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Dear Donald Trump,

It is 3am (GMT) this early Saturday morning, May 30, as I follow the events related to the nationwide protests that are currently being organized as a result of the brutal murder of George Floyd at the hands of his police officers.

Mr. President, certainly the scenes that ooze from downtown Atlanta are quite disturbing, as similar scenes take place in major cities in the United States of America. Truly, the land of the free and the home of the brave has not lived up to its bill of rights and freedom enshrined in the holy scrolls of the Declaration of Independence.

As I watch protesters attack CNN headquarters in Atlanta, I see the anger and frustration of the citizens of their great country across the political and racial divide, all clamoring for the justice that is promised in their nation’s philosophical checkbook. .

Poor me! What is happening in America right now would be strange only to those unaware of the prophecies of the late Martin Luther King Junior, who (57 years ago) boldly stated the inconvenient truth as follows:

“When the architects of our republic wrote the magnificent words of the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence, they were signing a promissory note to which all Americans would be heirs. This note was a promise that all men, yes, blacks also as men Whites (My Lord) would be guaranteed the inalienable rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. Today it is obvious that the United States has defaulted on this promissory note as it pertains to its citizens of color. (My Lord) In Instead of honoring this sacred obligation, America has given Black people a bad check, a check that has been returned with insufficient funds. “

Donald, it is your misfortune that today (more than ever), the African race, is willing and willing to demand justice and equality. It falls within the period of his reign that the sons and daughters of the multitude solemnly gathered at the National Monument on that fateful day in 1963, when MLK delivered that historic speech, are ready and bold to demand that their federal reserves of justice honor that promissory note. and no force on earth can stop this movement.

You’ve been eccentric, provocative, and to some degree maliciously self-centered, but this is not the time to attempt any self-righteous mischief. He must rise to the occasion and answer the call for justice in the George Floyd affair. Your country yearns for leadership and has sadly failed to rise to the occasion amid your government’s capricious approach to the current COVID-19 pandemic.

Now here comes another tragedy on your doorstep in search of the right combination of legal and sociological responses that would heal and reunify the United States of America. Will you answer this proverbial 3 a.m. phone call that former presidential candidate Hillary Clinton warned all presidential hopefuls about?

Whatever your answer to the above query, you’d better do a genuine soul-searching and extensive inquiry before accessing your Twitter account.

As I say goodbye, Mr. President, I refer you to a warning published in your office more than half a century ago; That mail was addressed to his office by no less an enlightened soul than the Reverend Pastor of Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta, “The price America must pay for the continued oppression of blacks and other minority groups is the price of its own destruction. (Yes it is) Because the hour is late. And the clock of destiny is ticking. We must act now before it is too late. “

Please accept the assurances of my highest consideration and esteem.

For those of you who have yet to visit the new Food Lion store in Wake Forest, which based on the bunch of shoppers we struggled with today, there can’t be many, I wanted to give you a quick rundown of some of the things you can expect at this new and modern location.

One of the first things I found unique was how all the sidewalks lead you to the sides of the building, you know, so you can enter the lobby through the doors that are perpendicular to the front of the building (for those of you from Iron- Duff is a fancy way of saying there is a porch that juts out from the front of the house and instead of having steps going up the middle, the steps are on either side.) The strange thing was, when we got to the side of the lobby, there were no doors there. So what you have to do next is get back on the road, avoid getting hit, and then walk back to the front of the lobby where the doors are (porch for those of you from Iron-Duff). I must say that having an awning over that front area (covered porch for those of you from Iron-Duff) would have been very useful during today’s monsoon.

Now if you’re thinking that all this work just getting in might not be worth it, fear not, once inside you’ll find all the groceries you came for, not to mention a chance to wander through the produce cooler. This room is properly humidified and adequately cooled to keep the freshest veggies in town. Coming out of the produce cave, you’ll find yourself strolling through your new, cutting-edge Deli. Folks, they have sandwiches, pizzas, pastas, sandwiches, sushi, and even whole fried chickens. You can imagine my excitement at seeing all the deli specials, especially after having to spend all that time in the fruit and veg cave. Produce cooler, are you kidding me? Hey Food Lion, how about the next time you meet to design a store and a young hipster walks into the room and says he needs a veggie cooler right where the beer cave used to be? ‘ny put it back on the night shift storage shelves. Trust me, a few months of night shift coupled with the disruption of your delicate circadian rhythm and you will completely forget about your organic vegan ways, but I digress.

