Archive for May 14th, 2021

Not Ready

A lot of folks are celebrating the CDC’s announcement yesterday on not wearing a mask if you are fully vaccinated. Then I saw this from cbssports.com:

The New York Yankees have had eight members of their traveling party test positive for COVID-19, the team announced. Third base coach Phil Nevin, first base coach Reggie Willits, pitching coach Matt Blake, and four support staffers were among the positives earlier this week. On Thursday, the team announced infielder Gleyber Torres has tested positive as well.

As with the other seven positive cases, Torres had been fully vaccinated, and in fact he had previously contracted COVID-19 this past December.

Sigh.  Over 584,000 are dead from the virus.  I am just not ready to get back to normal. I don’t trust folks.  How do I know if someone is fully vaccinated? 

I kind of understand where the CDC is coming from, but I will wait until I feel comfortable. 

Commentary never gets worked up about the Bennifer stuff, like J-Lo and A-Rod and all the stuff that goes with it.  I did find a little joy in seeing that Jennifer Garner, yes Jennifer Garner, from “Alias”, “The Kingdom”, and “Dallas Buyers Club” to name a few, was at an event with First Lady Jill Biden in West Virginia.  How cool is that.  Garner was raised in West Virginia and she was with the First Lady yesterday to promote vaccinations and address child poverty.

Ok, I will say it in honor of Jennifer Garner. What’s in your wallet?

Not everything is gloom and doom from the Texas Legislature. Check this from the front page of today’s Chron hard copy:

George Strait, Selena and rapper Bun B seemingly have almost nothing in common, coming from vastly different music genres with very different audiences.

But what ties them together is that they got their start in music in the clubs and dance halls that dot the Texas landscape and are now in peril from the effects of the pandemic and increasing urbanization that is turning hallowed music venues into parking lots.

Now the Texas Legislature is moving to save more of those venues from the wrecking ball, creating a program to help cultivate the next generation of Texas musicians.

“I do think that there is a young George Strait out there right now that needs a stage,” said Randy Rogers, a Texas musician who is also the owner of Cheatham Street Warehouse in San Marcos where George Strait and Ace in the Hole Band played their first gig in 1975. “He needs somewhere to play.”

Qualifying Texas music venues could get up to $100,000 each in tax rebates on alcohol sales under legislation that has passed the House and Senate and now is on its way to Gov. Greg Abbott to be signed into law.

While paving the path for the next Selena, Roy Orbison or Bob Wills is important, State Sen. Carol Alvarado, D-Houston, said the program is also about the 200,000 people who make their living in Texas music and the tourists who come to explore the state’s rich music history.

“The Texas music industry is a vital portion of the state’s economy,” Alvarado said in promoting Senate Bill 609, which would create the music incubator rebate program.

Here is the entire read:  Texas Legislature passes rescue plan for live music venues (houstonchronicle.com).

Nice job, Sen. Alvarado.

The putting a player, err runner on second base to start extra innings benefitted us last night as we won in 11 innings. We are a game and a half out.

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