1. Hurricane Harvey
My heart breaks seeing my friends in Texas and along the Gulf Coast dealing with the effects of Hurricane Harvey. Particularly in Houston. The images I've seen of water up to rooftops and highways looking like oceans has been hard to deal with. However, with bad always comes good. The outpouring of love and support for the victims has been incredible. From a kid selling lemonade, to celebrities donating millions of dollars to the relief efforts, it has been incredible to see! I have given to the relief efforts and plan on giving more.
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There's a song in Lin Manuel Miranda's hit Broadway musical, In The Heights, entitled "Enough." The number comes in Act II of the musical when Camila finally reaches her tipping point as her daughter, Nina, and husband, Kevin, argue about various issues. The song has popped into my head a lot due to the craziness that has been going on in our country as of late. The bickering, finger-pointing, disregard for human life and hating another person just because they do not look like you or they have different beliefs than you.
1. Showtime Shuffle
I live at the theater. Okay, not really. But I make more than my fair share of trips to see a good film. One such theater I've frequented quite often throughout the years is AMC Classic Durham 15 (formerly Carmike Wynnsong 15). I've always liked the "small town" feel of this theater as well as deals that are offered to customers on Tuesdays - discounted tickets and concessions - because paying $20/person for a ticket, small popcorn and small drink is ridiculous.
Being a person who works primarily in the evenings/nights, I tend to go to see a film in the late morning or early afternoon. I planned on doing just that on a recent Tuesday but, to my surprise, the theater had no showtimes before 4 p.m. available. It wasn't because of a glitch on the website I was looking at. Nor due to the earlier showtimes being sold out. Apparently, it's due to lower attendance.
1. Grace Makes History at The Open
The Open Championship always tends to make history each year. This year was no different as Branden Grace shot the first ever 62 in a major. The 29-year-old South African was "slightly dumbfounded" after being told of his accomplishment by his caddie, according to Newsday. Grace's score beats a 63, shot by Johnny Miller in the final round of the 1973 U.S. Open. Congrats, Branden! What a huge accomplishment!
1. Supercon Wrap-Up
The first ever Raleigh Supercon is in the books, wrapping on Sunday! It was, coincidentally, my first "con" of any kind and I had a blast! Just in case you missed it (or want to read it again, I won't judge), check out a story I wrote on meeting Gaten Matarazzo from Stranger Things at Supercon. it's definitely worth the read! Supercon is coming back in August 2018 and I'm already looking forward to it. Especially if organizers can bring back Gaten and/or some of the other cast members from the show!
Some people were outraged at tweets from NPR, thinking that they were propaganda or inciting a revolution. What they got, in return, was a slice of humble pie.
1. Bad Move, CMT
I don't watch CMT that often. However, a new show premiered on the network that got me pretty interested. The show is Sun Records and it's based on the famous "Million Dollar Quartet" story of Carl Perkins, Jerry Lee Lewis, Elvis Presley and Johnny Cash who just happened to meet up at the Sun Records Studio and recorded together.