So let’s go back to the deli, where today is Super Bowl Sunday and I’m about to buy myself a couple dozen Wing Dings. I’m thinking maybe I’ll get a dozen regular Wing Dings and a Dozen Spicy Wing Dings, right? So I’m looking up and down at the hot shelf and I don’t see any, so I asked this nice young man from the deli section where I could find the Wing Dings. I assumed he worked at the deli because he was wearing a blue, fresh-out-of-the-bag Food Lion polo shirt with a shiny new badge. The plate even had his name on it, or at least I think it was his name, it’s hard to tell when they use the old school Dymo labelers. I say all of this to help explain what happened next, because what I heard was a statement that I assumed was simply coming from the mouth of a new kid, one who doesn’t understand the retail business yet, or maybe they just don’t. We are still on top of all the Food Lion stuff, because what it says is, “We don’t do Wing Dings anymore!” At that very moment I gave that young man my full attention, looked him straight in the eye and asked him to clarify his statement! Before the poor kid could even get three good b’s out of a “bbb-but” stutter, another man decided he might have to step in. Also wearing one of those new blue polo shirts with Dymo’s name tag embossed, albeit denoting him as the “Deli Manager,” he proceeded to confirm that the young men had previously declared heartbreaking news by saying, “I’m not going to do that anymore. Wing Dings. We have this new hot bar right here where you can get them any way you want, “as he points to a rolling buffet that is just the right height to allow kids to play. After taking a quick look at the bar, I realized that what he meant by “however you want” is that you can have them any way you want, as long as the shape you want is superheated to the point that the meat is stretched. on the bone and then dip them in a sticky sweet barbecue or orange sauce. Friends, that’s not the way I want you!

If you’re wondering what I did next, I’ll tell you. I did the only thing a self-respecting man can do, grabbed one of those take out boxes and proceeded to pick out a dozen of those fake chicken wings covered in overheated diabeetus sauce. I didn’t do this because I wanted to listen to you, but because Beth had grabbed my arm and told me to stop whining, leave the poor deli boy alone, whether or not to get some of those chicken wings. she doesn’t care anyway, and come so we can finish shopping. With my wings on the buggy, I finished my pout as I pushed our cart through the land of lost promises, while taking care not to trip over the old ladies blocking the aisles as they waited to hear from the store manager whether or not the grand opening sale price for tuna would continue to be respected next week.

Now for those of you who are worried about me and worried about how I could survive without Wing Dings, please rest assured, because eventually I will find a gas station deli that will fix your wings just the way I like them. However, I would like to ask you if you have a spare moment, maybe you want to say a prayer for the poor cashier who attended us, I am sure you will appreciate it. Turns out, I wasn’t the only one disappointed in our shopping experience and wondering what the world was for. By the time we got home, someone else had started crying too. Now, while Beth may not share my affinity for Wing Dings, she seemed to have some annoyances when it came to packing her groceries, along with a few words for the poor cashier who made the bag. She seemed genuinely surprised that the cashier had placed our toothpaste in the same bag with all of our cleaning supplies, which included a bottle of liquid bleach. I guess it takes a lot more than packing bleach and toothpaste together to amaze me these days, especially when the packer is from the same generation that is eating Tide Pods. I can see the new ad campaign now;

“Looking for a mouthwash that offers whiter teeth and a brighter smile? Try Clorox. (It also kills germs known to cause bad breath.”

Beth also disagreed with the fact that the cashier bagged our raw sausage and fresh mixed vegetables together. You’re doing crazy things like this that can often lead to deadly cross contamination. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying the young lady didn’t provide us with any food safety precautions, I mean at least she had the decency to put the two items in one of them there “blue bags” so we would know what was inside. it would have to be refrigerated once we got home. Let’s face it, at some point the consumer has to accept a minimum (limited amount for those of you from Iron-Duff) of responsibility for their own food safety. We have all heard those stories about families getting sick from their own kitchen, and how it could have been easily avoided if they had simply followed some healthy and hygienic practices when working in the kitchen. Take my sausage and mixed veggie problem, for example. By simply selecting the right utensils, these young cheating tellers pose no risk to my health or my family. I just start my prep by grabbing a cast iron skillet from under the stove. Next, I turn one of the large eyes on the stove to medium-high (6-7). To avoid sticking, I recommend that you let the pan heat up for 2-3 minutes, long enough so you can feel the heat coming out of the pan when you wave your hand over it, but not long enough to burn your fingers when you touch it. Once properly preheated, toss that sausage into the skillet and cook it until golden on both sides but still greasy in the middle. Browning the outside of the sausage is the most important step, as it ensures that the pan is hot enough to burn off any germs that the sausage might have picked up from nasty veggies.

