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Sunday Sundown Rundown - 6/23/13

3 Up

1. LeBron James - Kudos to the best basketball player on the planet on winning his second NBA championship.

2. Trop Fest New York 2013 - I heard of the world-wide festival two years ago and never really thought much of it. This year, the festival made Brooklyn one of it's stops and I attended with the tag team partner. Had a great time with some interesting bands/artists, and the collection of some very good short films. Looking forward to attending again next year.

3. Rum - Weird, right? Just like any culture does, and just like those parents who believe in old home remedies, like mine do from the West Indian part of the world, I was told to drink a mixture of rum, honey, and lemon juice to help aid in my sickness. After giving up and willing to try just about anything, I threw back several two glasses Saturday night, and another one today. Lo and behold, I have been feeling much better. Guess what's on tap for tomorrow night while watching Monday Night Raw?

3 Down

1. Long-term illnesses - Yes, I am still sick, and it sucks. Slowwwwwwwwwwwwly getting better.

2. Bad Baby Names - I'm never one to get caught up in the hype like others with these celebrity baby names and such. Name your kid what you wish, ya know? However, when there are reports of Nazi followers naming their kids things such as "Aryan Nation" and "Adolph Hitler", and now Kanye West and Kim Kardashian with the brilliant name of "North West", it boggles the mind on society's direction (no pun intended regarding North West)

3. Manu Ginobili - I have no idea what Ginobili was doing in the final two games of the NBA Finals. At times he can be fun to watch, but this past week was brutal.

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Sunday Sundown Rundown - 7/15/18

3 Up

1. Thailand Boys Rescued - This story was captivating, and even becomes downright addictively intriguing when you really get into the research methods used to save these boys and their coaches. And let us not forget some of the fatalities that occurred to get this done as well.

2. World Cup - How absolutely phenomenal was this event? I'm already sad to see it go. With a newborn in tow for myself, I watched so much of it, and it all, was so, so, so good. Best in my lifetime, for sure. Congratulations to France - albeit via immigrants of African nations. But that's a different message for another post on immigration hypocrisy.

3. Isner vs. Anderson - 6 Hours and 36 Minutes. Just as great as the World Cup has been, Wimbledon was just as fantastic. Isner and Anderson provided an absolute classic.

3 Down

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81. If you could enact one law in your country that does not currently exist, what would it be?

There would actually be quite a few. However, I would go with gun control. Nothing too elaborate, but the type of control that requires screening and effective security of allowing firearm usage in this country. 
82. If you could own only one thing for the rest of your life, what would you choose?
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On the magic food truck.