July 18th, 2009


Schott's Miscellany 17 July 2009

Disneyland opened, in California (1955)


The Hollywood Cricket Club was the brainchild of Charles "Round the Corner" Aubrey Smith (1863-1948)--a right-handed fast bowler who captained England on teh 1888-89 tour of South Africa and was knighted for services to Anglo-American cordiality in 1944. (His nickname derived from a highly idiosyncratic bowling approach, described by W.G. Grace as "startling.") Smith was also a Hollywood actor who starred in over 100 pictures, including Rebecca (1940) and Little Women (1949)--though he tended to be typecast as the archetypal Englishman and even managed to portray the Duke of Wellington in three different films. In 1932, when Smith was living near Mulholland Drive, he persuaded the Los Angeles Park Commission mto donate land on which to build a cricket pitch. Grass seed was imported from Enlgand, a pavilion was constructed, and the Aubrey Smithy Cricket Field quickly became a mecca for American and ex-pat cricketers. An impressive roll call of players gained membership in the club, including Douglas Fairbanks Jr., Cary Grant, David Niven, Basil Rathbone, H.B. Warner, P.G. wodehouse, Ronald Coleman, and Nigel Bruce--though Smith was not shy in pressuring players to attend. Laurence Olivier was once summoned by note to attend a practice and turned up at nets wearing boots he had borrowed from Boris Karloff.

I loathe people who keep dogs. They are cowards who haven't got the guts to bite people themselves.
August Strindberg (1849-1912)
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    "Imagine a Man" by The Who

busy day so far....

Woke up at 7.30am and went running with Lio, one of my fellow karateka. Lio's been running for ages -- I've only run when chased. We went to a park that has a big field around which is a track. Not sure of the distance, but we did two laps around it. I did one lap that was three parts jogging and one part walking, and then walked the second lap; Lio jogged alongside me for the first lap, then did two more while I walked the second.

A good start. I'm going to try to build myself up to running the track fully before Shihan and I start training in August.

After that, I came home to a phone call from Rockne O'Bannon with his comments on the first issue of the next season-five arc of Farscape, then I sent it off to Editor Ian once Rock's notes were put in. Then was karate class, which was all advanced green belts and higher, so it was a good, high-level class.

Then I came home, went food shopping, watched the end of the Yankee game (they won, 2-1 -- it was the very pitcher's duel you'd expect from a CC Sabathia/Justin Verlander matchup), then napped for a while.

Now it's off to the Starbucks to work on Spectres....
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    "Man of Principle" by Jethro Tull

what do you look like?

I like to do this periodically: reply to this post with a picture of yourself. I like to know what my readers look like -- and if I know what you look like, I'd like to see what kind of crazy-ass pictures y'all put up. *grin*

Here's one of me at the dojo during my promotion from advanced green belt to brown belt in February 2008:

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    "Rock and Roll Lawyer" by the Austin Lounge Lizards