If you have the opportunity to visit the new Food Lion, I recommend that you wait a few days. If all goes well it will stop raining, they will add some canopies, and if my call to action goes well they will have Wing Dings back on the shelf before March Madness begins.

The Seahawks easily beat the Jets 28-7 yesterday and Rex Ryan must be envious of how Seattle wins games. The Hawks are using a strong running game, defense and timely passing to be on the hunt for a playoff spot. This is the same formula the Jets used in 2009 and 2010 to get to the AFC Championship game. However, things have gone wrong for New York thanks to very questionable personnel decisions by general manager Mike Tannenbaum.

Mark Sanchez gets a lot of heat from the team’s unproductive offense, but the spotty running game is the main offense’s culprit. It’s easy to forget that the Jets with Mark Sanchez beat Peyton Manning and the Colts on the road in the playoffs. They also defeated Tom Brady and the Patriots on the road in the playoffs the following week. Sánchez is not and will not be an elite quarterback who can carry out an offense. However, if Sanchez is given a good running game, he can be effective in game action.

Tannenbaum decided that Shonn Greene was the back-to-power leader in New York’s “ground and hit” offensive philosophy. Greene (15 carries for 58 yards (3.9 for each) against Seattle) is a decent number two running back, but he’s just not good enough to anchor a running game. Seattle’s Marshawn Lynch (27 carries for 124 yards (4.6 per), 1 touchdown vs. New York) is the kind of running back the Jets desperately need. The Jets passed Doug Martin in the 2012 NFL Draft and the explosive rookie has done wonders to help trade Josh Freeman. New York also struck out Joe McKnight’s pick in the fourth round of the 2010 NFL draft. The hope was that McKnight could provide the running game with some big plays because of his speed and quickness in a supporting role. However, McKnight has been an attempted runner and unproductive. The Jets are mediocre as a running back and that’s a big reason why “roll and hit” on offense too often turns into “throw and duck.”

An often pedestrian Shonn Greene isn’t the only reason for New York’s disappointing running attack. The Jets’ offensive line has taken a step back in the past two seasons with right tackle and left guard as weak points. By contrast, Seattle has improved their offensive line the past two seasons and they do a good job opening holes for Marshawn Lynch to pass.

The Jets will likely miss the playoffs for the second straight season. The pressure is mounting on Mike Tannenbaum to right the boat. The big question this offseason will be: Does Tannenbaum decide Sanchez is the offense’s scapegoat or not? The Jets are basically starting over if Mark Sanchez takes the knockdown. The best way to do this may be for New York talent screeners to find a running back who can create himself and solidify the offensive line.

It’s not every day that a horse like Big Brown appears to attract media attention; It’s been about 30 years, in fact. So why are horse racing fans clamoring to bet on him to win the 2008 Belmont Stakes? It’s actually simple: Big Brown has won the first two jewels, he’s fast, he’s strong, he has excellent stamina and divine determination. But most of all, he has the heart of a champion: a Triple Crown champion.

When Big Brown shot out of the gates in the 2008 Kentucky Derby and blew up the field at Churchill Downs to win by 4 3/4 lengths over runner-up Eight Belles, we all stared at him in awe. When he did a repeat performance at the 2008 Preakness Stakes, this time finishing 5 ¼ lengths before the Macho Again long shot – we all stood up and we all clapped because we all knew this was a special moment.

Big Brown is a big deal, he’s the real deal.

So what if you have a cracked hoof? (It has been repaired and, according to trainer Rick Dutrow, is like new.) What will we do if Big Brown wins the 2008 Belmont Stakes? What will we do if it doesn’t?

Big Brown, the favorite to win the Belmont Stakes, must instinctively know that this next race will be the most important.

The favorites likely to win the Belmont Stakes are 12 of 30 and the last five horses were beaten. The last favorite likely to win the Belmont Stakes was the last horse to win the Triple Crown – Affirmed in 1978. If Big Brown can win this one, he will become the twelfth winner of the Triple Crown in the history of thoroughbred racing. Americans.

Here is the list of Triple Crown hopefuls who won the first two jewels, but then lost the final jewel: Belmont Stakes:

  • Smarty Jones finished second in the 2004 Belmont Stakes.
  • Funny Cide finished third at the 2003 Belmont Stakes.
  • War Emblem finished eighth at the 2002 Belmont Stakes.
  • Charismatic finished third in the 1999 Belmont Stakes.
  • Real Quiet finished second in the 1998 Belmont Stakes.
  • Silver Charm finished second at the 1997 Belmont Stakes.
  • Sunday Silence finished second in the 1989 Belmont Stakes.
  • Alysheba finished fourth in the 1987 Belmont Stakes.
  • Pleasant Colony finished third in the 1981 Belmont Stakes.
  • Spectacular Bid finished third in the 1979 Belmont Stakes.
  • Minor helmet injuries aside, Big Brown’s big day should still be a challenge

    Critics and punters say that the field of horses competing in the Belmont Stakes is not as challenging as it has been in the past; that due to its size and strength, a winning bet on Big Brown seems easy enough even for the novice horse handicapper.

