50 thoughts on “Derby Week Serendipity”

  1. https://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2021/03/31/982799452/mysterious-ailment-mysterious-relief-vaccines-help-some-covid-long-haulers

    “As the U.S. pushes to get people vaccinated, a curious benefit is emerging for those with this post-illness syndrome: Their symptoms are easing and, in some cases, fully resolving after they get vaccinated.“


    “Texas health officials on Friday told vaccine providers across the state that they could resume using the one-dose COVID-19 Johnson & Johnson vaccine in all adult recipients…”

  2. Great selection Pat.  I have my eye on Essential Quality but definitelly tempted by Bourbonic.  Still waiting on the post position draw.

    I’ll take bets from any who want to find a horse to ride next month.


  3. jamie, unless they get scratched please put me down for

    win: essential quality

    place: rock your world

    show (for my underdog pick): soup and sandwich

  4. I’ll bet on the sweep for McDormand and Chloe Zhao. Haven’t seen any of the films this year but why should that stop me. Oh, and Hot Rod Charlie. (I like the name).

  5. that muppet cowboy song reminded me of one of my favorite oaters “the cheyenne social club” in which henry fonda drives jimmy stewart nuts always singing rolling stone on the trail.  here’s stewart though himself singing the song. also some fun political banter toward the end.

  6. pogo, haven’t seen it, but have heard that viola davis did a real bang up job in “ma rainey’s black bottom” and might just win instead of frances.

    about the movie on sunday morning:

  7. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qjuphuG3ndw
    I didn’t see a new film in 2020, with the exception of Spike Lee’s film of “American Utopia,” but I do love this song from Will Ferrell’s parody of the Eurovision Song Contest. “Husavik-My Hometown”

    Lincoln Center will have virtual screenings of the 2021 New York Film Festival. A few good things came out of lockdown, like making things accessible to folks who are not in New York.

  8. Great selection patd!  The Derby next month…  try 6 days from now.
    We watched a blast from the past last night…   Smokey and the Bandit.  So in honor of that…  and if Pogo doesn’t mind sharing…  I’ll take Hot Rod Charlie please.

  9. https://www.cnn.com/2021/04/25/politics/joint-session-of-congress-biden-speech/index.html

    Wednesday night! (There are several folks who should not be allowed anywhere near POTUS Joe.)

    “Absent Republican cooperation, a handful of Democrats such as Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia will decide the fate of Biden’s agenda. They remain cagey on the particulars and Congressional process.“

    “Polls show much of the Republican base, especially the white evangelical Christians who influence lawmakers most, fears the societal change Democrats reflect as mortal threats.”
    In other words, the so-called Christians who are actually just bigots.

  10. Of the nominated films I’ve seen Nomadland, Mank, and Ma Rainey.  I do think it is a McDormand/Davis tossup for Actress, but I’m rooting for McDormand because I like Nomadland more overall as a film and the really great acting in Ma Rainey is Chadwick Boseman who will probably take Best Actor.

    All of the Nominees 

    Personal opinion One Night In Miami should have been nominated for BP (four Oscar worthy performances) but could well take Best Song for “Speak Now”.  I would love it if Leslie Odom Jr. won best Supporting but I don’t think that will happen.  


  11. Keep the Derby entries coming.  Once the Post position draw takes place, I’ll let everyone know their gate number.


  12. One of the kindest things to be done for both the environment and climate change:  Become Vegetarian.

    I’ve cut way way back on meat but every once in a while a cow must die.  Since I know I could never personally kill anything with a face, this too may end.


  13. https://www.cnn.com/2021/04/25/health/man-loses-150-pounds-wellness-trnd/index.html

    “He said his doctor told him to make sure his plate looks like Canada’s food guide: 50% fruits and vegetables, 25% whole grains, and 25% protein, with that protein being as plant-based as possible.“

    Maybe Canada’s food guide looks different than that of the US because they have socialized medicine and they know it will save them money in the long run.

    I’ve been a vegetarian for 11 years this month. I don’t miss meat. I gave up cow’s milk long before that, but if there’s a slice of veggie pizza at work… I haven’t bought eggs in over a year (applesauce works as binder and sweetener in cookies).

