I’m Not Going Down With The Ship!

100 years ago today.

It happened.

Man, in an ultimate show of ego, believed he had outdone nature.

But he couldn’t. He couldn’t outrun the “what ifs” of weather, and icebergs…

The Titanic.

100 years ago today is when the most famous maritime disaster of all time…happened.

Iceberg meets the underbelly of a ship in the North Atlantic on a maiden voyage.

Even as it was happening, people couldn’t believe it.

Not in the ballroom, not in the cabins, not in the control tower, and not in the newspapers back home long after the great ship settled on the ocean floor.

Amazingly enough, the stories of that fateful night seem to transcend time.

To say the least, I am an avid follower of the history of the Titanic. I’ve managed to watch quite a bit of the cable network channels’ shows over the years, some including interviews from survivors, while others detailed the domino of mistakes that lead to the sinking. A more recent show on The Weather Channel described the rare conditions that existed for the ship to meet its tragic fate.

And, I’m a follower in the most hallowed way.

HOWEVER, we here at the Friday Fun Fact command center were more than a bit perplexed by a recent news item regarding an event, or adventure, if you will, honoring the 100th anniversary of the tragedy.

A passenger ship, carrying 450 Titanic “enthusiast” set sail from South Hampton on the same route taken by the Titanic. The ship is scheduled to be at the site of the sinking of the Titanic on the anniversary date, paying honor and respect to those who went down with the mighty ship.

http://www.turnto23.com/travelgetaways/30892475/detail.html

Can we take a moment to think about this one before jumping aboard?

First, let’s take a brief look at history:

The thinking here is that if the ship is related in any way to the Titanic, it is probably wise to avoid it. And yet, 450 people are heading right into the porthole of potential déjà vu!

I am as fascinated as the next person in retracing the steps, or in this case wake, of history to guestimate what may have been going through the minds of those actually participating in an experience. But here’s the thing – there’s no way out on this one! If the passenger ship goes down, you are still out in the middle of nowhere in the cold North Atlantic. Nothing has changed! There’s no resort built next to spot where the Titanic went down! Gilligan’s Island is not located near by!

And here’s another thing: Murphy’s Law & Hard Luck can combine to be the corner address of anywhere! Trust me – I know! We think we have all the bases covered, but do we really? If so, then why did Greek passenger ship Sea Diamond sink on a beach earlier this year?! Anything can happen!

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/17980169/ns/travel-cruise_travel/t/missing-after-greek-ship-hits-rocks-sinks/

If you’re going honor a tragedy, we respect that. And in doing so, in this case, we suggest doing it by not heading to the North Atlantic…

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Tunes of the Week:

Rest In Pieces (April 15, 1912) – Metal Church

I’m Not Going Down With The Ship – Scatterbrain

My Heart Will Go On – Celine Dion

The Ballad Of Gilligan’s Island – George Wyle & Sherwood Shwartz

Row, Row, Row Your Boat – English Nursery Rhyme

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Raise A Life-Preserving Glass!

May Your Saturday Sail Along Into Sunday!

D

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Ah, The Boys Of Summer…

Great Day to You, Friday Fun Facters!

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Special Announcements:

Happy Birthday!: Friday Fun Fact Member, and new mom, Andrea Beyer!

Happy Birthday & Our Condolences!: Dearly Beloved, we are gathered here today to celebrate a birthday milestone. Let us all raise a glass & bow our heads as Friday Fun Fact Member Amy Farver moves into the older generation this week, turning 39+1 (Special Note I: We were not legally permitted by Mrs. Farver’s lawyers to print her real age, hence the documented workaround in the previous sentence as permitted by law.). We hope, Amy, that you enjoyed your youth as much as any one person could. We do express our gratitude and sincere thanks for your years of service in babysitting your husband & Friday Fun Fact member, Hal Farver. Great Luck in your transitional phase. And, as a special birthday gift to you, we say this but once for the record, in hopes that it helps brighten your day:

Go Wildcats!

(Special Note II: All other transmissions to Mrs. Amy Farver will express support for the team opposing UK in sporting events.)

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Pieces of Hope for Autism:

If you live in the Greater Cleveland area, please stop by Panera Bread in the next few days (Friday, April 13 – Sunday, April 22 and by an autism cookie or three. 100% of the proceeds will be donated to the Cleveland Clinic Children’s Hospital Center for Autism, a very worthy cause:

http://wifi.covelli.com/panera/autismnortheastohio/

The Friday Fun Fact team was honored earlier this year to present a special episode on Autism. Please know that we received an amazing amount of response to this episode, and hence we take this commercial break solely for the purpose of our viewership for which this literally hits home.

God Bless…

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Here we are again – at the beginning of another baseball season.

The off-season acquisitions are done making the news, Spring Training is over, and the final cuts have sent the unfortunate back to the minors.

At the major league ballparks, the grass is cut, the chalk lines are dropped, and the concession stands are poised and ready to take your order.

The teams are heading towards the regular season with the promise of a new year and fresh opportunity to win a pennant and championship ring.

That’s what it’s all about, isn’t it – the promise?!

The symbolic end of winter.

“What does three up, three down mean to you?”

“End of an inning.”

Goooooooooooood Morniiing, Basebaaaaaaall!

We all hope that our home team that represents our dreams for a championship can start anew, and be competitive enough to cause excitement at the ballpark and in the standings – that keep us wishing & dreaming of a pennant.

This year, almost like no other, it feels like everyone is ready for baseball to bring on the change of seasons. Not because this winter was particularly difficult weather-wise for most of us, but because, maybe, we see those crystalized moments of summer days coming on.

Iced tea in the shade on a summer day after mowing the lawn; firing up the grill at a picnic celebration; staring at the stars on clear July night…

A bunch of us made our yearly Opening Day pilgrimage… to BW3 to watch the game.

Yes, it’s more of an adventure to head the ballpark on Opening Day, BUT with our extended list of responsibilities, it’s easier to coordinate to get us to the local pub. And besides, the beer is cheaper (somewhat), and the lines at the bathroom are shorter!

What we were treated to was the hometown team dueling the visiting team in the longest Opening Day game ever in terms of innings played – 16. Unfortunately, that was due to a blown save in the ninth inning, followed by an inopportune offense in extra innings, AAAANNND heartbreak…

As my friend closes his eyes with every disappointing opportunity becoming a swing and miss, and bangs his head on the table, we all cry out:

“JUST WAIT ‘TIL NEXT YEAR!”

Long summer days, the crack of the bat, the roar of the crowd, and the thrill of victory…

To paraphrase the immortal words of Jim Steinman, brought to us by Meat Loaf, three out of four ain’t bad…

We can just about smell the popcorn, hot dogs, and apple pie. And we can definitely hear the cracking open of a longneck bottle… or three!

Welcome back, baseball…

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Tunes of the Week:

Take Me Out To The Ball Game – Jack Norworth

Centerfield – John Fogerty

Two Out Of Three Ain’t Bad – Meat Loaf

Cheap Seats –Alabama

Talkin’ Baseball – Terry Cashman

Glory Days – Bruce Springsteen

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Raise A Victorious Glass!

May Your Friday Be Followed By A Long Summer Saturday!

D

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