Catching Up

September 30, 2007

I haven’t posted in a spell, though I have thought about posting a few times. But, alas, blogging isn’t like sinning or gift giving, and so the thought doesn’t count. Here are three proto-posts that never got off the ground and will likely stall here in short form:

  1. The community college where I work has a mass email list that goes out to all staff and faculty. One office that uses this list more frequently than I would like is the department of student records. Every week or two they send out a message with no body, only a subject line and an attached file. The attachment is always entitled the same way:ย  “deceasedstudent.doc.” When you download the file, it opens to be the name of a newly dead student. The phrase afterwards is always: “Adjust your records accordingly.”
  2. We went out for brunch last Friday at a local apple-picking farm and cafe. The waitress learned that we recently moved here from out of state and decided to give us some touristy tips for the fall. She said we should drive up the Great River Road, which hugs the Mississippi. Apparently the fall foliage and sights of the river are lovely along this road. Then she said something that was like a square peg in a round hole, at least for me: “You would never think that the Mississippi would be beautiful.”
  3. Did you know that Robert Redford’s film The Legend of Bagger Vance is based on the Bhagavad Gita? The main character is a golf phenom named Rannulph Junuh (R. Junuh aka Arjuna) who was ruined by World War I. He returned from the European battlefields to Savannah, Georgia, a shell of his former self, took up the bottle, and seemed to have forgotten his “one true swing.” A mysterious caddy, Bagger Vance (aka Bhagavan aka Krishna) comes to his aid and restores his dharma as the born-to-golf man he is. Hare hare, Nicklaus Nicklaus, hare hare. Tiger, Tiger, hare hare.

7 Responses to “Catching Up”

  1. Dave Bonta Says:

    “A message with no body” – perfect.

  2. Bill Says:

    1: That’s an awfully high mortality rate!
    2: St. Louisans are indeed estranged from the river. Maybe they’re under the impression that ADM and Peabody coal own it, along with Union Electric, the water department, the gas refineries, etc.
    3. Why would a film company sit mum on that all that great backstory?

  3. Little Mary Says:

    why are these students dying? i am a bit shocked by this…

  4. Alex Says:

    What a gift to give a Sunday school class full of golfers.

  5. sheepdays Says:

    Dave–I hadn’t noticed that when I wrote, but right you are, especially in cases of cremation. ๐Ÿ˜‰

    Hi Bill, thanks for visiting Sheep Days. I thought it was a high rate, too, though there are around 20000 full- and part-time students at any given time.
    If your only experience of the Mississippi is seen from one of the bridges between St. Louis and Illinois, then I guess I can understand how you might think it is nothing great to look at, but I soft (and irrational) spot for the aesthetics of heavy industry as well. And the only reason I can think of for why the backstory of Bagger Vance is so quiet is fear of the evangelical right. Who knows?

    LM–I don’t know why they’re dying; some could be old age–this is a community college. I will admit that I have wished there were more private details in these emails.

    Alex–yeah, that’s just what I was thinking.

  6. Tinman Says:

    Any idea what “Adele Invergordon” spells? Yea, like I need another reason to worship at the feet of Charlize Theron! ๐Ÿ˜‰

    Seriously though, check out this:

  7. sheepdays Says:

    Tinman–thanks for the link! No idea about Adele Invergordon. Arjuna four wives were named Draupadi, Chitrangada, Ulupi, and Subhadra. No Adeles there. I’m guessing she’s in the movie for good ol’fashioned Hollywood sex appeal.

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