Sports With Meaning, But Not The Political Kind

“Oh, I’m sticking with it,” LeAnne said. Any other possibility had never occurred to her.

“Why?”

“I love the pole vault,” LeAnne said.

“What do you love about it?”

LeAnne had never considered that question. What did she love about the pole vault? “The feel, I guess.”

“Tell me about that.”

This wasn’t easy.

“Take your time,” Gina said. No more bumping and crashing sounds came from inside the bus. Was Mr. Adelson eavesdropping?

“Well,” said LeAnne, “in English the other day we were learning about three-act plays. And I wondered if the pole vault was like that. First there’s the set-up – that’s the run. Then there’s the complication – getting all the moves down so the pole bends just right. And after that’s the resolution – when you let go and fly.” Gina was watching her closely. “Is … is that the kind of thing you mean?” LeAnne said. “Or something else?”

– from THE RIGHT SIDE.

 

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28 Responses to “Sports With Meaning, But Not The Political Kind”

  1. BooBear
    9:40 am on September 26th, 2017

    Good morning!!

    Um, Hobbit! You live in Alaska…it’s going to get cold.

  2. Herd of Hounds
    10:14 am on September 26th, 2017

    Good morning BooBear and everyone! Hey Hobbitiz, cooler, yes, but no frost for the next week and a half. You are warmer than the Awesome one.
    Have a great Tuesday.

  3. Masquers
    10:23 am on September 26th, 2017

    Hobbit, BooBear is right. As you well know, those northern climes tend to get a wee bit chilly. When Riõ and I were there around Labor Day a few years back we needed our winter coats…even though it was barely the end of summer.
    And, as the HOH said, you are warmer than Dawson…who is freezing her tail off down there in Canada.

    Nice excerpt from The Right Side, Spence.

    Good morning fellow Plunderers.

  4. Buddy, Leno, Hilde, Et Al
    11:08 am on September 26th, 2017

    Send some cooler weather here, please, although I have a feeling that this winter is going to kick our ass. Because the past one wasn’t too bad.

    Rio: sorry. I’m afraid that this must be the new normal. I guess that that cookie isn’t being stored anymore? So more typing for everyone. (I’m typing on a Mac, and it’s the same.)

    INR: It’s still going up. Hopefully they won’t overshoot by the time everything else is ready. Not a good start to the day though. Melanie was feeling better, INR going up, but…but…low blood pressure and elevated heart rate meant no dialysis this morning. Hopefully she’ll have it later today, but as they say, if it’s not one thing, it’s two things.

  5. Herd of Hounds
    11:22 am on September 26th, 2017

    Buddy et al, thanks for the update.
    Masquers, we are so glad you are back on the blog.
    Hobbitz, so glad you are home and safe.

  6. Herd of Hounds
    11:23 am on September 26th, 2017

    Dawson, hope you are feeling better and we agree that typing is the new norm.

  7. BearSpiritDog
    11:33 am on September 26th, 2017

    Buddy,Leno,Hilde: Continuing to send Plunderer Prayers your way.
    This is such a tough time for you…wish we could do more to help.

  8. Buddy, Leno, Hilde, Etc.
    11:46 am on September 26th, 2017

    The other thing I forgot to say. …

    They don’t call it “practicing” medicine for nothing.

  9. dawson
    12:09 pm on September 26th, 2017

    I have never pole vaulted but it looks like fun.
    I have never written a three-act play but it would be a chore.

    BooBear: Just because you know winter is coming does not mean you have to be happy about it. People who are happy about winter coming early are skiers, ice road truckers and maybe dog mushers, but the normal citizenry, not so much.

    HOH: I’m colder than CHobbitz? Not fair! Although I was sleeping out in the sun outside yesterday. There is a window of opportunity in the middle of the day when the fall weather is perfectly refreshing. The mornings and evenings are “crisp” and cold.

    I have to type two d’s and click on the autofill to get the name and address into the fields.

    Buddy, Leno, Hilde, et al: We’ll be with you on this journey whether it be one thing, two things or more things.

    I am faxing out the last of my tax information today, which is a list of every last one of my Canadian bank accounts so the IRS can keep tabs of all my money. Grump!

  10. c.hobbitz
    12:30 pm on September 26th, 2017

    Buddy: I was shocked when I discovered years ago that medicine wasn’t an exact science. This last year it has also been brought home how systems in the body impact each other. Indeed “if it isn’t one thing, it is two things.”

    I go through the acclimatization to cold every year and every year I ponder moving. The problem is that I do better with the cold than the heat. A lot of places are too warm for me. I have been reading about Sequip, WA a lot but so are a lot of others so property is going up.

    I know someone who is a serious pole vaulter so LeAnn being into that sport was interesting.

  11. c.hobbitz
    12:37 pm on September 26th, 2017

    I don’t know why I keep trying to rescue mice that Mr. Big or Denali bring in. (I think they live in the straw in the dog house). It always ends badly. Last night it was a small mouse and I guess having baby kittens in the house made me determined. Then Sadie picked it up and was heading to the door. I made her drop it and picked it up still living and gently laid her outside. I kept all the animals inside but this morning it is lifeless. {{{sigh}}}

  12. B.Stover
    1:35 pm on September 26th, 2017

    Still record-breaking heat here…90 today.

    Good afternoon all.

  13. BooBear
    1:41 pm on September 26th, 2017

    Hobbit, I still remember being very surprised that you could tell the difference between 30 below and 50 below! Cannot imagine either.

  14. Buddy And Critters
    2:01 pm on September 26th, 2017

    All I can think of when anyone talks about the cold in Alaska is a Jack London story wherein he details how one tells the temperature by how quickly his urine freezes before hitting the ground. Umm. Yeah, so that’s just way too cold for me.

