This week it’s all about the heroes.
Liminal Owl sent in this act of heroism. I am totally charmed by this high schooler.
Corion Evans, 16, said he immediately ran over, took off his shoes and shirt and went into the water when he saw the car sinking and heard the three occupants shouting for help.
“I was just like, ‘I can’t let none of these folks die. They need to get out the water,'” Evans, a Pascagoula High School student, told Biloxi, Mississippi, ABC affiliate WLOX. “So, I just started getting them. I wasn’t even thinking about nothing else.”
There is a longer interview with him here – unfortunately, the station is preventing me from embedding it.
Adam sent this one:
Nicholas Bostic was on his way to get gas (WAPO link) one night last week around midnight when he saw flames leaping from the front of a two-story house in Lafayette, Ind.
He slammed on his brakes, turned his car around and pulled into the driveway. Then he realized he’d left his phone at his home a few miles away and couldn’t dial 911.
Seionna Barrett, 18, was babysitting her three siblings and her sister’s friend while their parents were out on a date night playing darts. Seionna had smelled smoke and was frantically trying to wake up everyone to get them out of the house when Bostic busted through the back door.
Bostic said he hustled everyone outside — then Seionna told him the baby was missing. Bostic would soon learn she was referring to 6-year-old Kaylani, nicknamed “Baby K,” who was still in the burning house.
This one happened here, not far from me:
Brighton Police credited the women at Rumors Salon & Spa in Brighton with saving a victim from a domestic violence abuser.
The timing on this from Alison Rose couldn’t have been more perfect. Sending it to me yesterday; it’s just the way to bring a smile. Hero kitteh! From the Dodo:
Meira’s son, who’d been playing with her house keys, decided to drop them down a random hole that had formed near a walkway. (Kids, right?)
But try as Meira did, she was unable to retrieve them — threatening to strand her outside indefinitely. But then a hero appeared.
It was a friendly black cat named Pantera, who belongs to one of Meira’s neighbors. With his slender paws, Pantera stepped in to help.
Here’s that moment on video:
Pantera did it!
Though it did take him a few tries, the gracious cat eventually returned the keys Meira’s son had dropped. She was stunned.
“If I didn’t film it, no one would believe it,” Meira told The Dodo. “I was surprised, because I thought he put his paw in the hole just to play, but his intention was to really get the keys. I was super happy.”
As a reward for his good deed, Meira gifted Pantera a toy and gave him some treats. But he got something even more special, too.
“He won my love,” Meira said. “I was already in love with cats, but now there’s no question.”
And finally, I know some have asked for a Frank update. My friends sent along photos with an explanation:
Frank was only about 2 lbs, barely, when he came to live with them, and he became obsessed with their rabbits. One of their bunnies was a cranky 10 lb male, and they were afraid if Frank got into the rabbit hutch at night, Finnegan would kill him (that big boy has bitten me, so I know he could do it, too. I still have the scar). They figured when Frank got to be bigger, it wouldn’t be an issue. So they crated him at night. He didn’t mind.
Unfortunately, as my friends rescue special needs bunnies, both of their sweet things passed this last month (after many happy years with my friends). Finnegan, from what they and the vet had hoped would be a slow-growing tumor, and Lil’ Bit from kidney failure. I’m so glad they have Frank to help with the grieving process.
Anyway, they were going to put the crate away, it’s about 6′ tall, but it turns out, nope, Frank loves it. So they added a hammock, and it’s his own little castle. They took the door off, added a cubby outside on the top, and he comes and goes as he pleases in his own little cat tree-like castle.
He is a plump six pounds now and a healthy whirlwind of a kitten. After which there is heavy napping:
That’s it for this week. I’m heading to the Chocolate Festival this weekend, barring falling into a chocolate coma, will be back with more kindness next week, LOL
Remember, kindness begins at home. Be kind to yourself today.
Thanks to everyone for sending me acts of kindness, each one brightens my day and I’m stock piling them all for future posts.
