The Goods (Feb. 15, 2022)
Some good news to get you through the week.
Happy Tuesday, dear friends! It’s time for another edition of The Goods, in which I offer up some fun, positive, and uplifting items that’ll help you get through the week.
YOU’RE A GOOD MAN, ANTHONY HARRIS
Last year, 11 year-old Audrey Soape of Plugerville, Texas lost both her father and grandfather within months of each other. As reported by The Washington Post’s Sydney Page, the young lady had no one to take her to the annual father-daughter dance at her church in Round Rock (where I lived during high school, incidentally) and on a whim, she sent an Instagram DM to her favorite NFL star, Anthony Harris of the Philadelphia Eagles.
To her surprise, he flew down and accompanied her. There’s a lot more good stuff in this story, including several cute pictures, but whew, just that part was enough to get my water works going.
BRILLIANT PARODY VIDEO INSERTS CAT INTO “TITANIC”
A four year-old cat in Portland named Lizzy has become the latest viral sensation through a series of incredibly clever videos in which she’s inserted into classic movies by her parents, Tibo Charroppin and Olivia Boone.
For Valentine’s Day, Lizzy (whose stage name is “Owl Kitty”) was edited into several iconic scenes of “Titanic”. Look, no description I can provide is going to do this justice, so just watch and enjoy. Trust me:
THIS TWITTER THREAD IS ONE OF THE FUNNIEST I’VE EVER READ
When I was imagining what content I’d want for The Goods, I decided to make a conscious effort to avoid politics. Everything else I write for y’all is political, and good lord, we need a break from that shit.
But this is different. Yes, it’s about the ridiculous and dangerous truck blockade in Canada, but the storytelling here by Buzzfeed political reporter Paul McLeod is sublime and hilarious. Click the tweet below, and it’ll take you to the full thread, which is very much worth reading over your lunch break.
OKAY, THIS IS POLITICAL, TOO, BUT I LOVE IT AND IT MADE ME HAPPY
Chrystia Freeland is the Deputy Prime Minister of Canada and the first woman to hold the position of Minister of Finance, which she does so concurrently with the former and more senior role.
Check out this statement she posted via Twitter thread. This is what a leader looks like:
NATHAN CHEN DELIVERS AN ICONIC PERFORMANCE
In 2018, then-teenager Nathan Chen had a rollercoaster experience in the individual men’s skate competition at the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics. Following a frustrating showing in the short program (placing 17th), he proceeded to dominate the free skate, earning the highest Olympic score to date and vaulting to 5th place in the final standings, nearly pulling off one of the greatest podium comebacks of all-time.
Returning with Team USA this month to the Winter Olympics in Beijing, the young man, who’s currently studying at Yale (no biggie, right?), came ready to kick some ass on the ice.
It’s not surprising that he won gold. What’s surprising is that even with the sky high expectations placed on his shoulders in this competition, he still managed to astonish everyone with his free skate, a routine that included five quad jumps, set to Elton John’s “Rocket Man”. It’s absolutely gorgeous, and I watched it about a dozen times this weekend.
Partial video is embedded below, and you can check out the full program here.
Y’ALL RAISED A TON OF MONEY FOR CHILDREN’S TUMOR RESEARCH
This weekend, y’all got a very late email from me on Friday night with a last minute request: to donate to my team for the Cupid Run in D.C., which goes to support the Children’s Tumor Foundation.
I had literally agreed to be on the team and got registered just a few hours before, and my goodness, y’all saved the day.
In less than 24 hours, nearly $15,000 was raised for cancer research for children through our team’s efforts. Far less importantly, our team placed 2nd overall in fundraising, which is rather astonishing, and all the credit goes to y’all.
As promised, all those who donated will be 1) followed on Twitter, 2) entitled to a RT of their choice, and 3) entitled to a 30 min. chat with me via Zoom.
Obviously, that last bit is gonna take some time to complete because I’m pretty sure more than 200 of you donated. Whew, I got a lot of video chats ahead of me.
Unfortunately, Cupid Run’s website is currently malfunctioning, so I’m unable to access the list of donors at the moment, but I’m certain that will be resolved soon. Please be on the lookout in your inboxes for scheduling requests.
If you didn’t donate and wanna do that Zoom chat, no worries! I’m sure I’ll be raising money for some other great cause in the very near future, and I’d love to have your support.
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