Friday JohnKu – AKA – TGIF

 

Twiggy and Lucy

“Lucy. What are all these people doing out front?”
“I told you yesterday. They are here to install the turf.”
“All that machinery. Going to put a damper on Friday ruckus.”
“Yup.”

 

Another hooray for Friday. It is nice that we are all on the eve of two days of rest. I’m over at Story Empire today complaining about not working on my manuscript. Come visit if you want to see a grown man cry. Here’s the link.

I always hate to discuss COVID but given the fact that new cases are up 55% across the country makes it hard to ignore. 97% of the new hospitalized infections are occurring in unvaccinated people. Sadly too, 99% of the people who die have not been vaccinated. It looks like a new serge of Covid is on the way due to the Delta variant. Breakthrough cases among fully vaccinated folks still remain at a low level.

We have survived this situation before, and I think it may be time for all of us to take precautions to keep ourselves and our families safe. However, I’m not going to look to the government for this precaution since the whole mask, social distance, and shut down process has become a political morass.

More bad news from the Olympics in Tokyo. The opening ceremony Director Kentaro Kobayashi was fired in response to anti-holocaust statements he made while performing a comedy act in 1998. He was the opening ceremony director since 2019. He is the last in a string of Toyko Olympics officials to be let go for indescretions. The US team has moved from the Olympic village due to COVID concerns. It looks like this Olympic venue is going to have more troubles. I feel badly for the athletes.

Today’s JohnKu talks about the Olympics. I hope you have a great weekend.

Olympics by John W. Howell ยฉ 2021

Four years to prepare,

A world wide celebration . . .

Of human spirit.

 

 

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  1. Have a great weekend John. Like you I feel for the athletes. All that effort that training going o waste.
    Hugs

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    1. I know. Sad. Thanks, David.

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  2. Canโ€™t wait to see the new turf, John. Agree with youโ€ฆthe situation with the pandemic is disheartening. Cases soaring amongst the unvaccinated here in Florida, too. ๐Ÿ˜”

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    1. I thought we had it licked, but I guess not.

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      1. I knowโ€ฆitโ€™s a bummer.

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      2. Yes it is. ๐Ÿ˜

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  3. I am so ready for a Friday ruckus.

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  4. I feel for the athletes. And I hate that we’re having a surge of infections again. Here’s to better times!

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    1. Let’s hope more gat the vaccine. I think it’s the only way. Thanks, Joan. ๐Ÿ˜Š

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  5. Potential good news, John … once the IOC cancels the Olympics, you’ll have more writing time.

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    1. Hahaha. I don’t think they are going to cancel. Thanks, Frank.

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  6. I do feel bad for these athletes, John. I hope you have a great weekend. Iโ€™ll catch you at SE in a bit.

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    1. Thanks Dan. At least we will be able to let the pups out in the backyard. This leash thing is a pain. ๐Ÿ˜

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      1. Maddie is always on a leash. She has issues. If we just let her out, she sits and waits for us. She won’t do anything off leash ๐Ÿ™

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      2. These two just love their yard and do love the leash too. They just need to have the freedom to go out when they want. Hopefull this afternoon. I think Maddie is smart. There were times that when I was off leash trouble found me.

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      3. Haha – is that where the 10-things lists come from? ๐Ÿ˜

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      4. Hard to say where they come from. ๐Ÿ˜

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  7. Iโ€™m with Liz!

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    1. Me too. ๐Ÿ˜

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  8. I hate to see trouble of any kind at the Olympics, those kids work for years to get here and the countries actually get along for a week or two!
    Read your interview, and it was strange to see John W. Howell as a living, breathing human – cut that out! ๐Ÿค“๐Ÿ˜ต

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    1. I feel for them as well. Let’s hope everything will turn out well. Interview? You sure it was me. ๐Ÿ˜

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      1. Well, now that you mention it…….

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  9. Iโ€™m dreading the upcoming school year with this surge. The mask thing was becoming a mess near the end of last year. I assume itโ€™ll be a point of massive contention from the start.

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    1. Kids under twelve have no protection other than a mask. I would say until everyone is sure masks should be worn. But that’s me. Thanks, Charles. ๐Ÿ˜Š

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      1. Iโ€™d say the same thing. I know some people who lie about being vaccinated too. At the very least, they go around without masks until their caught. Then itโ€™s on and back off once the employee is out of sight.

