Random Friday Thoughts — September 17, 2021

Summer is fleeting!

Since fall officially begins Wednesday, September 22, 2021, this is my last blog of the summer. 🙂

Thank you for taking the time to check out my thoughts. As always, if you disagree with me, state it diplomatically!

9/11: NEVER FORGET

As the nation commemorated the twentieth anniversary of the terrorist attacks on New York City, Washington D.C., and rural Pennsylvania, I learned of a connection that I hadn’t heard about over the past two decades.

The Las Vegas CBS affiliate, KLAS 8NewsNow, reports “Ringleader Mohammed Atta and at least four of the other 19 hijackers made six visits to Las Vegas between late May and mid-August of 2001.”

Investigative Team reporter George Knapp (with Justin Hopkins) adds that “Atta, who piloted the first plane into the World Trade Center, flew to Las Vegas on June 28, rented a car, then spent 90 minutes online at an internet cafe across from UNLV.

Knapp also reports that “The hijackers weren’t the only visitors of note in the summer of 2001. On 9/11 itself, more than 100 members of the Saudi royal family and their friends the Bin Ladens were staying in Las Vegas, mostly at Caesars Palace and the Four Seasons. Osama Bin Laden’s sister was well known at the Bellagio.”

If you want to watch the investigative report, here it is!

So, 20 years later, detectives still don’t know why the 9/11 terrorists were in Las Vegas — was the city being targeted or was someone in southern Nevada helping them?

“DEXTER” IS GETTING REAL NOW!

Last week, an incredible new trailer for “Dexter: New Blood” dropped.

It reveals Dexter’s new “dark passenger” and a new serial killer that we may already know — even though we really know very little about the person if that’s the case!

So excited for November!

WHERE’S MY MAGAZINE, “EW”?

Love the cover! Can’t wait to read it!

Yes, I’m still crushing on Michael C. Hall!

And, while we’ve never met, I was in the same room with him once when he was performing on Broadway in “Hedwig and the Angry Inch”!

ANOTHER FALL THOUGHT THIS SUMMER

Dairy Queen is ready for fall!

While it’s advertising seven Blizzards in the “Fall Together Now” advertisement, only two are truly fall flavors — “Pumpkin Pie” and “Pecan Pie” (although I wouldn’t say no to the others).

And, the “Choco Dipped Strawberry” could double as a Christmas treat!

The others are “Sea Salt Toffee Fudge”, “Reece’s Pieces Cookies”, and “Oreo Mocha Fudge”.

NEVER TOO EARLY FOR CHRISTMAS TREATS!

Hershey’s is ready to make Christmas a whole lot tastier (and naughtier — okay, unhealthier). 🙂

Several new candies will be coming out this holiday season. The two I’m most excited about is the classic KitKat wafers with a gingerbread-flavored creme.

And, there’s also the miniature Reese’s peanut butter cups with peanut brittle-flavored creme wrapped around crunchy peanut butter — no chocolate!

There’s also Whoppers Snowballs (milk balls in a new festive new wrapper and a new vanilla-flavored creme) and Hershey’s Sugar Cookie Kisses!

CHRISTMAS IS CANCELLED!

Now that I have you excited, Christmas is cancelled!!! (Yes, I like “cancelled” instead of “canceled”!)

Wait, before you get alarmed, the holiday is still on!

However, the Backstreet Boys are cancelling their Las Vegas Christmas show residency and pushing their new Christmas album back to 2022 because of COVID-19.

Now, there’s something to look forward to for Christmas 2022 — the pandemic (hopefully) being under control and new holiday music from my second favorite “boy band” (New Kids are still #1)!

“THE BODY REMEMBERS”

Debbie Gibson’s first album “Out of the Blue” was released in 1987 and it sold more than 5 million copies worldwide.

It produced five Top 40 hits on the Billboard Hot 100. The first four all reached the Top 5 including her #1 smash, “Foolish Beat”.

Her debut hit, “Only In My Dreams” is my 22nd favorite song from my first 35 years! (Yes, I love making countdowns!)

Last month, Debbie released her first album of new material in twenty years, her 7th studio album, “The Body Remembers”. (She did release an album mostly of Broadway standards in 2003 and a Japanese only album in 2010.)

