Saturday, July 13, 2019

The Freakin' Weekend (1973)

Football is drawing near! Not only was George Allen on the cover of Sports Illustrated a couple of weeks ago (I guess I forgot that George Allen coached the Washington Redskins to the only undefeated season in NFL history and Super Bowl VII victory a few months ago), but this week's July 16, Billie Jean King-wins-Wimbledon issue features a gorgeous Vitalis ad for a season-tickets contest.


You know I'm entering that bad boy! Let's not get ahead of ourselves, however. It is still July, and 1973 me wants to cram in some summer reading before I totally turn myself over to NFL73.


You know I'm entering that bad boy! It'll be exciting to see if I hear back from Wells Fargo or Amazon or Alibaba or whoever today owns Vitalis and the Sports Illustrated Book Club.

That's three straight paragraphs opening with exclamations, so I think it's high time to gear down this #freakinweekend mix tape a notch with some slow-hand love for sleepy, just-after-the-All-Star-break baseball. When we last checked in on MLB73, Oakland had just taken over first place in the American League West. Well, the Swingin' A's now are cruisin', as shown in the Friday morning, July 13, division standings:

A's 50-39
Royals 49-43, 2.5 games back
Angels 45-41, 3.5
Twins 45-41, 3.5
White Sox 45-42, 4
Rangers 30-56, 18.5

In fact, I'm feeling comfortable enough about the defendin' champs to check in on the rest of the league:

AL East
Yankees 50-41
Red Sox 46-39, 1
Orioles 44-38, 1.5
Tigers 46-42, 2.5
Brewers 43-44, 5
Indians 31-58, 18

NL East
Cubs 50-38
Cardinals 44-42, 5
Expos 41-43, 7
Pirates 40-44, 8
Phillies 39-48, 10.5
Mets 36-47, 11.5

NL West
Dodgers 56-34
Reds 49-39, 6
Giants 50-40, 6
Astros 49-44, 8.5
Braves 41-50, 15.5
Padres 31-57, 24

Back to Billie Jean King for a moment ... I guess I had never checked, and I grew up just sort of believing that Charles Schulz had created the Marcie character amid the 1973 Bobby Riggs hysteria. Not true. It goes back a good bit before then.

A couple of years ago, 1971 me was surprised to discover Marcie in the newspaper strips, before Billie Jean King had really exploded into the culture and onto the covers of PeopleTIME and even Sports Illustrated.

Indeed, the character had first appeared in 1968 as a camp acquaintance of Peppermint Patty's named "Clara," who then reappeared as Marcie in July 1971. Now all of that happened amid plenty of Billie Jean King Wimbledon and U.S. Open winning, of which huge-tennis-guy Schulz was certainly aware. The character is said to have been modeled after a roommate of Schulz's cousin, on whom Peppermint Patty was based, so, maybe there's not the equivalent, direct line of sight from Martin Luther King's assassination to the appearance of Franklin. Still, it seems pretty clear to me that Marcie's look at least was influenced by King; Peppermint Patty even once talked about Marcie's "Billie Jean King glasses," and Schulz unabashedly was a fan. That's pretty neat.

Bobby Riggs is one of the stories on the July 13, 1973, 60 Minutes, incidentally.


Is all of this Marcie/Billie Jean King deal covered in that great Charles Schulz biography? I'll bet it is, and I've forgotten reading it. This is going to turn out to be another of those deals where, like, I have the same original observation about Tiger Woods's anxieties, except I have it about three Masters tournaments in a row.

Which, in conclusion, reminds me: The British Open!

Friday, July 12, 2019

Oh, Kentucky


The Christian Science Monitor goes to Salt Lick, Sandy Hook, West Liberty, etc. in eastern Kentucky to gaze at the curiosity of registered Democrats who are likely to vote again for President Trump ("they all said 'yes,' and they all said 'yes' emphatically") and probably Sen. McConnell ("will likely be fine").

Terri Bradshaw's plan for Mercer County economic development: Go deep ... well, ... more accurately, wide.

A 112th LaRue County Fair is happening, after all.

Good jobs news from Versailles.

Frankfort/Danville/Louisville/Lexington/Millville 2019: Aug. 15-Sept. 15.

Album Review: Sucker Punch by Sigrid



OK if you have read my reviews you probably can tell where this one is going when I say female, Norwegian, electronic dance pop. This has been the hit album of the summer so far in my house. Me and the kids play this album all the time and leads to a lot of dancing and fun times. There are a few tracks you have to skip on the explicit version of the album but for the most part it works well.

