now we’re neighbors

30 Aug

we met a second time and
it was more than rubik’s happenstance.
it was the grail of our lives
and we invited each other in for drinks
and quickly became each other’s weathervanes.


10 Responses to “now we’re neighbors”

  1. tonichristmann August 30, 2013 at 6:28 pm #

    And here is a little present for you, my good friend. It was filmed in color in 1939 – see if you recognize what it is…..

    • steve August 30, 2013 at 8:14 pm #

      kind of a peephole into moonlight graham, an eerie reminder that it was always color. probably a sample from “when it was a game“ which plays an excellent duo along side the ken burns documentary for both baseball initiates and non initiates. thanks Toni!

      • tonichristmann August 30, 2013 at 9:40 pm #

        It’s the 1939 World Series between the Yankees and the Red Sox – – well, pieces of it, anyway.

        • Kvennarad August 31, 2013 at 4:34 am #

          I would like to say thanks to Toni too. Sis, this is a wonderful piece of not just sporting reportage but social reportage. The music played – at total odds with the scene, which must have been raucous – tells us we are watching something which has gone. Oh the game is still played, as are many others (there’s a whole heap of difference between footage of Don Bradman at the wicket and instant replays of Jonathan Trott being caught LBW, with a computer overlay of how the ball would have gone on to strike the off stump), but a social era has passed while we were asleep somewhere.

          For me, the grab-me moment was at 01:15, when the young woman smiled. Also I spotted the guy clowning on the pitcher’s mound, wearing a clawhammer coat.

          Do either of you (does anyone) know the proper name for those big half-rosettes that they hung around the place?

          • steve August 31, 2013 at 10:03 am #

            To me, the music is right on cue, especially since it was most likely inserted long after the actual event. Or maybe it`s my perception of it being eerie and somewhat sad in that the time can`t be touched or felt anymore, just seen.

            Those red white and bue banners are unique to opening day of the regular season and during the World Series, all part of the extra pageantry and sorry to say-patriotism, but then again, a baseball game is more entertaining than a war parade…to me anyway.

            The clown at 2.41. That`s Al Schacht who was a player, coach, and expert clown, skilled at mimicry of other players and entertaining fans. Thanks Marie. I never knew it was called a clawhammer coat. It adds a super hero cape effect to the pitcher.

          • tonichristmann August 31, 2013 at 6:09 pm #

            Thanks, Sis! Yes, the 1/2 rosettes of red, white and blue material are bunting. That’s the proper name as far as I know. Obviously they are patriotic in nature as our American flag is red, white and blue just as the Union Jack.

            • Kvennarad September 1, 2013 at 4:49 am #

              Hmmm. This is what we would call ‘bunting’ over here. Wee pennants strung on a line.

              • tonichristmann September 1, 2013 at 9:14 pm #

                Ahh…. we just call THAT pennants. BTW, bunting can come in many colors or represent many countries. In the Midwest, we often celebrate Oktoberfest and the bunting is the German flag, red, yellow & black. Gay bunting is rainbow colored. etc. etc.

        • steve August 31, 2013 at 9:41 am #

          Actually, it`s the Reds-Cincinnati and not the Red Sox-Boston, but to Yankees or Red Sox fans, the World Series was and still is more of a side show in comparison to their American League rivalry. But anyway, the teams hardly matter. The footage is truly rare and a big eye opener to me. The comfort in black and white nostalgia is not there and I watch this and feel closer to a reality not so far away anymore. Again, thank you.

          • tonichristmann August 31, 2013 at 6:12 pm #

            I am so glad I made you two happy! I lucked into this footage while thumbing through the pics on a complete stranger to me from FB. It’s kinda like out of the mouths of babes when that type find happens! (Huge smile) Sorry I misread the Cincinnati Reds for the Boston Red Sox. That would be baseball ignorance on my part – but still a great find of 1939 color footage!

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