My first visit to Spider Kelly’s in Arlington tomorrow for a sendoff to China and a happy birthday to the coach. Looking forward to it.
Just the usual random and disconnected things. Find something useful if you can…
So, as I was doing a little work-related stuffity stuff yesterday something occurred to me regarding the Shareholder Protection Act that was scheduled to be introduced yesterday in the House and Senate, legislation that ostensibly provides to shareholders more say in how a corporation uses their stake in the company for political purposes. Because, I would assume, letting people control their money is the ultimate goal here. It’s just so strange that this theme isn’t really carried on through in other key policy decisions. “If you read between the lines, which doesn’t take much decoding … any income you have which you don’t “need” belongs to the government.” So, why the inconsistency? I think that’s a fair question…
Possibly the greatest news story ever. I mean, for real: “One of the latest outbreaks of Wal-Mart weirdness took place in June in Texas. A 5-foot 2-inch shopper and mother of two named Monique Lawless, who later told a reporter she was “sick of the lawlessness,” chased down three brothers after she spotted them allegedly running out of a store with stolen beer. Her actions, which included hopping up and down on the hood of a car, led to the arrest of the brothers, named Sylvester Thompson: Sylvester Andre Thompson, Sylvester Durlentren Thompson and Sylvester Primitivo Thompson. They couldn’t be reached for comment.”
Ali P. is at it again with a tremendous post on the USA women’s soccer team’s ass-kicking awesomeness lately. And, more to the point, what’s transcendent about it.
Because he just keeps getting brought up, either as the writer/director of a film that inspired a song that led to a debate about the potential existence or non-existence of God and American founding principles, or because my Pops had a film called The Spanish Prisoner he thought I should see, or because his book about hitting the crossroads was suggested as a good read by the boys at work, here’s to you David Mamet. I think maybe serious thinkers and intellectuals just don’t fit inside a pre-defined box. And I dig it. (Magneto, that goes for the founders, too…)
We won our last regular season game folks. I enjoy beating Johns Hopkins. Why? Because their flag football team throws shoulders into people’s faces (and by “people” I mean “mine”). And then we celebrated. You know it’s a good night when you end up with Austen’s credit card in your purse. That the universal signal for “good time was had by all.” Coach’s recap follows. But first, the most awesome conversation I’ve had in some time that also ties in with a recent trip to Wolftrap to see Bela Fleck. Man I LOVE synchronicity.
“heh. no, i was explaining to someone at a happy hour recently that the banjo was brought over on slave ships and made out of African gourds and that’s how it evolved in the south. trying to explain the influence of the slave culture on country music. and when i was explaining it i looked at walters and matt hallissey was like — jokingly — “why did you just look at walters when you were talking about slave culture?” and walters was like, “uh, yeah. i ain’t never been no slave Sarah.” it was awesome.
Congrats on another successful CAN softball season. With our win over Johns Hopkins last night, we finish the season at 13-1. It’s hard to do much better than that. We were one extra-inning bushleague play away from a perfect 14-0. Something to strive for next year, I guess.
It was definitely a patchwork lineup, with people playing positions they don’t usually play, and a guy at third base that — I found out later — had never played third base before.
Our bats were pretty hot early, and we staked ourselves out to a five run lead going into the bottom of the first. After a little Keystone Cops defense, we nearly gave it all back. But we settled down and held them scoreless for the next three innings thanks to some solid pitching from Austen.
Austen also ended his homerless drought, but the play of the game on offense was Lynnsey’s discerning eye drawing a walk with two outs in the top of the 6th. It loaded the bases and kept the inning going, allowing us to tack on some much-needed insurance runs.
The defensive play of the game was probably the 6-4-3 game-ending — nay, SEASON-ending — double play. An assist should probably go to the runner who thought the game was already over and stopped running, but I’ll take it. And to top it off, we won Last Team Standing at the bar afterward. Even Kevin was there. So it was a solid ending to a great season.
Our next game is, well, in the tournament. Details on that to come.