Good News: Old Tortoises, a Blind Commentator, and a Generous Motel Owner

Here are a few more good news stories making the rounds.

1.  Four U.S. veterans are rowing across the Atlantic to raise money for service members with PTSD.  They left Spain on December 12th and should make it to the Bahamas this month.  Their charity is Foar From Home.  “Foar” is a play on words, combining “far,” “oar” and the number “four.”  They’ve already raised over $700,000.

2.  A basketball commentator named Bryce Weiler is in the news, because he called last night’s game between Eastern Illinois and Southern Illinois over the radio, even though he’s BLIND.  It wasn’t his first game.  He’s done over 150 in his career.

3.  In animal news:  A swan landed on a frozen river in Massachusetts on Tuesday and got stuck to the ice, but firefighters rescued it.  And a tortoise on an island in the Atlantic was just named the oldest ever.  His name is Jonathan, and he’s at least 190 years old.

4.  The Lincoln Tunnel Motel is a dumpy place in Jersey, right outside New York.  It’s in the news, because the owner’s son recently took over, and he’s been giving free rooms to people who can’t afford a place to stay.  His name is Brian Arya.  He also runs a popular TikTok channel called LTMotel.

And check out how humble he is.  He just posted a video after someone told him they heard a radio show do a story on him.  And being on the radio has always been the TOP thing on his bucket list.  But he said he feels kind of bad getting TOO excited about it, because he knows so many people out there are struggling.   (Here’s the video.  Warning, there are a few F-bombs.)