Blog 'My Blog'
Added: Jan-25-2014 By: john1054
Welcome to my channel! I keep a sort of journal here of items important to myself and other members of Liveleak.
Joe CharboneauEntry Added: 5 days ago By: john1054
He was my hero when I was a kid. Joe Charboneau was the direct descendant of Toussaint Charbonneau, guide for the Lewis and Clark Expedition of 1804 to 1806 and husband of Sacagawea. Joe played left field and designated hitter for the Cleveland Indians baseball team from 1980 to 1982 and as such was the American League Rookie of the Year for 1980. With the nickname "Super Joe", he captured the imaginations of Cleveland fans, myself included. At age eighteen, I would go to the ballpark with my buddies, hang out in the bleacher seats drinking three-two beer, and watch the man do his work. As he stepped up to the plate, the fans would chant, "Go! Joe! Char-bo-neau!"
His most distinctive characteristic, aside from making great hits and fielding, was his apparent lack of nerve endings. He seemed impervious to pain. He had been a prize fighter, opened beer bottles with his eye socket, had broken his nose a dozen times, and had once pulled his own tooth using a razor blade and pliers rather than pay a dentist. At bars, when asked, he would run a chain up his nose, put it out his mouth, and floss his sinus cavities. During much of his rookie season, he played while recovering from a knife wound he had gotten from an obsessive fan.
My buddy, Steve, and I were hanging out on the first base wall once when Joe walked by before a game. Steve shouted, "Hey Joe! Will you sign my ball?"
Joe said, "Sure! Gotta pen I can use?" He signed the ball, handed it back to Steve, and continued down the wall, giving more autographs to fans with Steve's pen.
Steve laughed. "That sonofabitch stole my pen!"
The following year, Joe injured his back. He was benched, had a dismal 1981 season, and was sent to the minors half way through 1982. He never played a major league game again.
When we heard the news, Steve and I were bummed. Still, Steve would joke, "Serves the sonofabitch right for stealing my pen!"
Joe was released from the minors after a few seasons. He worked odd jobs, and is now, I believe, a parks department employee managing youth baseball leagues. He trades on his modest celebrity status by holding baseball clinics for kids who want to learn from one of the old legends. It's a Field of Dreams story: a guy who shined briefly as a player, ended his career early, but is still an awesome memory for people like me.
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Added: Jun-6-2011 By: john1054
Notes, stories, and commentary concerning myself and Liveleak. Feel free to read and leave remarks on my channel page comments.
Here is a link to my woefully under-visited YouTube Channel.
My profile sound bite is a snippet from Roy Acuff's rendition of The Tennessee Waltz.
The intro sound bite I use on some of my YourSays is from the Osborn Brothers version of Rocky Top.
Navigation ModuleEntry Added: Nov-29-2014 By: john1054
Since I am not blogging as much as I used to, I'm going to try something a bit different. That is, I will post my latest blog entries at the top of my channel, and move older items to the archive below.
Why I enjoy conspiracy theory and what I learn because of it. Conspiracy buffs: don't be offended. History buffs: I hope you enjoy. If you aren't into history or conspiracy, then watch at your own ris
By: john1054 | Comments: 130 | Views: 1457 | Votes: 45 | Shared: 0
Location: Knoxville, Tennessee, United States | Leaked: 3 days ago in Other Items from Liveleakers
Original video did not come with subtitles so I took care of that myself. My Russian isn't really that good so I apologize if I mistranslate a few items. Time 2:54 . Original video here .
By: john1054 | Comments: 62 | Views: 1109 | Votes: 35 | Shared: 0
Location: Knoxville, Tennessee, United States | Leaked: Apr-21-2015 in Regional News, Politics, Other Items from Liveleakers
Stuff like this is happening all over America, Here it is taking place around the corner from my house yesterday. Here is my own commentary on the situation along with some video I shot of the flag be
By: john1054 | Comments: 278 | Views: 4811 | Votes: 28 | Shared: 196
Location: Knoxville, Tennessee, United States | Leaked: Apr-19-2015 in Regional News, Citizen Journalism, Other Items from Liveleakers
This is around the corner from my house. My neighbor is at loggerheads with our homeowners association over whether she can have a flagpole on her lawn to fly the American flag. Here is her restoratio
By: john1054 | Comments: 33 | Views: 889 | Votes: 1 | Shared: 0
Location: Knoxville, Tennessee, United States | Leaked: Apr-19-2015 in Regional News, LiveLeaks
Violence in North Carolina and it's connection with guns, religion, and hate speech Five Minutes . Click here for original story.
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Location: Knoxville, Tennessee, United States | Leaked: Feb-12-2015 in Other Items from Liveleakers
How Khamenei's message to western youth about terror turned out to be bunk. 3 minutes. Click here for the Ayattolah's address .
By: john1054 | Comments: 130 | Views: 1531 | Votes: 36 | Shared: 0
Location: Knoxville, Tennessee, United States | Leaked: Jan-22-2015 in Iran, Your Say, Other Items from Liveleakers, Religion