Opinions in the Shorts: Vol. 253

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Interesting how much Governor Mike Pence (R-IN) danced around answering questions about recent religious freedom legislation in his state, then changed his dance. Answering questions with direct truth must be against a politician’s credo … and the Republicans don’t have a corner on that market.

In this speech announcing his candidacy for the 2016, Republican presidential nomination, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) stated, “It is the time for truth” – and in that spirit, here’s a fact-check of his speech.

The Naked Cowboy is one of New York City’s multitude of personalities. Did you know he is from Cincinnati and a University of Cincinnati graduate? Here he is.

We booked a future vacation with Vacations To Go. A tip-of-the-cap to them for discovering a mistake at their end AND correcting it beyond our satisfaction.

Monday is Opening Day in Cincinnati, which means baseball season starts. If the weather is nice, I hope to spend a few hours in the city among the many dressed in red. As of now, the weather is iffy.

My time for reading your wonderful blogs continues to be small. Yuk!

Thursday was our 38th anniversary, thus a tribute to 38 is about ready. Because I know the throngs outside the aFa Theater for the Performing Arts were getting restless, I chose to debut the musical on our anniversary instead of next week. Nonetheless, we had a wonderful dinner at this local restaurant.

Opening Night for Meals: The Musical provided quiet the variety of songs, so we are off and running. To my surprise, you provided more songs that I didn’t know. 🙂 I believe Act 2 will be easier than Act 1, but you will have to wait for the theme.

My selection of Frank Zappa opening Meals: The Musical surprised some. Here’s an interesting explanation of the musicality behind St. Alfonzo’s Pancake House.

Last week’s Explore took us to the Iguazu Falls along the Argentina-Brazil border. It turns out the a visitor here posted about her visit, which brings a personal touch to this wonder. Thanks, Madhu!

Prepare yourself for a journey on the Explore series this weekend.

To lead you into The Onion, here’s their take on paying college athletes.

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This Week’s Headlines from The Onion
Siblings quietly relieved oldest brother setting bar so low
Cost-cutting measures force company to start hiring more female employees
Man who baked banana bread spends entire party anxiously watching it go uneaten
Senior citizen keeps mind active by contemplating death
Man thinks going to Vegas for things other than gambling somehow less sad

Interesting Reads
Churchill’s Iron Curtain speech that mentions my birthplace
The grand piano in Gaza
Studying the DNA of a nation
From National Geographic: Why Do Many Reasonable People Doubt Science?
Urine-based recharging of phones
A Nazi hangout in Argentina?
Technology improving sex

Your Weekend Celebrations

  • (Fri) Chocolate Mousse Day, Walk to Work Day, Hot Cross Buns Day, World Party Day, Workplace Napping Day, Sow the Seeds of Greatness Day, Don’t Go to Work Unless It’s Fun Day, Tweed Day, Pony Express Day, Find a Rainbow Day
  • (Sat) Walk Around Things Day, Vitamin C Day, Hug a Newsperson Day, Chicken Cordon Bleu Day, Tangible Karma Day, Rat Day, Birding Day, Victims of Violence Day, Tell a Lie Day, Square Root Day, Kids Kick Butts Day (anti-tobacco), Pillow Fight Day, Every Day is a Tag Day, Chocolate Milk Powder Day, Mine Awareness Day
  • (Sun) Lava Lamp Day, Bell Bottoms Day, Deep Dish Pizza Day, Plum Pudding Day, Go for Broke Day, Caramel Day, Read a Roadmap Day, Raisin & Spice Day, Dandelion Day, Stories Day, Check Your Batteries Day, Baked Ham & Pineapple Day, Accelerate ACL Awareness Among Young Women Day

Here’s a 2-fer to send you into the weekend. First is a leftover from Act 1, while the second has a fitting title for the 2-fer. Have a safe weekend and in the words of Garrison Keillor, Be well, do good work, and keep in touch.

