The United States won the Cold War - again!
Last night I watched the rebroadcast of the Rugby World Cup USA vs. Russia match last night... very satisfying. It was only the third World Cup win by the United States, but the captain, Todd Clever, is in trouble. It'll be interesting to see how that gets resolved; I hope that little indiscretion won't cause him to miss a match. It won't be the same squad without the Hair Monster.
Prop Mike MacDonald had a great match - he was all over the place. He was cited as the Man of the Match for his efforts. That's good work for a prop. Usually built like beer kegs or fireplugs, props anchor the scrum (which is more like wrestling), normally they're huffing and puffing about the pitch. At least the ones in club play I'm familiar with. But this MacDonald is an exceptionally mobile gent. The US vs. Russia match represents his 64th cap (international match), more than anyone in the U.S. That's impressive.
I found a bunch of broken links on my rugby club's website - rugbyfootball.com - and fixed them. The current webmaster came clean; he did it. I thought it wasn't like me to turn over a site with a bunch of busted links...
I am now reading Ghosts of the Tower of London by G. Abbott, a former Yeoman Warder aka "Beefeater." At least one of the ghostly occurrences (small stones striking a Yeoman Warder on his foot and leg) can, I think, be attributed to the Yeoman Warders playing tricks on one another. They appear to be fairly jovial fellows.
It reminds me a bit of Neil, a friend who used to be in a Confederate reenactment regiment before he wised up, came to his senses and starting falling out with Mister Lincoln's Army. He and his Reb pards used to wait by a popular hill - "Spook Hill" - near Burkittsville, Maryland. The story was that ghostly Rebs would push your car up the hill if you left it in neutral, an optical illusion which I could never get to work. He said, "In the early 80's some pards and I dressed in our Confederate uniforms, hid at the spot, where the ghost would push cars up the hill, and when cars pulled up WE would push them up the hill. The faces on the people in the cars were priceless. The best was a car full of high school girls. One in the back seat turn in looked right into my face; she let out the loudest scream I have ever heard. The car took one jerk forward and was gone, and we jumped back in the woods. I laughed so hard my sides hurt for hours..."
And I once spoke to a Confederate reenactor at Antietam who confessed to occasionally hiding out behind the Dunker Church with friends, faces besmeared with mud, leaping out towards cars driving by, scaring the hell out of the driver and passengers. So, remember, if you're ever driving through or near a Civil War battlefield and see something like this, don't automatically attribute it to Visitors From the Beyond.
Like many other kids my age in the 1960's and very early 1970's, I used to run from school to get home in time for the 4 PM broadcast of Dark Shadows, the soap opera about vampires, werewolves and other supernatural phenomena. The show, while unintentionally campy, was great fun. It still is... and it still holds my esteem for having the all-time best incidental music for any television show. Composer Robert Cobert's musical cues were moody, mysterious, weird and engaging. They did much to establish the mood of the show.
Those two Hollywood misfits - and I do not use the term in a complementary sense - Tim Burton and Johnny Depp, are now filming a new movie adaptation of Dark Shadows. Despite the fact that he's totally wrong for the role of the angst-ridden Barnabas Collins, Depp is playing that part, more a case of ego, I think, than good judgement. Some still images were leaked, and I am not encouraged. Depp looks ridiculous. He looks more like Michael Jackson than Barnabas Collins, and I am getting definite This Is Going to Suck vibes. But I suppose this could be one of those Hollywood publicity misdirections; Depp might only look like this in this one scene, and looks totally different during the rest of the movie. Or he doesn't really look like this at all.
Whatever. I suspect that, in the end, the most credible and sincere updating of the show will prove to be the 1991 rebooted prime time series that was overseen by the original creator, Dan Curtis. A year or so ago I saw all of those episodes and, at the end, thought, "That was quite good. Excellent, even." There was also a 2004 pilot for a possible series, but that got nowhere.
I always liked the story of how Dan Curtis got the idea for the series. It was in a 1965 dream, he claimed. A mysterious young woman on a train was making her way north to be the governess for an affluent family; her voice could be heard, "My name is Victoria Winters..."
Tomorrow there's an interesting twist on the usual yard sale route. A Mormon church ward is putting on a "swap meet" where you can come in, select what you want for free, and leave. Last time I went to one of those I got five good CDs. I'll have Meredith with me this time... her bridal shower starts at 10 AM (I won't be at that), but if I get up earlier we can perhaps do an hour or so.
Have a great weekend!
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