Aaaaaand, we’re back.

Screw you too, WordPress!

I woke up yesterday with the stress level at about an 11 on the 1-10 scale*. I needed something to take it down a few notches, which I’m usually able to do with putting the links together.  Instead, I had to deal with a 503 and 504 error (whatever that means to those who understand computing), and couldn’t do my normal duties.  Thanks to SP, we got back up and I’m here this morning.

*That stress was work-related.  I had an auction yesterday.  A really, really big one where people had incredibly high, nay…unrealistic, expectations. Having an equipment sale in January can be challenging. Nobody really knows what to expect before the giant round of Florida auctions that come next month.  And the uncertainty of an election year makes it even more unpredictable and typically risky for sellers.  But the big seller really had no choice and had to create some cashflow quickly, so we ran with it. And I needed to make sure his equipment didn’t tank.  Anyway, to make a long story short, we were all sitting around at the end of the day yesterday with our jaws on the floor as the last lots went across the (virtual) ramp after having seen much of it go for 100-125% of what like items were selling for last fall.  It was freaking amazing. And yes, I did a good job of putting the sale together and marketing it. But no way in hell could I or anybody else have foreseen the numbers we brought. I can honesty say that it was the greatest moment of my professional life. And I’m still trying to figure out how it happened. Anyway, I’m not trying to brag. I’m just sharing something.  Sometimes things just all fall into place, I guess.  But…damn, it was awesome. Just freaking awesome.

The total number of points they’ve dropped all year.

Anyway, your hockey winners yesterday were Boston, Calgary, Florida, New York Rangers (over their crosstown rivals), Montreal (back to .500, baby!), Washington, Columbus, Vegas, the Anaheim Mighty Ducks, the MINNESOOOOOOOODA WIIIIIILD!!!!!!, Buffalo, Colorado, and Vancouver.  There’s some big soccer matches across the pond this weekend, headlined by ManUre heading to Anfield to see if they can take more points off Liverpool this season. And since they’ve been the only team to do so this season, expect the Reds to be ready. We’ve also got the NFL conference championship games…and I’m picking San Francisco and Kansas City to be facing off in the Super Bowl.

$100 Dollar Bill, Y’all

Inventor, founder, and proponent of anonymous speech Ben Franklin was born on this day.  He shares it with such luminaries as gambler Arnold Rothstein, noted alcohol distributor Al Capone, boxing manager Cus D’Amato, the hilarious Betty White, hair stylist Vidal Sassoon, hockey goaltending pioneer Jacques “The Snake” Plante, acting heavyweight James Earl Jones, hilarious baseball manager Don Zimmer, the greatest heavyweight of all time Cassius Clay, country legend Steve Earle, adorable singer Susanna Hoffs, outfielder Chili Davis, Canadian person Jim Carrey, former First Lady Michelle Obama, hockey legend (especially on EA Sports’s NHL 94) Jeremy Roenick, rock superstar Kid Rock, and that lovely airhead Zooey Deschanel.

That, my friends, is quite a list. Now on to…the links!

Phoenix police do what police officers everywhere do. Yeah, what a shock.

A Virginia judge has decided that the law doesn’t matter and that the governor can dictate whatever he wants.  I don’t see how this will be upheld. You know, since the actual laws still on the books (for now, anyway) permit this behavior.

Liberal hack, Manu Raju

She’s not wrong. The reactions to this exchange are hilarious. They’re also retarded.  He is a hack. And she’s not obligated to talk to him anymore than the people a conservative journalist ambushes.

A corrupt Chicagoland politician?  I’m sure you’re as surprised as I am.

Are you getting tired of the “Epstein didn’t kill himself” meme?  Be prepared for more of it. A whole lot more.

But if you ban google, how will we google this?

Gay rights group bans Google and YouTube from events in the Bay Area. Huh, I had no idea you could ban people from public events.  I guess their tolerance only goes so far. Of course it’s based on politics.

OK, now do Saudi Arabia. Seriously, what’s the difference? Oh yeah, one is our “ally”. And a damn good customer to the MIC.

Well that’s it for the links.  I’m playing three songs by the same artist today.  Here’s the first. And the second. The finale. Not sure why I picked any of that. Probably because I think they’re a great and under appreciated band. Hope you enjoy.

Now get out there and make it a good friday and an even better weekend.