Monday, August 22, 2022

Monday Musings - August 22, 2022


1. August seems to be dragging on as this is the fourth of five Mondays. There are just 19 Mondays remaining in the year. 

2. School starts next Monday for most of the Maryland districts in my area. A sure sign that Summer is over and we are careening towards the dark days.

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Elkridge, MD
August 22, 2022

3. People continue to ask; when are we heading to Florida. With the sale of our bedroom furniture today, we may be heading to Florida sooner than later and possibly as early as next week.

4. The home inspection report is in and I have determined that the process is a scam. The report is full of errors regarding the house. One of the biggest recommendations to the buyers was that the gutters should be cleaned--we have a LeafFilter system on our gutters. The inspector never even went onto the roof to see that. I also enjoyed the item where they could not find the main water cutoff and recommended that a licensed plumber be retained to install one. OMG--it is right there! Big blue handle. 

5. Does anyone really care about why Tom Brady was missing training camp?

6. The Orioles continue to play exciting baseball even though they have slipped to 2.5 games out of a Wild Card position. They remain 5 games over .500 and are 5-5 in their last 10 games. There are a number of important series coming up, for instance today they begin a series against the White Sox who are one game behind them for a Wild Card position.

7. Today in History. On August 22, 1950, officials of the United States Lawn Tennis Association (USLTA) accept Althea Gibson into their annual championship at Forest Hills, New York, making her the first African American player to compete in a U.S. national tennis competition.

Growing up in Harlem, the young Gibson was a natural athlete. She started playing tennis at the age of 14 and the very next year won her first tournament, the New York State girls’ championship, sponsored by the American Tennis Association (ATA), which was organized in 1916 by Black players as an alternative to the exclusively white USLTA. After prominent doctors and tennis enthusiasts Hubert Eaton and R. Walter Johnson took Gibson under their wing, she won her first of what would be 10 straight ATA championships in 1947.

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Tom Brady to return to practice Monday following personal leave - CNN

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Chinese Banks Cut Rates to Spur Economic Growth - The Wall Street Journal

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New breed of video sites thrive on misinformation and hate - Reuters

Turkey doubles Russian oil imports, filling EU void - Reuters

Russia fires rockets at areas near nuclear plant, Kyiv bans Independence Day rallies - Reuters

In upstate N.Y., a test for Democrats running on abortion to stop GOP wave - The Washington Post

Alaska’s snow crabs have disappeared. Where they went is a mystery. - The Washington Post

-- Bob Doan, Elkridge, MD

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