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America's Superpower & York Peppermint Patty

Jan 24, 2016 -- 12:56pm
 
AMERICA'S SUPERPOWER
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Will Smith was on Good Morning American Thursday.  Robin Roberts was interviewing him... not because he crushed it in CONCUSSION, but because his wife suggested that people of color boycott the Oscars ( I'm boycotting the Oscars because it's the worst TV show ever.....I digress}
He had a great line"  DIVERSITY IS AMERICA'S SUPERPOWER".
 
Preach, Will~  I love that we're all different.  
Different colors, sizes, shapes, and opinions.
 
Case and point... I saw a great post on Facebook.... 
It had pictures of a dozen musical artists that had passed... the greats...from Elvis to Sinatra..... Michael Jackson to John Lennon.....
I reposted and asked folks to comment when asked..
'WHO WOULD YOU BRING BACK FOR 1 FINAL CONCERT"
For every friend, there was a different artist.  
That's diversity!   We all have opinions... No one is more 'right' than the other.
Get over it! 
 
Glenn Frey died this week.  I'm not kidding, I was gutted.  The music of Eagles ( I was corrected this week on air that it's just EAGLES, NOT 'the" Eagles...once again proving, I'm just not that cool}
Anyway, My sister is an unbelieveable singer .  She tours with the Glenn Miller orchestra to this day, has made a career with her beautiful voice.... I used to sit outside her bedroom door when we were young, and listen to her sing 'TAKE IT TO THE LIMIT' , Lyin Eyes, Desperado,... ALL OF EM!  And she sounded just like Linda Ronstadt... I mean Exactly!!  Linda gave Glenn and Don {yep, just called em by their first name,like they're my friends...} their first gig. Backup singers!    
I have spent this whole week listening to Hell Freezes Over, and watching old video's on You Tube.  
My wonderful boyfriend took me to see them in Sept of 2014 at MSG with his sis and bro in law.  Wow.  They brought me to tears many times.  { The Eagles, not his sis/bro n law....although they are quite hysterical....}
"Love will keep us alive..."....
 
The silver lining here.  I've had great background music as I've been dealing with skin cancer.  Here's the part where I lecture you about the sun! 
YOU HAVE TO  USE SUN PROTECTION and never,ever, never ever go into SUNBEDS.  
I used to go to the beach with all my girlfriends, use baby oil/iodine because that way I could really get dark. We would leave the beach and head to the sun bed.  That's what we did in 1980 in Panama City Florida.
To date , I 've had 11 MOH's surgeries to remove malignant skin cancers all over my body.  I'm having one on Feb 5th, it's on my face.  
My vanity will take a hit, as I will not look the same.  ( some say, thank goodness... ;)))))) 
That's what happens. I'm grateful that I'm not going to die of skin cancer. I've got scars to prove it.
I'm treating my chest area with TOPICAL CHEMOTHERAPY.  I'll spare you the details, but it hurts like a mother.... and it's disgusting. 
I've been laying around with migraines, naseau, and an ice towel to keep me sane. 
Not begging for sympathy, I've had EAGLES to comfort me.... yep, a Peaceful , Easy , Feeling. 
 
Random thoughts.... Everyone does not love Raymond.  His family is downright rude to him.   
If you don't have the proper dumplings, the chicken & dumplings dish will be ruined.  Mine went down the sink last night. Fail.  
The York Peppermint Patty is underrated.
I have had a DRY JANUARY. I haven't had a sip of alcohol in 2016.  I have lost 7 pounds,  and sleep so much better.  Hmmmmm..Lesson learned 
Watched the movie 'THE INTERN'.  I loved it.  Great lessons in that flick. Robert DeNiro was charming and adorable 
NYC is arrogant when it comes to natural disasters.  I understand it snowed, I don't think it was worthy of 19 minutes on my favorite TV show CBS SUNDAY MORNING! 
AND SPEAKING OF... If CBS forces Charles Osgood out of his hosting duties , which they're about to do, I hope he lands another gig. { see above, go watch THE INTERN} 
Because not all TV executives are knuckleads, just most of them. 
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It wasn't broke!

Jan 12, 2016 -- 4:28pm
IT WASN'T BROKE~
 
Nice job, college football committee..... Great idea to have the semi final games on New Years Eve.
 
First, let me say, I waited to write this rant until after the ratings came in for the title game. 
They're in.
and they stink, too.
 
For whatever reason, the arrogance of the dirty dozen that sit in that Holiday Inn Express, and decide the fate of college football rankings , has gotten completely out of control.
 
This CFB committee decided to test fate, and try to change a tradition that is NEW YEAR'S EVE.  
I'm convinced they were all drinking fireball, and someone just threw it out there... 'hey I know, let's put the semi final games on a Thursday night, the 31st!"  
"let's see if they'll go for it".
 
The ratings were down on average of 40% for the two games.  The committee blamed the blowouts.... except that last year's Oregon/FSU was a blowout .
 
And the game of the year in my opinion , was the title game.  Bama vs Clemson was EVERYTHING!  
Heck 1073 yards of offense... 45-40....
I'll take the over!! 
 
and yet.... The perfect matchup in terms of 1 vs 2 pulled a 15.8 overnight rating... a rating down 15% from last year! 
The New Year's Eve debacle, and the trickle down effect continues .
 
