Wednesday, November 03, 2004

Johnny Damon Wept: The Curse Lives On

Sorry, Sox fans: your reign is over. Hope you enjoyed your week of glory.

Think about it: one week ago the Sox were the Idiot Kings of the World, ending nearly a century’s suffering. On October 27, its 3-0 victory iced a 4-0 sweep over the St. Louis Cardinals, earned Boston its first World Series Championship in 86 years, and capped one of the greatest playoff runs in American history.

Today, in a stunning turn of events that eclipses the shame and disappointment conjured by names like Bucky Dent, Aaron Boone and Bill Buckner...

[--and let us not forget Ralph “Black Sock” Nader, the bag-man to the black-clad officials charged with calling balls and strikes, who delivered the 2000 Series to the Florida team]--

Today the Red Sox have been ingloriously stripped of their rightful title.


Originally posted as under "Occasional Pontificator" as a post-election Sidebar Rant, 11/3/04


A VOCATION OF UNHAPPINESS [Courtesy Georges Simenon (1903-1985)]

"Writing is considered a profession, and I don't think it is a profession. I think that everyone who does not need to be a writer, who thinks he can do something else, ought to do something else. Writing is not a profession but a vocation of unhappiness. I don't think an artist can ever be happy."

PRACTICAL MARKETING [Courtesy Zornhau, 2005]

"They should put the 1st couple of pages up in subway adverts. Having read them several times, you'd feel compelled to try the book - if it was any good."

PLATE OF SHRIMP [Courtesy Alex Cox’s REPO MAN, circa 1984]

"A lot of people don't realize what's really going on. They view life as a bunch of unconnected incidences and things. They don't realize that there's this like lattice of coincidence that lays on top of everything. I'll give you an example, show you what I mean. Suppose you're thinking about a plate of shrimp. Suddenly somebody will say like "plate" or "shrimp" or "plate of shrimp" out of the blue, no explanation. No point in looking for one either. It's all part of a cosmic unconsciousness."