Hiya GT,

What’s been Good for/near/around you lately?

Also, What tweets did you see & like today?

For me, good things were:

1. An unexpected day off, because the bar i was supposed to work at closed for the Superbowl (rural bar, not expecting enough customers to make staying open worthwhile. I think they probably asked the regulars, and got enough confirmations that folks’d be elsewhere).

2.That my doggo, Lily, seems to be doing better than she has in months, now that the Tweedle-thief roommate is gone (mostly, anyway—T-t’s stuff’s still here, but she is physically gone from the house for good, except for 1-2 police escorted trips to *get* said stuff)

Lily’d had a small lick granuloma i’d been struggling to fully heal since late last fall. It’s almost gone—evidently it wasn’t allergy-related, as much as STRESS/OCD related.

I’m just glad she’s getting back to her old, goofy, cuddlebug self😁 

3. Seeing Randy Moss show his true personality in some of the interviews about his first-ballot Hall of Fame induction. I KNOW Moss can be pretty controversial. I do!

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But i’ve liked him for years now. Not because of his football stuff so much, as for the things he’s done quietly, especially the things he’s done for kids.

Yes, there were the “I play when i want to” moments, and the “I wouldn’t feed my dog this” moments (among others).

But there was also a less-reported, but still findable-if-you-looked-closely narrative that got HIGHLY drowned-out by the “ZOMG LOOK WHAT RANDY DID!!!” headlines. And that was his loyalty to his hometown* (an unincorporated area in West Virginia), and his quiet work with kids, especially sick & disabled kids.

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I don’t know why he was always so comfortable around kiddos who had big illnesses & disorders, but after seeing the interviews today on one of the local stations, i wonder if some of it may be because of his mom’s work? (She evidently worked for more than 20 years in a nursing home. As Randy said, “Not giving meds & pushing needles—Changing diapers.”)

If you watched him at games, you saw how he made sure to get game balls & touchdown balls to the kids around him on the field, and those moments—making a kiddo smile—were the moments you’d see Randy just light up.

Mike Morris, another Vikings great also said on Fox9's sports show tonight, that the Randy he saw in the HOF interview on channel 9, talking about his hometown, his mom, and West Virginia, was the man he knew from the locker room. The one who cared about kids, and the one who once spent the night sleeping in a sick kiddo’s hospital room.

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Seeing Randy finally get to be himself these last couple years as a commentator/analyst on ESPN, and get voted in on his first year has been a lot of fun.

YES he has a big ego, and yes, there IS a good amount of shit in his past! Thing is, he owns it. He doesn’t act like it didn’t happen.

And, frankly, in this day & age, with as many people as currently deny or try to hide stuff that’s “less than stellar” from their past, i find folks like him easier to like than the ones who shirk & deny.

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Here’s a pretty good writeup from ages ago, which taps a bit of the institutional racism he had to deal with growing up

And here’s a shorter version of the interview i saw (unfortunately not the longer cut of him talking about his mom):

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And here are a few of the Tweets i saw tonight that i liked, or which made me laugh

The first is a re-work of one of the Dodge ads.

I didn’t catch the ad, but i LOVE the redo:

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And this one, from the Hawks’ official account CRACKED me up!

(Although i WON’T be surprised if it gets deleted, which was why i screenshotted it, and will replace if it goes😆🤣😂)

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*yes, with a bit of a love/hate relationship to that hometown. One that, being from a tiny, podunk-rural town myself, i was always able to identify with. You don’t really fit in anymore, so you really can’t ever go back. But it’s the place that shaped you, and made you the person you became. You see ALL it’s flaws, and know that folks there can be damn cruel & racist a.f. But it’s HOME, and although it hurts a bit to love it, because of those flaws, you still can see the good & beauty there, too.