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Adapting to That COVID Booster Shot Does Make Sense

When it first came out, I was curious why in the world yet another shot in the arm was being considered .

We all were made to believe that the Pfizer and Moderna two shots were the best option. Yet that belief was rattled for many when yet a third shot was discussed. Could the Delta Variant or the idea of a really bad strain of COVID be the reason why they were even discussing a booster shot?

WebMD lists the already needed booster shots for other diseases, so having a COVID booster shot is not something out of thin air (neither is this mandate by the way , remember as kids we were MANDATED to get our shots?) https://www.webmd.com/vaccines/vaccine-booster-shots)

There was a lot of talk about this as shots one and two were being administered, but why did the booster shot discussion disappear? It felt that the two shot approach was working! Yet here we are talking about how the vaccinated can still carry this virus . Here we are a year later with mask mandates on the table. Here we are a year later with the threat of lockdown once again hung over our heads. The booster shot could lead the way in eradicating all these measures!

I’m not a scientist , but i am following the data . Pfizer has released booster shot trials for different areas across the US, which you can find HERE (https://www.pfizer.com/science/find-a-trial/search/covid-19%20booster) What I had seen in a trial is a 100% anti-body strength one month after the booster dose was admitted. When time allots , I’ll be researching more and will feature on Alex Garrett Podcasting.

I also wanted to give you a quick glance at Moderna . Reports back in May suggested after 15 days , there was an immune response with the Moderna booster . (https://investors.modernatx.com/news-releases/news-release-details/moderna-announces-positive-initial-booster-data-against-sars-cov)

In further research there are a few countries that have now started adapting to the COVID third vaccine dose . Israel is administering the third dose (https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.timesofisrael.com/israel-begins-administering-3rd-covid-vaccine-dose-to-the-elderly/amp/) . I also saw that over 50 and those with high risks will be given a third dose in England.

Why doesn’t the CDC quit with mask mandates and trust the science of the COVID booster shot? Why not go that route instead of fear-mongering if so far Pfizer is showing success against the Delta Variant. (https://www.google.com/amp/s/amp.cnn.com/cnn/2021/07/28/health/pfizer-third-dose-data-bn/index.html)

To the US government: God has many hands working on these vaccines and optimizing the data you so love to shut us down with. Consider adapting to giving us this booster shot and stop continually putting us in fear daily, we cannot survive as a country in this frenzied state and the data shows it! Let’s adapt!

Sniffing Out Love (by Sarah Everts)

“Instead of swiping, the strategy is wiping: namely, one’s perspiration onto a cotton pad.”

Sniffing Out Love

Childhood Phases Helped Save My Life!

Alex and Taz!

As I think about nearing 30 years on this planet , I think of the saving graces. Two of those saving graces stare me right in the face here in 2021!

30 years in the making of this life, of course the biggest life-savers have been the doctors and the nurses and my core family who have stuck by each and every day of this journey. But through any chaotic health crisis, isn’t normalcy wanted?

Isn’t normalcy a priority for a child that needs hospital time more so than other kids? My folks sure thought so! So, they let me live out my childhood phases to the fullest. Two of those phases have hit me right between the eyes !

On Friday night, July 30th, the Mets will don their classic black jersey for the first time in nearly 15-20 years. An exciting moment for sure since they turned to a blue jersey over last couple of years. Personally, I used to want every kind of black jersey the Mets had worn in the 90s! From the home to the road, to Mike Piazza shirts, and even the black Mets cap! My folks took me to Grand Slam Sports in Times Square, NYC and let me immerse in that jersey-wearing glory! Which I continue to immerse myself in.

Back then , however, sports jerseys were an escape from whatever health ailment I had dealt with any given week! I even would wear a Yankee or Mets (or even Cubs/Blackhawks) to the hospital as sort of a security blanket I guess ! So thanks mom, pop and my stepdad for never discouraging me from this phase because wearing sports jerseys definitely helped me through the rough times!

Another phase that hit me this week was my love of Taz, the Looney Toons’ own Tazmanian Devil! Whether it was his whirling dervishes, or just his chaotic intensity I loved that dude ! I got what felt like all his shirts and even a plush Taz ! I see that he his in Space Jam 2 now!

Childhood phases today look a lot different and I wasn’t going to go here but let’s talk about it. Children today seem more encouraged to feel like who they identify with rather than how they were made by God. I don’t believe it’s trans-phobic to say a childhood phase of gender dysphoria may not last forever , so to explore the idea even to point of body reconstruction does feel wrong to me in a body as young as 9-16/17 years old. Keeping an eye out on these phases feels the best course of action , rather than bowing down to taking action then and there when you most likely know what’s best for your child over any radical activists that say otherwise!

