Greetings and welcome to the Elegant Solution Edition of You Are What You Read.
There were two pieces of disturbing news this week but I think that one can actually help solve the other.
The Interwebs nearly broke this week after a group of golfers in Palmetto, Florida (of course Florida) captured on their cell phones a 15-foot alligator lumbering around the course. Times being what they are, they posted the video of Chubbs, as the gator is appropriately known, blithely walking the course like he was a member or something. Such a fixture is Chubbs amongst the real life human members of the Buffalo Creek Golf Course they have created a rule for when he interrupts play. If golfers hit a ball close to the reptile, they just drop another one, and play through.
This brings us to our next news story; the demise of that great American institution The Barnum and Bailey Circus. After 146 years, the circus of note is literally folding its tents and calling it a day. How could this be? Declining ticket sales have been linked to when the elephant act was jettisoned because of pressure from animal rights groups. Also being blamed is the short attention span of our children. How do you make a kid sit through 2 ½ hours of circus when they can’t even sit still for 15 minutes?
Jen? You all are asking yourself, what is the problem with a circus ending? And what does it have to do with me?
People. Think about it. With the demise of the circus comes an opening of floodgates. And what’s pouring out of those floodgates?
Two words, People.
Unemployed clowns. Lots and lots of unemployed clowns. Adrift. Time on their giant gloved hands. Time that will no doubt be spent luring people into the woods with the promise of money and candy or terrifying sick children captive in hospital beds with their balloon animal ways.
This is a Situation People.
But there’s hope.
Turns out that Circus Corporate headquarters is in the SAME COUNTY as Chubbs. Manatee Country is home to both Chubbs and the closed-down clowns!
Chubbs only wanders the golf course according to sources when he is looking for love or, wait for it People, FOOD. Chubbs just might find a tasty rainbow bewigged morsel to his liking. While I am not advocating feeding clowns to the ginormous reptile, I’m just saying that this could be the solution to the Clown Quandary.
Think on it and get back to me.
You can learn more about Chubbs on CBS News. You can learn more about the death of 3-ringed-fun at the Wall Street Journal. But for reals check out Chubbs. He’s epic.
This week we have a royal hunter, some redesign and college football.
Amanda was stopped dead by the typographic delight of her latest read, Ever the Hunted by Erin Summerill. "The cover of this book is beautiful. When I picked it up, the description had it under my arm and out the door. The story follows Britta,the seventeen-year-old daughter of a slain royal hunter. She's tasked with finding the murderer, her father's former apprentice and her first love. Britta is an outcast as her mother came from a rival kingdom. She faces endless struggles and challenges due to her status.The violence is vivid and leaves you wiping your mouth, looking for the blood that must flow from your own. It is a page turner as Britta races to find the killer."
Pat T is reading, not listening this week. “I picked up the book, The Magnolia Story, by Chip and Joanna Gaines because I have been known to get caught up in their TV show Fixer Upper. I wanted to learn more about this fun-loving couple who have created an empire in Waco, Texas! Chip and Joanna attended Baylor University and met by happenstance when Chip was getting tires at the dealership that her father owned. Chip was outgoing, funny and unconventional, while Joanna was quieter and more traditional in her approach to life but underneath it all, there were the strong common bonds of faith and family. They married, started a family and juggled the work/family balance with Chip flipping houses, and Joanna adding her creative design and decorating touches to each home. Joanna had a design blog that got the attention of a TV station and soon this young couple with four children was hosting their own TV show. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and will continue to enjoy the great escape of their TV show.”
The Always Fabulous Babs B is watching this week. “Greater is the incredible true story of the greatest walk-on in the history of college football. Greater follows the true story of Brandon Burlsworth, who dreams of playing for the Arkansas Razorbacks but is told he isn't good enough to play Division I. Written off by fellow teammates and coaches, Brandon displays dogged determination in the face of staggering odds. The awkward kid who once was an embarrassment to his teammates and annoyance to his coaches ends up becoming an All-American player and the 63rd pick in the 1999 NFL Draft. This movie was just so inspirational and I think everyone should make time to watch it!”
DJ Jazzy Patty McC is here from That State Up North with the final musings and of course The Playlist. What’s good Pats? "As an animal rights advocate and nearly non-stop kitten foster for my local cat shelter, I was thrilled to hear that the Big Top would be no more. Do we really need to see trained animals doing tricks under a tent? And who really wants to pay to see a bunch of clowns crammed into a tiny car? Who would pay good money to see a clown nowadays when they’re free of charge lurking in your local woods? I’m thrilled to see the end of this particular spectacle. All shows must come to an end and so the curtain draws closed on the Greatest Show on Earth. The Big Top is no more, but it cannot end without a musical glimpse into the Big Top."