Belmont Park, New York
June 9, 2018
On Thursday, the National Hockey League season ended when the Washington Capitals won the Stanley Cup 4 games to 1 over the Las Vegas Golden Knights.
On Friday, the National Basketball Association season ended when the Golden State Warriors was their third championship in four years. For this, they should receive honorable mention in Cleveland’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
On Saturday, the magnificent horse Justify should defeat nine others to claim the Triple Crown.
Justify has captured the Triple Crown after winning the 150th Belmont Stakes on Saturday in New York.
Justify won the Belmont starting from the rail. The last Triple Crown from that spot at the Belmont was Secretariat, 45 years ago to the day Saturday.
Justify, which went off as the 4-5 favorite, is the 13th horse to win the Triple Crown but just the second to capture it undefeated, joining Seattle Slew (1977). Justify beat nine other horses to win — more competition than any other Triple Crown winner has beaten in the Belmont. Justify defeated 35 horses across the Kentucky Derby, Preakness and Belmont.
Bob Baffert, Justify’s trainer, joins “Sunny Jim” Fitzsimmons as the only trainers to win the Triple Crown twice. Fitzsimmons won in 1930 with Gallant Fox and in 1935 with Omaha. Baffert won in 2015 with American Pharoah.
It was Baffert’s fifth attempt to win the Triple Crown — three more than any other trainer. It was jockey Mike Smith’s first Triple Crown. At 52, he is the oldest jockey to win the Triple Crown.
Gronkowski finished second in the 1 1/2 mile race, and Hofburg finished third before a crowd of 90,000.
The Retrievers Upset #1 seeded Virginia Cavaliers
May Day 2018
No not for this author but for my ex- and only wif during my 64+ years.
The irony is I thought that Beatles song would mirror my own life (you know, … Vera, Chuck, and Dave) when I attained this age of mine despite using all kinds of recreational drugs (no H or smack) during my ‘formative years’ – when coincidently I met my wif during college days in the Big Ten Conference – and engaging for pay in some dangerous and unsafe activities (fyi, I became a safety engineer in 1979 – when coincidently I married my wife near Lake Michigan – we did not have issues until we arrived in the ‘land of milk and honey’ Northern California).
You would think I’d be mildly upset that my college honey decided to remarry an atheist, who lived next door between 1995 and 2007 – when coincidently I moved to Sonoma County wine country, alone.
Naw she could not understand how elated I was that she would be able to retire next week and not have to work in a preschool daycare center until she aged to 80 or so. My vows specifically stated ‘until death do y’all part’ and I had still felt responsibility for her health insurance premiums, mortgage payments, property taxes, raising our daughter, and the re-sale value on a $2 to $3,000,000.00 house in beautiful County of San Mateo.
Fortunately, the divorce proceedings she handled her self and but I hired a lawyer only to be shafted after we’d been separated for a year or so.
What I thought was my second love of my life, was lost because Susan was so honorable that we refrained from ‘hanky panky’ until my first divorce was finalized. The time was not right for us and I suffered a broken heart.
Today, I am thinking that I would not have incurred a broken heart if my ex-wif did not drag her feet meddling with the legal paperwork and dirty-dealing with my lawyer and the divorce court judge in his chambers, no less. Dear Susan and I could not wait… I recall breaking up on the Fourth of July, no less.
Like a cat falling, I always have tried to land on my feet after losing a relationship or changing jobs.
Death is a subject which I have researched. Taking a lesson from Kubler-Ross, I should be angry, then go through denial, and now begin to cry. So I am trying to cry today so my subconscious can, as my Mom would say, “David, get over it.”
I should just write it off that my ex-wif decided on “a marriage of convenience.”
Excuse me, I am going to take a nap.
Index of the Seven Essays in this Series
Psychoanalysis of DBD’s Life-Changing Event in 2018
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Maryssa Wanless performed the one-woman play “Natural Shocks” on Monday night at PianoFIght in San Francisco. Produced by Utopia Theatre Project, Wanless’ performance was part of a nationwide participation of theatre activism to end gun violence. Written by Lauren Gunderson, one of today’s most prolific and successful screenwriters, “Natural Shocks” is based upon Shakespeare’s ‘Hamlet’ and that famous question of “to be or not to be.”
Gunderson was so shocked by the recent outburst of gun violence at Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida that it brought to mind the gun violence almost 20 years ago at Columbine High in Littleton, Colorado. She dedicated “Natural Shocks” play to be used as vehicle to help put an end to gun violence. All royalties and fees have been waived so that any theatre group or community who wanted to put on the 65-minute monologue could do so for free.
Making this as an opportunity for Utopia Theatre Project to not only raise funds for EveryTown for Gun Safety, a non-profit working to end gun violence, but also as a way for people to discuss this pressing issue.
The mood on Monday night at PianoFight was intense as the audience hung on every word that Wanlass powerfully delivered. Despite the play’s serious subject matter, humor at times prevailed.
Since Gunderson’s release of her play, performances and staged readings of “Natural Shocks” have been performed in many places all over the nation. Gunderson’s aim was to have it performed in all 50 states.