For me this summer, however, it appears I’ll be reliving my childhood this summer, or at least looking back on it as thank God for these phases that kept me going then and inspire me to keep going now!

A Summer of Resiliency in 2021

If there was ever a summer of the comeback kids, it’s this one, summer 2021! This comeback kid on wheels is feeling the resilience of America everywhere I roll and on the podcast apps I scroll!

This summer, I just found out the original online talk show I had created, The Sportshour with Alex Garrett , was approved by the iHeartRadio app!

Why this means so much is there were countless times while on air at WQMC Radio at Queens College the ratings meter did not tick up very much. That honestly got into my head a lot more than I’d like to admit! Imagine thinking you are taking to yourself and only thyself?! Yet, I didn’t give up on the show and now it’s on podcast apps all over the place!

Let me say that again: I didn’t give up on the show and now it’s on podcast apps all over the place, under the umbrella of Alex Garrett Podcasting. So if this summer can be realized as a summer of resilience, you TOO can stay resilient!

While we now have to hunker down against the Delta variant, our resilience is needed again and that includes not locking down again! We can weather this storm without shutting down, I freaking feel it!

It’s wild to think seeing my own show on IHeartRadio and some confidence-stilling can inspire staying the course of resiliency . It’s the only way I know how to live by persevering and living through any adversity! It can be done!

A self-created podcast on a podcast app has helped teach me that this summer of the come back kid!

A Hometown Heroes’ Welcome in NYC

This week, New York City opened up the Canyon of Heroes to the Hometown Heroes on the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic. Personally, I never thought on July 7th, 2020 we’d be hearing pipes and drums down Broadway just a year after the pandemic’s height. Yet, inspired by Councilman Eric Ulrich and put together by New York City and Mayor Bill de Blasio, the promise was met to honor our heroes.

The beauty of this parade was that it gave us a feeling that New York City is BACK! It gave us a feeling that we are in for a Mayoral election of two candidates who do care for this city and want to defeat the rising crime. It gave essential workers of all stripes, from healthcare to education to trucking that sense of appreciation I believe they have long-deserved since March 2020.

On multiple airwaves, I noted the rush and excitement these workers had just getting on to the parade route was contagious and it fed into the general energy of all who lined the streets to thank our heroes. Certainly some felt it missed the point of truly honoring these heroes, which would be to give them hazard pay. Yet, I felt the appreciation that these groups had along the route for being honored.

I mentioned Mayoral election. Personally, eight years ago NYC GOP Candidate Curtis Sliwa brought me on as an intern for his radio show which was on AM 970 the Answer at the time. After being hired as the co-ordinating producer and board op with Curtis and the Gov (David Paterson) , the Mayoral election was the main focus as Mayor de Blasio would cruise to victory in 2013. Eight years later, the man that hired me, is now on the campaign trail and took time on the trail to tell the story of the way we became radio colleagues. Pretty amazing how full circle it starts to feel!

Speaking of radio, I met up with friend and colleague Zach Miller of New York Truck Stop Radio, who was given the opportunity to be on a parade float up the Canyon of Heroes! He was there courtesy of the Trucking Association of New York ! After a two minute interview, I caught up again with Zach on the parade route while he rolled by on the float’s way to City Hall! What I didn’t know would happen next is what I’d like to share with you!

He and Arthur Miller, the hosts of ‘New York Truck Stop Radio’ welcomed me on their radio show as a guest! It was a great 25 minute conversation recapping all the parade’s sights and sounds (and gripes?). Click here for the full conversation as heard on AM 570/102.3 FM The Mission WMCA and AM 970 the Answer! https://omny.fm/shows/new-york-truck-stop-radio/truck-stop-radio-7-10-21

Along the Canyon of Heroes During Hometown Heroes NYC Parade (7/7/21 AlexGNYC1)
Zach Miller of New York Truck Stop Radio on the National Grid Float with Trucking Association of New York (7/7/21 AlexGNYC1 )
Team Curtis Sliwa 2021 Mayoral Campaign at HomeTown Heroes Parade (7/7/21 AlexGNYC1)

Our Founding Fathers Had Goals and Never Went Doom-Scrolling

It’s Independence Day Weekend! A weekend we honor and celebrate the biggest goal our Founding Fathers had, breaking us free of tyrannical King George III and Great Britain. A tall task that started really in 1775, culminating with not only the birth of America, but a 245 year preservation effort on behalf of Americans today. The fight for freedom is never ending! Yet to be free and vote to declare freedom on July 2nd, 1776 (signing of the Declaration actually occurred July 4th, 1776!) our Continental Congress and Continental Army did anything but doom-scroll. Even if cell phones were in existence, I really can’t see George Washington telling them while crossing the Delaware, ‘hold up, gotta check that Tik Tok Video’ .

