so: the empire strikes back against the freedom to censor (at college).
the 'divided left' referred to of course makes perfect sense -- the idea that two opposing parties' members will always feel exactly the same way as their fellow party members on every single topic is ludicrous. i'm left-handed but i certainly am in favor of free speech and the freedom to be offended, hurt, and all the other unfortunate things that happen to everyone in the world every single day as a citizen of the world.
i feel like i've been given a lift by winds, even if they are storm winds, out of my recent doldrums.
i'm still adrift, never doubt it! but i feel the urge to pick a direction, any direction, and steam ahead (the only hot air available coming come from my own mouth and ears!).
when it comes right down to it if you sail far enough in one direction, you'll strike land.
- Current Music:the rest is still unwritten
we are re-watching cheers gradually. a show that she watched somewhat as it aired (myself i only saw the final episode -- and as a momentous occasion really rather than a televised story, having none of the context of what had gone before), and which we both had watched after it aired (but before we met). so for the first time together. last night while rewatching the excellent episode featuring the ever effervescent carol kane, a ditch in time, my eagle eyes spotted something. written in chalk on the small chalkboard scoreboard hung in the back room near the pool table was something i never expected to see in a boston bar: "GO TIGERS!". i looked up the airdate, and sure enough the episode coincided with the tigers' world series championship of 1984. although the episode aired on december 20, 1984, this would mean that it had been filmed several weeks before, during the run of october baseball playoffs when the tigers' fate had yet to be revealed. i have found no anecdotal evidence but surely some well-meaning actor or member of the crew who was a tigers fan had surreptiously altered the chalkboard, knowing that it would appear in the background of the episode. what chutzpah to place it in a shrine to the red sox owned by a former red sox player! although the viewing public didnt see the episode until after the world series ended (as opposed to the live studio audience), which is a bit of a shame, it feels so very good to learn that boston (in a way) and cheers played a small part in helping to bring us a world championship. so good, so good, so good!
- Current Music:i'd been inclined / to believe we never could, but now
'there are stories of coincidence and chance, and intersections and strange things told, and which is which and who only knows? and we generally say, "well, if that was in a movie, i wouldn't believe it." and it is in the not-quite-humble opinion of this narrator that strange things happen all the time. and so it goes, and so it goes. and the book says, "we may be through with the past, but the past ain't through with us."'
so now then. the other day a professional baseball player, one who plays for a pittance in a league below the major and minor levels, an independent league that is oldest such league still active today, on a team based just outside of st. louis but within the borders of illinois, the gateway grizzlies, a player named brandon thomas, came up to bat with the bases loaded and his team down three to naught. he proceeded to hit a grand slam to give his team the lead. in so doing he sent the ball out of the ballpark and into the adjacent parking lot where it crashed into the windshield of a truck, shattering it. his truck. the batsman's own truck. the odds of a player hitting the baseball into any vehicle in the parking lot...and then not merely any vehicle, but his very own? and on the windshield and not the roof? and then that this should occur not with merely any sort of home run, but with a grand slam -- an infrequent and significant enough occurrence to have garnered its own nickname? and not just any grand slam but one that provided precisely the number of runs necessary to turn a losing effort into a winning effort?
and i would have said that i thought this was just an attention-grabbing hoax, but in this day and age everything is filmed and so there was filmic evidence of the feat. and it was immediately covered by the major media outlets, including an interview of brandon by espn which featured a clip of the grand slam.
and as i watched the clip and followed the ball as it flew over the left field wall and fence, i saw that the entire left field wall was emblazoned with an advertisement for the illinois lottery, the very one you see in the photo above. the ball vaulted this ad and not the one for pepsi in centerfield or whatever could be found on the right field wall. luck is everywhere. what luck! and then, possibly of even more significance to me, directly above the wall could be seen another sign. it was unclear whether the sign was attached to the fence or affixed to some structure outside the ballpark, but no matter. the sign implored: make the smart move.
it's good advice, marty.
- Current Music:wise up!
at one point experts were theorizing that the surge in unreality programming was going to be the death knell for fully-scripted television. then that went in the complete opposite direction. 'they' had finally found a way to monetize niche audiences in tv as 'they' had been doing with music for years. 'they' just have to work out a similar mechanism for movie theatres and the death knell of non-tentpole cinema can be similarly arrested.
our selection for this past friday's friday night film series (just a fancy sobriquet for staying at home and watching a movie) was air america, a movie that i don't now recall having seen any promotion for back in 1990 even though it was the 37th biggest film of that year. but then there's a lot of things i watched and read in 1990 that i no longer have any recollection of (not including the iron-contra hearings, which i recall very well despite not understanding what the hell was going on at the time, at that age). our first time watching it. one of the prominently featured songs in the movie was an old favorite, horse with no name by (ha!) america. the very next night we were watching another episode of millennium (i've been planning to write about this (awful more often than decent) show) and it just happened to be the episode that prominently features horse with no name during a pivotal sequence. you know, just happened to. of the very small handful of soundtrack usages (according to wiki), we randomly happened to watch two back to back. you know, randomly.
and minorly along this line, one of the main cast of air america was the guy that played hospital administrator bob kelso on scrubs. watching an episode of west wing tonight (the other ancient series we're presently watching (pasterly watching?)) one of the guest stars in a minor role was the guy who plays ted, the lawyer on scrubs who is kelso's right hand man (in a major minor role). just sayin'.
- Current Music:in the desert, you can remember your name
i miss michigan even if i only ever want to visit and not stay.
- Current Location:i left my heart behind to follow my heart
the card at the bottom represents what you cannot confront or are hiding from yourself. king of coins, when reversed: if intelligent, one susceptible to the influence of the child of saturn, accidia, the inertia and melancholy of the philosophers.
in your spiritual life...
words that embody your presence are "philosophy".
words that embody things that may be a part of you are "book, charm, cyan, gasp, wife".
"from seattle i go on to alaska." "alaska?" she looked at him in astonishment. "are you going to paint the indians?" "paint?" the young man frowned. "oh! i'm not a painter, alexandra. i'm an engraver. i have nothing to do with painting."
the second line, divided, shows the attribute of being straight, square, and great. its operation, without repeated efforts, will be in every respect advantageous.
the fourth line, divided, shows the symbol of a sack tied up. there will be no ground for blame or for praise.
the fifth line, divided, shows the yellow lower garment. there will be great good fortune.
the situation is shifting, and yang (the active masculine force) is becoming much more powerful.
the future is embodied in hexagram 47 - k'un (oppression): despite exhaustion, there may yet be progress and success. for the firm and correct, the really great man, there will be good fortune. he will fall into no error.
- Current Music:wake me up when it's all over