Morning Free Association: More Joyful

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On Saturday, the Boston Bruins played much better than they had on Thursday nights game against the same opponent, the Pittsburgh Penguins. It was good to see especially since they’ve been a chore to watch lately. The game was not a pretty one but they managed to come from behind and outscore the Pens 7-5 with Brad Marchand leading the charge with a hat trick.

Prior to the game, Bruce Cassidy gave some updates on players. Brandon Carlo is back to a week-to-week status with his upper body injury. The good news is that it isn’t the same UBI as before (concussion) and was described as being “upper body, below the neck”. It’s great to hear it’s not his head.

Tuukka Rask remains out with his back injury, one which is turning out to be a little more worrisome than anyone would hope. Apparently, it isn’t responded well to treatment, which makes one wonder if Tuukka will remain out for the remainder of the season. Not saying he will, but back injuries are tough to manage.

On Sunday, Jake DeBrusk was finally taken off the Covid list. At this time, the B’s are Covid-free. It took about one week of conditioning for Sean Kuraly to slot back into the lineup, so Jake probably has a couple of days of skating before he’ll appear in a game.

Tonight, the Bruins take on one of their favorite foes, the Philadelphia Flyers in the first part of a home-and-home. On Tuesday night, they’ll be in Philly. This week is the finale for this season series with games tonight, Tuesday, and an oddly-timed huge manatee game at 2pm on Saturday again in the City of Batteries Thrown at Santa City of Brotherly Love.

 

Don’t get too excited: the only other matchup this week (Thursday and again on Sunday) is against the Washington Capitals.

Happy Monday!

 

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I think Nugget is going ham on a mouse right now. Or I have a squeaky toy I don’t know about.

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R.I.P mouse

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Wohoo getting my first jab on the 27th!

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Jo has had her first, second in a couple weeks

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Arrgh. Am going to have to squat on some reservation sites. My doctor’s office is being cagey, and the state isn’t opening up to people who are “a bit old, but not really and a bit hypertensive, but not too bad”, etc. until April 19th. Last time I looked, all of the appointments were full for a couple dozen vaccination sites.

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So, the couple that bought the cottage we are renting, (Trumpers, both have had Covid) told Jo and i that they heard a report detailing how masks don’t work….. and it’s true…. they don’t work….UNLESS YOU ACTUALLY WEAR THEM! Dumber than a bag of hammers!

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My patience for people who are just aggressively stupid is all but gone.

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GH is watching an HBO miniseries on Q and 8chan, and even from the little that I’ve seen by looking over her shoulder while I’m fetching a drink or fixing a sandwich, it is striking that there is just something fundamentally wrong with these people. And yet a huge number of people have allowed themselves to be fooled into believing things that don’t make sense. And I say “allowed” in the sense that they have actively tried to believe in nonsense.
Same with the election – more than half of the people who voted for the guy who lost, don’t believe he legitimately lost, even though the states and the courts and the polls and the Congress and Trump’s own federal cybersecurity apparatus all say – “yes, the results are consistent” “No, there was no appreciable voter fraud in any district”. No amount of evidence is ever going to change their minds.

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No amount of evidence is ever going to change their minds.
Closed minds! A sign of limited intelligence.

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Jeremiah 5:21
: : : Hear now this, O foolish people, and without understanding; which have eyes, and see not; which have ears, and hear not.

See, it’s been a problem since biblical times

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Oh yeah. I remember as a kid, reading old testament stories, as soon as the early patriarchs would turn around, the flock would slap together an idol made out of cheese and shiny rocks and start worshipping it, or they’d gather together in rape gangs or whatnot. And I was always thinking “what was wrong with these people?” and glad that people today seemed to be different.

Then as an adult, I had the rude realization that people were actually not different, and any sufficiently persistent huckster could get quite a lot of them to succumb to their baser instincts.

