At precisely the moment when the clock struck 12 and the transition from New Year’s Eve to New Year’s Day occurred, the first baby of 2015 was born at the city hospital. At approximately that same time a father and son were walking down the street in another part of the city when shots were fired from a black SUV wounding the father making him the first gunshot victim of 2015. His 18-year old son became the first homicide victim.
I was reminded of two things. An episode of “Homicide: Life On the Street” and the song “And When I Die” written by Laura Nyro.
“And when i die,
and when I’m gone,
There’ll be one child born
In the world
To carry on, to carry on.”
In the episode of HLOTS the homicide detectives are working their shift in a very quiet squad room on New Year’s Eve. As soon as the clock strikes 12 the detectives start responding to homicides all over Balto while the song “Boom Boom Boom” by the Iguanas plays in the background.
I’m not sure if art is imitating life or life is imitating art.
I’m a fan of the movie “The Princess Bride”. You’ll notice I didn’t say the book as I’ve never read the book by William Goldman which he wrote in 1973. But I’d hazard a guess that the movie stays true to his words since he’s the one who wrote the screenplay.
In case you’re unfamiliar with the story, Grandfather (Peter Falk) stops by his grandson’s (Fred Savage) house because the boy is ill and bored to tears. Grandfather brings the book “The Princess Bride” with him to read to the kid and spend some time with him. Of course the kid thinks the whole idea of having Grandfather read to him is lame, but what other choice does he have? Grandfather starts reading, grandson asks questions and that’s when you know the kid is hooked.
Without getting into the meat of this fairytale romance I will say that whenever Buttercup asks farmboy Westley to get her something he answers with “as you wish.” The movie ends with the grandson asking the grandfather to come back tomorrow and read the book to him again and he answers with ‘as you wish’ and the credits roll. Now I’ve read something on Facebook that makes me wonder if I ever really knew “The Princess Bride” at all.
Many people think that when Grandfather turns to his grandson and says ‘as you wish’ with that twinkle in his eye, he’s actually the Dread Pirate Roberts ready to hand over the mask to the grandson making him the new Dread Pirate Roberts. Either those people are all fools or I’ve missed something every time I’ve seen the movie. I was always under the impression the phrase ‘as you wish’ was another way of saying ‘I love you.’
The first round of the NFL playoffs is over and I couldn’t be any more disappointed with the outcome. My picks:
I picked the Steelers because I’m afraid of the Ravens. As a Pats fan I’ve had my hopes crushed by the Ratbirds before.
I picked the Cardinals because I wanted to see NFL history being made. Had they been able to go all the way to the Super Bowl, they would have been the first team to actually have real home field advantage as SBXLIX will be played at University of Phoenix Stadium.
I never thought the Bengals had a chance in hell of beating the Colts.
I picked the Lions because I really thought Tony Romo was going to choke. Heck, he usually does.
Sorry this weeks column is so short….I’ve been feeling a bit under the weather lately.
Thanks for reading Musings From the Bench 1/5 Edition. Until next time.
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