    But don’t be too quick to write off one of Big Brown’s main competitors: Casino Drive.

    Casino Drive comes from the same mare (Better Than Honor) as the last two Belmont Stakes winners, Jazil and Rags to Riches, and won the $ 200,000 Peter Pan Stakes by 5 3/4 lengths, covering the 1 1 / 8 miles. at Belmont Park in 1: 47.87 and gaining a Beyer speed figure of 101. With that kind of history, you’d think Casino Drive could do a short job on the 1 1/2 mile oval dirt track across from he. in the next Belmont Stakes.

    Even with Big Brown kicking dirt in his face?

    Jockey Kent Desmoreaux, the American Thoroughbred Horse Racing Hall of Fame jockey who holds the American record for most races won in a single year, will ride at Big Brown again on race day, September 7. June. Having won the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness Stakes over Big Brown, Desmoreaux knows what this special horse is capable of. Ironically, Desmoreaux was also the winning jockey who drove Casino Drive to victory in the Peter Pan Stakes. However, Desmoreaux stands firm in his decision when asked which is the better horse: Casino Drive or Big Brown.

    “This is the best horse I’ve ever ridden,” Desmoreaux told reporters at a press conference after the 2008 Preakness Stakes. “I said so.”

    Watch and bet on Big Brown going the distance to win the 2008 Belmont Stakes and the Triple Crown on Saturday, June 7. Post time is 6:30 pm EST on ABC.

    Once diagnosed with non-Hodgkin lymphoma at age 25, I was confident that my love life would take a backseat during my two-and-a-half-year protocol. Living life as a cancer survivor and hoping that one day marriage and children could be part of my future seemed more like a fantasy than a reality.

    I found myself on a date or two with someone and ended what could have been a potential relationship on purpose. What if he finds out I’m stigmatized with cancer, non-Hodgkin lymphoma and goes into hiding? How would i feel? How devastated would he be? Could I handle that type of rejection based on my medical condition and physical appearance? Wedding? Kids? These questions were far from superficial and bombarded my mind. They were real, to the core. Was it the fear of rejection, humiliation, and the thoughts of what gentleman would want a bald, gray-haired girlfriend who undergoes cancer treatments?

    She had a big wig and with some makeup no one could tell she was struggling to survive cancer. I was twenty-five years old going to bars, parties, and every other social function imaginable. Cancer didn’t stop me there. It just kept me from getting into a relationship; it was actually me who stopped me from getting into a relationship. During that time, I gave cancer too much power. Until I met Ronnie. I would never have expected that in nine months, after being diagnosed with NHL, love would be about to blossom and change my life completely. Yes, it was meant to be.

    When Ronnie asked me out for the first time, I was very worried. I wanted me to put aside the feelings of insecurity that I allowed to control me while I was on the road to cancer survival. He watched me handle my cancer diagnoses and was inspired to see that he was able to keep a smile on my face every time he saw me. His reaction relieved me; However, at that moment, I did not dare to overcome the vulnerable state. As a result, I refused to go out with him, thinking I was doing him a favor. Mentally and emotionally, I still had my love life on hold. That lasted about six months; however, during that time we became best friends. We would go to the movies together, go out to eat, play golf, just enjoying each other’s company.

    Regardless of NHL, Ronnie remained persistent and helped me see that I deserved to be happy in all aspects of my life.

    I knew I wanted to be with him, just like he wanted to be with me. It was so surreal for someone like him to accept me as a girlfriend, hairless and with a blotchy gray complexion. It gave me the confidence to be secure in our relationship as it progressed, eventually culminating in true love. He became my rock and never asked for anything in return, just my health and happiness. We were married on our fourth anniversary, and sixteen months later we had our first of three children * miracle *.

    We feel the same force about our relationship, if not stronger than before. They gave us the opportunity to have children, something the doctors were sure would never happen. The cancer protocol was supposed to put my 25-year-old body into menopause. The love and appreciation I have for my husband and children will never be taken for granted, not after living with cancer. Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, Marriage and Children ~ It was all meant to be.