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      2. That is really cutting off your nose to spite yourface for sure.

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      3. Ironic since they were the ones wearing masks below their nose.

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  10. Numbers are up here, also. Hoping this will encourage more folks to get vaccinated. Have a great weekend, John!

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    1. I guess a lot of people were hoping if everyone else got vaccinated they wouldn’t have to do it. I hope they change their mind.

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  11. portmanguy · ·

    Covid is surging over here too, John. The Japanese are usually so good at organising stuff, but Covid put a spanner in the works this time around. I imagine like me you’ll still watch the odd event though. Hopefully ‘The Games’ don’t prove to be a distraction from your WIP, or mine for that matter.

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    1. I don’t know about a distraction. Might be a good excuse to take a break. Have a super weekend , Guy. (BTW these Fridays come pretty fast these days)

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  12. I know the athletes have worked four, no five, years for this Olympics but honestly… they should have been cancelled again, I fear. Things are way too much of a mess.
    Here, too, the new cases are mostly the unvaccinated. Still, there are those who refuse. What can you do?

    Looking forward to seeing your new turf!
    Have a spectactular Friday!

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    1. Someone said that the natural selection process will take care of the unvaccinated. I just wish people wouldn’t wait until it is too late. Thanks you for the Friday wish, Dale. The turf is almost finished. Looks great.

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      1. Yeah. I hear you, John. It’s so sad that people are still refusing (I have some in my own family – they are the ones who also spew all that garbage of things like the Holocaust didn’t exist… We just try to avoid conversing with them.)
        I bet it does!

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      2. I’m glad I don’t have family members that think vaccinations are not needed. That would make a pretty tense situation.

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      3. Thankfully, these are cousins that I only see at weddings and funerals ๐Ÿ˜

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      4. Ah, cousins. Explains it.

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      5. Relatively intelligent in regular circumstances. One is, after all, a criminal lawyer… but still. Eeesh.

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      6. My cousins could drive me up the wall with some of their beliefs. Sadly both have passed.

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      7. I understand. I have so many cousins and second cousins and that makes for lots of ideas – not all of them good, needless to say. Sadly part of life, losing them, I mean.

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      8. Yes, even with their quirks.

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  13. Gwen M. Plano · ·

    The Olympics was once exhilarating to watch. Young healthy athletes striving to reach beyond expected limits — yep, truly exhilarating. Life has become so complicated since COVID and BLM and … politics. Another great post, John. Have a great weekend. ๐Ÿ˜Š

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    1. Thank you, Gwen. Yes life has become less lighthearted for sure. Our country is in idealogical shreds and it is hard to try and forget that even with something like the Olympics.

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  14. I canโ€™t imagine trying to be a comedian these days. Everything seems to be off limits, and there are people combing your back-life just to destroy whatever youโ€™re accomplishing today. Thoughts like that are enough to stifle creativity.

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    1. I agree. Seems almost like a loss of freedom of speech.

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  15. It gets to where a person is scared to say boo in case it’s used against them twenty years from now. I agree with those who have committed violent crimes in the past paying for their transgressions, but just for something said…?
    Numbers are rising in Canada, as well, and our borders are opening- wave #3 is on the horizon.

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    1. I’m afraid so too on the wave three, Jacquie. Things said who we are young should have a forgiveness factor.

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  16. Our infection rate in Johannesburg has dropped and the word on the street is that our current wave of Covid has peaked. My mom and aunt had their second Phizer vaccination today. Terence and I are going on the 2 August for ours. A shame about the problems in Tokyo.

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    1. That would be wonderful news if COVID has peaked there. Good for you on the second shot.

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  17. I, too, feel bad for the Olympians. To have trained so hard and so long, then to have to fret over whether you’ll be able to compete (and then, without a cheering audience) feels wrong on so many counts. Enjoy your weekend, John!

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    1. It does seem wrong. Have a good weekend, Debbie.

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  18. I agree that we can’t expect the government to fix everything. People should take responsibility for their actions. I have run out of patience for those who refuse to get vaccinated or to vaccinate their children! The rest of us have to do what we think is best to keep ourselves safe. TGIF to you!

