This is the Statt Mann Baby. Time to Scatt a little bit.

When I turned on the computer today Bing showed me this: an image of Dacca, the capitol city of Bangladesh. Its ten-plus million people make it the ninth most populated city in the world.
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And this might tell you more about The Statt Mann than he wants known.

It immediately hit me that this image captures the 24 years you’ve helped us build The Freak Nation. The first thing that hits you is the colors. Everywhere! The buildings. The crosswalks. The cars. Yes, the cars. Zooming around. Some out of focus. Some standing by on the sidelines.

TrooseveltTook me to a quote by our 26th President Teddy Roosevelt. 1910. Paris:

“It is not the critic who counts: not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles or where the doer of deeds could have done better…”

All from an image of a Bangladeshi intersection.

On this anniversary, every anniversary, I’m reminded of those on the sidelines who said we’d never last 24 days much less 24 years. One did way more than 24 months in jail for something heinous.

Again, from Roosevelt: “The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly, who errs and comes up short again and again, because there is no effort without error or shortcoming.”

Thanks Freaks. Happy Anniversary.