Sunday, July 12, 2020

Texas Man, 30, Dies After Catching Coronavirus at ‘Covid Party’

This would be funny if it weren't so tragic. 

A Texas man has died after attending a "Covid party" because he thought coronavirus is a hoax, authorities said. 
The man was 30 years old at the time of his death, according to Methodist Healthcare Chief Medical Officer Dr. Jane Appleby.

Appleby told news organizations that the patient, who has not been named, had attended a so-called Covid party prior to contracting coronavirus.

"This is a party held by somebody diagnosed by the Covid virus and the thought is to see if the virus is real and to see if anyone gets infected," Appleby told News 4 San Antonio.

The man who attended the party then became critically ill.

While in the hospital, Appleby said that just before he died, he looked at his nurse and said, "I think I made a mistake, I thought this was a hoax, but it's not." 
Appleby also told KSAT that, "He didn’t really believe. He thought the disease was a hoax. He thought he was young and he was invincible and wouldn’t get affected by the disease." 
Appleby said that she decided to go public about this particular coronavirus death because the spike in Covid-19 cases has been continuing in Bexar County, where San Antonio is located.
A preventable death is sad, no matter how stupid the person is. Vote like people’s lives depend on it, because they really do. 

Speedo Sunday

If you think Luke looks good here, wait'll you see him last week in his Star-Spangled SPEEDO.

Saturday, July 11, 2020

Getting My Pro Tennis Fix

The only thing more fun than watching old tennis matches on DVD during a pandemic is having Martina Navratilova weigh in! 

(BTW: Martina killed Trace the next day in the final, 2 and 2.)

Tracy was in fine form in this semifinal showdown at the 1980 United Airlines Sunbird Cup at the Grenelefe Golf & Tennis Resort in Haines City, Fla., where it was played until moving to clay courts in 1984 at the Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress. Andrea threw up a lot of her trademark moon balls, which Tracy would patiently return until seeing an opportunity to hammer one on the rise.

This was the third time the teens had played and the worst drubbing for the 14-year-old, who had turned pro earlier that year after winning the Avon Futures of Las Vegas, beating Barbara Potter in the final, 7–6, 4–6, 6–1. After the loss to Austin, though, Andrea told Bud Collins and Dr. Julie Anthony (Gigi Fernandez’s May-December “coach”) that she thought she would get there eventually, once she grew up a bit. And sure enough, she would rally to defeat Tracy 2-6, 6-4, 6-4 in Mahwah, N.J., later that same year, in the run-up to her sensational semifinal showing at the 1980 U.S. Open, where she suffered a devastating loss to Hana Mandlikova. The nail-biting 6-1, 3-6, 7-6 defeat would weigh heavily on my mind when Jennifer Capriati fell to Monica Seles by a similar score 11 years later, which seemed to put the nail in the coffin of Jen 1.0. Jaeger, of course, brushed it off and went on to reach 36 finals, winning 10 of them, including runner-up performances at the 1982 French Open (where in the semis she humiliated Chris Evert in straights sets) and Wimbledon 1983 (where in the semis she handed Billie Jean King her worst loss ever at the All-England Club) . But not unlike Austin, Jaeger's career would sadly effectively be over a year after that Wimbledon final, thanks to a devastating shoulder injury.

Much has been written about Andrea's post-tennis life, including her founding the Silver Lining Foundation in Colorado -- later renamed the Little Star Foundation -- for children with cancer. (Wikipedia notes that the organization had powerful backers, both in the world of sports and elsewhere, including John McEnroe, Andre Agassi, Pete Sampras, and David Robinson. In 1996, Jaeger received the Samuel S. Beard Award for Greatest Public Service by an Individual 35 Years or Under, an award given out annually by Jefferson Awards.) And for for a time in the aughts she was a nun, "Sister Andrea," as a member of the Anglican Order of Preachers. She was also linked in 2007 to Athletes for Hope, along with Agassi, Lance Armstrong, Tony Hawk, Jackie Joyner-Kersee, and Muhammad Ali, But a quick Google search shows earlier this year she was accused of misleading officials for tax breaks on her sprawling ranch where the sick children visit, which sounds bad but is so convoluted it is hard to know what to make of it all. (By all accounts she has done a lot great work in her life, but she may have tried to pull a fast one when some of her charitable endeavors dried up.) She sold the property in question in November for $1.5 million to a private owner and reportedly moved to Florida where she reportedly continues to raise money. 

The Tweet of the Moment

Election Day is less than four months away.

Saturday 'Stache

“Um. My 'stache is up here.”

Friday, July 10, 2020

On the Rag, Vol. 614

A weekly look at what's making news in the gay magazines:

Song of the Day: 'I Melt With You' (live) by Modern English

Following in the footsteps of a locked-down Crowded House, Modern English delivers another '80s classic from quarantine! "I Melt With You" only reached No. 78 on the Billboard Hot 100 when it was released in 1982 -- helped by its inclusion in the film "Valley Girl" the following year  -- and then No. 76 when it was re-released seven years later. Yet despite these underwhelming chart positions, it has to be one of the most popular songs of the era. Would kill to know how much money they've made off it all these years. My brother Bill bought the 12-inch single, above, natch.

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