Then he bought Twitter. Maybe it’s my age, the rural setting I live in or the fact I’m not a celebrity type with a million followers but I just don’t get people freaking out about his acquisition of a social media platform. Jameela Jamil said in what she vows is her last tweet: “I fear this free speech bid is going to help this hell platform reach its final form of totally lawless hate, bigotry, and misogyny. Best of luck.” George Takei pledged to stay, Tweeting “Should this place become more toxic, I pledge to strive even harder to lift up reason, science, compassion and the rule of law. The struggle against fascism, misinformation, and hate requires tough fighters.”
Your experience on Twitter depends on whose tweets you follow, a combination of what they say and who they share. There are stores that specialize in catering to particular tastes such as Whole Foods, but the same Walmart that sells Doritos, ice cream and Little Debbie cakes sells organic produce and gluten free “bread” if that’s what you’re into. It’s up to the shopper to decide what goes in the cart, be it one gallon of chocolate ice cream or a pint of lowfat frozen yogurt. It’s ironic that the people we hear most often express concerns about fascism are the same one who want to silence the voices they disagree with. I’ve also noticed the same people freaking out over Musk buying Twitter are the ones driving Teslas.
Final thought: we’re talking about a social media platform. Today it’s worth billions of dollars. Facebook shares (Meta Inc) are trading around $150 less than they were at the end of 2021. We used to all be on Myspace. If you go back far enough the cool kids hung out in AOL chat rooms. I guess if you’re 19 years old you’ve been on Twitter for as long as you’ve had a phone. Google those other names I just mentioned. I was a senior in college before I had a cell phone… and all it did was make phone calls.
The National Day of Prayer is Thursday, May 5th. Shown above is an event in Calhoun, GA, back in 2013. We circled the hospital in prayer. That requires a turnout of 300 to 400 and a massive amount of coordination. We still meet at the hospital but now on the Health Walk track and at 8 AM rather than during the noon hour. There is probably an event planned near you, if not at your church then possibly one your church is supporting. This link points to the National Day of Prayer website or check with your local newspaper, radio station and church websites/Facebook pages for events in your area.
Hamburger Harbingers of Death – I shared on Facebook this week that Burger King gave me a Triple Whopper after I ordered the Texas Double Whopper. Then I started gettings links to articles about “20 best burgers in Atlanta” and such. While they also serve regular sized portions that normal people eat, shown above are the stacker options that can be part of a food challenge at an establishment called The Vortex. (It’s a bar & grill but they don’t card you when ordering. All patrons must be 21 or over to get in the door.) They stack hamburger patties, cheese and bacon in between patty-melt sandwiches made on Texas toast as the buns. These are served with a side of fries and tots covered in cheese goo. The Triple, when consumed with its side dish, comes in at over 7,000 calories and the quadruple at a staggering 10,000+. That’s more than a “regular person” eats in 4 or 5 days. I’d still like to try the Texas Double Whopper someday. I’ll look inside the wrapper before I drive away next time.
Even if you’re not a Braves or Marlins fan you might have seen this one on the news. Miami’s Jess Chisholm started last Saturday’s game with a solo home run. The leadoff batter hit the first pitch offered for a home run, giving the Marlins a 1 – 0 lead in the first inning. Ozzie Albies, first batter in the Braves lineup, also hit the first pitch he was offered over the fence for a leadoff homer of his own. Both lead off batters hit home runs on the first pitch they were thrown. Believe it or not that isn’t a first in MLB history. It happened just last September also with Miami’s lead off batter Miguel Rojas and New York Mets Jonathan Villar. That was the first time since MLB started recording pitch counts back in 1988. So a series of unlikely events, that one might have thought impossible, has happened twice just recently. Speaking of the Mets, they are hanging in there with a 15 – 6 record, currently the best in baseball.
While on the subject of sports – and records, and firsts – UGA has just set an NFL draft record with 5 defensive players drafted in the first round. Travon Walker, Jordan Davis, Quay Walker, Devonte Wyatt and Lewis Cine were all picked up in the first round. The NFL draft will wrap up sometime later today.
I’ve never had an airline lose my luggage. I did fly all the way Germany one time only to find out my bag was still sitting in Atlanta. It was never lost, just not where I wanted it. Five million honeybees, about 800 pounds worth, that were supposed to go directly to Anchorage were misdirected to Atlanta. After four days the bees began escaping and cargo workers took them outside. By the time Atlanta beekeeper Edward Morton was contacted and arrived at the airport, most of the bees had already died from the heat. Alaska has no native bee population for the production and collection of honey. Delta Airlines has apologized for, in their words, the unfortunate situation.
The article I was reading said these were sugar cubes under high magnification. I shared this image with my nerd friends and wrote a caption about sugar cubes modeled after the Borg speech regarding assimilation. It doesn’t matter what I said or how clever it was, turns out those are individual salt crystals and not sugar cubes at all.
Turtles do not tan but like other cold blooded reptiles they do lay out in the sun to warm themselves. Notice the ones in the water with just their heads up to get air. One twitchy move from a guy taking pictures and they will disappear quickly below the surface.