Tuesday, January 18, 2022

Meme Spirited


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Tennis Tuesday

Between his new campaigns for (onetime Nazi Party uniform designer) Hugo Boss and Asics, plus his Icon magazine spread, there was no way Matteo Berrettini couldn't be the subject of this week's Tennis Tuesday. Feast your eyes BELOW.

Song of the Day: 'Got My Mind Set on You' by George Harrison

 Although it came at a price -- "Ebony and Ivory" and "The Girl Is Mine" come to mind -- I'm grateful that I'm old enough to have been around when members of the Beatles were having hit singles. One in particular is today's song of the day, when George Harrison -- the Kathy Valentine of the Beatles -- sat impossibly atop the Billboard Hot 100 above Whitney Houston, Michael Jackson, Prince and the rest of the recording world! 

Harrison released the song -- written and composed by Rudy Clark and originally recorded by James Ray in 1962 -- on his 1987 album, "Cloud Nine." It was the last album of his lifetime.

Page 1 Roundup (01/18)


The Daily News: New York leaders honor MLK Jr. and pledge a more just city: ‘His name has transcended an identity’

GCNLGBT groups push for voting rights, gun control on MLK Day

MetrosourceRemembering Betty White with early 'Golden Girls' writer Stan Zimmerman

Boy CultureAlan Eichler on his one-of-a-kind YouTube channel, preserving the past and working with Eartha Kitt, Ruth Brown and others

The Randy Report: Gay rights icon Jim Obergefell will run for Ohio House seat

Matthew's Island: Five ginger models

Hot Cat of the Day: "And now for my next number ..."

Morning Wood

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Monday, January 17, 2022

Weekend Tennis Update


I had hoped to have this done before the Australian Open officially began but was busy with family obligations -- so will you settle for "better late than never"? Thanasi Kokkinakis, Aslan Karatsev, Paula Badosa and Madison Keys won tune-ups over the weekend, plus we got an eyeful of Kevin Krawietz, Liam Broady and more BELOW.

Postcard From Arizona

My first week in Arizona saw my stepfather (Gary) finally getting moved from the hospital to rehab, where he is working hard to regain his strength after having a tumor removed from his spine. (He'd actually gotten to rehab a week before I arrived but had to be readmitted to the hospital when they became concerned that his wound had become infected, which turned out not to be the case. Another lost week was not ideal, but it beats the risk of something far worse.) Once he is able, he will come home and then begin radiation and chemotherapy to treat his cancer (multiple myeloma). It's been fairly low-key helping out my mom in his absence -- keeping her company (lots of "Match Game '75"!), driving her to appointments and to visit Gary, making meals and just generally helping her get around. Here's hoping that Gary continues to improve so he can get discharged and then I will stay here until I am sure they are in a position to take care of themselves -- with some additional assistance from home health aides -- before returning to the (212). xo