Lafayette, Indiana? Lol – that’s my home town – I grew up there. Dig it! (we also birthed the guy who started C-SPAN)
Today’s life lesson: Do not mess with people who have hair scissors, nail files, steel pick combs, and enough hydrogen peroxide to put a Gemini capsule in orbit.
EDIT: After viewing the video, I am vaguely disappointed that the peroxide was not in fact used.
Loved that bit about pantera – what a lovely black cat. Black cat represent, yo!
Oh my Lord, that house fire rescue had me crying by the end. That man is a literal hero. Holy shit.
My bunny and my sister’s cat would sit together on the window sill watching what was going on outside. They would sleep together too.
Being a hero is a rare privilege.
@Alison Rose : I held it together until he said, “please tell me the baby is okay”
The dog’s reaction is simply gold.
Teasing your dog with his favorite words.
David ☘The Establishment☘ Koch
Today’s heroism is Ella Toone and Georgia Stanway leading England in a dramatic overtime victory over
@HumboldtBlue: so sweet
@HumboldtBlue: That deserves an embed
@TaMara: I have a feeling you could do this with Trixie
“Wait, is it my birthday?”
Steve in the ATL
@David ☘The Establishment☘ Koch: years ago, a wise man told me to watch women’s golf. Said that while they are better than we will ever be, it’s a lot more relatable than men’s golf, where they are so good it’s insane. ‘‘Twas good advice. May also apply to other sports.
@Steve in the ATL: Back when I watched a lot of basketball, I felt the same way about the difference between college and pro men’s teams. The college game I could just about imagine a human being playing. The pros — no way.
Nine years after double lung transplant, my mother in law is finally facing some rejection issues. She’s in ICU with pneumonia. Failure stage is “serious” but docs are hopeful they can stop it. But the reality is that she’s managed longer than most, so this could be the beginning of the end. Depending on how everything goes we may have to postpone our move to Hudson Valley we had been planning for the fall.
@TaMara: The head tilt might be my favorite thing among dog things.
“Grandma” got some major perk up action. Very sweet.
@TaMara: I love that. Doggo knows Sarah and Grandma. And Bella, especially Bella. Neutral on “day care.”
@Steve in the ATL: Tennis and soccer, I prefer the women’s game. Hoops, prefer the men. Who’s to say why? (TBF a thousand hours on the sidelines for girl’s soccer is the reason I watch soccer. )
@Trollhattan: You got that right. They do that tilt and you’re done!
And the tail! Check out the tail!!
@UncleEbeneezer: I am so sorry to hear that. I hope the docs are right and they can stop the rejection. Peace for all of you. [[[hugs]]]
Seeing as this is a thread for sweetness and light, have some love from the North Coast and all the best to your family.
@Steve in the ATL: I was lucky enough to play with Teresa Edwards at the old Stegman Hall. Woman could ball!
@Trollhattan: I watch more mens tennis than womens mostly because I’m a Nadal fan and mens is just featured way more often. But there’s very little difference between the two nowadays. The mens game has slightly more mph and spin, on average but the women can absolutely crush it too. Players like Osaka, Andreescu, Swiatek etc. hit about as hard as the mens players. The women, due to slightly less average power, use more variety, drop shots etc. The biggest difference however is that the Men’s game is filled with major anti-vac a-holes, bigots, domestic abusers, MAGAts and poor sports.
Steve in the ATL
Bella is definitely someone’s sweetheart.
Steve in the ATL
@raven: damn—bet you got your ass kicked!
I saw Shaq play there a couple of times. Big dude, even from the cheap seats.
Check out Artie’s tail!
@UncleEbeneezer: Hope your MIL recovers her health. All the best.
If we are celebrating heroes we should celebrate Mohammed Zubair, one of the co-founders of Alt-News a Snopes.com like project.
He was arrested under spurious charges because he dared to document religious leaders affiliated with the BJP calling for a Muslim genocide.
He just got bail after spending 23 days in jail for doing his job, of speaking truth to power.
@TaMara: Thanks. Hardest part is seeing my wife having to face it all. We always knew this day would come but it’s still hard. And it’s bringing back a lot of memories from losing my own Mom to cancer in 2012.