That’s why Independence Day is so special to me. Indulge me as I become Colonial Alex for a moment. It was the rolling up of the sleeves and getting to work to make us free that should inspire us all! If you ever feel yourself doom-scrolling, think about the sacrifices made by soldiers THEN and soldiers NOW that never scroll on the battle field, but stick to the goal of protecting America! Yet, doom-scrolling is a part of why America’s health feels in peril, because American lives are in peril when they spend exorbitant amounts of time scrolling their phone. According to NBC’s Today 73% right now admit to doom-scrolling (I might be one of them, which is why I’m writing this!) https://www.today.com/health/how-stop-doomscrolling-its-affect-your-brain-t188725

Our fight for our own mental freedom day in and day out feels interrupted by our very own habits, does it not? If we limited our thoughts of phone consumption alone, I feel we could focus on preserving America even more! I’ve just recently started to put my phone on Airplane mode over night, that is so freeing! I also enjoy reading and let me tell you, stories of people like Rudy Ruettiger will inspire us to stop doom-scrolling. The man behind the film, ‘Rudy’ , worked as hard as the movie portrayed him to have worked to become part of Notre Dame and cinematic history. That is the American way , is it not?

Hard work is a landmark of this country, which is why I think Uncle Sam should inspire us to stop doom-scrolling and to inspire us to become self-reliant again and not reliant on the government through many stimulus checks. Self-reliance is Godly and paves a way for liberty! Self-reliance got us free from tyranny and will once again keep us free from tyrannical forces. Stop the doom-scrolling and PRESERVE AMERICA!

We Are A Return on Investment

When we talk about ROI, normally it’s in the context of what WE can get back for something we’ve invested in.

Yet, has it ever come to mind that individuals have an ROI attached to them? That companies INVEST in individuals like you or I expecting RESULTS? Companies also don’t just invest in anyone, they are investing in YOU and maybe if thinking of it that way, we can throw out the phrase ‘just another day at the office’.

I never like being told a job is a job, because I don’t feel like the 9-5 type any how. Add on to that this idea that a company pays me personally to get the job done, yes I want to show them the ROI in my work is worth it day in and day out. I also just love working hard, i can’t think of it another way.

It also comes to mind that people are getting used to government benefits like the stimulus checks that they don’t want to go back to work. I can’t imagine it’s a majority of the country, but numbers still show a slow hiring process due to unwillingness to work. What if we instilled in people that companies are willing to re-invest in them and their talents? Wouldn’t that inspire them to stop relying on government help and become Independent again?

It’s Independence Day weekend, don’t be afraid to be an Independent worker who realizes their worth and realizes they aren’t meant to be on the government dime forever.

We are not celebrating Independence Day just to be dependent on Uncle Sam 24/7!

I talked about this on my latest podcast on the idea of ROI being reflected on us as well!

https://www.spreaker.com/episode/45504485

The Quest For 25K Podcast Plays and 200 Blog Follows

I’m going to be up front with you. I’m on a mission! To know that we are just under 600 downloads away from 25,000 is so exciting. On my social media I really have been pushing people to help get ‘Alex Garrett Podcasting’ over the 25,000 play threshold! I feel 25k makes this podcast even more marketable and perhaps sponsorship-worthy. I never wanted to charge for people to hear my words, but at the same time, I’m beginning to feel the value of this podcast rise due to the great guests that trust this podcast to get their message out!

For many years of this 7 year journey I pigeon-holed this podcast to sports and politics and honestly not much else. When I began to include human interest, something clicked in my brain to start ‘Adapting With Alex Garrett’. Adaptation has been a theme through this pandemic and to hear about how people have adapted their lives to make it work has truly been an inspiration. It’s in that vein, I look to continue podcasting and blogging. Yet, I can always use that boost of an extra play here or there that could get us to 25k!

As far as this blog is going, the outreach and continued support has been bad-ass. Thank you so much for the likes and the follows on these blog entries! I don’t know how people are gravitating but I am grateful they are! I’ve honestly started debating about content subscriptions, but I believe rev/share can be had through advertising and not asking anyone personally for money . That I always will maintain free for readers and for podcast liseners alike!

