Friday, December 21, 2012

The Wizard's Concubine...and Ultrarunning

A timely post, given the holiday film references.

From a Sadly, No, post which was about how some Master of the Universe financial type would have been rooting for Mr. Potter rather than George Bailey in It's a Wonderful Life.  One comment:

Contrary to what liberals think, Mr. Potter is the real hero, and George Bailey the true villain, of “It’s A Wonderful Life.”

As for me, I can't help but imagine that both guys on the 2012 Republican ticket shared that sentiment, secretly thinking that Bailey was a wuss and Potter was the real man, or that Robin Hood was stealing from the wrong folks.

But back to the original Sadly, No, post, where there was another sentence that I was particularly smitten with:

It would be the equivalent, say, of someone hoping that Scrooge would tell the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future to sod off or that Spielberg would leave E.T. to die alone in a ditch in Southern California or that Dorothy would be stranded in Oz for the rest of her life as the Wizard's concubine.

You just gotta love the last image.  I blew coffee out my nose.  Bummer, Dorothy, sorry about that whole Kansas thingy.

As for the nexus to Ultrarunning?  Ultrarunners seem "normal" to me, in the sense that our physical endeavors somehow are linked to a certain type of life view.  We are grounded, rooted, realistic and tend to be somewhat more liberal in our thoughts and deeds (as compared to the rest of America).  Meaning that mostly we get it.

Now, it's arguably a toss-up as to whether our world view has some sort of causation from the physical activities in which we engage....or it's simply a case that we folk who have these types of liberal-leaning traits then tend to gravitate into a sport that epitomizes self-reliance and individuality.

Regardless, today--as is every day--is a great day for trail running.


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