    Alex Cora, Aaron Boone and Dave Martinez enter the 2018 season at an exclusive club, joining only a handful of other rookie managers to take over a team that had made the playoffs the previous year. Major League Baseball’s long history has seen only ten of those bosses, and not even one of them led his team to the World Series in that opening period.

    Worse, more than half of those rookie managers failed to carry their inherited playoff teams into the postseason, including fourth-place finishes suffered by Jimy Williams with the 1986 Toronto Blue Jays and Bryan Price with the 2014 Cincinnati Reds.

    Among the four who managed to lead their squad to a playoff return are two who failed to make it past the divisional series, Ken Macha with the 2003 Oakland Athletics and Brad Ausmus with the 2014 Detroit Tigers. In his freshman year As captain, Mike Matheny led the 2012 St. Louis Cardinals to the National League Champions Series, as did Dave Roberts two years later with the Los Angeles Dodgers.

    It’s possible that MLB could see the first rookie manager to lead a playoff team to a pennant in 2018, considering some of the first that have occurred in the past two seasons. Last year, of course, the Houston Astros won their first World Series title, and in 2016 the Chicago Cubs won their first in more than a hundred years.

    Of the three rookie managers who inherit playoff teams, two compete in the American League and the other on the Senior Circuit. All three are getting teams that are big favorites to win the pennant, and it is even possible that two of them can do just that.

    If New York takes the title, Aaron Boone would become the first rookie manager to win a pennant after inheriting a playoff team. The Yankees are undoubtedly among the preseason favorites as they acquired 2017 NL MVP Giancarlo Stanton from the Miami Marlins and re-signed veteran left-handed starter CC Sabathia.

    However, standing in his way is his longtime rival from Boston, the defending division champs are now led by rookie captain Alex Cora. The Red Sox themselves had a busy winter, adding much-needed offensive power by signing free agent slugger JD Martinez.

    It is quite possible that if the Yankees or Red Sox manage to capture the pennant, they will face another rookie manager in the World Series. The Nationals, who boasted the best record in all of baseball last season before falling back into the playoffs, are now being led by Dave Martinez.

    His path to the NL pennant will be made easier thanks to a sensational starting team, which includes Cy Young contenders Max Scherzer, Stephen Strasburg and Gio Gonzalez. Washington also strengthened the offense around former MVP Bryce Harper and third baseman Anthony Rondon, acquiring powerful left-handed hitter Matt Adams to share first base duties with veteran Ryan Zimmerman while spending time in the outfield.

    Although New York and Boston have made bigger improvements to help their new dugout leaders, Washington still seems to have the best chance of winning a pennant. The Yankees and Red Sox not only have to fight each other, but they also have to beat the defending World Series champion, the Houston Astros.

    The Nationals, on the other hand, should be able to move quickly through a division where almost every other team is in rebuilding mode. The postseason has been pretty cruel to Washington in recent years, but their increased competition has done little to bolster their 2017 pennant defense. The Los Angeles Dodgers actually lost valued starter Yu Darvish over the winter, and just last week. Last year they suffered an injury that put their top slugger Justin Turner on the disabled list to start the season.

    Tokyo is the center of Japan’s tourist attraction sites. If you ever visit Japan, Tokyo should be at the top of your list of places to visit. The city is an interesting mix of modern and traditional life, and although it is terribly busy, it is not as noisy as you would expect from modern cities and towns.

    If you don’t have a friend or family member who can help you navigate the city, it is recommended that you get a Japanese travel guide, who will show you all the great places you need to visit and how to get there. To give you some ideas, here is a list of places to visit and things to do in Tokyo.

    1. Robot Restaurant

    Try the Robot Restaurant, for a change. If you want to excite your nerve endings, go to Shinjuku restaurant and have the experience of a lifetime being served and entertained by robots. The shows are adorned with rare things like dinosaurs and light-filled tanks that will make you feel like you are in a strange land.

    two. Tree sky

    This is a spectacular building to visit. It gives you a comprehensive view of the Tokyo city skyline. The building has two observation decks; 350 meter high Tembo Gallery and 400 meter high Tembo Deck. However, if you are afraid of heights, you may not want to visit Japan’s tallest tower, especially since its floor is made of clear glass! However, it is strategically located next to a large aquarium that is also a scenic spot right in the middle of the city center. You can get there by metro and enjoy shopping in the large shopping complex called Solamachi.

    3. DisneySea

    Who Said Your Kids Can’t Have Fun While In Japan? Make sure they visit Tokyo Disneyland and experience the Walt Disney theme park first hand. It is the fourth most visited theme park internationally and is ranked number 9 of the 11 Disney parks that will open soon.