The album features many club bangers including her #4 dance hit, “Girls Night Out (Tracy Young Remix), and her latest, “One Step Closer”.

It also features a remake of her #1 hit from 1989, “Lost In Your Eyes”, a duet with Joey McIntyre of New Kids on the Block.

My favorite songs on the album are the three hits I just mentioned, along with the title track and “Runway”. (Honestly, the six songs are perfect and that part of the album gets an “A+”!!!

The ballads, “Strings” and “Me Not Loving You” are incredible.

This is the most cohesive album of Debbie’s career and well worth the two decades wait.

It’s also my favorite album since Kylie Minogue’s “Disco” that came out in November 2020!

GRADE: A-

ONE MORE DEBBIE & JOEY NOTE

I’m flying out to Vegas Sunday and it’s the last night of their limited residency at The Sands Showroom at the Venetian.

Barring no delays, I’m going to get a ticket and head to the show.

In anticipation, I wrote a blog in late July about my love of Debbie and Joey (with NKOTB) and counted down my seven favorite hits from each.

If you didn’t read it before, here it is and if you click on the link, it should open in a new window.

https://anthonypeoples.wordpress.com/2021/07/30/i-want-my-girls-night-out-with-debbie-joey/

SPECIAL”

If you’re looking for something touching, funny, and dramatic, check out the Netflix series, “Special”.

The two season series, with eight episodes each, centers around 20-something Ryan Hayes (Ryan O’Connell), who gets an unpaid internship at a blog site called Eggwoke.

Ryan is gay, a virgin, and has cerebral palsy, which he plays off as a result of a car accident, which did happen.

The series is very touching, yet there is one scene that should be very warm and cuddly (it is, at first), but it turns very creepy.

My favorite character was his best friend and co-worker at Eggwoke, Kim Laghari (Punam Patel).

And, if you’ve followed by blog over the years, you know I love the Hindu holiday, Diwali, and I get to see Kim and her family celebrate it!

GRADE: B+

KRISPY KREME DOUGHNUTS POPCORN

Back in April, I talked about craving a donut shop that isn’t a chain store. I still haven’t had one.

However, I also talked about the new Krispy Kreme Original Glazed Doughnut Smartfood Popcorn. Well, my sister bought some and she left the bag with me!

Verdict: Skip it and have a real Krispy Kreme or whatever brand of donut you like!

“MIDNIGHT IN CHERNOBYL”

Over the past few weeks, I’ve shared some interesting tidbits from Adam Higginbotham’s amazing 2019 book, subtitled, “The Untold Story of the World’s Greatest Nuclear Disaster”.

Here are three more things:

  • As the 2010s came around, a contract to build a new nuclear plant in the United States was underway, the first in more than thirty years, and in March 2011, two new reactors were to be built in Ukraine not far from Chernobyl.
  • However, on March 11, 2011, the Fukushima, Japan, nuclear plant reactor meltdown occurred and was played out on live television. While there were no deaths or injuries from the immediate release of radiation there, the U.S. reactor plans were cancelled, Japan took its 48 reactors offline, and Germany closed eight of its seventeen reactors — with plans to close the rest of them by 2022.
  • The book states there are still a hundred licensed and operational power reactors today in the United States, including one at Three Mile Island. Also, France generates 75% of its electricity from nuclear plants, and China has twenty new reactors under construction with 39 already operating.

For the record, I’m an advocate for nuclear power, if it’s done the right way with no Chernobyl-like shortcuts in safety precautions.

Your thoughts?

THAT’S IT

With all the craziness in the world, make it the best in your little part of it!

Anthony

4 responses to this post.

  1. I loved Debbie Gibson in a Hallmark movie a few years back!!

    Reply

  2. Posted by Connie Huizenga on September 17, 2021 at 12:53 pm

    Another great, thought provoking blog. I have to disagree with you on the nuclear plants. I would love to see them all shut down or converted to substations for wind power, solar power, or hydroelectric power. I am a huge proponent for safe, renewable power. After the WWII bombs and the melt down at the nuclear plants, I work toward the elimination of the current nuclear plants and the absence of new plants. I don’t care how “safe” it is built and manned. It is still involving humans and that makes it a flawed attempt, no matter how hard they try to be safe. Just my humble opinion.

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