Morning Free Association: For All The Marbles

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Well, we made it through another week of our patriotic duty of staying at home except for essentials. We celebrated and now we’re back at it again for another week of social distancing.

Saturday would have been the final game of the regular season, a home game against the Carolina Hurricanes. Obviously, it will be a while before that game is played, if it is at all.

All we can do is follow the guidelines by staying at home as much as possible. And maybe find a new sport or two.

If you are looking for an oddly compelling sport, may I suggest marble racing? I thought it was a joke when I first heard about it and wasn’t sold until I saw this on Twitter.

I figured if Dan “Ew, David!” Levy was fascinated by it, that I should give it a try. Then, I watched all 8 minutes of the first Marbula 1 and now I am caught, hook, like , and marble.

Enjoy!

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Surfing was crazy good today!!

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I loved the movie Clockwork Orange. The book was even better!

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Your Richard E. Grant Fact of the Day:

Grant’s father once tried to shoot him.

Yes, Grant liked his father and respected him as a good and thoughtful man. But after the dissolution of his marriage to Grant’s mother, Hendrick developed a drinking problem, and Richard sometimes found himself in the position of caring for his remaining parent.
However, he still went off to boarding school, and he was enamored with acting as a career path. This was considered somewhat scandalous in the conservative land of Eswatini. It was seen as an unreliable and not respectable way to earn a living. Nevertheless, Grant would pursue the performing arts. When he was 14 years old, he came home on break, and snuck out of the house to see Stanley Kubrik’s “A Clockwork Orange” – a movie with a rape scene, which was also quite scandalous at the time. In fact, it was rated “X” in many western countries, and rated “XXX” in Eswatini. He got a long false eyelash set to wear, similar to Malcolm McDowell’s character in the film.
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His father was not pleased that he had gone to an XXX rated film as an underaged boy, was sneaking out of the house to do so, and came back wearing a ridiculously feminine false eyelash.

After some unpleasantness, Richard mistakenly thought his inebriated father had fallen asleep. In an attempt to aid him in trying to quit drinking, Richard emptied a case of scotch down the sink.

It turns out that Hendrick was not asleep after all. This became obvious to the boy when Hendrick pulled out a revolver and began chasing him around the back yard. Apparently, those bottles of liquor were more treasured than the teen had estimated. Eventually, Hendrick cornered his son and put the revolver to the boy’s forehead. “I’m going to blow your brains out!”, he threatened.
By this time, Richard had grown weary of the bipolar existence, and told the man to just go ahead and do it.
And that is exactly what the man did.

Or tried to.

Did I mention that he was falling-down drunk?
Yeah, he managed to pull the trigger on a teenaged boy standing directly in front of him, and missed.

Later, upon confessing this event to a family friend, Grant was warned to keep the incident a secret, because his father had been so well liked and respected. And he did keep this a secret for a time.

Then he put it into a movie.

This has been your Richard E. Grant Fact of the Day.

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My god.

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Yeah, I sat on that one on Friday, not wanting to go into the weekend with a traumatic story.

However, even after that incident, when his father gave him his wristwatch, he wore it fairly religiously, well into the 2010s, even though I think he had some sort of marketing deal with Ebel luxury watches.

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Hi All!
Lots of work this weekend! Now it’s surf time!!!

Then mo work.

Haven’t Zoomed yet…. I’ll try to figure it out.

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Just got my dad set up on Zoom. And if HE can do it … lol

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Stay at home. Stay anonymous!

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Morning all. Nice to see blue skies.

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Hi all.

Well marble racing is strangely entertaining! I’ll have my money on Snowball for the next race…

This weekend would have been the Grand National – a very popular horserace which most people in Britain have a bet on even if they don’t know anything about racing. This year they staged a virtual version, which was broadcast on national TV. Bookies profits were given to the NHS, and there was a maximum bet of £10.

Yesterday I watched an F1 race from 1986 and a biathlon event from the 2010 winter Olympics.

We all managed to resist the temptation to go out yesterday despite the lovely weather. Unfortunately not everyone was so well disciplined. Sounds like the medical experts are expecting a grim week for Britain and the US. Look after yourselves, guys!

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I found a nature vision channel and spent yesterday pretending I was on a tropical island. lol

The F1 Esports streams have provided some fun content (looking at you Lando racing on the formation lap).

Yes, stay safe everyone!

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I got a kick out of watching replays of stupid sports like “competitive eating” and “Cherry-pit spitting” on ESPN-2 last weekend. (sorry, ESPN-8, “TheOcho!”) grin

The last week was kind of foreboding out our way — the town where I would normally go to work has reported 143 total cases, including some deaths and recoveries, the town where we live has dozens of cases. This week could be pretty bad. However, we did start statewide isolation about two weeks ago, so perhaps the rate of spread will go from logarithmic to linear. *fingers crossed*