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Author: Ben Wilder
Since 2005, I've called Nashville home. I'm the leader of the pack, which includes an 11-year-old beagle and a 9-year-old blue heeler mix. My days include writing, video editing, dog boarding, and other fun activities. Thanks for checking out my blog, I hope you enjoy it!
If there are any take-aways from 2020, it’s that people loved to say it was “unprecedented times,” and if I hear one more person say “pivot” and they’re NOT talking about Ross from Friends, I might throw a couch at their face.
Joe Biden has definitely been a trailblazer for future presidential candidates. He’s set a precedent for campaigning from a basement, calling your opponent racist when you can’t think of anything else to say about them, not being eloquent (or even coherent), picking a running mate simply based on their gender and race (which actually sounds sexist and racist, right?), and lastly… cheating. Now, I’m not naive. In every election there is probably some element of cutting corners, or misleading people, or even fraud, but whether Joe knows it or not, his party set a new standard for how low they’ll go to win. So much for “when they go low, we go high,” right Michelle?
For now, we’ll live under our new Commander-in-Cheat. That is, until the first black, Asian, white, Hispanic, woman, man, non-binary, person, non-person Kamala Harris takes over. I give it a few months. Until then, I guess we shall live with the Democrat’s mirage of “unity.”
These words from President Trump stood out to me during his farewell before boarding Air Force One this morning. Among other things, he addressed the crowd (and viewers watching on TV) saying, “Have a good life.” It reminds me a few things, in spite of what liberal NBC said afterwards, Savannah Guthrie repeating the encouragement as “Have a nice life,” not nearly the meaning I deducted from what he said. “Nice” and “good” are worlds apart, because you can do good, you be good. That has an element of charity to it, go into the world and do good. “Nice” just means have a pleasant life; more of an inward focus.
When he said this line, it reminded me of a friend of mine that brought her new boyfriend to a party and introduced him to us (her friends). Long story short, the night was fine and at the end when we were saying our goodbyes to each other, I said to her boyfriend, “Have a nice life,” with the meaning being I didn’t know when (or if) I would see him again. It was a farewell in case it was a final farewell. He and I still joke about this to this day because my friend married him.
It also reminded me of the sentiment shared by Mr. Feeny on “Boy Meets World.” When he was saying goodbye to Cory and the gang, he said:
“Believe in yourselves. Dream. Try. Do good.”
Topanga: “Don’t you mean ‘do well’?”
“No, I mean ‘do good’.”
Sidenote: If Mr. Feeny would’ve run for President, he would’ve had my vote 🙂
There are just a few more hours left of the Trump presidency and surely Biden has moved all his stuff into the White House by now. As Donald Trump wrapped up his goodbyes to the nation, he also said something to the affect of returning to the spotlight, so only time will tell what that could mean.
For now, though, goodbye and thank you Mr. President for the good work you did for our country. May the next administration “do good,” too.
Hi. My name is Ben and I forgot to post an update from a goal I set for 2020.
*you say* Hi Ben. We forgive you.
Thank you so much! Well, last January I made a goal to run 250 miles and walk 250 miles. I had no idea if it would be easy or hard or whether I’d fall way short or go way over. It was all of that; sometimes easy, sometimes hard. The hardest was actually on the final day. I was *this close* to admitting to myself I wouldn’t reach 250 running. I was just over 6 miles away. Running 6 miles in a day might not sound tough to you, but it was cold outside, VERY cold, so I had to do it all on a treadmill.
I know, treadmills are not fun. But somehow I was able to get it all done and walked my sweat-drenched self out from Planet Fitness to my car and drove home.
I was pretty pumped to have reached my goal! Hopefully this year I won’t wait until the very last day to complete it all, because, yes, I’ve committed to the same goal again, PLUS a hundred miles on a bicycle… because I got a bicycle!
GEICO is known for having memorable ads, like this horror commercial that’s quite funny and effective. Now, they’re back at it with an ad that’s been around for a month or two now featuring fitness guru Billy Blanks. He’s flanked by two fitness assistants, a male to his right and a female to his left.
The rest of the cast is listed below but focusing on the fitness assistants, Brian Zo is an actor/model/adventurer based in California. You can find out more about him by clicking these links for his Instagram and website.
Angeline Appel is actor/model who, among other things, appeared as one of the Mob dancers in Step Up Revolution (2012). Here is a screen grab from a well-choreographed container dance scene.
Give Angeline a boost by following her on Instagram, I’m sure she’ll appreciate it!
The rest of the cast of the GEICO commercial is:
Billy Blanks: Himself Casting Director Kari: Michole White Casting Director Evan: Chris Aquilino Camera Operator Kevin: Michael Strassner as Camera Operator Kevin Male Fitness Assistant: Brian Zo Female Fitness Assistant: Angeline Appel
Here are a few outtakes from the GEICO ad to leave you with a laugh. Thanks for stopping by!
Washington, D.C. — President-Elect Joe Biden is already taking action even before he has officially moved into the White House. In his first 100 days after he takes the oath of office, he is asking citizens to stop clicking the ‘no thanks’ when YouTube asks viewers to sign up for its paid streaming service.
Coming off a year where subscription rates exploded for YouTube TV, Biden still hopes Americans will unify with a common goal of slowing down the spread of other streaming services. “If we do our part as patriots, the price will come down and we can return to the normalcy we knew in 2019, before the ‘YouTube TV’ service rate increased under the previous administration,” Biden said at a recent press conference.
Asked if he will make this a national mandate, Biden side-stepped by saying that he, along with 3 former Presidents will be signing up for YouTube TV on a live broadcast next week. He then claimed that if you don’t know whether you want to sign up or not, you ain’t black.
Aides quickly rushed the future President off stage and announced a lid on press conferences for the remainder of the week.