Like any good dance pop what makes this album work isn't so much her singing or the music, it's the lyrics. They are interesting enough to draw you into the song and keep you there. If I were to put a label on Sigrid I would say she's taken influences from Lorde, Lady Gaga, Bjork, and Kylie Minogue.

OK now back to the songs. Let's look at a song that is a big hit in our house and discuss why it works so well.

The song is called "Strangers" and here are the lyrics.

Just like in the movies
It starts to rain and we
We're the broken beauties
Blindfolded minds collide and we fall

When the curtain drops
Our touch is just a touch
Not like in the movies
Our story's after the end

Like strangers
Perfect pretenders
We're falling head over heels
For something that ain't real
It could never be us, eh
Just you and I

Strangers
Perfect pretenders
We're falling head over heels
For something that ain't real
It could never be us, eh
Just you and I

Memories in photos
Too easy to rewrite
Left as lonely shadows
Holding each other tight and we fall

When the curtain drops
Our touch is just a touch
Not like in the movies
Our story's after the end

Like strangers
Perfect pretenders
We're falling head over heels
For something that ain't real
It could never be us, eh
Just you and I

Think we got it, but we made up a dream
'Cause we've got a pretty look of what we could be, whoa
I don't want you, all you want is someone
Going home together to forget we're alone
Think we got it, but we made up a dream
'Cause we've got a pretty look of what we could be, whoa
I don't want you, all you want is someone
Going home together to forget we're alone

You and I, you and I, you and I, you and I, you and I, you and I
Not like in the movies
You and I, you and I, you and I, you and I, you and I, you and I
Not like in the movies

Like strangers
Perfect pretenders
We're falling head over heels
For something that ain't real
It could never be us, eh
Just you and I

Strangers
Perfect pretenders
We're falling head over heels
For something that ain't real
It could never be us, eh
Just you and I

Think we got it, but we made up a dream
'Cause we've got a pretty look of what we could be, whoa
I don't want you, all you want is someone
Going home together to forget we're alone
Think we got it, but we made up a dream
'Cause we've got a pretty look of what we could be, whoa
I don't want you, all you want is someone
Going home together to forget we're alone

Strangers
(Think we got it, but we made up a dream 'cause we've got a pretty look of what we could be, whoa)
Perfect pretenders
(I don't want you, all you want is someone going home together to forget we're alone)
We're falling head over heels
For something that ain't real we could be, whoa)
It could never be us, eh (I don't want you, all you want is someone)
Just you and I

So the lyrics are interesting. It creates a compelling story. We have two people they meet. They are drawn to each other like a magical moment in a movie. Like the movies though this moment isn't real and in reality their story will really begin once the movie is over. I really like the line, "when the curtain drops, our touch is just a touch, not like in the movies, our story's after the end."

So lyrically this song is something I find very interesting. It has good imagery, it's an interesting piece the way it's structured, and then she combines it with one little hook after another. Me and the kids will just be sitting around and start singing "Just like in the movies" or "you and I, you and I, you and I, you and I, you and I." All together you end up with a great dance tune that you can listen to when you want to dance and be happy or when you are feeling emotional and dark, it works anytime you need it.





Right now this is my album of the year. Following the Rhapsody rating method I give it 3 out of 5 stars for Pretty Good.

Thursday, July 11, 2019

Oh, Kentucky


Kentucky's local "Lights for Liberty" vigils to end family separation and human concentration camps are scheduled to take place Friday at 9 p.m. locally in Danville, Florence, Frankfort, Lexington, Louisville and Paris so far.

$477 million in federal grant money for airport infrastructure is rolling in to Campbellsville, Falmouth, Greenville, London, Owensboro and Sparta, announced U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao (McConnell).

Spoiler alert: Probably not, surmises FiveThirtyEight.

At the Northpoint Training Center in Burgin, the state is piloting a program designed to help inmates not return to using illegal drugs after their release.

Shelby County's volunteer fire departments are shorthanded.

Southern Living is all about the free Kentucky River water-quality knowledge that Kentucky State University is dropping on us this summer.

I think the Chemical Coaters Association Intl. (CCAI) of Independence made an outstanding choice for its James F. & David J. Wright Lifetime Achievement Award winner.


Rest in peace, ex-UK Wildcat Jared Lorenzen, and way to go, former U of L Cardinals Deion Branch, Jamon Brown and Chris Redman.