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PostPosted: Thu Jul 20, 2006 4:48 am
by Credo Buffa
dks wrote:or, better yet, watch "The Sandlot." That's a great movie about how American kids learn to seamlessly weave baseball into their culture and upbringing. :wink:

The Sandlot was my favorite movie when I was a kid. Definitely a contemporary American classic. :D

PostPosted: Thu Jul 20, 2006 5:01 am
by dks
Wasn't that movie awesome, though?! I love the way those kids stand up to the other baseball bullies and they play the put down game...too classic! :lol:

PostPosted: Thu Jul 20, 2006 9:45 am
by Saturn
I've seen loads of baseball movies and stuff like that but I suppose like with Soccer [or football as we call it] you'll never really grasp it unless you are brought up with it and it permeates your culture to such a degree as it does over there.

PostPosted: Thu Jul 20, 2006 3:23 pm
by dks
True. I think, though, that America is trying to catch the soccer fever, we are getting into it here like we never did before for certain. I don't think I knew more people than I did this year who followed the World was actually on in the pizzerias and whatnot---whereas it's usually baseball you see on at this time of year, or football training camp footage--ahhh, yes!! We Americans LOVE our NFL!! I'm no exception!! :lol:

PostPosted: Thu Jul 20, 2006 3:46 pm
by Credo Buffa
I noticed that this year as well, that it seemed that people were more interested in the World Cup than before. It seemed that sports reports were trying to help them out, too, with more updates and coverage. However, my dad made an excellent observation that soccer/football will never take off with the general population in the US because the games are so continuous that they don't allow for commercial breaks, and thus it is unlikely that any television station will be interested in broadcast rights. :roll: Sad, yes, but probably true.

But y'know, it's not just the US that has a love affair with baseball. Of course, this is where all the big stuff happens, but it is also an extremely popular sport throughout Latin America and even Japan (I'm pretty sure Japan has its own league, and my Japanese roommate one year had several pictures from a baseball game that looked like it could be in any MLB stadium in the US, except for the fact that everyone was Japanese, of course!). . . oh, and Canada, eh! :wink: So many of the best players in the majors aren't American, and that's great testimony to how popular baseball is in other parts of the world. :D You just need to catch the fever, Saturn. :wink:

PostPosted: Thu Jul 20, 2006 10:20 pm
by Saturn
It's not going to happen dude :lol:

PostPosted: Thu Jul 20, 2006 10:25 pm
by Credo Buffa
Awww, you're no fun. :cry:

PostPosted: Thu Jul 20, 2006 10:44 pm
by Saturn
Sorry but I prefer playing sports to watching them.

I started some tennis lessons today :D

I'm terrible at it :?

PostPosted: Thu Jul 20, 2006 11:05 pm
by Malia
Saturn wrote:I started some tennis lessons today :D

I'm terrible at it :?

Well, you can't be a pro without practice. And I have to admit, Saturn, I'm not a huge baseball fan, either. I think I'm turned off by the idea of rampant steroid use and outrageous paychecks (the pay thing, I guess, is rampant throughout professional sports--thus, I don't watch much professional sports).

But I do like to watch college basketball and am especially enamoured of the Gonzaga Bulldogs (Go Zags!). Sure, there's a lot of money and deals floating around college sports, too, but at *least* the players have to *pretend* they're getting an education at the same time ;) and few college players are mega-stars.

PostPosted: Thu Jul 20, 2006 11:54 pm
by dks
What? You don't like rampant steriod use and giant paychecks?? Aww, you're no fun, Malia! :wink: :lol:

Sad, though, isn't it? There have so many great sports figures out there who don't use that sh**t and they are still gifted athletes--like Michael Jordan--or, Roger Clemmons... :wink:

Go 'Stros!! :lol: :lol:

PostPosted: Mon Jul 24, 2006 8:12 pm
by Malia
I was searching and found an article about a woman with a port-wine colored birthmark on her face who had learned to accept herself and her birthmark as beautiful. One of the responses to the article was the following:

My aunt has a port wine birthmark covering her right eye, and while I am certain it caused her no small amount of angst growing up, now it is part of what makes her so unique and beautiful. It reminds me of Keats, "Beauty is truth, truth beauty" - so let everyone show their truly beautiful selves proudly to the world.
Dan, Denver, Colorado USA via Barcelona, Spain

I think Keats would agree with Dan. :)

PostPosted: Mon Jul 24, 2006 10:19 pm
by Saturn
Lovely story Malia :D

PostPosted: Tue Oct 17, 2006 6:55 pm
by Malia
I just saw Keats quoted on the food page at

They were showcasing the seasonal foods of autumn and of course, Keats's To Autumn set the tone perfectly :)

PostPosted: Tue Oct 17, 2006 9:24 pm
by Saturn
Damn the BBC for appropriating Keats :evil: :lol:

PostPosted: Tue Oct 24, 2006 7:40 pm
by Malia
Have a few bucks burning a hole in your pocket? Why not buy this on


OK, not even *I* love Keats *that* much. :lol: They could have at least spent a little more on the artwork :roll: ;)