Your superior correspondents spotted a couple stories on WPRI-Channel 12 in the past week that certainly qualify as good news. And, while our bread and butter at Casa Diablo has always been the Vo Dilun foibles and stupidity that are “the gift that keeps on giving,” as Rhode Island Public Radio’s Scott MacKay says, we do like to highlight the good things that occasionally happen in the Biggest Little.
One story focused on 17-year-old Central Falls high school student, Jean Paul Valencia, the valedictorian, whose family emigrated to the US from Colombia. Jean Paul was born in Queens and, after a brief return to Colombia, settled in Central Falls with his family just before kindergarten.
Jean Paul studied hard and was a straight-A student. He later interned in the office of RI State Senator Christopher Ottiano. Now he holds the distinction of being accepted at Brown, Yale, Dartmouth, Columbia, and Harvard. (In fact, he is apparently the first Central Falls high school student to be accepted at Harvard.) We don’t know which school Jean Paul will choose, but he is certainly an inspiration to other high schoolers in the state. It’s nice to see hard work and perseverance pay off.
Channel 12 also reported that one of RI’s most recent celebrity residents (she lives in Westerly for at least part of the year), the popular musician, Taylor Swift, recently made a surprise visit to Hasbro Children’s Hospital to entertain a number of the young patients there. (The only thing that startled P&J was a photograph of Swift serenading the kids in which her head looked like it was dipped in polyurethane, a la the Burger King, the scariest corporate spokesman of them all.) According to the hospital’s Facebook page, Swift spent more than five hours there in “one of the longest stays the hospital has ever had” from a visiting entertainer.
Good for you, Taylor. We think the Ocean State is starting to warm to our newest celebrity. And, no, P&J aren’t planning on swimming to your home and stalking you.
It’s baseball time again and the reigning World Series champion Boston Red Sox may have started out on the wrong foot, losing their first game to the Baltimore Orioles, 2-1, at Camden Yards. But the next day was different. On Tuesday, the Sawx were the guests of the Big O, President Barack Obama, at the White House, where they were lauded in the traditional ceremony for reigning sports champions on the House lawn. Reportedly, the President didn’t recognize many of the clean-shaven Sox, but we’re pretty sure he knew who Big Papi was.
Can the Sox repeat? We’ll see. You know the denizens of Casa Diablo (and the majority of Phoenix staff) will be rooting for the home team.
Let’s hope the weather warms up so they won’t have to wear parkas in the home opener on Friday, April 4, at Fenway.
The Wild World of Facebook
Yes, P&J are on Facebook (if you can figure out our real names, “friend” us). And while Jorge is a regular user, Phillipe tends to be more reluctant about posting what’s on his mind.