  15. c.hobbitz
    2:12 pm on September 26th, 2017

    Buddy: I don’t know how I did it for 35 years living further north. I miss a lot of the small town and the people but I know I made the right decision to move 400 miles south. A tour guide I met this summer talked about potty training children up north…taking them to the outhouse at all hours and temperatures…deciding if and when they are old enough to go to the outhouse by themselves (while he stood on the porch watching for moose and wolves). He chose to raise his children to be outdoors and active for hours each day since winter was a fact of life and he didn’t want them “hibernating” indoors.

    Denali brought me another mouse this morning.

  16. dawson
    3:50 pm on September 26th, 2017

    At 50 below, if you spit, it will freeze and crack into pieces when it hits the sidewalk. At 30 below it won’t. (I made that up but it might be true.)
    At 40 below, Celsius and Fahrenheit are the same temperature.

    Anchorage is at 61.16 latitude and Fort Nelson is at 58.8 so we are pretty close.

    CHobbitz: I deal with cold better than heat too and the-man-who-lives-in-this-house (tmwlith) can’t deal with hot weather at all.

  17. Herd of Hounds
    6:18 pm on September 26th, 2017

    Mom thinks that the spittle crackling was used in the Jack London story “To Build a Fire”.

  18. Rio - The Evil Pug
    9:25 pm on September 26th, 2017

    Hmmm!…Cold vs Heat!..snort!…In my new experience here in the great middle of the country it’s the humidity which makes or breaks my days enjoyment…wheeze!…Today it was a lot cooler but it was very humid. My friend said she sweated like a pug during her shift at the library….guh!…It’s a whole new weather pattern for us dry-landers. Breathing liquid is a new experience….sniff!cough!

  19. Rio - The Evil Pug
    9:31 pm on September 26th, 2017

    Hey!….Guess whose Birthday it is today?….yeeep!…The Bella of Snowhook by golly! Our own Rebecca and that is a fact…snort!…We wish her many blessings and hope she had a wonderful day even if she had to work “full-time”…grunt!…Happy Birthday Rebecca! …CAKE! I hope there is CAKE and ICE CREAM waiting for youse somewhere!….yes!…Blessings my dear, we here love you so much!…snorkel!

    Dive!…I’m diving into the Vat O’ Beer in celebration of your birthday!!!…SPLASH!

  20. BSD&Masquers
    9:33 pm on September 26th, 2017

    SnowBella! We Wish You the Happiest of Birthdays!! WhoooHooo!!!

  21. dawson
    9:37 pm on September 26th, 2017

    https://books.google.ca/books?id=Wp-uMJ7g8OwC&pg=PA136&lpg=PA136&dq=how+cold+does+it+have+to+be+for+spit+to+freeze+before+it+hits+the+ground&source=bl&ots=HcJtFywXV3&sig=jwYKG4vk3K0teeG3lvpfOlP_S_E&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwid-dWM_8PWAhUPL1AKHQk5A-84ChDoAQhRMAk#v=onepage&q=how%20cold%20does%20it%20have%20to%20be%20for%20spit%20to%20freeze%20before%20it%20hits%20the%20ground&f=false
    Quite the link, eh? I googled “how cold does it have to be for spit to freeze before it hits the ground” and I got this link for a book about the African American troops who got sent up here in the winter to build the Alaskan Highway. Poor guys!

    If a basketball player spit upwards so that the spit had to arc before heading downwards the spit would freeze at higher temperatures than if a jockey spit straight downwards. Heh!

  22. BearSpiritDog
    9:40 pm on September 26th, 2017

    Dawson: Wowzer!

  23. c.hobbitz
    9:59 pm on September 26th, 2017

    From Buddy on Facebook 20 minutes ago.
    “It ain’t good. They still haven’t got Melanie’s heart rate down (it was up this morning). They also now can’t find her blood pressure. They’re afraid that her heart is giving up, and ther may not be much time. While they’re trying to stabilize her to get her home, we really don’t know. We’re going to be with Melanie and are packing now. She’s so scared that she’s going to die in the hospital, and she doesn’t want that. Nurses are saying that if she wants to see us that we need to come, but of course aren’t telling us outright. Bu this with her heart has been going on all day.”

  24. Buddy etc.
    9:59 pm on September 26th, 2017

    It ain’t good. They still haven’t got Melanie’s heart rate down (it was up this morning). They also now can’t find her blood pressure. They’re afraid that her heart is giving up, and ther may not be much time. While they’re trying to stabilize her to get her home, we really don’t know. We’re going to be with Melanie and are packing now. She’s so scared that she’s going to die in the hospital, and she doesn’t want that. Nurses are saying that if she wants to see us that we ned to come, but of course aren’t telling us outright. Bu this with her heart has been going on all day.

  25. Buddy etc.
    10:01 pm on September 26th, 2017

    Umm. Oops?

  26. Herd of Hounds
    10:22 pm on September 26th, 2017

    Birthday greetings heading to Rebecca at Snowhook.
    Dawson’s article was enlightening, thanks. The stuff we learn here.
    Extra strong prayers going out for Buddy and his Melanie.

  27. dawson
    12:13 am on September 27th, 2017

    Buddy and Critters: Thanks to you and CHobbitz for the scary update. Prayers are on-going for you and Melanie.

  28. SnowBella
    1:46 am on September 27th, 2017

    Thanks for the birthday wishes, but tonight the following is the post I want to make:

    Dear Creator, Please hold Buddy and his Melanie and their family in your arms. Please comfort them and help them to be comfortable. They are special to us. Amen.

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