TOUR DE CURE 2022

2Tour de Cure Smithfield, VA 63 miles
Weight 240.3

https://www.strava.com/activities/7066491564/overview

Got up at 4AM. Left house by 530AM. Ran into GPS problem. Didn’t know which GPS to use. Wound up re-entering the Portsmouth Tunnel…but…the Berkely Bridge was going up. 10 minute delay. By the time I got to the sight it was 7AM. Only time to check in….pick up packet and get dressed. Was able to get to the start…take pics…and listened to the National Anthem. Conditions were a bit breezy and chilly. The rest stops were awesome. Nice snacks. Even had a Subway sandwich at last stop. Last 10 miles was very challenging. I really wanted to quit. Kept wondering why am I out here…not having fun…having a hard time riding. I wound up just focusing on Mike Rogers and his buddy…Dinah…who was an awesome pacer given she had to weigh 250 pounds on a 5’5″ frame. She was badass!!! By the time I got to the finish line I was spent…totally tired. Slept real good. Woke up with no pain…or soreness anywhere. That’s when I realized I am at a great level of fitness. All the additional virtual riding paid off. I am totally grateful Lord for the blessing to be an endurance athlete. Thank you Lord.

CRUCIAL ADVISE ON PARENTING

Parenting in today’s world is like trying to navigate through a landmine of challenges. Kids are dealing with a lot in today’s society, like added pressures at school, cyberbullying, and social media. While many things have changed since the Andy Griffith show, wanting to raise children, you are respectful and value hard work has not. This classic clip shares an important message about how not to create a spoiled child.

The clip starts with the two boys hanging out together, and Opie is admiring Arnold’s new bike. Opie assumes that Arnold has been working for a long time to save up for such a nice bike. Arnold responds with, “Kids aren’t supposed to work for their allowance.” Opie quips back that since his father is so busy, it’s possible he hasn’t heard about this yet! Arnold gives Opie an impromptu tantrum-throwing lesson before the boys part ways.

Later, a deputy chastises Arnold for riding his bike on the sidewalk. As soon as the policeman turns his back, Arnold hops right back up on the sidewalk! This time he nearly runs over Opie’s dad, the other policeman’s boss! Afterward, Opie is in his father’s office, trying to explain how he shouldn’t have to work for his allowance. His father laughs and tells him that is not how things work. Opie throws himself on the floor in a wild fit, but his father ignores him, except for telling him not to get his clothes dirty.

Suddenly, Arnold and his father enter the office. Arnold’s dad is upset that they impounded his son’s bicycle. Arnold does his best tantrum-throwing, but his dad realizes that there is a problem when Arnold is willing to let his dad sit in jail, solely so he can get his bike back! Arnold’s father teaches his son a lesson and sells the bicycle. Opie realizes that this is no way to behave and asks his dad if he has additional work he can do. He says that he wants to save up for a bell and then save up for a bike to put under it.

THE BEST MARCH MADNESS

in 2018, #1 Virginia (31-3) lost in the first round to UMBC…74-54. In 2019, they win it all!! The last 2 games for the win was simply “Madness” at its best. Remember this…

9 points in 7 seconds!!! 3 free throws with no time by Guy wins it!!!

AND THEN THIS IN OVERTIME FOR THE CHAMPIONSHIP

THE 2019 NCAA BASKETBALL CHAMPIONSHIP WILL ALWAYS BE THE MADDEST OF MARCH MADNESS

WILL SMITH

Smith slaps Rock for a joke on Jada’s short hair. Her short hair is a side effect of an illness she is going through. Smith’s slap was on cue for the role he played in “King Richard”…i.e. defends the name and reputation of family. Lesson: be mindful of what you say about people’s appearance.

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https://www.wsj.com/articles/will-smith-no-charges-slap-chris-rock-11648476100?mod=hp_lead_pos5

KAREEM SPEAKS….