    Inside Tokyo Disneyland is DisneySea, which has a theme inspired by legends of the sea. It has seven ports which are: Mystery Land, Mermaid Lagoon, Lost River Delta, Arabian Coast, American Waterfront, Mediterranean Harbor and Port Discovery. In addition to the kid-friendly activities, there are also fun-filled adult activities, so you don’t have to sit back and wait while your kids have fun.

    Four. Ginza

    For the fashionistas, this is the place to be. The Ginza is a haute couture center characterized by many high-end shops and boutiques. The Uniqlo building is 12 stories high and stores just about anything you want to buy. Ginza is among the most expensive real estate areas in the world. However, if you don’t like crowded places, avoid visiting the street on weekends, as the road is closed to motorized traffic and becomes a pedestrian’s paradise. Lots of “human traffic” on the highway.

    One thing you must buy is the Skii beauty product. It was launched in 1980, and the brains behind the product conducted intensive research that revealed the usefulness of yeast. They observed how aged brewers managed to retain young hands by dipping their hands in fermented yeast, a practice they carried out for years. It is considered the best product for skin care and anti-aging. It is made from natural yeast and yes, it explains the secret behind the youthful skin of the Japanese.

    You can get to Ginza by train and the hours of operation are from ten to ten. As you shop, be sure to open your palate to different cuisines as well. The restaurants in this area offer delicacies that you will not find anywhere else in the world.

    This list is not exhaustive of places to visit. However, we must mention some fun things you must do while visiting Tokyo.

    5. Meiji Shrine

    Perhaps you need to start your journey by connecting with higher beings. The shrine is in honor of the deified spirits of Emperor Meiji and his wife. As you enter the shrine, show respect by bowing down and bowing again when you leave. Do not walk in the middle of the paths because they are reserved for the gods. There is a water well where you should rinse your left and right hand respectively, then rinse your mouth with your left hand. In the central shrine, bow twice, clap twice and make a wish, then bow again. The Sanctuary is open from 9:00 am to 4:30 pm

    6. The fish market

    Where to visit and what to do in Tokyo: the fish market. Visit the largest fish market in the world. It’s called Tsukiji Market. Some of the fish are just huge, nothing like the ones you’ve seen before. However, don’t visit just to watch. Be sure to try the cooked seafood at any of the restaurants near the market. You may also want to check out the very early morning tuna auction. Usually it is not business as usual.

    7. Struggle

    Find time to watch a sumo wrestling match. Your visit to Japan will not be complete without watching a real sumo match. It may seem like nothing more than some oversized men shoving each other, but there is more that makes it quite exciting. On Friday and Saturday nights, you can see the best game with all the din and excitement.

    8. Thermal waters

    After having so much fun and visiting so many places, your body will want to relax. Find your way to Tokyo hot springs found throughout the country. One of the best hot springs to visit is on the Izu Peninsula, which is located in eastern Shizuoka Prefecture. The blue ocean and surrounding mountains make for a spectacular sight to behold. At first, you might find it strange to be naked among other people, but once you get used to the idea, it becomes a pleasant thing to do. Don’t worry, women and men have their separate areas and they never mix.

    9. Cherry blossoms

    The best time to visit Japan is in February and March during the spring. Now is the time to complete all your adventures by experiencing the world of Japan’s cherry blossoms first hand. The country turns pink because the cherry trees are flooded with beautiful pink flowers. This is a highly revered phenomenon in Japan, and don’t be surprised to see locals participate in the cherry blossom appreciation and celebration. Time for picnics under the pink trees.

    In April 1992, Camden Yards opened as a new $ 100 million facility that was designed under the architectural guidance of HOK Sport and built by Danobe Construction. Located just two blocks from Babe Ruth’s birthplace in downtown Baltimore, the center field of this 85-acre facility is also the site where Ruth’s father once ran Ruth’s Café. At first, there was some debate about the name to be given to the new stadium. Some felt it should be called Oriole Park after its tenants, the Baltimore Orioles, but others were determined to call it Camden Yards. In a pleasant compromise, the park was finally named Oriole Park at Camden Yards.

    Like any other major league ballpark, Camden Yards has hosted a number of memorable events. Among them, the 1993 All-Star Game was held here. In September 1995, Cal Ripken Jr. wowed fans by competing in his 2,131 consecutive game and eventually breaking the record set by Lou Gehrig. The following year, in 1996, Eddie Murray hit the 500th home run of his career. Also, the only no-hitter ever thrown at this stadium was thrown by Hideo Nomo in 2001.