So together, let’s make this marketable, let’s make this network even more valuable. It is a numbers game and not just cool stories that will truly add value and I’m not ashamed to say, I’d love your help in moving us even more in this journey by subscribing to this blog OR my podcast! (https://www.spreaker.com/user/agsportshournyc)

Let’s grow together!

Honoring a Matriarch on Father’s Day 2021

This Father’s Day carries a lot more weight to it for my family and I! Father’s Day 2021 falls on the 3 year anniversary of the loss of my grandmother, Shirley ‘Dee Dee ‘ Brockway .

On June 17th, 2018, my father, stepfather, mother and Aunt from California were surrounding the alert now-100 year old Shirley on Father’s Day. She wasn’t feeling as well but she kept pushing through and kept asking questions that showed her sharpness never left her right up until her final breath, 3 days later.

As far as Fatherhood goes, my dad and I always stayed over at my grandmother’s, because she had such a welcoming and loving soul to all her family. Between the two of them, I definitely learned to, as Dee Dee would say , “put on my big boy pants” in life.

My grandmother also welcomed my step-dad, Vic , in 1999 when my mom and Vic started dating. She must have given off a smile after Vic fixed her stove that she had, as he puts it, “written son-in-law across my forehead”! Just a few years later , son-in-law became official and as I got older Sunday visits were the norm where Vic , my mother, and ‘Dee Dee’ would also teach me different ways to get better in the real world. All of these moments took place at the dinner table in her later years.

Of course for Vic and my father, they have taught me in their own ways all the while growing up on how to be in this world. They’ve calmed me down to reality and yet have inspired me to go after dreams I have, and thanks to them I have felt a strong balance of faith, love, adventure , and yes mindfulness, in my life because of my immediate father figures !

What some may not know is that Shirley Brockway lived a full life outside the house up until about age 91, when retired from her leadership position with a senior citizens center in the Bronx. Not only did she work there until she was 91, she was consistently DRIVING up to work in her early 90s! Outside of work she’d come to various events for all her grandkids , including weddings of my cousins on LI and, personally, my appearances on Variety the Children’s Charity telethons. Remarkably, she also made my 2013 graduation from Queens College in 95 degree heat, while 95 years old!

The photo above is from the post-graduation lunch in 2013. To have both my fathers and my grandmother all at one table knowing how tense it sometimes was when we were all together was a breath of fresh air for me.

That was the thing about Dee Dee , she brought family that may have felt on opposite sides of a spectrum together. She welcomed all into her home for many years, including at her 100th birthday extravaganza with my ENTIRE family! She loved us all through our faults and stood by us as our matriarch.

It’s intriguing to write about a matriarch on the day we honor Fathers. Yet, I believe her strength for my family helped the men in our family become better men! She also raised three-strong willed women who inspired their kids to be better men in this world as well! I’m very proud of my mom , who has instilled a sense of what I should be as a man , disabled or not, in this world.

There’s so much more I can also write about my father figures, which you should stay tuned for, but this one goes to Dee Dee! We miss you and love you , but we feel your spirit with us daily!

Yes, Juneteenth is Important

June 19th, 1865 is actually a very important day in the history of the United States. For all those that complain about how bad this country is, perhaps Federal recognition of the end of slavery can make them realize while we have flaws, America is truly beautiful!

America is the comeback kid in nearly every instance and ridding the land of slavery truly was a second Independence Day! What I find the craziest is that this day was never recognized before 2020 after the loss of George Floyd.

Why did it have to take tragedy to honor a great day in America? Why does it take tragedy to bring us together in what is supposed to be the United States of America ? I’ll always keep asking that question, considering the fact it took until 2021 for a President to make it a Federally recognized holiday.

Juneteenth is also pretty amazing in the sense of Texas. Yes a General in Texas decreed agreement with the Emancipation Proclamation which led the way to the 13th Amendment! Takes away the red neck narrative , doesn’t it?

According to the Times, Juneteenth became a national holiday and it’s the first national holiday declaration since MLK Day in the 1980s!

Juneteenth should not be a political football but a unifying force in America. It shouldn’t be a day where anti-cop protests pop up, it shouldn’t be a day where America-haters continue to say we are a bad country. It also shouldn’t be a day that those on the right are afraid of or try to tie to critical race theory. I understand many are calling for more action on the social justice front with this declaration , yet Juneteenth is a day that ended slavery and that’s how it should be honored!

I podcasted about this here! (https://www.spreaker.com/episode/45363277)

We should all rally behind the idea that slavery finally ended on that day , bottom line, End scene.