Shower thoughts: Classically new music and more harassment
Don requested some shower thoughts, so let’s do this.
My ears are still ringing from the Jay Z concert last night at the arena formerly known as “The Key.” I have to be honest, I didn’t know most of the deeper tracks, but when Mr. Z did the 99 Problems and Big Pimpin’, there was definitely some bad white guy dancing going on.
Speaking of music, I was obsessed this week with a new band from a small town in Michigan. It’s three brothers and their friend, and they call themselves Greta Van Fleet. Here’s the thing, the 21 year-old-singer sounds almost exactly like — well, you tell me:
How crazy is that? Is it a bad thing to sound exactly like one of the greatest bands in rock history? It’s not a tribute band, and they seem to be writing some pretty good originals. I’ve been enjoying it.
Another thing I’ve been enjoying is watching cryptocurrency prices bounce around like ping pong balls. It’s bonkers. There have been 24 hour periods this week where one coin or another has gone up over 50 percent in a day. Before you get all excited, it’s super volatile, and super risky. For every success story, there’s a thousand people that lost money. Having said all that, if you know what you’re doing, this could be a once in a lifetime ride.
No end in sight
So just how many sexual predators are there? There seems to be no end in sight. This week we add music mogul Russell Simmons, celebrity chef Mario Batali, and PBS host Tavis Smiley to the ever expanding list.
First off, I feel like apologizing to women everywhere. I really had no idea how bad it has been for you to just come to work. That totally sucks.
But there’s a few interesting twists in this story now. Tavis Smiley is pushing back hard.
“If having a consensual relationship with a colleague years ago is the stuff that leads to this kind of public humiliation and personal destruction, heaven help us,” Smiley said.
Let’s think about that for a minute. Is it possible that there’s a person out there with an axe to grind that circles back around years later to take down a former flame? I think that’s totally possible. Especially if all you have to do is win in the court of public appeal. Do I think that case is Tavis Smiley? Maybe, but it seems like there’s more than one accuser in his case. And it’s probably not a smart idea to be sleeping with women that work for you in the first place. He says he’s hiring some big time lawyers. We’ll see how that plays out.
Spurlock was spurred
In an even stranger development, movie producer Morgan Spurlock has jumped in front of his own story. The Super-Size Me director and star has preemptively admitted to all kinds of bad behavior in a blog post including one incident where a women felt raped. He wrote this mea culpa after selling his new project to Netflix for $3.5 million. Seems like the interwebs are split on whether this is a brave move or another slimy way to avoid taking responsibility.
And finally, some sportball. Seattle Seahawks kicker Blair Walsh just might hold the key to the entire season in his special shoe he wears when he kicks. He clearly has the yips, but the team doesn’t have the cap room to bring in a new guy. There are few things worse in professional sports than having a kicker you can’t trust. I have a nagging feeling that he’s going to miss a game winner and dash the hopes of 12s everywhere.
On that note, Happy Holidays everybody! Put some rum in your eggnog, and light the menorah.
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