Opinions in the Shorts: Vol. 391

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As a whole I think Neil Diamond surprised visitors last weekend. The next concert features the Eagles – start time is this Saturday at 1: 00 AM (Eastern US).

The concert series has turned out to be more popular than I anticipated. My need for a breather is way I didn’t post Sunday evening. On a similar note, scheduling conflicts will bump a weekend concert several times in upcoming weeks.

In my opinion, many professional athletes are wonderful people. Unfortunately, the bad apples make the police blogger and the news. For a story that will make you smile, see this one about PGA golfer Gary Woodland.

Last week our timing was perfect when we successfully returned to the theater to catching the ending to The Upside. For those who don’t remember or didn’t know, with about 30 minutes to go in the movie, an evacuation alarm sounded.

CBS had this outstanding 10-minute report about singer Linda Ronstadt, which includes an interview.

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True to my word, I didn’t watch the SOTU. Based on the clips I saw, I didn’t miss much.

I didn’t watch the Democratic response. Regardless of the president, I wish the opposing party would start a new tradition of not responding. Then again, the odds of that happening is about the same as Congress choosing dignified decorum of sitting and listening instead of popping up and down like they are attending a pep rally.

This week I saw a state-by-state approval/disapproval rating of President Trump. Whereas Democrats can be elated by the numbers, I say they should be cautious because many of who disapprove will vote for his re-election and the Democratic nominee could push others that way.

The Trump idea of unity is when opponents change their mind to agree with him.

As possible Democratic nominee Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) continues to apologize regarding her ethnicity, maybe her campaign is already out of steam – especially with a potentially large field.

To lead you into the weekly dose of satire, The Onion sets the record straight about preventing and treating colds.

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Weekly Headlines from The Onion (combos welcome)

Yosemite closed indefinitely after bear spotted in park
Small town billionaire fails to make it in big city
Responsible man sets aside small portion of every paycheck for bank to gamble with
Doctors zap brains of awake brain surgery patients to make them laugh and have fun
Study finds sedentary lifestyle puts millions of Americans at risk of becoming beautiful just the way they are

Interesting Reads

Foreign language classes in decline
The needs for living on Mars
The needs for building a Moon base
Pushing the envelope: Women bicycling in Pakistan
The bank-robbing bicyclist
A tribute to the passing of an artist
(Photos) Enjoy the Daily Dozen from National Geographic

To send you into the weekend, I thank John for inspiring me to use this song. In the words of Garrison Keillor, Be well, do good work, and keep in touch.

On April 2 1977

Happy 36th Anniversary to us!

Here’s some of the newsworthy events I could find about that day … besides me showing up at the church about 20 minutes before the service … enjoy the music!

15 tornadoes is the US, 1 fatality, injuring 70, longest 16 miles – but a F1 tornado about 20 miles away during our reception

Fleetwood Mac’s Rumors album goes to #1 & stays #1 for 31 weeks”

Montreal Canadiens set NHL record of 34 straight home games without a lose

Number one hit on UK music charts – Abba – Knowing Me Knowing You


Kiss concert in Tokyo


Born: Jelena Abbou (Serbian model), Per Elofsson (Swedish cross-country skier), Aiden Turner (British Actor), Annett Louisan (German singer), Jon Gosselin (Reality show actor)

Charlotte Brew becomes the first woman to ride in Britain’s Grand National steeplechase when she rides her own horse, Barony Fort

Red Rum wins a historic third Grand National championship at Aintree Racecourse in Liverpool, England

The Eagle has Landed, a movie about WW II starring Michael Caine, Donald Sutherland, and Robert Duval released

Stevie Wonder releases Sir Duke, a tribute to Duke Ellington


Diana Shore is on the cover of TV Guide

US President Jimmy Carter is on the cover of Saturday Review with a feature article about human rights

Mike Schmidt of the Philadelphia Phillies is on the cover of The Sporting News

Top 10 Songs on the Charts
10) Right Time of the Night (Jennifer Warnes) … Yep


9) Dancing Queen (Abba) … We and Guapo love Abba


8) I’ve Got Love on My Mind (Natalie Cole) … Always


7) Hotel California (Eagles) … it took us almost 20 years to visit California


6) Rich Girl (Hall and Oates) … nope, but we’re comfortable


5) Southern Nights (Glen Campbell) … we honeymooned at Hilton Head


4) So In to You (Atlanta Rhythm Section) …. absolutely


3) The Things We Do for Love (10cc) …. I’m not telling


2) Don’t Leave Me This Way (Thelma Houston) … of course not


1) Don’t Give Up on Us (David Soul) … 36 years and counting