Midweek Thoughts and What Do You Think About a Parade?

Halfway to the weekend!

 

I guess we can expect a mess as far as the weather is concerned.  It sounds like mostly a rain/snow mix here in greater New Bedford. A nice day to cuddle up with a good book.

CUTE PUPPY PIC

I think we need our weekly puppy pic today.

 

WHAT’S UP WITH THE PATS?

Three days since the Super Bowl and the team continues to make news.

I was shocked last night when I got the alert that Josh McDaniels was staying with New England and not going to Indianapolis even after the Colts had scheduled a press conference to announce the signing.

Of course, the rumors started flying saying the Robert Kraft continues to make the Colts pay for Deflategate.

According to Mike Garafolo on Good Morning Football, McDaniels’ agent, Bob LaMonte, told him he’s making perhaps the biggest professional mistake of his career by backing out of the Colts’ job when he did. It is worth noting LaMonte is also the agent of Colts general manager Chris Ballard. McDaniels has put himself in a tough position when it comes to getting another head-coaching job with another team besides the Patriots, as what team will trust him? If he succeeds Bill Belichick of course it isn’t an issue, but if he doesn’t, it may become one.

WE STILL DON’T KNOW THE TRUTH ABOUT BUTLER

Malcolm Butler took to Instagram to say that all the rumors about breaking curfew and marijuana use are all FALSE. He said he visited with family and never missed curfew last week

GRONK RETIRING?

Bill Burt of the Eagle Tribune reported late on Tuesday that Rob Gronkowski is considering retirement from the NFL to pursue an acting career. Evidently he’s been talking to Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson about it. -(I can’t blame him. His body has really taken a beating!)

IN THE NEWS

 

CHANGES AT DUNKIN’

Dunkin’ Donuts announced plans to eliminate foam cups worldwide as part of its commitment to serve both people and the planet responsibly. The company is aiming to eliminate all polystyrene foam cups in its global supply chain beginning in spring 2018, with a targeted completion date of 2020. Dunkin’ says it will replace the foam cup with a new, double-walled paper cup in all U.S. locations. Most international markets are already using paper cups. The cup will feature the current re-closable lid. The cups will come in four sizes — small, medium, large and extra large.-(As long as it’s double-walled. That cup gets HOT!)

 

SALUTING MR. ROGERS

Mister Rogers is going to be featured on a postage stamp. The U-S Postal service says it will issue a forever stamp featuring Fred Rogers and his puppet, King Friday. The stamp will be unveiled March 23rd  at the same Pittsburgh public television station where the show “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood” was produced from 1968 unitl 2001.

 

I LOVE A PARADE, BUT…..

The White House is pushing ahead with the idea of throwing a grand parade to honor U.S. armed forces, brushing aside Democratic criticism. In response to Sen. Dick Durbin’s comment that such a parade would be a “fantastic waste of money,” White House legislative director Marc Short tells MSNBC: “I’m not sure honoring the military is a waste of money.” Short says it’s too early to know how much the parade would cost. White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders confirmed President Trump’s request for a parade on Tuesday. She says Trump wants the Pentagon to “explore a celebration” that would allow Americans to show appreciation for the military. A Pentagon spokesman, Charlie Summers, says Pentagon officials are aware of the request and are “looking at options.” (This all stems from the time President Trump was in France and saw the celebration of Bastille Day. I just associate a parade like this with the Russians or North Koreans. Am I looking at it wrong?? Is it a good idea?)

 

CELEBRITY SICK BAY

Willie Nelson is postponing his concerts for February while he continues to recover from the flu. A statement says he is “up and about and looks as healthy as ever,” but his doctor has determined Nelson’s voice needs more rest. Nelson plans to resume his tour March 5 in Greenville, South Carolina.

 

WHAT D’YA THINK OF THIS?

A Florida firefighter who is seven-months pregnant is being told by her bosses that she will have to carry out her normal duties until she gives birth. The union contract specifically precludes giving pregnant firefighters like Nicole Morris light duty. Morris said she is scheduled to work until the day before her C-section even though her doctor has told her it is not good for her or the baby for her to be in the field this close to delivery. The 35-year-old firefighter says carrying 70 pounds of equipment, doing CPR and lifting patients is becoming more difficult. She has 500 hours of paid time off banked but wants to save that to spend time with her new child.

 

IT’S ALMOST TIME!

NBC is letting you get a jump on Olympics viewing. NBC will run the opening ceremony on Friday during primetime, but it will stream it live early Friday morning. It’s a 14-hour time difference between Pyeongyang and the Eastern time zone. For the first time, NBC will also air evening coverage of the Olympics live across the country, so what runs at 8 p.m. on the East Coast will air at 5 p.m. on the West Coast.

DATEBOOK

In 1964, thousands of screaming fans greeted The Beatles as they arrived at New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport for their first American tour.

In 2005, Paul McCartney performed at the Super Bowl halftime show in Jacksonville, Florida.

BIRTHDAYS

Garth Brooks is 56
Chris Rock is 53
Ashton Kutcher is 40
Isaiah Thomas is 29.

THIS IS….

NATIONAL GIRLS & WOMEN IN SPORTS DAY
Athletics play an important role in girls lives. Besides helping to establish a routine for a healthy, active lifestyle, sports build confidence, leadership skills and the ability to work with a team.

NATIONAL FETTUCCINE ALFREDO DAY (YES!!)
Alfredo di Lelio, an Italian restaurateur, created  Fettuccine Alfredo in 1908.  After his wife had given birth to their first son that year, she did not have an appetite.  To help encourage her to eat, he created a dish of noodles, cheese and butter.   She liked the dish so much that she thought he should put it on the menu at his small restaurant in Rome.

NATIONAL PERIODIC TABLE DAY
Elements known to ancient man were few. Gold, silver, copper, iron, lead, tin, mercury, sulfur and carbon were the earliest known elements. These were all known prior to the 1st century A.D. Over time, arsenic, antimony, phosphorus and zinc were discovered. By 1809 there were 47 discovered elements.

NATIONAL SEND A CARD TO A FRIEND DAY
We often think about our friends.  We wonder how they are, miss them and remember fond memories of times shared. Today is a day to send our friends a card and let them know that we are thinking of them!

 

THE THOUGHT FOR TODAY

Happy people build their inner world. Unhappy people blame their outer world.”

 

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