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Morning all. Sunday chores are a lot more fun when you crank some Spice Girls and Britney Spears. Toxic is one of the best songs ever and I will fight anyone who says otherwise.comment image

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Never really liked Britney, but I am oddly mesmerized by this GIF.

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^this^

I go to Motown for my housecleaning duties. That feather duster is an awesome prop when you’re dancing around!

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You have a good ear – it was co-written by six-time Ivor Novello award winner Cathy Dennis (Toxic earning one of those, she got another three for Can’t Get You Out of my Head by Kylie Minogue). She also wrote I Kissed a Girl by Katie Perry. All great pop tunes.

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Oooo, haven’t listed to Can’t Get You Out of my Head is a long time. Need to queue that one up!

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It was the soundtrack to our Italian Grand Prix trip in 2001. That and Drops of Jupiter by Train.

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So the situation in Vancouver got my attention.
Something like 18 Canucks players & 3 staff got COVID, and at least some with the Brazilian variant some with serious symptoms. Yank that team for the next three weeks.

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Yeah, scary what’s going on up there. Hasn’t stopped the maskless anti-lockdown protests though. What’s wrong with them?

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I do not know. People are dumb.

It’s obvious the Canucks screwed up somewhere – that’s a lot of people to get sick in such a short period of time. I fully expect this particular outbreak to cut someone’s career short. So far, the (young & fit) players have gotten through the occasional exposure with limited symptoms, so I’d been convinced that the league would get through the season with between few or no players with long term lung damage, but this one is different.

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Good Morning!
I was in and out listening to the game Saturday. What i surprise! I don’t think they are out of the woods yet, but i’m happy to see better play is a thing.

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Fought through chills and fever to sheetrock this weekend. Ceilings are tough alone, no matter how clever you get. I rest now!

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That doesn;t sound good. Did you get a test?

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No test. I felt better by Sunday pm. It struck me about three bites into a curried chicken wrap Thursday evening. Not sure if that was the cause or coincidence, but i’m over it now.

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Morning folks.

Happy Easter Monday, if that’s a thing over there. Scoff some chocolate eggs, if that’s a thing over there!

Fun game Saturday. Seven goals in one period?? That’s five games in the last seven the Bs have scored at least three goals. Have they turned a corner? Let’s hope so.

Got a bit sunburned yesterday, sitting in the garden. Today – snow!! A little bit anyway.

Ah the Happy Mondays. I saw them in 2000, supporting Oasis at Wembley Stadium. Getting tickets to that show partly influenced my decision to move to Wembley (a suburb in north London) – didn’t fancy a long trek home! There were other considerations, of course …

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I love the Happy Mondays! Never was able to see them.

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^Stripes^

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Easter Monday is not celebrated here. I noticed that in Massachusetts no holiday for Good Friday…. what’s up with that?

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Not confident that they’ve turned a corner, but hopeful! I’m quite unhappy that they let Pittsburgh back into that game. The defense is still showing its warts.

And that last minute powerplay awarded to Crosby was an embarrassment – Why did they review it? Either you saw a penalty or you didn’t. Call it in real time or not, but don’t call it because whiny-ass Sid is complaining after the play. And how did they decide it should be a double minor when it was clear from replay that the stick never came near his face? I thought Crosby had grown less whiny over time – I guess not.

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They called that a double minor?! Didn’t realise that – I didn’t see any blood.

Yeah, when you’re two goals up and on the PP with two minutes to play that should be it, really. Surely it should’ve been an automatic goal rather than a PP though?

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That would have been a good situation in which to award an automatic goal.
However, I am definitely sympathetic to downgrading the penalty to a penalty shot or a power play. It’s more entertaining. And awarded goals are as rare as unicorns. Honestly, if the play-by-play guys hadn’t brought it up as a possibility, it wouldn’t have occurred to me.

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if the play-by-play guys hadn’t brought it up as a possibility, it wouldn’t have occurred to me.

I wouldn’t have thought of it either but Marchand went straight to the ref and said it. Could hear it very clearly on the NHL Network feed! smile