Off the Record

• On Friday at approximately 9:15 a.m., my vehicle was washed for the first time in months. Exactly one hour later, I encountered an Eaton Ferry Road (the Macon end) covered in mud that I assume came from logging trucks. It looked like the dirt track at Bristol Motor Speedway out there. I can’t catch a break.

• Me thinking about going to the DMV: No, the line will be too long. Me seeing 1,000 cars in line at Biscuitville: Yes, I can wait.

• Benito Mussolini’s great-grandson recently signed a professional contract with a club in Italy’s top soccer league. Yes, he bears the same surname. If it was me, I think I would have changed my name by now.

• I became fascinated by the world of professional soccer about 19 years ago. Then, Claudio Reyna was one of the best American players. On Saturday, his son, Gio, represented the U.S. in a 2-1 win friendly win at Northern Ireland. Gio, 18, is not only one of the best current American players, but one of the most promising young players in the world. Time is a strange thing.

• Here’s another soccer factoid for you: Claudio Reyna now serves as the sporting director for the new Major League Soccer team in Austin, Texas, of which Matthew McConaughey is a part-owner.

• Winston-Salem, N.C. has a new baseball team called the Carolina Disco Turkeys. Their logo is worth your Google time. The team plays in the All-American Amateur Baseball Association.

• It’s too bad Lake Gaston isn’t more closely-situated to a minor league baseball team. Of course, the Triangle, Richmond and Norfolk are great places to watch baseball, but I would suggest a visit to Kinston’s historic Grainger Stadium, now home to the Down East Wood Ducks, a single-A affiliate of the Texas Rangers. Grainger Stadium, built in the 1940s, won’t wow you with amenities but is a great spot to take in a game.

• Have you ever struggled to parallel park or back your boat into the water? At least you didn’t get a container ship stuck in the Suez Canal, blocking vital commerce traffic, for the entire world to see. That happened in Egypt last week as most of you are probably aware.

• A federal study released Monday showed the Pfizer and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines are 90-perfect effective. Last year at this time, chaos had taken over. At least there are glimmers of hope now.

• “Could be worse. Not sure how, but it could be.”