sick! Stay away from me!
    ◆ Who? What?
    ◆ I was chatting with a friend yesterday who said that Twitter is a whole different animal since Musk took over. Now she’s getting all sorts of disgusting suggestions and she blocks anything that comes from his fingertips. Methinks she is not long for that world which, she says, blows because she enjoys following certain photogs and whatnot but now has trouble seeing them. Am I glad I don’t really partake, or what?

    Lawsy. I hadn’t heard that song in a dog’s age. How fun to hear it again!


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  7. Good news! We didn’t get the snow. We got an ice storm instead!

    The interracial marriage was a long time coming. That’s vengeance! The movie sounds good too!


    trump’s rump is rising due to in-flatulence, interest rates and flu are trying to stay far behind without much luck.

    What does Musk mean in slang?
    (slang, colloquial, vulgar) The scent of human genitalia when aroused or unwashed.
    Vanilla Ice – meh- so vanilla.


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