  14. https://www.texastribune.org/2021/04/22/texas-house-state-budget/

    “Lawmakers go after Attorney General Ken Paxton – House members this afternoon adopted an amendment by state Rep. Jessica González, D-Dallas, that would cap what the Texas attorney general’s office can spend on outside legal counsel to $500 per hour…the amendment was filed in response to the state’s major — and costly — lawsuit against Google, which the attorney general’s office has hired outside lawyers to handle. The most senior attorneys could net as much as $3,780 per hour.”

  15. Here’s what I have so far

    Kentucky Derby 


    Essential Quality – Patd 

    Essential Quality / Bourbonic – Exacta Jamie 

    Rock Your World – Place for Patd 

    Soup and Sandwich – Show for Patd 

    Hot Rod Charlie – Pogo, Renee 


  16. Ha! It’s not Oscar material, but it’s enjoyable.  Well, I guess “Blame Canada” was nominated a dozen years ago.  

  17. Pat thanks for covering for me, I lost track of the week.
    Some good music this morning from everybody. 

  18. Got it Sturgeone

    For the lovers of classic films a suggestion.  Mank is about the writing of Citizen Kane with Gary Oldman as the very alcoholic Mankiewicz and Amada Seyfried as Marion Davies.  It really captures the feel in black and white and the competing Hearst/Kane stories.  The music of the era contributes to the mood as do the background stories of WW II 

  19. A cover of  the Beatles song “Come together” by Gary Clark jr
    Good Sunday afternoon listening


  20. more evidence of why one should stay masked around unmasked others well after being fully vaxed.

    the hill:

    About 21,000 of the roughly 470,000 people who tested positive for COVID-19 in the U.S. in the week ending April 18 had received one dose of a coronavirus vaccine, a Washington Post analysis published on Saturday found.

    As the Post reports, this is not evidence that vaccines don’t work. Rather, these people contracted the virus before the effects of the vaccine could take full effect.

    study published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in March found the vaccines from Pfizer and Moderna are about 80 percent effective at preventing coronavirus infection after one dose.

    Both vaccines reach their full effectiveness of 90 to 95 percent about two weeks after a second dose is administered.

    Health experts have said that until vaccines fully take effect, there is little difference between vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals so it is important to still observe COVID-19 guidelines.


  21. speaking of the dread covid, hope that fearless leader had only a short bout with the vax aftereffects and has recovered.  probably now having to take care of david though. 

  22. And, we need to stop providing hosts to which the virus can jump.  Masks on and stay home, even if vaccinated.   Folks still don’t get that.  

  23. I don’t believe she’s going anywhere after Arnold!

  24. …if he was half the man he was twenty years ago, he would have taken a FLAMETHROWER to that Dunkin’ Donuts!  

  25. Not all transwomen are smart and athletic.  Some of us are smart.  some of us are athletic.  And, some of us are smart and no longer athletic.  And a few were never smart and were athletic.  Why would a former athlete make a splash to say she is running for governor of a huge state?   Damned if I know.  But look at who else is running on the gqp side.  What is a good way to win a nomination?  Toss out a fish which will draw attention but has no chance of winning anything.  You then look good and win more votes. (I don’t actually think that is a good idea)

  26. Upon further investigation, i believe that Pacino commercial is a clip from an Adan Sandler movie.  Did “lol” at the Godfather refs in the lyrics

  27. You got to go through Elizabeth City to get to the Outer Banks.  That’s all I remember.
    Caitlin Jenner pfft. She may not have learned anything from Ahnold but the rest of us Californians did.  Not too mention her support for  Trump is disqualifying.  

  28. Caitlyn Jenner. Now that the stupid Kardashian show is over I guess the show must go on. So politics, here she comes. 

  29. Correction, I think I also predicted Nomadland as best picture. If so, 2 of 3 so far with the third yet to be announced. 

  30. Surprise with Best Actor.  Expected Chadwick Boseman so 2 out of 3 for me as well on the big categories.

    Glad Mank got lots of love.  I really enjoyed that movie.  Nomadland was wonderful and deserved the awards, but Mank just hit my movie loving heart in all the historical places.


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