    Spectators visiting Camden Yards will be greeted with a variety of amenities, including memorabilia from the Baltimore Orioles Hall of Fame, the Camden Club and sports bar, cafeteria and gift shop. Additionally, fans can enjoy a stroll down Eutaw Street, which is home to cement-printed bronze baseballs that are designed to commemorate home runs that have been hit at the facility. Camden Yards design is an amenity unto itself, as it has revolutionized the way new facilities are built. A combination of steel columns, beams and trusses have made it a classic, while its 48,000-seat capacity has made it accessible. Although concrete trusses, a brick facade, a natural grass playing surface and an asymmetrical playing field have served as inspiration for the modern facilities being built, Oriole Park at Camden Yards was influenced by others. ballparks, including Fenway Park, Ebbets, Forbes, and Wrigley Field. .

    Baltimore Orioles fans can also take part in regular tours of Camden Yards, including an up-close look at the suites, scoreboards and control rooms, press levels, and the dugout. Public tours are offered daily with private tours available by reservation. For those wanting an even closer look, perhaps a meeting with one or more of the Baltimore Orioles players or coaches would fit the bill. If time permits, baseball notables can sometimes be found signing autographs up to 45 minutes before the opening pitch.

    Collectors wishing to request an autograph from any of the players on the Baltimore Orioles roster should send their letter and a SASE (self addressed envelope) to:

    Player’s name

    c / o Baltimore Orioles

    Oriole Park at Camden Yards

    333 W. Camden Street

    Baltimore, MD 21201

    Fans requesting an autograph should limit their request to two items per letter. Popular items that have been signed include photos, indexes or business cards, baseballs, etc. Patience is key when requesting autographs by mail, but the best time to contact an athlete is often in the off-season.

    The Indy 500 is a prestigious race that runs every Memorial Day weekend at the Indiana Speedway. The cars have changed a bit since the first race in 1911, but the biggest spectacle in racing still draws people from all over to the 2.5-mile oval track on race day.

    They come for the roar of the engines, for the excitement of the race, for the atmosphere and for the history of the event and they come in droves, as the track has capacity for more than 300,000 people.

    If you live near Indiana, it’s easy to attend the event every year, but if you don’t, why would you fly commercially when you can charter a jet to arrive in style? It’s cheaper than you might think and saves you all the hassles of commercial flights like long security lines and narrow seats. Instead, sit back, relax, and enjoy all the head, shoulder, elbow, and leg room you have as you relax with your group on the way to Indiana.

    It’s not easy to win the Indy 500 that starts with eleven rows of three to complete the 33-car field. Three drivers hold the title for the most wins at Indy with four each. They are AJ Foyt, Al Unser and Rick Mears. Rick Mears also holds the record, only this time for the most pole positions with 6. Great owner Roger Penske is the most successful at Indy, with 16 wins and 17 pole positions for his drivers.

    It’s not easy to get to Indy on a commercial flight either, not if you like space and simplicity. The only thing commercial flights and the Indy 500 have in common is milk. You can get milk on the plane and if you win at Indy, you get a bottle of milk in the winner’s circle. This tradition began in 1933 when a driver asked for milk after winning the race. A dairy executive saw a marketing advantage there, and well, the rest is history. If you win, you can choose between whole, 2% or skim milk for all the world to see.

    The next Indy promises to be an exciting race, like the previous ones. Will the babysitter win the pole? Will someone come from behind? Will you be there to witness it?

    A deafening silence is felt throughout the hockey world and beyond.

    On December 30, 1986 at 3:45 p.m., the unthinkable happened. Two days after the Christmas break, the Western Hockey League’s Swift Current Broncos were embarking on a two-and-a-half-hour trip to Regina, Saskatchewan, when their team’s bus, a 1968 Western Flyer, pulled out of the train. highway overpass and collided with a sign. then it slid down the nose of an embankment first. It flew approximately 50 feet in the air, landing on its side as it skidded to a stop.

    Four players were dead: Scott Kruger, Trent Kresse, Brent Ruff and Chris Mantyka.

    The scene was chaotic. The ditch was littered with sleeping bags, blankets, pillows, and personal items. Two ambulances were going to and from Swift Current Union Hospital, and police waved passing motorists to help transport the less seriously injured to medical attention.

    The day before, the temperatures were unusually warm, almost T-shirt weather, but there was a weather advisory in effect at the time of the accident: cold and snowstorm. The club’s regular coach, Gord Hahn, was in Winnipeg with Team Western, a pre-Olympic scouting program with player Dan Lambert. Ryan McGill also missed the trip due to a bout of tonsillitis.

    The plan was to have the bus loaded and ready by 3:00 PM to arrive at the Regina track at 6:45. However, Scotty Kruger forgot her dress clothes and was ordered to go home to find her. (Players often traveled in comfortable clothing and then changed on the bus when they reached their destination.)

