Welcome to the weekend. It was definitely a weird week for most people and it looks like next week will be the same way! Here are today’s “Random Thoughts”…
It is being reported this morning that singer Kenny Rogers has died at the age of 81.
He passed away peacefully at home from natural causes under the care of hospice and surrounded by his family.
The family is planning just a small private service at this time because of COVID-19, but they look forward to celebrating his life publicly with his friends and fans at a later date.
Rest In Peace Kenny.
According to the website put together by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, as of Friday afternoon at 2 pm there are 549 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the state of Michigan.
Why such a big jump in the numbers the last couple of days? The state is just now including the number of confirmed cases from testing that was done by private labs. Originally the number only counted the confirmed cases from testing done by the state.
Here in West Michigan, there are 12 confirmed cases in Kent County, one in Ottawa, one in Montcalm, and one in Barry County.
We have had three total deaths in our state due to COVID-19. Those deaths have all been on the east side of the state.
As of this morning, there still are no reported cases in the Upper Peninsula.
This is the time of year when a lot of people head to the Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park to see the annual Butterflies are Blooming exhibit.
Due to the coronavirus, the Frederik Meijer Gardens is shut down, but you can still see the butterflies.
They have set up a live streaming camera to watch the butterflies.
This is pretty cool.
There are not a lot of butterflies right now because many of them are still in their cocoons. As more and more of the butterflies emerge, you will see them flying around in front of the camera.
Lights, camera, butterflies!
QUITE THE STREAK
The coronavirus pandemic has forced a Disneyland fan to end an unprecedented streak.
A man by the name of Jeff Reitz had visited Disneyland on 2,995 consecutive days. That’s over eight years this man has been going to Disneyland on a daily basis. Unfortunately, his streak had to end just shy of 3,000 because the theme park was forced to close down a week ago.
He has a good attitude about his streak being broken though, he remarked: “The streak’s been ended. The park is closing, but the calendar is not.” He added, “On the negative side, I didn’t get to choose the end. But on the positive side, I didn’t have to choose the end.”
He said he plans to resume visiting the park daily whenever it reopens.
White dealing with the big-time lockdown in France due to the coronavirus, one man was determined to run a marathon…
The guy ran six hours and 48 minutes just doing laps on his 23-foot-long balcony. Around and around and around — until he completed about 6,000 laps. He ran 26.2 miles on that balcony.
No word on how dizzy he may have been when he crossed the finish line!
ONLY IN VEGAS!
A Las Vegas strip club is promoting social distancing with drive-thru shows. The Little Darlings club is planning to roll out the new service today, providing customers with a 10-minute show from the comfort of their cars for the low, low price of only $100. One of the bosses at the club said they also have 20 gallons of hand sanitizer and are doing “a cool nude hand sanitizer wrestling show.”
Wash those hands, and stay safe and healthy. I will talk to you this afternoon from 2-6 pm on 98.7 WFGR!
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