45 years

Jun. 17th, 2017 03:50 am
mellicious: "I'm bored. Episode 1 bored." (Buffy quote - bored)
[personal profile] mellicious
 Forty-five years ago this week (it was Flag Day, that's the only reason I remember the exact date still) I had heart surgery to fix a heart murmur I was born with. I was 12. I saw that it was Flag Day this week and I did the math and came up with that rather staggering number - 45 - and so I also noticed it tonight on MSNBC when they said that the Watergate break-in was 45 years ago this week. I didn't remember that, but then it wasn't big news at the time, either. It only became big news later on. But that means that happened while I was in the hospital recovering - I was really bored sitting in the hospital for a whole week, at least after a couple of days when I started feeling better. I remember that well. I don't specifically remember watching the news, but everybody watched the evening news back then (usually referred to as "watching Walter Cronkite" the way I remember it) and it's possible I did. I do think I knew about that break-in pretty early on.

But that might just be in my head. I do know I remember being mad about the Watergate hearings being all that was on on the TV - this was during the summer, I'm assuming that was in 1974. And I remember Nixon resigning and I know I knew the basics about it at the time, at least, but it's hard to be sure how much of all the stuff that happened in that two-year time period I really remember from the time it was happening and how much I learned later, from All the President's Men (both the movie and the book) and so forth. I do think now that all of that may be a lot of the reason I'm so interested in politics today, though.

Date: 2017-06-18 10:32 am (UTC)
From: [personal profile] bunny42
You must be ecstatic. Your Astros are tearing the place up! And everyone I talk to doesn't even resent it. It's fun to watch.

Date: 2017-06-20 12:56 am (UTC)
From: [personal profile] bunny42
I know a guy who came home to Houston to see his dad and go to Sunday night's game. I was actually sad when the 'Stros lost. Of course, I hate the Sox with the fire of a thousand suns, so I would have been sad, anyway. Have to admit it was an interesting game. I don't ordinarily get to see an Astros game, but it was on ESPN. Houston tried (unsuccessfully) to kill Mooky Betts, but it wasn't enough. I'll bet he's sore and bruised today! I love baseball!

Date: 2017-06-20 11:15 am (UTC)
From: [personal profile] bunny42
Yup, that was Mooky. He's phenomenal. Can do it all, and so young.

I agree about the local announcers. Especially for Fox. I have no idea how Joe Buck keeps that job. He is so inane. Never played the game, yet babbles on as if he really knows what he's talking about. "If they want to win this one, they'd better get more runs." Profound stuff like that. Made it really hard to watch the Series, last year. Talk about riding your dad's coattails. As for ESPN, I have a problem with token women in the booth. At least Jessica didn't say much. Better to be quiet and be thought a fool... Yeah, I know, that's not PC. Equality for women, and all of that. The Marlins have a Jessica, too, who does post-game interviews and roams the stands doing human interest stories, etc. But not play-by-play or color commentary in the booth. I guess that makes me an anti-feminist, huh? **hangs head**


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