Sunday, September 13, 2009

Sunday Funnies & Arts









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Who'll Stop The Rain Dept.: I'm in New England for a week visiting family. Last night, my son, his roommate, and I went over to Fenway Park to catch the Red Sox and the Tampa Bay Rays. The folly of man trying to predict the weather occupied much of the evening's events. You see, Friday night, the Red Sox and Rays got in one-third of an inning before the game was called on account of rain. It seems that the the Sox' Super Duper Pooper Scooper of a high tech weather service predicted that the rain would be temporary even though anyone out of doors in Boston last night could have told them otherwise. Well, they weren't going to make the same mistake twice, by God.

So, last night, after an intermittently rainy afternoon, the Sox powers-that-be delayed the start of the game for two hours and ten minutes despite the fact that it wasn't raining at all. But, the SDPS of a high-tech weather service had apparently predicted that it would rain, prompting the team to delay the start. Now, the last downpour that I know of that hit when and where it was predicted was back in the days of a ballplayer name o' Noah. Heck, even Hurricane Katrina veered east at the last minute and spared NOLA the worst of the actual natural disaster part of that catastrophe. So why in the name of God/Buddha/Allah/Yahweh/Higher Power of Your Choice would anyone delay a ball game on the basis of trying to predict the weather? If it's not raining, you start the game, right? Wrong, apparently.

Well, I'll you what was predictable, and that was the deluge that descended at around 11:00, well after the game would have ended had it started at 7:00 instead of 9:15. Fortunately, the Sox led 9-1 and the game had gone the requisite 5 innings to go in the books as a win. But what is it that makes people in the year 2009 think that they can predict when exactly a rain storm is going to strike? Hubris? An overinflated confidence in technology? You tell me...

Surfing in Rhode Island? Yep...

Lunar Baedeker. These poems are amazing. The rhythms are so right on that you can imagine them spoken even as you read them silently. Don't miss...

Hillbilly heckler helped by health whores...


It's bayou boogie time!...


Sunday Gospel Time: He was fat and wore a ridiculous outfit. So close your eyes if your must, but don't miss Elvis singing his beloved "How Great Thou Art":

6 comments:

John Hayes said...

Really great comics this week--real death panels, clown hall meeting etc. Too bad about the Sox game!

& thanks for the mention--glad you liked Mina Loy's work so well.

Annette said...

No one could do the Gospels better than Elvis and the great JD Sumner.. They were the best ever together.. The Stamps were as far as I am concerned the absolute best.. very underrated.

Oh I love the comics too...lol

Roy said...

Yup, surfing in RI. In fact, that spot off Ruggles Ave. has a reputation that draws surfers from all over the US. In the aftermath of Hurricane Bill we had Ian Walsh (big wave pro from Maui, but his family is from here) and Garrett McNamara (another big wave pro, who was there on his longboard with paddle). Here's a great video from that day. The first person featured in the video, Justin Casey, is a friend of mine; that kid is GOOD! I got some great shots of McNamara myself that day, standing up on his longboard flying down the face of those 20-footers we were getting that day.

K. said...

John: It wasn't all bad: The Sox did win and we got to bitch and moan for a few hours. We saw a absolutely brutal A-Rod t-shirt, too: Black with an Oakland Raiders shield that said "A-Rod." The kicker was that instead of the sabres behind the shield, it had syringes,

Annette: There's a lot of good Elvis gospel out there, but he does HGTA with particular feeling. I like his rendition of "In The Garden" as well. I'll check out J D Sumner.

Roy: Great video! That's some serious surf you have there in RI.

Scrumpy said...

Glad you got out to see the Sox. We saw them play our Sox on Labor Day. How in the world did the Cubs fall so far off the face of the earth?

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