(Double Vision, Foreigner)

44 thoughts on “Opinions in the Shorts: Vol. 253

  1. Thanks for the Naked Cowboy link. That’s an old one! I used to hang out at that Howard Johnson’s. It’s long gone now but the Naked Cowboy is still here. He successfully sued M&M/Mars because they dressed one of the M&Ms up like him and used it in an ad without permission.


  2. Don’t Go to Work Unless It’s Fun Day: tomorrow sure isn’t going to be a very good Friday for Godsend or me, Frank. The Boss, who usually doesn’t come in on Fridays, told me before I left that she’s going to be in. So much for our Fun Day. We;re actually going to have to do real work tomorrow! Appalling!


  3. At least the Naked Cowboy has nice legs… Vacations to Go is the way we go all the time! Never, ever had a problem with them. They’re the best! That musicality bit on the Zappa tune was far out, Man! Seriously, I love learning about the “how they do that” even if I couldn’t tell you a treble clef from a B-Flat. Ham and pineapple are on the menu for Thursday, so I’m good there!

    Happy Easter to you and yours!


    • Dale,
      Good to see your endorsement of Vacations To Go … We’ve used them before, but they did a great job of fixing the issue they caused. Besides … we were also patient and appreciative of their effort. Glad you enjoyed the Zappa explanation … and glad somebody watched it! Happy Easter to you.

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      • Yes. We’ve used them 4-5 times now…
        As for the explanation…I read no music, have no idea between a rondo and a fugue…even signed up for a course on understanding and appreciating music but was the only one who signed up so it was cancelled…


  4. I’m glad the Indiana and Arkansas business communities convinced their governors and legislators to follow GOP Presidential hopeful Jeb Bush’s advice to go back to the drawing board and “find the right place” for their states’ Religious Freedom Restoration Acts.

    Your article on the Genomics of Iceland has prodded me to begin reading the landmark book about human DNA research, “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks.”

    In spite of the Cincinnati Reds’ 2015 baseball fortunes and Monday’s Opening Day weather forecast both being “iffy,” I say: PLAY BALL!

    Speaking of Opening Days, I would have buzzed MYSELF for my “Meals: The Musical” pick.


  5. I’m glad to hear they corrected their mistake for your vacay. And I’m also glad to hear you’re going on one. I think every bloggers needs one.l I know I do. I hope you and your family have an amazing Easter Frank :).


  6. Needless to say how much of a Zappa fan I am… he was such a musical genius [and not only musical] who’s left a great big gap with his very early departure.
    Have a great weekend, my dear Frank! 🙂


  7. Congratulations on 38 years! That’s so wonderful, Frank. I’m so happy your vacation plans came together to your satisfaction. Sometimes mistakes are a good thing. My husband got offered 1,000 bucks to take a delayed flight. He didn’t take it, but not bad for a couple hours of waiting.


  8. Wow, Frank! There’s a lot here! The “InterestingReads” really do look intereting tome. Plenty to choose from. Congratulations on 38 years AND the trip that’s in your future. And I do hope the weather cooperates so that you can enjoy opening day!


    • Debra,
      Thanks for the congrats. Regarding the reads, I liked this set. 🙂 Meanwhile, I will make my Opening Day decision Monday morning, which will give me a better idea of the weather.


  9. Hope you get to catch the game opener for your team.
    My brothers are taking my dad to Cleveland & Cincinnati this month to catch a couple of baseball games. My youngest brother called me & said that they may even head to the Christmas Story House. I’m debating whether or not to sneak in the trunk the night before they drive out. LOL


    • RoSy,
      What a cool trip … .maybe I could take join them for some Cincinnati Chili! 🙂 Meanwhile, I imagine the Christmas Story House (in Cleveland) is a big hit with the movie fans.

      PS: I made it downtown for the parade … large crowd … very large … and the Reds just won. 🙂

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      • Nice that you made it to the parade. YAY on the Reds win. Red Sox won too! 😀 😀
        I just messaged my brother asking for his itinerary & what day/times they plan to be at the games. Not sure if it’s a whirlwind trip or if they plan on hanging out outside of the games.

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