Sunday, February 6, 2011

Gridiron



The sun is shining in Washington DC today. They say the temperature will rise to a "balmy" 45 F. Wow!! Sometimes in February, the weather actually gets worse for awhile, but at least so far, here in our tiny corner of the world, the weather gods are allowing us to see that spring actually will come again.

I'll be indoors all day working, which is fine with me. I have two windows in the treatment room where I work so I can keep an eye on the blue, blue sky. I'll step outside between clients, breathe, take in some much needed Vitamin D in the form of pure sunshine. Ahhhhh...

A whole bunch of other folks will be indoors this afternoon, watching the Superbowl. It's an American ritual I have never taken part in, but I honor its power and fascination for many. As I understand it, it's like many of our feast days: people gather in groups, eat, and drink alcohol. They also watch warriors engage in a mighty battle. It's like the Coliseum, though I believe no animals or humans are actually killed.

I'm so out of the loop in terms of professional sports. I remember a year when the Kansas City Royals won the World Series (long time ago). I had gone to the movies that day. I saw The Elephant Man. As I left the theater, in tears, I was confronted by people driving around, honking their horns and yelling "WE ARE NUMBER ONE!" It was so disorienting! Talk about your weird juxtapositions, eh?

12 comments:

Tom said...

wow-there are so many possibilities in this world, and they're always colliding. No wonder it's such a mess. No wonder it's so beautiful.

Reya Mellicker said...

Well said. Indeed.

ellen abbott said...

I have no interest in professional sports. Today I'll be cutting fiber paper and molding wax and like you, slipping outside once in a while to get some sun. It's warming up here a bit too.

steven said...

reya - i don't think i've watched a super bowl. i've watched the sky! today's is grey and loaded up with snow. there's some drifiting down as i look out the windows. i'm thinking about what tom says and remembering brian eno saying that he loved nyc for its collision of cultures - he used the word medieval in a kind way to describe the juxtapositions and cross-pollinations of such a big city as good things. i like when possibilities are amplified by chance or planned accidents. steven

The Pollinatrix said...

Day Four of no natural gas here. They're supposed to start relighting pilots today, but it's going to take at least two days, with 400 extra people from around the state and others to get it done. Sky is overcast; looks like snow. 22 degrees at the moment.

linda said...

I won't be watching the Super Bowl either. Don't care for professional sports. I do remember the first Super Bowl when the Chiefs played (I forget who) and lost 35-10. Maybe it was Green Bay.

I think you may be wrong about no humans or animals loosing their lives though...can you imagine how many Buffalo wings will be consumed today?
;-)

C.M. Jackson said...

glad to hear it is warming up and you are doing well--spring is coming!!

Jo said...

Enjoy the spring-esque day, Reya!

I think the game is merely a convenient excuse to gather together to eat, drink, and make merry. That's about the most okay reason to watch professional football in my book.

Loved Tom's take on the whole thing, and Linda's comment on the buffalo wings...oh, yeah!

Cyndy said...

I've never ever watched the superbowl either, but I just got a brand new TV after six years of not having one and one of my friends just called to inform me that I was going to be hosting a superbowl party at my house today. She's bringing all the food and the beer, so what the heck! Who's playing? I don't even know.

Reya Mellicker said...

Polly I hope your gas has been turned on once again. Holy cow.

Linda - ha! Yeah, the chicken wings. I love thinking of you dancing spontaneously on Key West, inspired by chickens.

I found out who is playing in the superbowl. It did not inspire any further interest, but may the best team win!

Bee said...

Apparently what this motley band of readers has in common is being in the minority of people who not only don't watch the Super Bowl -- but are entirely oblivious to it!

Whitney Lee said...

Yesterday was the anniversary of a major loss for my sister. We spent the afternoon eating lunch, reminiscing, filling in some blanks in her memory. Then we went and bought bulbs and planted them in her yard in memory. It was such a good day. I was glad Virginia cooperated, weather wise.