- A longtime special friend who was born with a rare, terrifying condition and was not expected to survive a 2001 heart transplant is celebrating her 55th birthday today. Happy Birthday Tonya!
- Motorsports Christmas Day approaches, and the #Indy500 weather forecast has improved somewhat. There was a 90% chance of rain forecast when we went in 2017, and not only did we never see a drop, it was actually sunny most of the day. Hoping for similar mojo Sunday!
- Formula 1 legend Niki Lauda has died at 70. RIP.
- Once Upon a Time in Hollywood will be out in a couple of months. I’ll see it, but my affection for Tarantino may be fading a bit. I’ve liked all of his films, but I haven’t really loved one since Death Proof. I’m considerably more excited about upcoming science fiction and horror sequels.
- Huntsville will soon be the largest city in Alabama, but this is a little deceptive. The Huntsville metropolitan area is still less than half the size of the Birmingham metropolitan area.
- The new Black Star Riders song was floating around Twitter this morning. I liked it, but I didn’t realize Damon Johnson was no longer in the band. (Still has a pretty Damon Johnsony riff.) He has a new solo record as of a couple of months ago. I’ll check it out this weekend.
- After committing to my doctor that I’d lose 15 pounds by the next appointment, the official weigh-in was -17. I’m now within two pounds of where I got to when I started getting sloppy and gave back too much of my progress last year. My focus is much tighter this time around. Soon I will need jeans.
- They are already just a whisper under 229 mph at practice for the Indianapolis 500. Ed Carpenter’s pole speed last year was 229.618. You can catch the Fast Nine Shootout and the Last Row Shootout on NBC on Sunday at 11, with Saturday’s qualifying on NBC Sports Gold and NBCSN. Hope the weather holds.
- I managed to pick another canceled-after-one-season show to watch. I’m going to have to start asking that question before I start. Game of Silence started strong, but I get the impression there is too little story for its ten episodes. Seems like there’s an awful lot of hand-wringing and exposition that actually isn’t. I’m at the end of the sixth episode now, and likely done.
- I tried to go back to my Windows phone a few days ago, and it didn’t work out. It was fairly lowball hardware when I got it, and the interceding four years have done it no favors. It’s just too slow and erratic. The failure of Windows Phone/Windows 10 Mobile is easily my biggest tech heartbreak. I thought nothing would ever eclipse the death of Palm OS.
- I’ve worked up to getting all of my steps even on my fasting day. I’ve really appreciated how mindless this is. It’s so much easier for me to follow than anything else I’ve tried—and it’s working.
- Our Duluth Trading is slated to open June 6—three weeks from today.
- I had Drake’s sushi for the first time yesterday. It was fine, but it was no less expensive than I ? Sushi or Rock n Roll Sushi, and it wasn’t as good as those. I’ll stick to burgers at Drake’s.
- Wendy runs on prayers. Yes, she does. A longtime friend muses and inspires here. You should follow her.
The greatest auto racing series in the world is on the ground in Speedway, Indiana! The Grand Prix is Saturday. The Greatest Spectacle in Racing is two weeks from Sunday. I look forward to and enjoy the Indianapolis 500 more than any other single sporting event. If you’re not currently following IndyCar, this is a […]
Season 3 of Stranger Things lands July 4. It—Chapter Two opens September 6. Excited to be a celebrity/VIP judge again this year at WhistleStop. Maybe we can hustle the weather through a bit earlier than what is currently forecast. That happens a lot more often than the opposite, in my observation. Will I DVR the […]
“Cache” has one syllable. “Cachet” has two syllables. Learn it. Know it. Live it. Ken Kercheval, who played J.R. Ewing’s bumbling rival Cliff Barnes on Dallas, has died at 83. I can actually remember my dad laughing that he had “Mr. Barnes” on his office door, and considering what kind of a small man would […]