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Bird Scooters, Voting and the World Series

102518If you live in Nashville, you would swear it was a scene from the movie “The Birds” but instead of birds it is in the form of these silly looking vehicles called “bird scooters” that have invaded the city.  It is annoying and it looks silly.  People are zipping down sidewalks, bike lanes, streets and any place these vehicles can possibly fit without regard to safety, traffic laws or even common sense.  They are a nuisance.  Just another irritation to add to the peddle taverns, golf carts, party vehicles and buses that litter downtown.  The electric scooter companies have promised to ensure their users are adhering to safety standards but I can tell you that they are not.  Riders are not abiding by any safety or any kind of standards.  Just like many Nashville automobile drivers, they are doing whatever they want without regard to any rules.  They are just everywhere and anywhere.  What happened to simply walking?  Oh wait, some people can’t do that right either.  So let’s add another form of transportation to an already over-saturated downtown.

Early voting has started and it is a good thing.  Everyone should get out and vote.  Unlike the way the presidential election goes, these elections actually do go by the popular vote so every vote does indeed count.  Be sure to check the times because they can be rather puzzling.  Polling places have some odd-ball closing times as my wife and I experienced yesterday when we attempted to go vote.  We unknowingly picked the night the place closed at 4:30 p.m.   So we will try again now that we have a copy of the times.  If you go vote, be sure to take a photo ID.  This is very important.  Millions of people have voted early and if this trend continues, it will be the highest turnout in 50 years.  I’m not going to tell you who to vote for.  That’s up to you.  Just take your common sense with you.

The Boston Red Sox lead the Los Angeles Dodgers 2 games to 0 in this year’s World Series but if you aren’t in Boston or Los Angeles you probably don’t care much about it.  This year’s World Series has the lowest rating since 2014.   Unless you are either a diehard baseball fan or one of your teams is in the World Series, it is very difficult to be interested in the World Series.  I honestly haven’t been interested since the Chicago Cubs won it in 2016.  I don’t know what it is about Major League Baseball.  The season is long.  Then there’s the one-game wildcard game, five-game divisional series and seven-game league championship and World Series.  Maybe there are too many games and too many teams in the playoffs.  With football and hockey going on in October, the fall classic doesn’t fit into my personal sports viewing schedule.

I’m hopping on my scooter and getting out of here…….

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National Anthem, Barry Trotz and Bird Scooters

trotzOkay, so let me get this straight, the National Football League (NFL) will have a new policy that requires players to stand if they are on the field for the national anthem but gives them the option to remain in the locker room if they prefer?  Yeah, that’s not a fix.  Not to sound anti-patriotic here but do we really need to have the national anthem before sporting events anymore?  This whole thing started back in the World War days to rally the country in support of our troops and the war effort.  Honestly unless you are patriotic or a veteran, not many people really care about the national anthem.  People are on their cell phones, talking or anything but being rallied so we’re going to punish players for kneeling?  The fix is to not even have the national anthem performed at sporting events.

Barry Trotz is the head coach for the Washington Capitals of the National Hockey League (NHL).  Last night he led his team to a 4-0 win over the Tampa Bay Lightning in Game 7 to win the Eastern Conference final and advance to the Stanley Cup final against the Vegas Golden Knights.  This will be the second appearance for the Capitals in a Stanley Cup final in their 44-year history.  Trotz is in his fourth season as head coach for the Capitals.  Here’s the interesting part to this story – he was the head coach for the Nashville Predators for 15 years until he was replaced by Peter Laviolette.  Laviolette took the Predators to the Stanley Cup last year.  Wouldn’t it be a kick in the gut if Trotz won the Cup with the Capitals?

Downtown Nashville has been invaded by bird – scooters.  This is a new form of transportation downtown where you can rent a scooter and leave it at random locations.  Yes, add this to the pedal taverns, golf carts, bicycles, cars and pedestrians.  There has been controversy over these scooters not being safe and riders not using the appropriate lanes.  They aren’t supposed to ride on sidewalks or the roads unless they are in the bike lane.  People ignore the rules.  No surprise there.  In fact, yesterday I saw two bird scooter riders nearly get smashed because they were going the wrong way and crossing in front of oncoming traffic to the sidewalk.  These folks already can’t drive all these other vehicles downtown and now we have to deal with these bird scooters?

Why is it when you get on an elevator and press the button to go to the top floor that some folks feel the need to comment like “Oh, going to the penthouse huh?” or “All the way to the top I see?”   What’s up with that?  These aren’t people I know either.  Random strangers.  What compels people to comment?  I usually ignore the comment or give one of my fake laughs (as if were the first time I have heard this).  One day I responded that that is where the psych ward is located and I’m going back to my room.

Jim Bakker is claiming that Yellowstone is going to erupt into a Super Volcano which will devastate America.  Yes, I’m talking about THAT Jim Bakker.  But, not to worry, you can order emergency food buckets he is selling on his website to survive it.  My fav would be the Italian Variety Bucket for $100.  Included in the bucket are all of the ingredients you need to prepare Pizza, Italiano Marinara, Fettuccine Alfredo, Breadsticks and Macaroni and Cheese. These delicious meals are easy to prepare and, with an extended shelf life, offer your family a convenient way to enjoy a hot comforting meal during an emergency or to fulfill your Italian food cravings whenever they may arise.  So, there’s a super volcano erupting, let’s make a pizza!

Trump has cancelled summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.  Maybe I’m the only one but I’ve been highly suspicious of this whole summit to begin with and the sudden change in Kim Jong Un.  It wasn’t long ago that he was test launching missiles and name calling.  I’m not so sure we know the real story about what’s going on here.

I was dropping off a package at UPS last week at the Music City Center and saw that they were having the American Colon/Rectal Surgeons Convention there.  Talking about awkward.  I was only passing through but when I got on the escalator there was a banner which covered the entire side of the escalator advertising the “new” triple staple device.   Yeah, I got out of there real fast.