@raven: So cute! You should do what the YouTube star cat Maru’s owner does and put a drum under her butt so you get some cool drumming.
@UncleEbeneezer: I’m so sorry. I’ll be hoping for the best outcome.
@Steve in the ATL: I remember most playing with her. If you didn’t keep your head in the game she’d rip it off with a no-look pass. She was also finishing her undergrad when I was at the end of my masters. We went up to the mountains on a field trip and did a really primitive zip line, the line was a cable with a spare tire that broke your momentum at the end. Landers would have had a stroke if he had seen her on that!
David ☘The Establishment☘ Koch
There’s also a Bad News Bears quality about badass women players like as Mapi Leon (photo). For years they were told they were misfits and that there was no place for them in sports, but they said “NO!”
I’m very sorry. That’s tough on everybody. Peace to you all.
OK, seeing all the sports related stuff, I prefer women’s tennis, but men’s soccer and bball. I watch all the women’s soccer tournaments, and I watch a helluva lot more women’s college bball than the WNBA. I also watched nearly every game of the women’s softball tourney, but never any regular season matchups.
Also, the collegiate athletics world is going absolutely fucking bonkers. If The Oregonian is reporting on the ACC, may I immediately start a rumor that Oregon and Oregon State along with UDub and Wazzou are joining the ACC to form the greatest Frankenstein conference of all time?
Oh, she’s got some major thumpin’ action going on there!
@TaMara: That face was the canine version of “the fuck??”
@SiubhanDuinne: She’s so cute and just loves the thought of treats! I mentioned yesterday that they are doing a follow-up in the paper on her life a year after she was saved!
You did, and if they don’t do too much doxxing I hope you’ll provide a link when the story appears.
I read the earlier one. OMG, I hadn’t fully grasped what a rough life Artie had had before being rescued and finding her forever home with you.
@David ☘The Establishment☘ Koch:
I like her name, it has a very Broadway sound to it.
Also, for the general audience, why does the woman in the dog video look so familiar? She has a passing resemblance to my eldest niece, but it’s more than that. I have seen that face somewhere, I think.
@SiubhanDuinne: We’re workin on it!
@UncleEbeneezer: Somebody else who hates the Joker! My man!!
IMHO the massive growth of women’s soccer worldwide is traceable back to Title IX. Once there was a reliable place for women to play team sports at a higher (than public school) level, the talent took off. There has been a steady influx of foreign talent at the NCAA level for a while now.
Also, I’m sure the dominance of the women’s game by the US, “motivated” the countries who are soccer-mad for the men’s game to not be beaten by the “Yanks”.
@columbusqueen: Literally didn’t even watch a moment of Wimbledon because of him (and Kyrgios too)
May the journey end peacefully. My first wife died of metastatic breast cancer 22 years ago. We knew it would get her 4 years before the end. Knowing it was coming didn’t help much.
@raven: She’s got rhythm! Born to be a drummer!
Nothing humble about it, that’s what happened, and it also happened for basketball and rowing and softball and volleyball. That has also impacted coaching and trainers and physios and administrators and media personnel. It’s why we see the continuing growth of women’s presence in sports at every level.
ESPN has a series about the 50th anniversary of Title IX.
@HumboldtBlue: Fifty years! Great. The Supremes will revoke it.
Snark (I hope!)
I have that on my “to watch” list.
It’s trickling over into other women’s sports. Next Sunday is the first stage of the new edition of the “Tour de France Femmes”.
It should be a blast.
@Steve in the ATL:
I worked in pro sports. I had participated in the same amateur level of the sport and I was middle field, on a light day I have been in the lead. The difference between me, an amateur and the pros? Like day and night. I’ve talked to pros and some were so confident they would say it was all them. The one’s you actually liked, they never did that. They recognized they had a talent, they worked to make it better every time they competed. The pompous arrogant ones, the ones the results said were good but that no one that actually knew them liked them to a person, every single one was an asshole to the officials and put on their glad face for the fans.
I’m surprised the police didn’t murder the black kid for his trouble saving the drowning girls.
David 🌈☘The Establishment☘🌈 Koch