June 10th, 2011

it's the sun

we are electric, oh

now mind you i'm not complaining, but doesn't it just figure that after waiting out the two 90+ degree days and postponing a trip to the library until today, there was a power outage affecting much of downtown's public facilities (and also wayne state and the art museum). (i didn't contribute -- i'd left my ac off, as usual.) but it wasn't until after navigating a series of ad hoc four-way stops that i learned the library was closed. ah, detroit. the sixty-one degree windy weather was enlivening and even a bit chilly after the heat. of course the heat were doused again tonight, but that's how the whistle blows.
go south!

oh, wow, how'd you get a car?

oh, my folks drove it up here from the bahamas.

you're kidding!

i must be, the bahamas are islands. okay...the important thing here is that, uh, you ask me what kind of car it is.

uh, um, what kind of car d'ya got?

i've got a bitchin' escape.


i spend too much time looking at little slideshows online like this crazy drives one, but it is satisfying to see that of the 2 out of 12 which are in the continental u.s., i've driven both with ophelia. another pair are in hawaii...but i think it'll be even tougher to get ophelia there than getting me there. and bolivia seems quite out of the question.

always a tiger

this happened

yet another reason to love wiki/the internets:

as the dead milkmen toured extensively behind their records, they began to accrue increasing attention, which often came through unconventional routes. in 1987, major league baseball player jim walewander, a detroit tigers rookie, became a vocal fan of the band; this was noted on his baseball card, which described the group as "an obscure punk-rock band". walewander invited the band to tiger stadium to see a game in which he hit his first and only major league home run, and the milkmen had a short conversation with tigers manager sparky anderson.

the wiki article even has a photo of the band with sparky.

walewander himself states that his fervour for the band was mostly a media myth, and the other, christian, players hassled him about the [satirically] satanist group, to the point he felt it was a detriment to his career.

and he didn't think much of the home run coincidence:

cm: you hit your first [and only] major league homer the same day that the milkmen came out to visit you at tiger stadium. do you think the milkmen being there had anything to do with it?

jw: well, since i'm a business student now, i guess we should look at it statistically. i've had close to 200 at bats, and only 3 of those were that day. and one of those at bats resulted in that two-run homer. can we prove that they're related statistically?

but who needs proof? it happened.


walewander even had a "theme song" written about him called "the jim walewander blues". the song was written by a local detroit rocker named eastside billee (aka billee) who recorded it with his band "the ten speeds". the song got radio airplay in the lakeland, florida area during spring training one year. ernie harwell even gave a detroit newspaper review of the song in an article written by shelby strothers.

i couldn't find the song, but that review, along with thousands of fascinating items, are probably gathering dust in boxes locked away from the world, rather than being exhibited as part of ernie harwell's collection:

the beloved broadcaster built a collection of baseball memorabilia over his 68-year career worth $4 million and believed to be the second largest to the national baseball hall of fame in cooperstown, n.y.

yet due to the sad state of detroit public institutions, the collection, which harwell entrusted to the detroit public library, is being so mismanaged, you'd think they'd hired pete rose.
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funny money

the other day i picked up a where's george bill, i don't know exactly where because i didn't notice the stamp until it was part of a collection of bills i emptied out of my pocket. it was first registered on october 17 of last year in daingerfield texas, which has a reported population (in 2000) of 2,517 human beings (i don't have any data for horses, but i'm guessing one). daingerfield is about 36 miles west of atlanta, texas, and only a little further away from texarkana on the border. this is only the 4th where's george bill i've run across in the last fourteen months, which is due in no small part to the fact that i rarely use cash anywhere anymore. which is something i always preface my comments about quarters with. today in change i got an idaho quarter for the first time. i think it's the last of the fifty states + quarters that i'd never received, but i haven't kept track. then i also got yet another hawaii quarter. i really need to get to hawaii.
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