Friday JohnKu – AKA – TGIF and Good News Friyay

It is Friday again, and we are so grateful that we didn’t miss it. Today is also Good News Friyay, and we have two stories.

The first story is about the preliminary test of the Boyan Slat ‘Jenny’ Ocean clean-up system.

Photo courtesy of The Ocean Cleanup

Boyan Slat’s team removed 20,000 pounds of plastic debris from one of the significant “plastic islands” in the Pacific on the first trial of his System 002 nicknamed “Jenny.” It is a system where two boats pull a  u-shaped collection device. (pictured) “The Great Pacific Garbage Patch can now be cleaned,” announced Dutch entrepreneur Boyan Slat, the wunderkind inventor who’s spent a decade inventing systems for waterborne litter collection. This means the 1.4 trillion pieces of plastic down to 1mm in size can be removed from the oceans by 2040.

Photo courtesy of the Ocean Cleanup

A shot of the plastic picked up. See any of your stuff in there?

Our second story is just plain good news for one person Randy Bachman of The Guess Who and Bauchman Turner Overdrive. Of course, we can all feel good about one guy who heard the story of Randy having his guitar stolen out of his hotel room and searched the world till he found it.

Photo courtesy of Randy Bachman

William Long is a fan of Bachman’s and he heard that Randy had worked long and hard as a kid to buy the $400.00 1957 Gretsch 6120 Chet Atkins model in Western Orange. The guitar was stolen in 1976 and Long did some internet work and found it in Tokoyo Japan. Long reached out to Bachman who in turn had his Japanese daughter-in-law contact the current owner. The owner was more than pleased to return the guitar to Bachman if a replacement could be found. Bachman went to work and found one that was made at the same time on the same bench. This was out of the 40 Gretsch’s known to exist. An exchange is being arranged. The good news of this story is someone cared enough to look for the guitar and another cared enough to return it to it’s original owner.

Today’s JohnKu talks about helping each other. I hope you have a grand weekend.

Help by John W. Howell © 2021

When we see someone,

Who needs help out of trouble. . .

Do we lend a hand?

 

 

92 comments

  1. Two great stories. So glad Randy Bachman ´s guitar was found and returned. Good things do happen. Have a great weekend, John.

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    1. You as well, Darlene. 😁 Thank you.

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  2. Two splendid stories John. Enough to lighten almost any mood. I think if we can help someone in need, it’s our duty to do so. Pay it Forward as we never know when it might be us.
    Have a Great Weekend.
    Hugs

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    1. Thanks, David. Have a super weekend as well. Hugs

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  3. I was going to write about that garbage patch clean. What a great idea, by a kid. Which just goes to show that all the talk about how the current generation doesn’t have a clue, well . they most certainly do.

    I really love that you include these stories on Friday now, Boss.

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    1. I hope I’m not stepping on your heroes post. I try to avoid the heroic and just go with goodness. Thanks, Marc.

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      1. No way Sheriff. Actually, we kind of both are on the same wavelength. Not that I’m surprised in the least.

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  4. Thanks for sharing these uplifting stories, John. I’m happy Randy got his happy ending!

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    1. Me too. Thanks, Jill.

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  5. I’ve read about some other, smaller cleaning techniques. I think one was installed in a U.S. city. Creativity is a great thing. And who doesn’t love the return of a guitar? That it came back to Bachman’s even better. BTO’s always been one of my favorite groups; it makes me happy to know that little bit of history was restored to its owner.

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    1. Yes it is a good story about Randy. Ocena Clean-up is now looking at smaller ways to clean rivers. Once the ocean is clean the rivers are the main sources of the plastic.

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  6. Great stories, John. Amazing that Randy’s guitar was found after all these years.

    Have a wonderful weekend!

