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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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McCullers Jr. out-pitched friend and former teammate Dallas Keuchel on Father's Day. Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images

With three impressive wins to start this series against the once AL-leading Chicago White Sox, Houston tried to extend their winning streak to seven games and finish a four-game sweep on Father's Day. Thanks to a big inning against former-Astro Dallas Keuchel, they would win to keep their hot streak going.

Final Score: Astros 8, White Sox 2

Astros' Record: 43-28, first in the AL West

Winning Pitcher: Lance McCullers Jr. (4-1)

Losing Pitcher: Dallas Keuchel (6-2)

Rough return to Houston for Keuchel

In his first game against his old squad, Dallas Keuchel would not have a memorable start on the mound for Chicago. Houston made him labor in the first inning, loading the bases though they only came away with one run on an RBI single by Abraham Toro, grabbing the early 1-0 lead. After going down 1-2-3 in the second, they got after Keuchel again in the third.

They ended up batting around against him that inning, including a two-RBI single by Yordan Alvarez, RBI double by Taylor Jones, and bases-loaded RBI-walk by Jose Altuve, which would end Keuchel's day very early and leave the bases juiced. Chicago's bullpen would walk another batter to give Keuchel another earned run, making it a 6-2 game, with all six going against the former Houston ace. Carlos Correa extended the lead to five runs in the next inning, hitting a leadoff solo home run to make it 7-2.

McCullers Jr. gives up two over six

That gave Lance McCullers Jr. a nice lead to work with, and he managed it well. He had one big mistake in the early goings of the game, giving up a one-out single in the second to set up a two-run home run, which at the time put Chicago in front 2-1 before Houston's offense came alive. He followed that up with four scoreless innings, erasing a walk in each with some tremendous defense behind him—his final line: 6.0 IP, 2 H, 2 ER, 4 BB, 4 K, 1 HR, 94 P.

Astros complete the sweep to jump on top of the standings

Still a six-run game in the top of the seventh, Blake Taylor entered as the first reliever out of Houston's bullpen, tossing a 1-2-3 frame. He continued in the top of the eighth, getting two strikeouts in another scoreless inning. The 8-2 score would go final as Ralph Garza Jr. would enter as the third pitcher of the day to wrap things up with a scoreless top of the ninth to finish the four-game sweep. The win, their seventh straight, paired with an Oakland loss earlier in the afternoon, moves Houston into the top spot in the AL West based on winning percentage.

Up Next: This long stretch of consecutive games continues on Monday in Baltimore, as the Astros pick up a seven-game road trip starting with a three-game set against Baltimore getting underway at 6:05 PM Central. Jake Odorizzi (1-3, 5.68 ERA) will get the start for Houston, going opposite of Keegan Akin (0-2, 5.76 ERA) for the Orioles.

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