    The bus itself probably needed repair. He still had the old green and blue from when he served the Lethbridge, Alberta team. There was no toilet on board, some of the windows were taped up and the seats had tears and lots of stains.

    Dave Archibald (who was acquitted of any negligence) had just parked the bus at the bend of the overpass onto the freeway when it hit a chunk of black ice. Next, inside the bus was a scene from a horror movie.

    One of the players, dressed in shorts, a shirt and no shoes, was knocked out and woke up on top of another. The bus was on its side. In search of his shoes, he returned to where he was sitting, lifted a seat that had been ripped off and saw the legs of a teammate, whose torso had been buried under the bus. He then discovered another player, whose upper body was immobilized with his legs under the bus, his arms outstretched for help as he died in front of him.

    Kruger and Kresse played on the same line, had adjacent lockers, were friends, and were always together. They were found two feet apart. At the time, the two were tied for second in team scoring, behind Joe Sakic.

    Sakic exited the bus climbing over the broken windshield.

    “He was sitting in the front of the bus. Sheldon Kennedy and I were probably talking about the Christmas break we just had.”

    The four players were playing cards in the back of the bus. The coroner said they died of spinal cord trauma.

    Regina’s game was canceled, as were three more.

    “It was the middle of the year, so it was difficult to start the season again,” adds Sakic. “That was tough, the first game back. The following season, we did really well. I think we finished second or third and got knocked out in the second round.

    “It brought the whole city even closer. Everyone from day one was so good to all the players. It was our first year there. They tried to make us feel at home. Even after that, they bonded even more.” “

    Memorial service

    About 4,000 attended the service held at the Swift Current Centennial Civic Center on January 4, 1987. All WHL divisions and teams were represented by players and officials. Each player was buried in their hometown.

    Sadly, the Kruger’s uncle Herman Kruger (67) suffered a fatal heart attack on the way to the funeral.

    The consequences

    Over the next two seasons, the Broncos set several team and league records and won the Memorial Cup in 1988-89.

    According to one of the parents, there was no insurance or psychological help.

    Many players had a bad time. Some became reckless and ran like crazy around town, gave up hockey, got depressed, or held back their emotions. Everyone remains haunted by the experience.

    Joe Sakic kept it to himself. He will rarely talk about it. “The best was during practices and games, that was the best time to escape. You only concentrated on hockey.

    “It was the first time a tragedy had happened in my life. A kind of reality is reflected. You are a little more careful about the things you decide to do. You consider the options, I guess.”

    This incident was the first fatal accident in WHL history, but not the first close call. Freezing rain caused the Kamloops Chiefs bus to crash in the mid-1970s and the Victoria Cougars bus to roll near Butte, Montana in 1980. Another bus carrying a group of Canadian Pacific rail workers crashed and claimed 22 lives near Swift Current, just six years before the Bronco crash.

    Fortunately, teams are more cautious these days. Brad Curle, director of public relations for Calgary Hitmen, has spoken to some hosts about it. “The weight of the bus has almost increased to the point where it is virtually impossible for it to roll off the road. I guess from the way it is designed and structured, it just hugs the road.”

    Equipment, for the most part, charter. Of the few teams that have buses, they are newer models, more than 2000 and renewed.

    Since the Bronco incident, the Western Hockey League has placed a great emphasis on safety. “If the road is not good, the games are canceled,” adds Curle. “It is no longer absolutely necessary to trudge through the snow. Teams are more willing to cancel games.”

    Accident victims

    # 9 Scott Kruger: center, born March 31, 1967 in Swift Current, Saskatchewan … played one year with the Prince Albert Raiders … in 36 games, scored 19 goals, 37 assists for 56 points and 32 minutes of penalty

    # 11 Brent Ruff: left wing, born February 17, 1970 in Warburg, Alberta … rookie season, in 33 games, scored three goals, three assists for six points and two minutes from penalties … a professional contract

    # 22 Chris Mantyka: Left Wing, Born November 9, 1967 in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan … rookie season, three goals, two assists for five points and 101 penalty minutes … held the Saskatchewan penalty record Junior Hockey League for 502 minutes. .. had just returned from a 3 game suspension

    # 8 Trent Kresse – Left Wing, Born April 1, 1967 in Kindersley, Saskatchewan … Engaged to Marriage, Played Star Caliber Baseball for the Swift Current Indians … First Year with Swift Current but Second at WHL, in 30 games, he scored 28 goals, 28 assists for 56 points and 27 minutes of penalties