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There are 151 stops on the World Champions Trophy Tour in recognition of 151 years of Braves baseball. It was only 81 degrees in Calhoun last night, the sky was overcast with a light breeze. On Thursday 600 people turned out to see the trophy in Cartersville where they had to wait in line in the hot sun. The tour continues through the summer with stops not only in Georgia but also Alabama, Tennessee and South Carolina. Here’s a link. Speaking of the Braves winning things… they are currently on a nine game winning streak with a 32 – 27 record. They continue their series with the Pirates today at 4:10.

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I am not the world’s biggest sports fan but my readers know I follow two teams very closely, the Atlanta Braves MLB team and the SEC Georgia Bulldogs. Prior to this week, the last time the Bulldogs were national champions Jimmy Carter was still in office. (Reagan had been elected but not inaugurated as of New Year’s Day 1981).

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The Atlanta Braves victory parade attracted hundreds of thousands of fans. Staged in two locations, the parade began in downtown Atlanta at noon and ended at Truist Park in the Battery at 3 PM. Then the program started, followed by concerts and a party that lasted well into the night. You probably know the Braves won the World Series in 6 games, shutting out the Houston Astros 7 – 0 at Minute Maid Park Tuesday evening. It’s the Braves second World Series title since moving to Atlanta in 1965. They made a remarkable worst to first run in the National League West Division (it’s a long story) in 1991 and won the World Series for the first time in Atlanta in 1995.

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Live long and prosper. September 8th was the 55th anniversary of the series premiere of Star Trek. The original series was cancelled by NBC after only three seasons but Gene Roddenberry, the Great Bird of the Galaxy, would eventually get a motion picture and another series on television. Today there are multiples franchises of films and I think we’re up to nine series if you count everything. But it all started this week 55 years ago in 1966 with what Roddenberry described as “Wagon Train to the stars.”

This is the week for anniversaries and we’ve got a bunch of them.

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As a public service we remind all readers to only transport gasoline in approved containers. Plastic garbage bags, storage tubs and that one lady with the laundry basket are NOT approved for hazard materials. (I think the laundry basket image was real but was taken by people goofing off. Either that or the vapors were getting to her.) Everyone has seen long lines at gas stations on the news and knows by now that several southeastern states have been experiencing a gas shortage following the ransomware attack on Colonial Pipeline. Did you know that a man and woman in North Carolina got in a fight over their place in line? Or that in South Carolina a woman hoarding gas tried to evade police only to crash her car which then caught on fire? The pipeline is up and running but it could still be a few days before local supplies catch back up.

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Let me first apologize for not getting an iMonk Radio podcast posted this week. Thursday and Friday were rough on me personally but I’m slowly coming around. The Master’s Table reached a milestone of 600 followers this week. The Internet Monk was a lot more popular online than I’ll ever be so there’s a good chance those podcasts are why some of y’all are here. We’ll get it right next week, please and thank you.

Did you catch the Harvest Moon Thursday night? It was still impressive last night and will probably look just about as full tonight. You may also see the planet Mars as a bright red spot at about the 10 o’clock position in relation to the moon when you look up. There will another full moon, known as a blue moon when occurring twice in a single month, on October 31st. There will be a full moon on Halloween night, which is on Saturday this year. The time change will take place overnight (the next day being the first Sunday of November) and we will all get an extra hour for either revelry or to recover from revelry, your choice.

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I first thought this was a parody, then I really hoped it was a parody. But no, this is a real product. You can cover your flute, saxophone, oboe and more. Click here to visit McCormick’s Instrument Covers and “hold the germs, not the sound.”

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1995 World Series – Fox Sports Southeast, which I’m sure is only available regionally, has been showing the 1995 MLB World Series between the Atlanta Braves and Cleveland Indians. If the option is available to you, tonight’s game 6 is the one you want to watch. Continue reading

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Silver linings – None of us would have chosen to live through a global pandemic at this time but there are some positive aspects to it. I wrote weeks ago that a little bit of struggle is good for us and managed to avoid using the cliche what doesn’t kill us makes us stronger. Families are not only spending time together some family members may have gotten to know each other for the first time. People are buying groceries and cooking at home. The slowdown of our economy is uncomfortable for some and extremely difficult for others but many have stepped up their levels of giving. Economic hardship has become an equalizing force that makes people realize we are more alike than we are different. Small companies that faced shutdown switched to make hand sanitizer or paper masks, many giving the product away and workers donating their time and labor. How many people, from politicians to celebrities, from corporate officials to health care workers, have you heard say we’re all in this together? Continue reading

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MLB Postseason – That’s Adam Duvall making his home run trot that put the Braves up 3-0 last night. The Atlanta Braves and St. Louis Cardinals are split one game each in their best of 5 National League Division Series. The Nationals and Dodgers are also evenly split in the other NLDS; meanwhile in the American League the Yankees took game one over the Twins and Astros beat the Rays. Continue reading