Good morning and greetings, October lovers. As my homework-loving, young companion Jason commented to me the other day, “This is such a great time of year.” At first, I thought he was pontificating on the imminent release of Sarah Palin’s new coloring book, the return of the monarch butterflies and his upcoming PSAT exam, but then I quickly realized he was referring to the sacred world of televised sports. As I’ve said before, the tangerine doesn’t fall far from the avocado tree and the older he gets the more I realize that Jason is truly like a son to me.
What my pre-med child was referring to was the harmonic convergence of the baseball playoffs, the NFL regular season, college football and the NBA preseason. Unlike myself, who grew up and matured into a fine young man in the Garden State of New Jersey, Jason is being raised like a wolf on the west coast. As a youngster, after watching me dispassionately root for the New York teams like the Yankees, Giants and Knicks, he one day inquired who the local teams were. I ran down a Bay Area list of teams and since that day, he’s been a die-hard A’s, Raiders and Warrrior’s fan. Since then, he has experienced the thrill of victory, but lately it has been the agony of defeat.
Now, I realize that many of you don’t really care about sports, but for the sake of world peace and AP world history, let’s take a quick northern California look at my favorite son’s squads. The Oakland A’s season was over before it started and they lost their last 8 games of the year to finish on a high note. The Raiders are a dreadful 25-76 over their last 100 games, 1-4 on the current season and led by a strong-armed quarterback who at best, has just been simply awful. If not for the sideline splendor of the Raiderettes, they would be unwatchable.
As for the Golden State Warriors, their 2009-2010 campaign hasn’t begun yet, but already there are key injuries, discord, disharmony and distrust, which sounds a lot like my last New Years Eve party. As I summed up the situation in Peter Vecsey’s column in the New York Post last week, “The Warriors have a great future behind them.” This also describes the state of my own hoops game despite the fact that I can still knock down the wide open three-pointer for straight on.
Let’s fast forward to the photo department. Today we are taking in the view from the sand, looking east at what’s left of the arches at Natural Bridges State Beach. Where there were once three bridges there is now one arch, and because of waves, wind and the Bush administration’s denial of global warming, this too shall collapse. Then all we’ll have are a few photos, a wind swept beach and the memories of another great season of Vincent Chase, Ari Gold and the boys on “Entourage.”
I love Natural Bridges. I also love Lloyd, Jeff and Beau Bridges. It’s my favorite place to shoot the winter sunset. I am always delighted to see the pelicans, gulls and cormorants roosting on the rocks. Seeing this beautiful eroding landmark each morning, which has beared witness to millions of changing skies, crashing waves and fogged-chilled tourists, puts me in a proper state of mind to start the day. Thus, on Career Day, when I’m asked by schoolchildren about what lies ahead in life, I always answer, “I’ll cross that natural bridge when I come to it.”
On to the late night magic. “I will be honest with you, folks. Right now, I would give anything to be hiking on the Appalachian Trail. I got into the car this morning and the navigation lady wasn’t speaking to me. Things are still pretty bad. There’s a possibility I’ll be the first talk-show host impeached.” –David Letterman
“President Obama celebrated his 17th wedding anniversary. Isn’t that nice? The President celebrated by going out for a romantic candlelit dinner with just his wife and Oprah.” –Conan O’Brien. “The Obamas celebrated their 17th wedding anniversary this past week. The paper said this is the first wedding anniversary Obama is celebrating in the White House. Sadly, it’s also the first thing the Obamas have to celebrate since they’ve been in the White House. Today, at the White House, President Obama met with a group of doctors from every state in the union to press his case for health care reform. It was the biggest gatherings of doctors, I guess, since Dick Cheney had his last staff meeting.” –Jay Leno
“Governor Schwarzenegger said if he comes back to California, there should be no special treatment for Roman Polanski. I think that’s what he said. It was that or ‘I’m going to Japan to ski.’ I don’t know what he said. According to a new study out of the University of Michigan, during this bad economy, people’s health is actually better than it was before. Isn’t that amazing? When times are bad economically, people stay in better health, to which former President Bush said, ‘You’re welcome!’ Well, President Obama announced a plan to spend $5 billion on science and cutting-edge medical research. Experts say this $5 billion project of President Obama’s could lead to the development of dozens of life-saving medical treatments that your insurance company could one day turn you down for.” –Jay Leno
That’s news, weather and sports. Congratulations go out to President Barack Obama for being awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. When Sarah Palin was asked if he deserved this accolade, she replied, “I don’t care what kind of car he drives.” Thanks, Bill Maher. And thanks to all of you out there for tuning in this week. So enjoy the upcoming American League Championship series as the Yankees and Angels battle it out to see who’s going to the World Series. We’ll catch you in the bullpen. Aloha, mahalo and later, Alex Rodriquez fans.