The matchup of New York and Detroit that should have occurred 4 months ago finally took place today in Port St. Lucie. The Tigers won 5-4 despite a late Mets rally. Absolutely nothing happened according to Greg, but Mike says it signifies winter’s retreat. He’s right too as it is significantly warmer in the Northeast (although it’s not unlike March to periodically trip things up and come in like a lamb and leave like a lion…or a Tiger). Anyhow it’s time to countdown to what’s really important which is 32 days, 3 hours by my calculation.
Archive for February, 2007
A lovely article in The Guardian has great suggestions for meat-eaters on how to relate with vegetarians. Lucky for me I live with a conscinetious omnivore, but the article is useful for anyone you know and may take a meal with. I wish I had this article twelve years ago. I could have given it to all the people in college who told me I could pick the pepperoni off the pizza (heck, I once had someone tell me I could pick the meat out of a soup!).
Easy: From Ironic Sans, see how many US States you can name in ten minutes. I got all 50 in 3:23.
Hard: The Impossible Quiz Deluxe from DeviantArt (takes a while to load).
Q: What’s worse than the media wasting a lot of time and space with endless coverage of celebrity fluff?
Q: What’s worse than the media wasting time and space writing about how bad it is that the media wastes a lot of time and space with endless coverage of celebrity fluff?
A: A snarky blogger wasting time and space to write about how bad it is that the media is wasting time and space writing about how bad it is that the media wastes a lot of time and space with endless coverage of celebrity fluff!
Lather. Rinse. Repeat.
The Infoplease Editor’s Blog contains an entry about the popular misconception that the number of hooves in the air on an equestrian statue indicates how the rider met his death. I remember my father telling of this urban legend when I was a child (incidentally when describing the George Washington statue in Boston’s Public Garden that illustrates the blog post). Dad added that if all four hooves of the horse are off the ground that the rider died from falling off his horse.
Sullivan humor. You can laugh or groan but you cannot ignore it.
In Boston, it’s snow.
In Port St. Lucie it’s baseballs.
I’m not the kind of baseball fan who eagerly follows Spring Training from the moment pitchers and catchers report. Generally I tune in to the first couple of Grapefruit League games and the realize that non-competitive games are pretty dull and go back into hibernation until Opening Day (that most glorious of days!).
So I was a bit caught off guard to find out that the Mets first Spring Training game is Wednesday 1:1o pm. At least I found out in funny – albeit bittersweet – way from Jason’s post at Faith and Fear in Flushing “The Limits of Prophecy.” At least this Spring Training game is not likely to lead to marital strife, unlike the World-Series-that-never-was (thanks to Yadier Bleeping Molina).
Some interesting news from my former home commonwealth Virginia. Both houses of the General Assembly unanimously approved a resolution to apologize for slavery and exploitation of Native Americans. The measure of course is merely symbolic. The crimes occurred a century and more ago committed by people long since deceased. Due to the liquidity of the American population it’s not even likely that these elected representatives nor their constituents include a great number of descendants of slave holders. But in another sense it is very appropriate. Slavery in England’s colonies began in Virginia when the first black indentured servants arrived in Jamestown in 1619. Virginia has a long history of leading the nation and inspiring revolutionary change, and I think this may be another case. I’ve read some other bloggers commentary about the resolution and it’s largely negative along the lines of “too little, too late” and “hypocrisy.” I think a commenter at the Busted Halo blog puts it best though when s/he states that it is a good thing to acknowledge our shameful past in the same way that we patriotically celebrate our more commendable moments. Whitewashing history generally is ineffective compared to simply letting it all hang out.