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    1. I was amazed too. Thanks, Joan. 😁

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    1. Thank you for sharing, Michael. 😊

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  7. With the plastic waste i remember a lot of things. Its definitely not deposed by the citizens of Atlantis. 😉 Whats a guitarist without his beloved instrument. Great, that he got it back. Thanks for the entertaining as well als highly informative posting, John! Enjoy a nice Friday! xx Michael

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    1. Enjoy your Friday as well, Michael. Thank you. 😁

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  8. Both stories give me more reason to hope, John. Hope for the planet and hope for mankind. There are good people out there, and there are smart people coming along. Thanks for starting my Friday on an up not. I hope you kick off a great weekend today.

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    1. Thank you, Dan. I feel the same way about these stories. 😁

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  9. It makes me feel good to see people cleaning up the oceans!!
    Happy endings to 2 stories, John, you do good work here! We get enough bad news on the media!!

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    1. I agree, GP. In my last quarter on this plane I’ve decided not to listen to those dopes anymore. Like the witch in the Wiz I’m saying “Don’t you bring me no bad news.” 🤣

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      1. I love it!

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      2. Irascible old fart.

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  10. Thank you for spreading good news, John!!

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    1. Thank you, Liz. It is so much better than the bad. 😊

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      1. Isn’t that the truth!!

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  11. Two great stories, John. I’m really enjoying this new friday approach. I think anything to reduce plastics is welcome and am glad to see someone is trying. I also like the idea of finding the guitar after decades of it missing.

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    1. These stories are the kind that keeps the focus on what is really important. Thanks for letting me know you like them. That means a lot to me. 😊

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  12. Gwen M. Plano · · Reply

    Wonderful stories, John. And I loved your Haiku. The answer – always. 😊

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    1. I wish everyone would immediately echo your answer, Gwen. Maybe someday. Thank you. 😁

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  13. These are happy stories, indeed. So uplifting. Thanks for sharing. What a lovely why to end the week.

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    1. It is Staci. Thanks for the terrific comment. 🤗

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  14. I’m curious as to how they get the garbage and not the wildlife. That always seems to be the wrinkle.

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    1. They have some electronic gear which allows them to avoid fish. It is very complex and one of the problems that had to be solved before it was workable solution. They are very proud that they have worked it out. BTW they are producing glasses frames with the plastic recycle and other products to come. Thanks, Charles.

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      1. Nice. Wish more garbage could be reused and recycled.

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      2. They are getting there I think.

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  15. I’m loving these uplifting stories, John. Cleaning all that plastic out of the ocean just warms my heart.

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    1. It would be wonderful. Having lived on the Gulf it is heart breaking to see the tiny bits of plastic lining the beach after a storm. 1 mm is pretty small to be able to collect. Thanks, Teri.

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  16. Happy Friyay! Lovely stories and Haiku. Great name for these positive Fridays. Have a wonderful weekend, John and everyone 🙂

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    1. You as well, Harmony. I hope you have a super weekend.🤗

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  17. Both those stories make my heart sing just a little bit. We need more of them.

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    1. I agree, Pamela. We need to focus on what is right in the world as opposed to what is wrong. We also need to avoid Washington news like the plague. 😁

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  18. Good news on a Friday! Thanks, John. 🙂

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    1. Thank you, Tim

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  19. I love your new addition of feel-good stories, John (And I’m gonna tell you that no way does Marc feel you are stepping in any toes!) I remember hearing about this kid and wondering if the world was gonna take him up on his invention. You have made my day by letting me know yes.

    Love the Randy Bachman story. He had a show on our national radio station (so bummed it is no longer a thing – he did it for so long, I can understand but we always want more, eh?). Anyway, he mentioned the losing of that guitar more than once. How fantastic that someone made this effort just because he is a good person.

    Perfect JohnKu.

    Have a joyous Friday, John!

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    1. Thank you so much, Dale (Glad Marc is okay) 😁

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      1. Hah! Why wouldn’t be be? The more who spread goo stuff, the better!

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      2. Cause we are reading the same stories.

