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Good News Friday: The kid baseball pitcher who won the game but consoled his best buddy on the other team first. A teenage inventor has a way to make school shootings safer. And a doggie at a baseball game has a good time.

Happy Friday to you all! After celebrating the 24th anniversary of the Rangers winning the Stanley Cup on Thursday (I celebrated by packing everything I own into cardboard boxes during final preparations for our move), I’m in the mood today to salute two enterprising young people, and a pretty frisky doggie.

First up, this went viral this week for all the right reasons. In a Minnesota state high school sectional title game, Totino-Grace and Mounds View were playing for the right to go to the state tournament.

Mounds View pitcher Ty Koehn has protecting a lead in the final inning when he struck out Totino-Grace’s Jack Kocon, clinching the win for Mounds View.

But while Koehn’s teammates celebrated around him, the young pitcher did something wonderful: He walked directly to home plate to consol his friend Kocon.

We are very close friends,” Koehn told Bring Me the News. “I knew him from all the way back when we were 13. We were on the same little league team. It was tough when we went to separate schools but we kept in touch.”

That humanity is a beautiful, and all too rare thing to get highlighted in sports. Here’s what Koehn also said.

**Next up today, I absolutely hate that something like this is needed, but I’m amazed at the ingenuity of the child who invented it.
Meet Audrey Larson, a 14-year-old from Wallingford, Conn.
According to this story in the New Yorker, this weekend, Audrey will compete in the National Invention Convention & Entrepreneurship Expo, in Dearborn, Michigan, where she’ll début her latest idea: a wall-mounted shield designed to protect students from active shooters invading their classrooms.
She’s a kid inventor but with terrific ideas; she’s been inventing stuff since she was 7 (my favorite invention is her “glow jamas”, pajamas that light up when you turn them on for when you have to go to the bathroom at night).
She lives 40 minutes from Sandy Hook, so of course the school shooting there in 2012 impacted her.
Larson’s new invention is called Safekids, which, in her words, is “a foldable bulletproof panel designed to protect students and teachers from an active shooter.” The acronym stands for Kevlar-cellulose-nano-crystal-AR500-steel Instant Defense System.
“I wanted to look at the problem differently, in a non-political way. That’s when the idea really sprouted. I started doing drawings,” Larson said.
At school, people were discussing lockdown procedures, and how to improve them. “Normally, you hide in the corner away from windows and doors, where you’re least likely to be spotted,” she told me. “I didn’t think that was really effective. There had to be a better way.”

The floor-to-ceiling panels, which create a bulletproof space once unfurled, are folded against the wall when not in use. “It doesn’t take up any space, because most schools don’t have the biggest classrooms,” Audrey said.

Like I said, I absolutely hate that something like this has to be invented. It’s absolutely disgraceful how our politicians refuse to do anything useful to stop school shootings.

But kids like Larson are doing what they can to help, and I salute her impressive invention.

**Finally, a dog at a Tulsa (Okla.) Drillers minor league baseball game got to run around the field before the game with other dogs. And, well, infield practice was going on and you know how a dog gets when he sees a ball…

I just thought this would bring a smile. That doggie was determined!

A hurricane like we’ve never seen here in NY: thoughts from a safe haven. And a cool video on making a Coke

I feel extremely lucky tonight. I am safe, I have water, and power, and cable, and all the usual amenities that I would normally have.

Others are so much worse off. Friends of mine are flooded out of their house; their cars and furniture ruined by Hurricane Sandy.

Millions more can’t get anywhere in New York and New Jersey, with subways, buses and trains all closed. The number of deaths is rising, with sadly many more to be likely “discovered” as conditions start to improve.

I’ve never seen anything like this, and I lived through eight hurricanes in my life, in North Carolina and Florida. There’s no words to express the devastation; the images on the news have been speaking for themselves.

You see videos like this (bel0w) that scare the bejeezus out of you, and realize that it could be weeks and months before the full damage of this storm is known.

Some other thoughts on the storm from your humble blogger, who feels extremely fortunate tonight:
— Every report on the news seems to bring more tragedy, but I can’t stop watching. The areas of Brooklyn, and lower Manhattan, that have been totally flooded out, makes me wonder when those people will get their lives back.

— I don’t know if it’s more heroic or crazy, but the reporters who’ve been covering the storm have been doing an amazing job. The Weather Channel folks in particular are great (and I did get a perverse giggle out of one of the weather reporters with fluffy hair (I think it was on Channel 4) having his hair bounce up and down in the strong winds. High comedy.

–One of the more frightening things Monday was that NYU-Langone Medical Center had to be evacuated when its power went out and the backup generator failed. David Remnick of “The New Yorker” has a beautiful story up following one patient and her evacuation from the hospital. Heroes all around in this story.
— On a lighter note, it continues to amaze me how Mike Bloomberg can be mayor New York City for the past 11 years, and still have a Boston accent. Isn’t he around NY’ers like, all day long, every day?

— Chris Christie is getting kudos all over the Internet today for his leadership, his praising of President Obama’s help, and his “I don’t give a damn about Mitt Romney” answer to Fox News when they asked about the GOP nominee. Christie, like Rudy Giuliani before him, is great in a crisis, because he can be a bully and talk straight and take no b.s. It’s the rest of the time that they’re arrogant buffoons. Just a reminder.

— I have no idea how many kids in New York and Jersey will get to experience Halloween Wednesday. Sucks that all the planning and costumes from the little ones will go to waste.

**OK, I went looking for something non-Sandy related to make me smile Tuesday and found this: Some engineers figured out the best way to share a Coke.

They’re a little high-energy, but pretty entertaining.