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Weekend Update, 5/12/2019: Things that rock

There was a whole series of stories I intentionally kept out of this week’s Friday Five because it’s an involved tale that falls into a theme I’ve blogged about a lot, and I had more than a few thoughts on it. So I had planned to run it as a Weekend Update post. I also kept this week’s Friday Five a bit more succinct than has been typical, of late, in part because since I had Friday off, I had intended to spend Thursday evening binging Lucifer season 4 on Netflix. Which I did.

No spoilers: I laughed, I cried, I gasped, I cheered, and please oh please let there be a season 5!

Anyway, my extended weekend started off both relaxing and productive. I had some errands and chores I wanted to get done, and most of those have been attended to. I’ve also napped more than I meant to, I’ve gotten a lot of reading in, and so forth. By Saturday morning when I originally planned to finish the other blog post, I just didn’t want to. Because, often my weekend updates are about really sordid things, and that’s what this series of stories is. I just wasn’t in the mood, or rather, I didn’t want to put myself into the sort of mood I would likely be after I finished that post. And I thought, well, there is a certain resonance to posting it on Sunday, so maybe I’ll work on it then.

Instead, I got up, took my meds, did a little bit of tidying in the kitchen, then laid down and slept for something like five ours. And I still don’t want to go there. So you’re getting a brief, and late, Weekend Update that is about good or cool or rockin’ things, instead of the sordid stuff about a public figure.

First up, just a nice little feel good story: Mom Gets a Surprise When She Skips Her Own Graduation to Attend Her Son’s. Woman goes back to school later in life, and finds out that the day she is supposed to accept her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration at one university, is the same day that her son is getting his Bachelor’s in Music at a different university. So she decides to skip her ceremony to attend her son’s. A classmate of the son happens to have a workstudy job in the office of the university president, and told the president the story. So the president calls the president of the other university and the cook up the scheme to surprise both mother and son, by presenting mom’s diploma at their ceremony.

Novelist and comic-book writer Chuck Wendig has been tweeting a lot about the family of foxes that have a den not far from his writing shed, and he’s posted an album of the adorable photos for all to see.

Finally, a couple of cool things:

Coeur d’Alene artist turns decaying tree into little library:

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GOOD OMENS in 35,000 dominoes:

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And then I felt better about the world

"To the person going through our trash for your next meal: You are a human being and worth more than a meal from a dumpster. Please come inside during operating hours for a classic Pb&j, fresh veggies, and a cup of water no charge. No questions asked. - Your friend, the owner."
“To the person going through our trash for your next meal: You are a human being and worth more than a meal from a dumpster. Please come inside during operating hours for a classic Pb&j, fresh veggies, and a cup of water no charge. No questions asked. – Your friend, the owner.” (click to embiggen)
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There are tumblr posts that come through my dashboard that make me proud to be a human. These images came from one.

"An elderly man in my neighborhood had a heart attack while shoveling his driveway. Paramedics took him to the hospital, then return to finish shoveling his driveway for him."
“An elderly man in my neighborhood had a heart attack while shoveling his driveway. Paramedics took him to the hospital, then return to finish shoveling his driveway for him.”
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Once again, I had another post I meant to finish, but passing on a bit of uplifting news seemed a better use of my time and bandwidth.

"As I stood in line at the REDACTED public library, I watched as a clerk told a little girl she couldn't check out a book because she owed a $0.29 fine—then I watched as a teenage boy behind her dig in his pocket for some change to pay it for her. And then I felt better about the world."
“As I stood in line at the REDACTED public library, I watched as a clerk told a little girl she couldn’t check out a book because she owed a $0.29 fine—then I watched as a teenage boy behind her dig in his pocket for some change to pay it for her. And then I felt better about the world.”
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I hope where ever you are, that you have at least a few moments to lift your mood. We all need little reminders that good things happen in the world, too. And sometimes the smallest kindness makes the biggest improvement in another person’s day.

Good news, and good news

So often what I wind up putting in Friday Links is bad news, outraging news, and so forth. The Tonight Show rounds up real news anchors to read things we’d all like to hear about on the news for a change. I’ve Got Good News and Good News:

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Meanwhile, the ASAPScience guys finally settle the question, which is better for health reasons, drying your hands with paper towels or an air blower. Paper Towel vs Hand Dryers:

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And those scientists who built the small underwater robot that mimics swimming motions to maneuver and not scare off sea life have made some improvements: Octobot uses webbed arms to swim faster. There’s a short video in the story!