Happy Friday and Happy August, y’all! I know this isn’t a popular opinion but August is my favorite month of the whole year. It’s the month of my birthday, the month of my wife’s birthday, and the start of the U.S. Open is in August, too! So I love, love love me some August.
Here are a few stories to hopefully make you smile at the start of this delightful (if super hot) month.
First up, we hear all kinds of horror stories about what’s going on at the U.S./Mexico border these days, and instead of me ranting for hundreds of words about the atrocities, I wanted to share this cool story I learned about on Upworthy.com.
“A set of bright pink teeter-totters extend into both the U.S. and Mexico through the barrier between the two countries. Children and adults on both sides of the border can play together, seesawing up and down, their view of one another partially obscured by the vertical steel slats that separate them.
Ronald Rael, professor of architecture at the University of California, Berkeley, and Virginia San Fratello, associate professor of design at San José State University, came up with the conceptual drawings for the “Teetertotter Wall” in 2009. With the help of others, the two professors created the scene this week near El Paso, Texas and Ciudad Juárez, Mexico, and shared images and video of it on Instagram.”
Very, very cool and clever way to try to bring people together, don’t you think?
**Next up today, thankfully my 4-year-old has stopped demanding we hear “Baby Shark” every five minutes, as he’s moved on to better music I’ve exposed him to, like Jimi Hendrix and Van Halen. However, the youthful water creature song continues to be popular across all demographics, including, apparently, major league baseball players.
Check out how Washington Nationals player Gerardo Parra walked up to an at-bat during a game
**Finally today, this story made me smile. From the great Steve Hartman of CBS Sunday Morning, the tale of a bunch of old codgers from Salt Lake City, who’ve started a booth at the local farmer’s market that’s become wildly popular. It’s called “Old Coots Giving Advice.”
I love it.