My Favorite Thing Today

NBC News anchor Lester Holt (screen capture)

When The Randy Report began in 2011, I used to have the news on throughout the day. NBC News, ABC News, CBS News, CNN, MSNBC – yes, even Fox News – because I wanted to stay up-to-date on all the breaking news.

But over the years, a constant stream of news became pretty heavy when you consider what’s happened in the US in the past several years. So… Continue reading “My Favorite Thing Today”

My Favorite Thing Today: ‘My Turn’

Young man on the phone
Young man on the phone
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I recently came upon a Twitter thread from 2019 that literally made me stop and catch my breath.

On March 4, 2019, one Twitter user asked the question: “What is the kindest thing a stranger has done or said to you?”

Several stories were posted, but this one, from Joe in Chicago, stood out for obvious reasons.

A phone call to an LGBTQ book store from a confused young man results in a tribal instinct to protect by taking ‘that call.’

My Favorite Thing Today: “Suckin’ On A Chili Dog”

Tom McGovern sings "Suckin' on a Chili Dog"
Suckin' on a chili dog by Tom McGovern
Tom McGovern (screen captures)

My favorite thing today because this quick video made me laugh out for reals…

Funnyman and songwriter Tom McGovern shared this over the weekend after pondering a lyric from John Mellencamp’s 1980s hit “Jack and Diane.”

McGovern sings the song using the one line: “Suckin’ on a chili dog”

It doesn’t hurt that he’s cute, too :


My Favorite Thing Today: ‘Beast Mode’ Daddy & Daughter

Tony Award winner Bebe Neuwirth (Sweet Charity, Chicago the Musical) retweeted this on Twitter and it’s my favorite thing today.

Check out how this adorable little girl and “beast mode” daddy get in their stay-at-home workout.


My Favorite Thing Today: Jack Higgins Accepts His High School Diploma

Jack Higgins approaches the stage to accept his diploma

When Jack Higgins took to the stage to accept his high school diploma, he put his fingers in his ears expecting to hear cheers and applause.

Instead, he heard silence.

CNN reports that Jack has a severe form of autism and is sensitive to noise. After eight years in his high school’s program for students with cognitive, learning or behavior challenges, he was ready to graduate on June 20.

His parents wanted him to participate in the ceremony, but they were concerned that he would be overwhelmed sitting for hours in a large auditorium surrounded by hundreds of people.

Principal Lou Riolo, principal of Carmel High in Putnam County, New York, had an idea: ask everyone to sit in silence as Jack approached and accepted his diploma.

But could high schoolers, caught up in the excitement of graduating, be trusted to stay silent?

Accompanied by his two brothers and school aide Rob Ancona, Jack approached the stage with his fingers in his ears, having practiced for weeks to handle the loud noises.

Instead, he received a spontaneous, silent standing ovation.

“The students were amazing,” Riolo told CNN. “They are a class act and superseded expectations. For example them rising to their feet after Jack received his diploma was them. It was not preplanned and no one told them to act like that that.”

“I have been lucky and blessed to see some really remarkable things in my 31 year career but this so far has to be the most incredible,” added the principal.

“But as much as the students rose to the occasion so did Jack,” gushed Riolo. “Since Jack is very limited verbally, how overwhelming was it for him with a large crowd and expectation that it would be loud?”

“It was so brave of him to take that walk which must have seemed like forever and he did it with grace, class and strength.”

Students giving Jack a silent standing ovation after receiving his diploma

My Favorite Thing Today: “The Wow Concert”

From CBS’s Sunday Morning: “The Wow Concert”

It was an unusual outburst for a classical music concert: an audience member shouted out “Wow!” at the very end of Mozart’s “Masonic Funeral Music,” performed by the Handel and Haydn Society in Boston. The group’s president and CEO, David Snead, was determined to find out who had broken audience protocol in such a forthright way. The answer to his query proved very surprising, as Steve Hartman discovered.

Wait for it…

(h/t theOUTfront)

My Favorite Thing Today: You Have Three Islands

(image via Unsplash/BenKlea)

My favorite thing today.

Maybe even “year to date.”

My Twitter friend, Jude, pointed up this post (via a Facebook page) from an anti-gay hater about how being gay isn’t natural, blah, blah, blah…

My first instinct was to point out that ‘nature’ doesn’t segregate us. Nature puts us exactly where we should be, and all is right with the world.

Plus, straight people make gay babies, so, there’s that.

But it turns out there are people far more fun than me.

Check out these responses. It gets sooooo good! It looks like a lot to read, but I promise it’s worth it.