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    1. Thank you, Jo. With the rate rising I’m not giving up my mask. Happy weekend.

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  19. Since COVID seems to be back on the upswing, I’m carrying my mask with me everywhere, despite being vaccinated. Sadly it seems as the damage has been done for the Olympics as well as the with professional football. I don’t understand why people are consciously avoiding getting the vaccines. mRNA vaccines don’t work like those that obliterated polio 50+ years ago. Sigh. Have a good weekend, John. With (hopefully) not too many tears.

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    1. Thank you, Monika. I agree with you on not understanding getting a shot. It seems so logical to me but I guess not to others. Have a super weekend too.

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  20. I wish you happy turf, dear John! You have a true turf party at the Twiggy Resort! Hurrah!๐Ÿ˜‰๐Ÿ˜‰๐Ÿ˜‰

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    1. Thank you, Maria. We have celebrated the turf.

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      1. Cheers! Long live the turf!

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      2. ๐Ÿธ๐Ÿธ ๐Ÿธ ๐Ÿ˜

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  21. A wonderful post, John! I too feel and worry for the athletes. I expected a lot more people to be vaccinated by now. I had stopped wearing my mask for a while, after getting the vaccine, but I’m going to start wearing it again. Enjoy the weekend! โค

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    1. Good idea on the mask. Thanks, Vashti.

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  22. Covid continues to make its mark. I’m headed to the story empire to hear you complain since I can relate!

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    1. Hahaha. Thanks, Diana.

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  23. Hopefully the Games can go on without interruption, but you’re right, there is a new mess to tend to now.

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  24. Another brilliant Johnku!
    (Love that term.)

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    1. I like it too. it was coined by a reader.

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  25. There is so much going on and so much that is effed but right now, I sadly have no words. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ
    I hope you have a good weekend, John.

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    1. You as well, Mae. ๐Ÿ˜Š

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  26. The two are in house arrest? ๐Ÿ˜‰ Twiggy seems to be the busier one. xx Michael

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  27. So much massive destruction and death in every direction you look. The world is in a mess. There is no other way to describe it. I love the JohnKu. Stay safe!

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    1. Thank you, Jan. Stay safe as well.

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  28. Best to all the athletes!
    What a crock of shi! this virus is.
    What crock is it that contains all the anti-vaxers?
    My Baba made sauerkraut in giant crocks.
    Those days are forever gone.
    I never liked sauerkraut.
    I HATE the virus.

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    1. Hahahaha. I love this. ๐Ÿคฃ

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      1. Baba would have approved!

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  29. Hey John, yes the spread of the variant is catching everyone’s attention. I’m wondering what will happen here on the east coast. We are fully open – no masks, etc. I’m glad my entire family has been vaccinated. Take care. I’m looking forward to your Views of the Neighborhood tomorrow, although I might not get to read it until Monday.

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    1. The varient is scary for sure. Monday is fine for sure. We’ll keep a plate warm for you.

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      1. Thank you, John. I’m very behind. Please forgive me ๐Ÿ™‚

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      2. You are always forgiven, Barbara.

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  30. The Olympics are just what we need in order to come together to cheer on athletes from all over the world, and take our mind off Covid. Please people, get the vaccine.

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    1. I agree. Get the vaccine. ๐Ÿ˜Š

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  31. petespringerauthor · ·

    I’ve been a bit off the grid, John, and I’m playing catch up. It’s weird to come back and realize the Olympics are in progress, and I don’t know anything about what has happened thus far. I saw the USA men’s team lost in basketballโ€”shocking, and the women’s gymnastics team got off to a slow start. Covid seems to be the neverending story these days.

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    1. I’m not watching the olympics so I’m out of it too.

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  32. D.L. Finn, Author · ·

    I hate seeing those numbers go up. It’s disheartening. Hopefully the rest of the Olympics goes smoothly.

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  33. Hopefully, the ruckus can go on just a wee bit later than usual. I’m looking forward to seeing the new turf.

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    1. Thanks, Deborah. I can tell you the pups love it.

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  34. I feel for you all, down there. Such a scary thing.

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    1. Yes indeed. For you as well

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