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      3. True thing! There is a chance that you guys duplicate… so what? 🙂

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      4. You are right. Thanks, Dale.

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  20. What fantastic and uplighting stories, John. I love that Randy got his guitar back after all this time, and it’s great seeing a light cast on the problem with plastic pollution in our oceans. Are you familiar with 4 Ocean? Those guys are doing great work, too.
    Thanks for the wonderful Friday feel good shares. Have an awesome weekend!

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    1. I am not familiar with 4 Ocean but will look them up. Thanks, Mae.

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  21. Great stories John. Glad to hear they are able to de-patch the ocean.

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    1. That was great news.

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  22. That ocean clean up story gives me hope. Had not heard about it. I hate seeing how much trash goes into our oceans and bays. Two more good stories – you are doing your part, John, to focus on the good. TGIF to you!

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    1. Thank you, Jo. I hope you have a great weekend.

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  23. Reblogged this on "OUR WORLD".

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    1. Thank you for sharing my post today, Nancy. 😁

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      1. My pleasure John. ☺️

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  24. D.L. Finn, Author · · Reply

    I love both stories, John 🙂 I’m relieved we are cleaning up the ocean and inspired that things we love make their way back to us.

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    1. Yes they are good stories, Denise. Thanks.

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  25. Inspiring stories, John. Pleased to hear that plastic is being removed from the ocean.

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    1. Yes an idea who’s time has come.

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  26. Wonderful stories, dear John! So necessary for our time. The plastic idea is brilliant. However, I always wonder those who throw garbage in rivers, lakes, seas or oceans. Are they insane? Have a nice eco week-end. I suppose that Twiggy’s new ball is still in trend. 🌸🌸🌸

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    1. I think they must be insane. Twiggy’s ball is still fun for her. We had to take it away today so she could rest.

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      1. Oh! She has produced so much energy with it! 🙂

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      2. Yes she did but she will burn up if overused.

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  27. It’s so sad to see all that plastic in the ocean in the first place. But I loved both of these stories, John. And great words to ponder. Happy Friday!

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    1. Yes it is sad, Lauren. Hopefully it will be gone in 20 years.

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  28. John, two big-time winner stories here. I feel so good reading this. Thank you!

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    1. Me too. Thanks, Jennie.

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      1. You’re welcome, John.

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  29. petespringerauthor · · Reply

    Two feel-good stories. I would love to see the Jenny in action. Not to be a downer, but one has to consider the fuel it takes to retrieve the waste.

    I haven’t heard of BTO in decades yet. I played one of their vinyl albums forever. How can we forget You Ain’t Seen Nothing Yet?” Very cool that Randy got his guitar back.

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    1. Still worth getting the oceans cleaned up

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  30. The garbage story is a good one, but for me, love the Bachman story. Enjoy your weekend.

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    1. Yes, getting the guitar back was a good story for sure, Frank. Thanks.

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  31. Wonderful news, and I enjoyed your JohnKu, as well. Have a great weekend!

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    1. Thank you, Becky. You as well.

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  32. Isn’t it wonderful to share some good news, John? Thanks!

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    1. It is Cheryl. Thanks for the comment.

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  33. What an incredible invention to remove all the human garbage from the ocean. If only they could invent something for the big cities. Such a feel-good story about the guitar. It’s great to know there are still good people in the world. And such a powerful JohnKu! Thank you for sharing!

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    1. It is good to know there are wonderful people in the world, Jan. Thanks.

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  34. Fab stories, John. I just wonder, now that all that plastic is cleaned up, and back on dry land, what will be done with it?
    You’re JohnKu is more than poignant. Amazing how a few simple words can send a mind spinning!

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    1. They are making glass frames now with more products to come. Thank you on the JohnKu Resa. 🤗

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      1. Yay for the cleaner/repurposers! Yay for YouKu!

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      2. I like the YouKu designation. Thanks. 😁

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  35. I love the your term “Friyah”!

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    1. Thank you, Neal.

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