Wednesday, September 06, 2006

Orion, etc.

Today is Wednesday, 6 September 2006.

Why not something mellow today?

Yesterday morning, about 5:30 AM CDT, HH took the three older dogs out in the backyard after breakfast. It was a delicious 56 degrees, for the first time in a long time. (The puppy doesn’t get to go outside when it’s dark, being too small.) HH always accompanies them in the dark, since, although we’re in the middle of town, we do receive time-to-time visits from possums, raccoons, and skunks.

And there, low in the eastern sky, visiting for the first time since the last time it was cool at night, was our old, old friend, the constellation Orion, the Hunter. Always takes HH back to the mid 1960s, when he was in junior high, considering becoming an astrophysicist, and owned a 2.3 inch refractor telescope, bought mail-order from Sears, in classic American fashion, paid for with lawn-mowing earnings.

Believe it or not, but a scope that small, on a bitterly cold winter evening, when the air was still, brought in a lovely vision of the Orion Nebula.

Do yourself a favor. Some morning when you’re up early, check out the sky, and especially Orion.

Today is the birthday of actress Britt Ekland, who HH always confuses with actress Brigitte Nielsen. The latter is in one of HH’s favorite bad movies, Cobra.

“Cobra” is the nickname of police Lt. Cobretti, played by Sylvester Stallone. Nielsen plays Ingrid, the damsel in distress.

What HH likes is the opening sequence, in which a gunman wired with explosives takes hostages in a supermarket. The regular cops can’t handle it, so they send for the Cobra, because … “Crime is a disease --- he’s the cure”. The Cobra confronts the gunman, who threatens to blow up the grocery. The Cobra says --- and this is the best part of the movie --- “Go ahead. I don’t shop here”.

Sometimes HH is easily amused.

Well, you knew the mellow couldn’t last.

On this date in 1620, the Separatist sect later known as “The Pilgrims” set sail in the Mayflower for the “New World”. Legend has it they were fleeing religious intolerance, and seeking religious freedom.

Point of fact: knowing they were God’s Elect, they fled other intolerants, so they could establish a haven for their brand of intolerance. Plymouth Colony would become notorious for mass murders of First Peoples and hangings of persons of rival religious brands.

Now you can have a nice day.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dadgumit, why didn't you just stop with the nice, mellow interlude? It was such a nice change of pace. But no, you had to drag in an event from 386 years ago, to help us all feel bad about ourselves, especially if we have white European roots. There is plenty more recent shit, of which you gladly and regularly inform your readers, that you could post. Going back that far indicates you seem to take great pleasure in enumerating as many "downer" events as Google, Wakapedia, et al can support. Your happy stuff is very pleasent to read. Please do more of that.

2:43 PM  
Anonymous diane said...

had a gf who told me, "you always know you are home when you find orion." haven't looked for it in philly; the glare in the city seems to short out the stars. and, as a matter of fact, all intelligent people are easily amused some of the time. hence my fascination with stewie on the family guy. ;)

6:07 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Continuing the "intelligent people are easily amused" vien, I was always fascinated with the Chris Elliott character on the television show “Get a Life.” He played a 30-year old paperboy who still lived with his parents. I was always amazed that I did not find this character trivial and boring.

9:07 AM  

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