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Thoughts from a typically wacky Grammy Awards. The 1st-grader who gave the whole school the day off. And I hit a new running milestone that gets me excited

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The music, the clothes, and the incredible amount of sparkle: The Grammy always have it all.
As I’ve said many times, I know very little about current music, but I enjoy the Grammys because there’s always a few groups that I like, plus the costumes and behavior are always entertaining.
Here are some thoughts from a typically weird night at the Grammys:

— Thought Taylor Swift’s opening was a nice tribute to “Alice in Wonderland” (that’s what it was, right?) but she was still singing that awful song that I’ll now have stuck in my head for three days. And speaking of She Who Cannot Keep Boyfriends, why did CBS feel the need to show us a second of her dancing in the aisles to every single other performance?
— I love Adele’s music but her awards show speeches are even better. She just comes out, says a few things, and walks off. And she’s almost always funny.
— Outright robbery that Mumford & Sons lost to The Black Keys in Best Rock Performance. But the Mumford boys did get Album of the Year, which is highly deserved. So it all evened out.
— However, my fiance has declared that The Black Keys are “the coolest white boys in rock.” Or at least, “since Dave Grohl,” she added.

— Lena Dunham is dating a guy from Fun. Was this known by everyone else but me?
— Love that Sting came on and played with Bruno Mars. I want to be Sting for just one day. He’s just the coolest. Or maybe Prince is the coolest, I can never tell.

— Kelly Clarkson, we know you love everyone. But do you need to say hello to every single person in the audience before coming on stage to get your award?

 Oh, how I enjoyed all of the “Finally, someone has beaten Chris Brown” jokes on Twitter. What a scumbag.

— Finally, nice to see LL Cool J with a sweet tribute at the beginning of the show, to the power of dreams, and at the end with his Beastie Boys tribute. Who ever thought LL would one day be, like, an elder statesman of rap?

**Who says 6-year-olds don’t have any power in this world? For one day, Blake Harper was awfully powerful.
And popular.

At the Mater Dei School in Bethesda, Md., the principal offered to make a deal with his students on the Friday before the Super Bowl: If any one of three students can make a shot from a certain spot on the basketball court, everyone would get the Monday after the Super Bowl off.
After two older kids missed 3-pointers, young Blake Harper stepped up to the free throw line. If he made it, delirium and a three-day weekend. If he missed, well, everyone had to get up Monday morning.
Check out how Blake did. I love it.

**Finally, I have written periodically here about my (possibly-crazy) quest to run a half-marathon, probably next fall.
Slowly but surely, I’m making progress. I’m now running about five miles per day, three days a week, and this weekend I hit a new milestone: I did my first under-10 minute mile on the treadmill at they gym.
Considering when I started running/training about five months ago I was running 15-minute miles (which I believe was basically fast-walking, I was so slow), I was excited.
Now that I’m under 10 minutes, I want to start running longer distances, 6, 7, 8 miles per outing. But for today, I just want to savor that “9:50” time that showed on the treadmill for the last few minutes.
Long way to go, but I’m getting there.

Joe Biden comes through big-time in debate. A wonderful gesture by an Eagle Scout. And a very cool video with Fun. and cell phones

Thoughts while wondering if the Yankees and Orioles will play 19 innings of scoreless baseball tonight… can’t anyone score in that series?

Well thank you Joe Biden, for showing your boss how it’s done.

In a performance worthy of a Broadway stage Thursday night, the vice-president of the United States (hailing from the great state of Delaware) took apart his youthful challenger during the debate, calling out Paul Ryan on his many lies and distortions as Ryan was telling them.

And among all the other things me and other Democrats are proud of Biden for today, that I think is the biggest. The VP didn’t let Ryan’s mistruths and lies linger in the air for a few minutes while he was speaking them, he interrupted and stammered and loudly protested immediately, so the American public watching wasn’t able to even start to believe what Ryan was spewing.

I thought Biden was terrific on the economy, bring up Romney’s 47 percent comment, finally saying what Obama should have said about the debt (namely, “Where do you think that debt came from? George W. Bush putting two wars on our credit card!”), and I thought Biden’s answers on Afghanistan and Libya showed a much greater knowledge of the subjects than Ryan has.

And major kudos to Martha Raddatz, who showed what a moderator should do. She steered the conversation, asked tough follow-up questions, and actually asked Ryan to explain the Romney/Ryan math on the economy, which of course Ryan couldn’t do with specifics.

I give Ryan credit as well; he stuck to his script, he had the best one-liner of the night (“I think the vice-president very well knows, that sometimes the words don’t come out of you mouth the right way”) and he made as passionate an argument as he could.

But Biden got the ship back on course last night. No, it probably didn’t change many voters’ minds. But he certainly made Dems feel a whole lot better about our ticket, and showed Obama exactly what he has to do next week.

Great job Joe.

**I have no idea why someone thought to do this, but the result is terrific. My future mother-in-law sent me this video of “Mystery Guitar Man” Joe Penna mapped four phones over a large format video, which were then synchronized and filmed from a ceiling-mounted camera.

A very cool song, and a very cool video.

**Finally, here’s another Good News story to warm your heart a little bit. As you know, disgustingly, the Boy Scouts of America refuses to let gay kids or gay adults be in their private organization. But a former Eagle scout named Andrew Zerbinopolous wants to give his Eagle Scout badge to 17-year-old Ryan Andresen, because Andresen’s scout master denies the teenager a badge because of his homosexuality.

“If I can make him feel like he has some support out there, it’s worth it to me to send him a piece of metal,” Zerbinopolous said.

It’s offensive that this kind of a gesture is necessary, but it’s a beautiful stand taken by a “model” scout. More details of the story here.