Wanless is the Artistic Director of Utopia Theatre Project and she has this to say, “I believe theatre is transformative because it has transformed me and the people I work with on a daily basis. Theatre asks its audiences and participants to extend their thinking beyond themselves and step into the experience of another person.”
After Wanlass was finished her thought-provoking performance there was a “Q & A” with the audience in which also included Director, Laura Jane Bailey.
While the venue at PianoFight only holds 50 people, the ability for important subjects and issues to be presented in an intimate theatrical space makes an impact.
Utopia Theatre Project was founded in 2014 by emerging Japanese-American playwright, Anne Yumi Kobori because she believes in artist-produced live theatre as a unique and powerful form of human connection using the theatrical art form to invoke social change through the telling of non-traditional stories.
Natural Shocks at San Francisco’s PianoFight – Monday, April 23, 2018
National Campaign To End Gun Violence
Reported by Tony
Photography by Tasi Alabastro
“Natural Shocks” is the fourth production (“Seeds” was the third) in Utopia’s inaugural season and is certainly a unique theatrical experience. Yet, even more so is the fact that this was history in the making using theater as a form of social activism.
For more information about “Natural Shocks” at Utopia Theatre Project visit: UtopiaTheatreProject.com and for more about the project, “Natural Shocks” visit: https://www.naturalshocks.org
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Report that terrorists’ plan to destroy by fire and explosion two temporary office buildings and 15 parking enforcement vehicles at the City’s compound on the 500 block of Potrero near Bryant and 10th Streets has been foiled.
Insiders learned of the Moslem project to bring the West Coast down to its knees.
San Francisco towing companies and the Parking Enforcement Unit of the SFPD usually collect thousands of dollars daily. The old term meter maids no longer applies to this group of rude tricycle riders…
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Dateline: North America
– Late January 2013 –
Cliche’s abound around success, well-being, and happiness. Life is a process wrought with good and bad times as well as maintaining a status quo. Great coaches are like our wonderful mentors.
It is difficult to dispute that human attitudes cause ‘stuff to happen’ and lead to ‘fate or destiny’ despite one’s knowledge, relevant skills, experience, and even wisdom. We had better realize that opportunities are not governed only by genetics, training and education, culture, faith, and spiritual ideals.
Choosing a realistic, ethical, and positive attitude can be accomplished no matter what our individual make-up, personal strengths, virtues, prior experiences, leaders, and weaknesses might be. Remember the old adage: “Mind over matter, matters.”
One problem with attitudes is that they are hard to change. One might be better off to unlearn what they have previously learned.
Change is inevitable?!?
Change in lives and the history of evolution is often hard to cope with. As Charles Darwin taught: “Survival of the fittest.” Adaptation is so important at both a micro (personal) and macro (mankind) level.
During this Super Bowl XLVII Week, I am reminded that to win nominally demands a winning attitude. I cannot put my finger on the detailed factors of which team has the advantage of THE superior winning attitude. Both the Ravens and Forty-Niners seem to have IT but only one team will prevail.
In American football, the pundits refer to execution.
No matter who wins Sunday, all team members and fans would do well to adapt to the prevailing conditions and final result.
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It may be simpler to predict this weekend’s weather than NFL scores.
BTW, upsets by visiting teams are more than possible. U, 2, have gotta’ like the chances of these 4 teams.
1st, bet on the sure thing. The Bills, Ravens, Texans, and Bengals cannot lose this weekend; it is their annual bye-bye Sunday.
Jump ahead and take the Niners (-4.5) on the road in Arizona for Monday night. Forget about Hurricane Sandy; she will have nothing to do with this game.
Eliminate the unknown. For instance, either both QB Brees or Manning are best known for leading a fourth quarter comeback. (Saints @ Broncos). Also don’t play teams that have been inconsistent, incontinent, and unpredictable this season (Seahawks @ Lions AND Dolphins @ Jets).
Next, cat lovers, choose a home team favorite of your own liking remembering that the Lions and Bengals are “out of play”:
Chicago Bears (-6.5) vs. Panthers
Green Bay (-12.5) vs. Jaguars
Minnesota (-5.5) vs. Buccaneers
Now comes the really fun part.
Take the handicapping points for two, three, or four underdogs playing on the road:
Indianapolis Colts (+2.5) at Tennessee Oiler Titans *
Oakland Raider and Raiderettes (+1.5) at K.C. BBQ Chiefs **
New Jersey Giants (+2.5) at Dallas Cowpokes ***
Atlanta Undefeated Falcons (+2.5) at Philadelphia Eagles ****
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Good luck and enjoy the games!
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* The Tennessee team is benching the QB that won last Sunday in favor of sophomore Jake Locker that is getting off the injury list. This gives the edge to rookie pro QB with a great college education Andrew Luck and the Colts.
** The Raider defense held the Jags to 209 yards last Sunday. “Seabass” Janikowski made four field goals and two extra points!
*** NYG Manning made 8 of 12 third down conversions in last Sunday’s road victory in D.C. QB T. Romo only made 6 of 14 for Dallas in Carolina.
**** Both teams return to finish their schedule after a bye-bye week. Let’s see who mended better following rough games against the Steelers and Raiders.
Njoy your weekNda wherever U may B!
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