Fix this mess, committee.
 
Period.
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NFL isn't going to like this movie

Dec 23, 2015 -- 6:13pm
Go see the movie CONCUSSION~ 
 
It's a great film.... a little long, but you know I say that about every movie....
 
Will Smith is fantastic as Dr. Bennett Omalu.  His accent, mannerisms...all of it..perfect! 
 
The message is what's important.
 
CTE cannot be picked up on a CT scan.  I could have it.  You could have it.
But more importantly, thousands of football players.....soccer players...boxers..... could have it.
 
The movie centers around the death of Mike" iron mike" Webster, the center for the Steelers.  He killed himself. 
The Autopsy was a mystery to Dr. Omalu, and thus, set this discovery of CTE into motion. 
 
Unfortunately, there were many more deaths.  And many more autopsies.  Each revealing football players, who had CTE. 
 
The most telling moment in the movie, in my opinion, is Dr. Omalu's demonstration involving a jar filled with water, and a solid object in it, almost like a puck in the water.
The good doctor explained that animals like the woodpecker and the ram were born with cushion, with padding around the brain to protect from the blunt force.
The humans do not.  
 
He then shook the jar of water, and showed the puck...or the brain...slamming against the side of the glass.
 
I didn't need to see anymore.
 
It's intense. 
the NFL isn't going to like the movie or the message.
But you will.
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THE SMART WAY

Dec 07, 2015 -- 8:22am
NEW ERA AT UGA
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WELCOME BACK TO ATHENS, KIRBY! 
BEST OF LUCK....
 
I KNOW KIRBY, HAVE KNOWN HIM FOR YEARS...HE'S A TREMENDOUS MAN, GREAT COACH, FUNNY AS HECK TOO.
 
AS MUCH AS I RESPECTED AND LIKED COACH RICHT, I AM HAPPY FOR HIM DOWN IN SOUTH FLORIDA.  
HE GENUINELY LOOKED HAPPY AT HIS PRESSER ON FRIDAY .  HE'LL DO GREAT THERE.... 
 
NOW HAVING SAID THAT.... I AM PULLING FOR KIRBY TO GET THAT RECRUITING CLASS TOGETHER, AND BRING EM ALL...YES, YOU JACOB EASON, TO ATHENS.
 
UGA DESPERATELY NEEDS A QUARTERBACK RIGHT NOW.  MARK RICHT HAS BRAD KAAYA.  
HE'S THERE NOW. 
 
IT'S CRUCIAL FOR KIRBY TO GET HIS STAFF TOGETHER IMMEDIATELY.  THE OFFENSIVE COORDINATOR WILL MAKE OR BREAK JACOB EASON'S DECISION.  I TRULY BELIEVE THAT.
 
 
WILL WATCH KIRBY AT THE PRESS CONFERENCE TODAY .  
AND WONDERING WHO'S PRINTING THE FIRST T SHIRT:
 
AT UGA WE DO IT THE SMART WAY.
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Someone in need?

Nov 23, 2015 -- 6:28pm
Do you know someone in need?
 
Greetings fabulous listeners! 
 
I love the holidays.
 
I want to adopt a family for Christmas, and give what I can.
Would you please think about some people that could use help this time of year. 
 
Email me:
sandragolden@680thefan.com
 
Happy Thanksgiving Back....
xo
sandra 
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RIP..Tommy

Nov 12, 2015 -- 10:17pm
TOMMY HANSON...RIP
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I remember in spring training 2009 the discussion about Tommy Hanson and WHEN he would be called up..
We "journalist"..... go ahead...."JOURNALIST", like to disect the numbers and contracts, and when the Braves would have to pay him for a full service at the major league level... 
 
all of that crap!
 
All I know, is that Tommy Hanson was the future.
 
Met him in the summer of '09. He's a shy kid.... unassuming. 
Sweet
 
He was always at his locker, available.  Kind... honest.... 
Smart.
He really just kinda told it like it was.
 
 
I got on the elevator in my building in Buckhead one afternoon. 
I was coming from the gym It's a high rise. High security, as I live by myself, that's important.
The doors open, and there's Tommy Hanson and Kris Medlen.
 
You can't make this up.... they were both wearing short and t shirts, with gloves in hand, and a couple baseballs. 
( well of course they did... )
 
I was stunned... 
"ummm...what are you guys doing here".
 
Kris said... "we live here"
 
I just began laughing.
they're just boys.
 
I said..."listen, what happens in our building stays in our building ...got it"..
"YES! "they both said! 
 
There's quite a 'vegas'like pool setting here... I mean, the last thing those guys want is a media chick living here., right.
 
And on my end... 
GEEZ... "a couple of the BRAVES live here?"..
 
I saw Tommy & Kris all the time...They're so sweet, funny, respectful, full of life. The BEST sense of humor.
 
That's why , when I got the news on Monday,that Tommy was in the hospital, I began to cry.
29 years young .
Tommy was 29 years young.
 
Forget baseball... he loved to fish, he was comfortable being kind.  He had great friends that loved him. 
 
I am sad.  
Because the Tommy I remember is on that elevator 
In his Braves Tshirt, with his buddy.
Giggling.
Because he loved baseball.
 
RIP , Tommy. 
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