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar writes:

“When Will Smith stormed onto the Oscar stage to strike Chris Rock for making a joke about his wife’s short hair, he did a lot more damage than just to Rock’s face. With a single petulant blow, he advocated violence, diminished women, insulted the entertainment industry, and perpetuated stereotypes about the Black community. That’s a lot to unpack. Let’s start with the facts: Rock made a reference to Smith’s wife, Jada Pinkett Smith, as looking like Demi Moore in ‘G.I. Jane,’ in which Moore had shaved her head. Jada Pinkett Smith suffers from alopecia, which causes hair loss. Ok, I can see where the Smiths might not have found that joke funny. But Hollywood awards shows are traditionally a venue where much worse things have been said about celebrities as a means of downplaying the fact that it’s basically a gathering of multimillionaires giving each other awards to boost business so they can make even more money. The Smiths could have reacted by politely laughing along with the joke or by glowering angrily at Rock. Instead, Smith felt the need to get up in front of his industry peers and millions of people around the world, hit another man, then return to his seat to bellow: ‘Keep my wife’s name out of your fucking mouth.’ Twice. Some have romanticized Smith’s actions as that of a loving husband defending his wife. Comedian Tiffany Haddish, who starred in the movie ‘Girls Trip’ with Pinkett Smith, praised Smith’s actions: ‘[F]or me, it was the most beautiful thing I’ve ever seen because it made me believe that there are still men out there that love and care about their women, their wives.’ Actually, it was the opposite. Smith’s slap was also a slap to women. If Rock had physically attacked Pinkett Smith, Smith’s intervention would have been welcome. Or if he’d remained in his seat and yelled his post-slap threat, that would have been unnecessary, but understandable. But by hitting Rock, he announced that his wife was incapable of defending herself—against words. From everything I’d seen of Pinkett Smith over the years, she’s a very capable, tough, smart woman who can single-handedly take on a lame joke at the Academy Awards show. This patronizing, paternal attitude infantilizes women and reduces them to helpless damsels needing a Big Strong Man to defend their honor least they swoon from the vapors. If he was really doing it for his wife, and not his own need to prove himself, he might have thought about the negative attention this brought on them, much harsher than the benign joke. That would have been truly defending and respecting her. This ‘women need men to defend them’ is the same justification currently being proclaimed by conservatives passing laws to restrict abortion and the LGBTQ+ community. Worse than the slap was Smith’s tearful, self-serving acceptance speech in which he rambled on about all the women in the movie ‘King Richard’ that he’s protected. Those who protect don’t brag about it in front of 15 million people. They just do it and shut up. You don’t do it as a movie promotion claiming how you’re like the character you just won an award portraying. But, of course, the speech was about justifying his violence. Apparently, so many people need Smith’s protection that occasionally it gets too much and someone needs to be smacked. What is the legacy of Smith’s violence? He’s brought back the Toxic Bro ideal of embracing Kobra Kai teachings of ‘might makes right’ and ‘talk is for losers.’ Let’s not forget that this macho John Wayne philosophy was expressed in two movies in which Wayne spanked grown women to teach them a lesson. Young boys—especially Black boys—watching their movie idol not just hit another man over a joke, but then justify it as him being a superhero-like protector, are now much more prone to follow in his childish footsteps. Perhaps the saddest confirmation of this is the tweet from Smith’s child Jaden: ‘And That’s How We Do It.’ The Black community also takes a direct hit from Smith. One of the main talking points from those supporting the systemic racism in America is characterizing Blacks as more prone to violence and less able to control their emotions. Smith just gave comfort to the enemy by providing them with the perfect optics they were dreaming of. Many will be reinvigorated to continue their campaign to marginalize African Americans and others through voter suppression campaign. As for the damage to show business, Smith’s violence is an implied threat to all comedians who now have to worry that an edgy or insulting joke might be met with violence. Good thing Don Rickles, Bill Burr, or Ricky Gervais weren’t there. As comedian Kathy Griffin tweeted: ‘Now we all have to worry about who wants to be the next Will Smith in comedy clubs and theaters.’ The one bright note is that Chris Rock, clearly stunned, managed to handle the moment with grace and maturity. If only Smith’s acceptance speech had shown similar grace and maturity—and included, instead of self-aggrandizing excuses, a heartfelt apology to Rock.”