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I've made a smart playlist of all the songs with 0 plays. I listen to them because I feel bad for them not because I like the music. I'm THAT guy.

Red Bull’s Hit

If you’ve pur­chased a Red Bull within the last twelve years, that com­pany lied to you. At least, accord­ing to Ben­jamin Careathers. Mr. Careathers filed a law­suit on Jan. 16th of 2013 in U.S. Dis­trict Court alleg­ing that the slo­gan “Red Bull Gives You Wings” (and other adver­tis­ing prac­tices) were “decep­tive and fraudulent.”

Read more on Law360, BEVNET, Google and the actual set­tle­ment web­site. Red Bull decided to set­tle rather than fight it out in court. A state­ment by the com­pany said, “Red Bull set­tled the law­suit to avoid the cost and dis­trac­tion of litigation.”

Essen­tially, Careathers won, and every­one who’s enjoyed a Red Bull since 2002 can join him and claim money or (iron­i­cally) some Red Bull prod­ucts. Which brings us to the part where I’m furious.

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The Gregg tombstone.

Last Words With LaVonne

My last words to LaVonne Rose Gregg, as she lived and breathed, were likely, “It was so nice to see you.” I’m sure I could pin­point the likely moment, but that would bring with it the real­iza­tion of how poorly our last words fit our relationship.

I’m sure LaVonne responded with the promise of sweet corn or beef, and I would have sin­cerely begun the work of map­ping a path for retrieval. But it wouldn’t hap­pen, not until she no longer lived nor breathed.

News that she was sick came sud­denly. Although she had been liv­ing with can­cer the past year, she had been as LaVonne always was: bright and sassy. Then Holli’s mom, Carol, sent a group text mes­sage on Sep­tem­ber 24th at 6:11 PM.

> They have taken grandma to the hos­pi­tal
> She stopped breathing.

Those mes­sages started a process of grief for dozens of peo­ple. Holli and I made plans for her to head to Hawar­den that night. She’d return to teach the next day, but would oth­er­wise be near the fam­ily should LaVonne breath her last.

LaVonne didn’t. She lived unas­sisted for two more days in the Hawar­den Hos­pi­tal before pass­ing peace­fully in her sleep.

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