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Nerds Around Town: Food Banks, bad ideas and adopting a pet

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Born with a comic book in one hand and a remote control in the other, Cory DLG is the talent of Conroe's very own Nerd Thug Radio, Sports and Wrestling. Check out the podcast replay of the FM radio show at www.nerdthugradio.com!

Hey Nerds!

Tuesday, it's a short week but let's make the most of it!

GOOD DEED OF THE DAY

This week we're going big with Feeding America. They work with food banks all across the country and help out putting food in people's stomachs. They have donation networks set up and even have the ability to let you create custom campaigns of your own to take the wheel and steer your own donations towards the programs Feeding America supports. This is an easy one to me, with summer coming a ton of kids don't have access to nutritional meals that they get from school during the rest of the year because obviously, they're not in school. So lets help make sure all sorts of kids are eating all year round. #NerdsUnite

OOPS

So I do a lot of research, sometimes on odd things, sometimes for no reason. Sometimes I get ideas and I chase them down and check the viability of something but overall I'm reading a ton of random stuff all the time. I found a great organization I thought that I wanted to focus the GOOD DEED OF THE DAY on, One Laptop Per Child who had the goal of making durable $100 laptops and getting them to every child in the world. It makes sense in a lot of ways, education is kind of the silver bullet to a lot of the problems of the world including gender inequality and religious violence, so if it's easier and cheaper for kids to learn then they can figure out more things on their own. So I was going to feature them, but I did some research because when I went to their website it didn't feel right, something was off. Upon doing some research I discovered that the foundation fell apart about two years ago and turned into a colossal waste of money and time, including they never actually built a $100 laptop. Wait? What? That's the whole premise. How does a company like that never even get to the point where they have the product they're discussing? If you're looking for a story in, yeah this was pretty dumb, look up the story of One Laptop Per Child. They screwed this thing up from the start.

A FOLLOW UP WITH KINGS HAWAIIAN BREAD

They have now friended me on twitter. This may be the seminal friendship of 2019, me and King's Hawaiian Bread. I did ask them to help me on a charity venture but I haven't heard back from them yet, but I honestly am still excited to be friends with the most delicious bread ever made. This is the kind of stuff that makes people excited to be alive in the twitter era!

HOUSTON ANIMAL SHELTER

So this weekend there was a bit of controversy with the Houston Animal Shelter, where they were overcrowded and needed to get as many animals adopted as possible so they made the decision to do $10 adoptions all weekend. There was noise on both sides of that decision and honestly I get both sides on this one. If you can afford to do $10 adoptions, why isn't that the norm, we know they use the money for other good stuff but it makes people feel like they're "overpaying." The flip side, if you can't afford to normally adopt a pet, then a sale isn't really all that inspiring of confidence, which is also true. Like if you need a sal, to adopt a pet then maybe a dog isn't the right choice for you. The good news is they adopted out enough animals and everything is good, the bad news is, a sale on pet adoptions isn't a great look.

NOT THAT YOU ASKED

So one of my all time favorite times of the year is Summer. I love getting in pools and having a few drinks and just relaxing, it is so wonderful. I could spend all year in a pool if the weather would cooperate, which in Texas it almost does (yay climate change?), and this weekend was no different. I got to get into the pool for a friend's bday on Sunday and then get in a pool on Memorial day and do the cook out and hang out thing. I love me some time in a pool. One thing I also love is a pool party and honestly that's something I think most people my age have outgrown. There was a large group of people in the pool and they were young and played their music but were otherwise respectful and polite but it was amazing how many people sitting around the pool were upset that there was a large group. It just overall felt silly how many "adults" were bothered by these people grilling and hanging out and just having fun and being young. It was odd.

I'm going to jump out and wish you guys a great Tuesday and remind everyone to be kind to each other and try a little harder to have a great day! I'm coming back Wednesday and we'll be bringing more good times your way. Feel free to check out my digital short story The Wilson House or buy a shirt from Side Hustle Ts where some proceeds help fight cancer or listen to Nerd Thug Radio or support our Patreon Page. Thoughts, complaints, events and comments can be sent to corydlg@gmail.com.

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Houston drops the game to Arizona

D-backs outslug Greinke and Astros to take series opener

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With the series win over the Rangers by taking two of three games in the middle of the week, the Astros welcomed the Diamondbacks to Minute Maid Park for a three-game weekend series, Houston's final three regular-season home games. Here is how the opener unfolded:

Final Score: Diamondbacks 6, Astros 3.

Record: 25-26, second in the AL West.

Winning pitcher: Zac Gallen (2-2, 3.00 ERA).

Losing pitcher: Luis Garcia (0-1, 2.53 ERA).

Houston scores first, but Arizona grabs a lead against Greinke

Houston would get on the board first on Friday night, with George Springer reaching base in the bottom of the first on an error, moving to second on a walk, then to third on a single, as the Astros loaded the bases with no out to threaten a big inning. Instead, they would come away with just one run, with Springer taking home on a wild pitch, grabbing the 1-0 lead, but leaving runs on the table.

They doubled their lead in the bottom of the third, getting a two-out RBI-double by Kyle Tucker to make it a 2-0 Houston lead. The D-backs responded in the top of the fourth, getting back-to-back singles to lead off the inning before a three-run homer by Kole Calhoun off of Zack Greinke would put Arizona in front, 3-2. Greinke would finish one more inning before Houston would move to their bullpen, striking out the side to bring his total to nine on the night, making the bad fourth inning the one blemish on his night. His final line: 5.0 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 0 BB, 9 K, 1 HR, 89 P.

Astros tie it, but D-backs take the opener

George Springer would get Greinke off the hook in the bottom of the fifth, leading off the half-inning with a solo bomb to tie the game at 3-3. Luis Garcia was first out of Houston's bullpen and retired Arizona in order for a 1-2-3 inning in the top of the sixth. He returned for the top of the seventh but would allow a leadoff single, RBI-triple, and wild pitch to bring in two runs. He would face two more batters, allowing a double and getting a strikeout, before Dusty Baker would come out to get him, now down 5-3.

Blake Taylor would make his return from the IL after Garcia, getting back-to-back outs to finish the inning. He continued on in the 5-3 game in the top of the eighth, but allowed a one-out solo homer to Calhoun, his second of the night and fourth RBI. That made it a 6-3 D-backs lead, which would go final as Houston would go scoreless after Springer's home run back in the fifth.

Up Next: The middle game of this three-game set will start Saturday at 6:10 PM Central. The pitching matchup will be Luke Weaver (1-7, 6.70 ERA) for Arizona and Cristian Javier (4-2, 3.22 ERA) for Houston.

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