HUGS go to ... University of North Texas history professor Andrew Torget, who is now officially in the Guinness Book of World Records for doing one of the most Denton things ever: teaching the world’s longest history lesson. He started at 9 a.m. Aug. 24 and closed his notes 26 hours, 34 minutes later.
HUGS go to ... Abhijay Kodali, 12, of Flower Mound, who proved his mettle (yes, that’s spelled correctly) over 20 straight rounds Thursday in the 92nd Scripps National Spelling Bee just outside Washington to become one of the “Elite Eight” co-champions. Never before had the spelling bee progressed so late into the night, and never before have so many co-champions been named, after the spelling bee essentially ran out of words to stump the contestants. How good was Abhijay and his fellow champion spellers? The eight co-champions closed out the bee by spelling 47 consecutive words correctly, over six straight rounds. And the last word Abhijay, a sixth-grader at McKamy Middle School, spelled correctly to become a co-champion? “Palama,” which is the webbing on the feet of aquatic birds. Duck soup, right, Abhijay?
HUGS go to ... Armadillo Ale Works, the original Denton brewery, on its one-year anniversary today. The brewery first started in 2010, making beer at home and then contracting with different breweries around the Dallas-Fort Worth area to put product on the shelves. Finally, in June 2018, they opened their own brewery and taproom at 221 S. Bell Ave. Cheers!
SHRUGS go to ... the towing sign that isn’t easily seen from the parking lot across East Oak Street from The Melrose apartments. The lot is close to East Side Denton and its food truck park, and motorists probably fill the lot and risk getting towed because they can’t see the sign.
HUGS go to ... the Denton Welcome Center, which has a snazzy new screen mounted in the center’s window on the Square. If you stop by and check it out, you might see center manager Jake Laughlin on the screen, promoting local music and events.
SHRUGS go to ... Denton County Transportation Authority for believing that a bus arriving within 10 minutes of its posted time is considered on time. If DCTA supervisors don’t extend the same leeway to their employees arriving 10 minutes late for work, then they shouldn’t force their customers to beg for similar grace from their employers.
HUGS go to ... the Argyle Eagles baseball team for advancing to the Class 4A state tournament Wednesday and Thursday in Austin. The Eagles are the defending 4A champions and on the cusp of returning to that high roost.