Satur-deja Vu

If you build it, they will come. The line is actually “If you build it he will come” but many people remember it the other way. On Thursday night, as in the 1989 film Field of Dreams, they came. The Chicago White Sox and New York Yankees walked out of the corn and onto an official MLB field for one game in Iowa. Shown above is the actual scoreboard used in the game, which had guys on the catwalk changing the numbers by hand. Those two teams, the same teams that played in the movie, wore vintage style uniforms and played a real game in front of 8,000 fans. Kevin Costner spoke before the game and later stopped by the booth to chat with Joe Buck and John Smoltz.

The MLB field sits adjacent to the movie set and the fields face each other. While a big league game took place on the one, kids were playing on the other. I don’t think MLB had anything to do with the hot air balloon that spontaneously appeared. José Abreu hit the first of eight home runs into the corn, the first home run in MLB history in the state of Iowa. Tim Anderson capped off the night with a walk off homerun for the White Sox to beat the Yankees 9 to 8. Sometimes I can’t get into games the Atlanta Braves are not part of but I watched this game with my mother Thursday night and enjoyed every minute. (I did watch that entire World Series the Cubs won in 2016). And of course any time you get to see the Yankees lose it’s a good game.

Just a few weeks ago we linked to an interview with longtime Florida State Seminoles coach Bobby Bowden. That same week Bowden announced his cancer diagnosis. He passed earlier this week at the age of 91. The memorial service is today at 11 a.m. EDT. The service is open to the public and Seminoles.com will play a live stream.

Dusty Hill was a founding member of ZZ Top and played bass for over 50 years until his death July 28th. Phil Robertson never had any association with the group prior to Duck Dynasty but the group met the family a few times (after Sharp Dressed Man was used in the opening credits) and everyone hit it off. I’m sure there’s more to it than that but Phil jokes that despite coming from different walks of life they were united by beards. It is a well-known fact that Phil shares the Gospel anywhere they will give him a platform and he did so this week at Hill’s funeral. Billy Gibbons and Frank Beard have performed one concert since Hill’s passing so it appears for the time being they will carry on.

This pic of the Norwegian handball team plainly illustrates the difference between men’s and women’s uniforms. The women were fined the equivalent of $177 (US) each when they protested the discrepancy. It’s not just this team or this nation. The uniforms are defined by the International Handball Federation:

A spokesperson for the federation says she doesn’t know the reason for the rule and signals that change may be on the way, cautioning however that it will not “happen overnight.”

We all know the ice cream machine is broken but why don’t they just fix it? One reason is that the company that manufactures the infernal devices for McDonald’s has an exclusive contract that only allows them to do the work. The restraining order is not against the machines, as appropriate as that would be, but against the manufacturer’s exclusive rights to service. A judge has ruled that when, not if, the machine breaks down McDonald’s can hire whoever is able to do the work to get it done.

Tropical Storm Fred is expected to remain a tropical storm and not be upgraded to hurricane status. The track has shifted slightly west of this line, moving along offshore of the western Florida coast and going straight up the middle of Alabama.

I see what they did there.

Schools are starting back and despite the fact that most of us are roasting like hot dogs around a campfire people’s thoughts are turning toward hoodies, college football and pumpkin spiced everything imaginable. I get that fall offers a break from the oppressive heat and the colors are nice but it makes me sad because winter is coming. I would rather mow grass than shovel snow, I would rather grill out than… I don’t know, I don’t really have a winter activity. The one bright spot in all of this fall madness and people declaring “it’s officially Halloween” in the middle of August is candy corn. I like to post selfies with bags of the stuff just to rub in the faces of the haters. Here’s the honest truth: I didn’t use to care. I ate it when I was a kid but didn’t have any strong feelings for or against. They used to sell it year-round but in the past decade or so it has become seasonal, just like pumpkin spice or apple cider. Then the haters emerged, perhaps a side effect of social media now that everyone has to share an opinion about everything. I also happen to like black licorice and don’t really have anything against circus peanuts but I decided to embrace candy corn. The time and energy I put into my enthusiasm for candy corn distracts me from the fact that it will soon be dark everyday at 6 PM and the colorful fall leaves are turning brown, falling to the ground and rotting. Fun fact: the first ingredient listed for candy corn is corn syrup, meaning that candy corn is actually made from corn. Neato!

These days your phone is smart, your TV is smart, your car even helps you stay in one lane and may put the brakes on before you rear end someone. But microwaves are not as smart as they used to be. Microwaved technology peaked back in the late 90’s and many claim this Sharp Carousel unit is better than any new unit you can buy today.

2 thoughts on “Satur-deja Vu

  1. Hi! Thanks for this and imonk radio/podcasts you keep posting. Love it.

    You had written something 6-9 months ago, about where to locate imonk blog posts. I’ve forgotten, could you please reiterate that for me again? I loved being able to go in to the imonk archives and read past blogs. Alas, I need help with this.

    Thank you.

  2. The archive of Internet Monk can be found at imonk.blog. There is a link on the right-hand sidebar titled Internet Monk Archives if you ever have trouble finding it. Sometimes if he talks about a particular post I will link to in the archive if I can identify it.

    Thank you for reading and commenting.

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