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Ever wanted to rent out your bathroom? Eh, me neither. And Virgin Atlantic airlines really cares about its passengers

A couple of “I can’t believe this either” stories for a delightfully crisp cool Saturday here in NYC:

We’ve all been there. We’re out somewhere, we’ve really got to go to the bathroom, but there are no toilets around. For men, well, we can pretty much pee anywhere. But for women, it’s more complicated.
Never fear, or better yet, you may never have to hold it in again! There’s a new cell phone app called Cloo, which allows homeowners to make their private restrooms available to the public for a small fee.
Here’s how it works:

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This is kind of creepy on many levels. Do you really want some stranger hanging out in your bathroom for God knows how long? And are you really that desperate to pee that you’ll just go invade someone’s house that you’ve never met?
Seems dubious to me. But hey, if you need the cash, better to sell you toilet than your body, I s’pose.

**Love this story. Virgin Atlantic airlines has decided it won’t let its passengers be surprised by the powerful emotions of its in-flight movies.
The company has decided to issue “emotional health warnings” on all of its flights when movies are shown that might make passengers cry.
So now all those VA flight attendants have to pack extra Kleenexes for passengers when “Rudy” or “Beaches” is shown.
I think it’s a great idea.

**And finally, since it’s football season, and I cannot get enough of this incredible show I just finished watching…. Clear Eyes, Full Hearts….

The irrelevance of Notre Dame football, and a touching Thanksgiving movie moment


A short blog today while I wonder why, exactly, that third piece of pie was deemed absolutely necessary by my stomach:

So as I read yet another headline the other day about Charlie Weis’ job status, I wondered why the sports media is still so obsessed with Notre Dame football.

Honestly, the stories have been just short of breathless: Will Charlie Weis be fired? Who will take his job? The Notre Dame AD, Jack Swarbrick, tells Weis he’s not allowed to go on a recruiting trip after the last game of the season, does that mean he’s gone?

And I’m wondering what the big deal is. The Fighting Irish have a big national following, I get that. I know all about Joe Theismann and Knute Rockne, Joe Montana and Rudy (by the way, I hated that movie. Hated it. And I always love a good inspirational flick.)

But seriously, Notre Dame, with the exception of Ty Willingham’s first season in 2002, hasn’t been really good in a long time. They haven’t seriously contended for a national title in two decades, and even though their games are on national TV every week, is anyone but the diehards really watching?

I don’t know, I think Notre Dame football is another one of those things that older sports writers and broadcasters think is REALLY important, only the rest of us don’t agree.

I am glad, though, to see Weis, who seems to be a pompous ass, fail just as miserably as Willingham, who is a good, decent man who didn’t deserve to be fired. The Irish coaching job is an impossible position.

**On a better note, here’s the final scene of my favorite comedy ever, which I always think about on Thanksgiving. The ending of “Planes, Trains and Automobiles,” which always touches my heart a little: