Friday Five

  1. Bravo to the city of Clearwater city council voting unanimously to buy the lot from the aquarium (link), but now the real work begins. They need to secure capital and interest in their “Imagine Clearwater” revitalization plan. Otherwise, it was a wasted effort to keep this lot from becoming private-use only by Co$. A special shout-out to Dee (link) and all the other citizens who bravely stood up and spoke in support of the city buying the property. Time to get to work Clearwater.
  2. False Prophets – As you may know, or have personally experienced, there are a few social media accounts who claim to be “experts” on all things scientology. Well…I don’t care what position you hold/held, how much training or research you have done, or whether you like people such as Leah, Mike, Tony, Chris, or Jeffrey, etc. Petty, one-sided “attack” videos only show how much you don’t get the point of our protests. Publicly questioning who we are, how we “act”, or whether we are “cultish” is unwelcome and unwarranted.
  3. NFL Draft – Yeah, a bit off topic but hey, my rules 😉 Next week we will “celebrate” the annual ritual of the draft. Lots of money, and the fate of young talent, are at stake. There has been plenty of banter on who is the “best available” or greatest need for your team, right? Well, year over year I find myself less interested in the draft. There have been too many “busts” to put much faith in the draft “experts”. Unfortunately, as raw or polished the physical skills of the potential draftees are, there needs to be a match with system, position, and team need, or just dumb luck. And as for the young talent…as I get older, I find myself less able to “root” for guys with questionable “character flaws”. Mountains of money and celebrity may not “cure” that.
  4. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2 – yeah, another off-topic…but man am I stoked to go see this when it hits theaters on May 5th. For me, the first was an unexpected hit. A perfect balance of “superhero”, humor, and soundtrack. From everything I can tell, Chris Pratt (@prattprattpratt on twitter) is a super nice and genuine guy. He is in the same category as Chris Evans, Robert Downey Jr, and a few others that feel honored to use their status for charitable work while being able to interact with the public as well as other celebrities.
  5. Ok, this one is kind of a cheat…or a challenge. Leave a comment on any of these topics, or one of your own. Have a great day and a great weekend!
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