It’s The Fourth
America is having a birthday in interesting times. The pandemic is still in its first wave and rising fast, BLM is in its second wave and seems to be gaining more and more support, and we have an orange man-child at the helm who is far more concerned about himself to even have the slightest clue how to be a leader.
So, yeah. Interesting times.
And the neighbors are going nuts with the fireworks. As I write this on the morning of July 5th, I can tell you last night was a big night for fireworks. It didn’t quiet down until after midnight. In fact, there were a few outbursts going into the wee hours. I was woken up at 3:20am by some yahoos still celebrating ‘Mericuh!
I know the pandemic has gotten us a bit keyed up for any excitement, but yeesh!
Also, our relatively new July 4th tradition still holds. My wife Amy painted my toenails. This year the color is dark purple.
Two New Toys
It was time. Our 19 year old lawn mower had become more and more difficult to get started and to keep running. Not being mechanical at all, my fixing the old boy was out of the question, so it was time for a new lawn mower.
We still have money left from the pandemic stimulus check, so I made a trip to the Home Depot and got us a new lawn mower and a new trimmer/edger. Like Bob Dylan in 1965, I went electric.
I had my first chance to use the new toys yesterday. Very fun! They worked like a charm. And the lawn mower looks like a race car! How cool is that?
A Dimland Radio ARGH!
Stupid, stupid riddles! The Facebook has had riddles making the rounds. Although it is refreshing to see something other than how much we all hate each other on social media, these riddles are so stupid. They are badly worded and impossible to solve because they leave out information. Information needed to be able to solve them.
I went over the two stupid riddles I’ve seen on Facebook and gave examples of two good riddles (and one silly one). One of them came for television’s favorite detective Columbo (the link gives you the set up, I give the solution on the show). The other is one I’ve known since I was a child.
A Dimland Radio Pedantic Moment: Back In Time?
The MLB Network has a series that started airing in 2009 (I don’t know if it is still running) called MLB Prime 9. Each show they review nine top things related to the game. Nine greatest catchers, nine best plays at the plate, nine best fastballs, and so on. I’ve watched a few and they are pretty fun and help fill the no baseball gap.
I reviewed the episode listing the nine greatest teams (of course four of them just had to be the Hated Yankees) and brought up a pedantic moment.
Just as they were beginning to discuss the 7th greatest team on the list, the 1909 Pittsburgh Pirates, the narrator said we would be going “back in time.” Well, yeah. The entire list has us going back in time. Duh!
Are People Really That Stupid?
I blogged about this a few days ago, so I’ll be brief this time.
Jimmy Kimmel Live did one of their “dumb people on the street” videos in which we see dumb Republican people being too dumb to identify any country on a map of the world. Of course the map was not labeled. But, come on! Shouldn’t they at least be able to pick out the United States?
Well, no. None of the people shown in the video segment could do the task. And that is important to remember: None of those who were shown. What about the people who could name a country? Surely there must have been some who could.
There are two ways this segment is deceptive. One is through editing. How many people were asked to name a country before Kimmel could find six who couldn’t? How many people were sent to the cutting room floor?
The other deception is that map. Look at the photo above. Notice anything odd about the map?
Wear A God Damn Mask!
You say you want America to get back to normal? You say you want to get back to work? You say you’re tired of the pandemic? Well, wear a god damn mask!
It’s so aggravating going into stores and other places the public frequents and see so many people not wearing masks. I talked about a particularly annoying incident from last weekend.
There is a shift going on at the conservative end of the spectrum. Prominent Republicans (here and here) are now saying people should wear masks. Even Fearless Leader seems to be coming around.
Let’s make America healthy again. WEAR A GOD DAMN MASK!
Be patient. Wash your hands. Stay home. WEAR A MASK! Stay safe.
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