Well, the fam and I are all in fits and giggles because of the Giant's victory in the NLCS, and their two wins yesterday and wednesday. It ain't over till it's over, as my dad likes to quote, but things are looking good as the Giants take their game on the road. And it is so nice to care about baseball all the way at the end of October. (I clearly posted this quote too early.) Meanwhile the San Francisco Chronicle has been having a field day with explaining our native weirdness. C.W.Nevius gives the tourists a little guide. Also, the Giants are knuckleheads. But we love them. And Peter Hartlaub has some tips for how we can freak even more people out with our quirks:
One of the greatest pleasures of the Giants' journey to the World Series - and the list is long - has been watching the rest of the country freak out over the routine eccentricities of Bay Area life. Everything from Tim Lincecum's long hair to the presence of Grateful Dead members singing the national anthem has been used to reaffirm Middle America's longhairs-who-smoke-dope stereotype for San Francisco.Also, this is the best.
(Never mind that Phillies outfielder Jayson Werth's hair was even longer than Lincecum's, and the Grateful Dead frequently used patriotic imagery in their songs and album artwork. As for the hat, Beach Blanket Babylon has been around longer than Roy Halladay - it recently celebrated its 35th year.)
Perhaps the best example of the differences between regional and national feelings is the perception of Barry Bonds, who was cheered by locals when he threw in the first pitch before an NLCS home game. The move was controversial only outside the Bay Area. Sure, he's an alleged steroids cheat. But he's our alleged steroids cheat.
+ Rumors from the Vatican and beyond: Antonin Gaudi, architect of the amazing La Sagrada Famalia in Barcelona, could be beatified by 2016! Also, be sure to check out my friend Mr. Newton next week as the Holy Father visits Spain.
+ Fr. Logenecker had a lovely meditation on St. Simon and Jude that I don't want you to miss.
+ I know this amazing article by Archbishop Charles Chaput about "New Knighthood" has been making the rounds, but if you have not read it yet, please do so at once:
Our life today may seem very different from life in the 12th century. The Church today asks us to seek mutual respect with people of other religious traditions and to build common ground for cooperation wherever possible.
But human nature -- our basic hopes, dreams, anxieties, and sufferings -- hasn't really changed. The Christian vocation remains the same: to follow Jesus Christ faithfully and, in following Him, to defend His Church and to serve her people zealously, unselfishly, and with all our skill. As St. Ignatius Loyola wrote in his "Spiritual Exercises" -- and remember that Ignatius himself was a former soldier -- each of us must choose between two battle standards: the standard of Jesus Christ, humanity's true King, or the standard of His impostor, the Prince of This World.
+ Three new scripts by Akira Kurosawa were discovered last week in Tokyo. I'm not too hopeful that they'll be turned into films by other Japanese directors, but wouldn't that be neat? Also, does anyone have any suggestions for high calibre Japanese filmmakers alive today>
Also, this is fun and odd and charming (HT: RCA):