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Day 19: The Week in Review

I don’t know if it was just my way, but this week felt like time was slogging through a vat of cold molasses. Here we are finally, though. Friday. Let’s do a little blogging challenge week in review, shall we?

Here’s a look at my fave news pops from the week. Join the discussion!


I had to go see a guy about a possible concussion — a great story for another time — and I was lightheaded and jittery. My anxiety was high and my nerves were shot after a crap weekend. With shaky hands, I filled out a mountain of paperwork and waited to hear my name.

Scrolling through my phone, I stumbled on the new Gillette ad. If you’ve been online at all, you’ve probably seen the back and forth about their new take on selling razors. Personally, I think it’s genius. And it’s powerful. It’s definitely a conversation that needs to be had.

But then social media exploded with guys from all over ranting about how they’re never using Gillette razors again! With eyebrow raised, I read through their tweets and posts and came to a place of pure disbelief. Were these guys kidding??


Did he really just serve Clemson a vat of fast food from the White House silver? I didn’t even know what to do with that information. The memes have been spectacular, though. And the resounding clapback heard ’round the world is still echoing in my probably-concussed brain. #WhiteHouseDinners

I read a USA Today article that really shined a light on the whole thing, though. Might be a touch of a conspiracy theory, but in her article, author Christine Brennan takes a look at the tradition of the event and suggests that the orchestration that Trump’s team created was a diversion from all the other nonsense flying out of the White House. Brennan also examines a relevant sub point — where’s the love for women’s teams?


On Wednesday, I got really mad at our country’s leadership. Troops in Syria are supposed to start coming home soon, which would be all great, except that we still need them there. When the news came out that 4 Americans were killed in a bombing claimed by ISIS, it infuriated me. Hadn’t we just been repeated told (lied to) that ISIS has been defeated?? Awkward…


To fire me up even more, Thursday decided to run this gem, a story CNN ran exposing the nooses and “whites-only” signs hanging in a GM plant. How is this 2019? You see something like this in the news and you think, “Surely, that’s as bad as it gets.” And then you read the news the next day, and it wasn’t. And you’re shocked. And then you’re no longer shocked. That’s the terrifying bit.


My Friday find is a local piece. There’s this place on Beale Street, The New Daisy Theatre, that’s been there forever. I saw Alanis Morissette play there for $8 when I was a teenager. Many years later, I was invited there to spend the night alongside Jerry Lee Lewis and receive an award as an up and coming local musician. Beth Hart changed my life there not too long ago when she was in town.

And now it seems that it’s closing, which is sad. It’s a landmark and a rite of passage. It’s a draw for that end of the street, which is going to impact the businesses around it. The whole thing is really shady, though. Looks like there’s a lot going on behind the scenes — taking furniture and sound equipment out the back, not making contact with booked artists who just show up to no gig, and more — so it’ll be interesting to see how this story plays out.

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