“People talk about escapism as if it’s a bad thing…Once you’ve escaped, once you come back, the world is not the same as when you left it. You come back to it with skills, weapons, knowledge you didn’t have before. Then you are better equipped to deal with your current reality.”–Neil Gaiman
By now everyone has heard about the tragic fires in California, which have been said to be the worst in recorded history of the state. These fires have given the sky a surrealistic orange hue, giving anyone who already had anxiety about the trials of modern-day an almost apocalyptic view on the vile calamities we now face as Americans in 2020. Our souls are in purgatory crying out for mercy…from ignorance, racism, destruction, greed, loneliness, economic uncertainties, pandemics, and a certain orange creature who leads the influx of oblivious humanity.
I thought it to be in the tradition of the Surrealist, and conjured in my mind the following Salvador Dali quote: “Surrealism is destructive, but it destroys only what it considers to be shackles limiting our vision.” These shackles were indeed broken and destroyed above the Coliseum on a tepid Wednesday night as solid objects transmogrified and clocks melted.
I needed a moment of escapism….even for three hours and change, with a few gin and tonics as my only company. One of the sponsors, strangely enough, was called Planet Orange, a Bay Area eco-friendly pest control. What in the world is happening? Announcers Glen Keiper and Dallas Braden made a comment that this would be the first MLB game played on Mars. (Or Tatooine?) In the end, the good guys defeat the Asterisks in a highly contested fistfight, 3-2 as the bats awaken from their slumber in the later innings and the ‘Stros closer brings a bucket of gasoline with him to the mound. All seems normal and exciting for the moment. All is well in the world and there is consolation, if only for a very short moment.
Watching the Giants game yesterday it’s crazy how orange the sky is. I live in Oregon and the sky looks exactly the same here. Bananas how far it travels.
Wow…that’s crazy. Thanks for the comment Zach.
You nailed it. Purgatory indeed. An unimaginable hell awaits if ignorance, racism, greed continue at its present pace.
Goddamn if it doesn’t seem to be the norm these days, Simba.
Perhaps Orange, just a prelude to the oncoming blackness. For the creature of Orange you speak of, given the chance in victory, may indeed turn evil black himself. And then, with his metamorphosis now complete — the country itself in danger of being painted over in broad slashing strokes of blackness. — “bwaahahahahahaha’ (madman evil laugh) — Or perhaps the laugh of Umpire Jerry West, when he tosses some unsuspecting player or manager for looking at him the wrong way?
No matter, both are egotistically self-centered, incompetent to the point of dangerous, and way too long for the job! Only difference is, one wears the black of authority and rules like he knows best — and one has blackness in his heart and rules in self-conviction as if he definitely does know best.
I spy with my little eye … something that is Black! Let’s hope everyone else sees … what needs to be seen! That’s my own personal opinion of course. Take it or leave it! Keep your eyes on the target and knock them down with a high hard one when need be. — That’s my motto! Keep calling them as you see them Gary! Love your posts!
Thanks man….and thanks for the intense comment. Still waiting for Manfred to step down so they can get you in there. 🙂
Lol! Put me in coach… I’m ready to play!
I came to read this again. Dail and baseball. Just wow. Good stuff!
My cousin in San Jose says it’s some sort of omen.