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Green Room - Week 40 - Day 3

We went to see the Harlem Globetrotters last night. I hadn't been to see them since I was a kid, so it ended up being a lot of fun.

I do remember that "back in the day" the Washington Generals were just hapless in the face of the more talented, and got-away-with-murder Globetrotters. Now, it appears they are the "bad guys" who "cheat".

Halfway through the game, Cynthia turned to me and said "I finally understand why wrestling is so popular".

People love to have a bad guy. It brings them together through having a common enemy.

Real life doesn't tend to be as cut and dried - so having a space where it *is*, a place where you can boo someone is cathartic.

Here's the thing though - the Globetrotters are cheating too. They aren't knocking anyone down. But most of what they are doing certainly isn't legal in basketball.

We come in liking them though - they are the stars. We are literally there *to see what hilarious ways they are going to bend the rules this time*.

People are like that. They come in liking who they like - and disliking others, and that colors how they see a situation. They don't always see the nuances, or understand where "the show" ends and real life begins - because real life doesn't take place in four short periods with intermissions to tell people to go to the concession stand or time outs to pull some cute kid into your routine.

Maybe it should though. Because I think more situations could be solved between choruses of "Sweet Georgia Brown".

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n3m3sis43
Mar. 5th, 2015 02:23 pm (UTC)
I think you're all dirty cheaters. FRIST.

Oh, and dirty hippies. *kicks everyone*

Edited at 2015-03-05 02:24 pm (UTC)
clauderainsrm
Mar. 5th, 2015 02:25 pm (UTC)
heh, of course after seeing this I'm starting to think "OMG - are people going to say 'Gary is saying we are cheating!!!" ;)
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kathrynrose
Mar. 5th, 2015 03:05 pm (UTC)
Look at you with the metaphor. :)

It's weird, I've been thinking this morning that I feel a little left out. There's a conspiracy and alliances in Idol and I have neither been tracking them nor included in them.

At least I'm familiar with the general form of the conflict, as it is an old song with new voices.

But still. A little lonely.



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clauderainsrm
Mar. 5th, 2015 03:20 pm (UTC)
I'm sure you're involved.

Maybe your alliance is so secret they haven't even told you that you are in it!
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bleodswean
Mar. 5th, 2015 05:36 pm (UTC)
We really are all fellow travelers to the grave. Be kind, above all else.
fodschwazzle
Mar. 5th, 2015 07:10 pm (UTC)
I really like this comment. At around Week 30, death's presence started to linger a little longer--enough to make me forget at times that it wasn't just for me. Now that I'm out, reading the eliminations is more like reading the obituaries for leisure from the underworld's black leather barcalounger.
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clauderainsrm
Mar. 5th, 2015 05:43 pm (UTC)
Just got word.

The meeting is at 1:30.

I'll update later. But I think we know what this means.
bleodswean
Mar. 5th, 2015 05:48 pm (UTC)
Oh, G. Hang in there!
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kathrynrose
Mar. 5th, 2015 06:07 pm (UTC)
Wait a minute. Hang on.

Is this a secret conspiracy to perform a guerrilla theater piece based on this week's topic?

If so, well played everyone. Well played. ::claps::

Mixes a bunch of frosty adult beverages and starts a chorus of "All we are saying... Is give peace a chance."
kickthehobbit
Mar. 5th, 2015 06:22 pm (UTC)
Can I get a margarita? I THINK I NEED ONE.
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kickthehobbit
Mar. 5th, 2015 06:27 pm (UTC)
The Not-So-Uber-Secret Chat
It's come up in a few different threads, but I thought people might appreciate knowing anyway...

The workshop chat (which is more of a general "get together and shoot the shit about writing and cats and whatever else we feel like talking about") will be held tonight starting at 9PM EST.

...which is, I believe, also the deadline for the topic, but nyah!

We meet on IRC, on Freenode, under the name #conceptualcoke (blame lrig_rorrim for that). icaruslived is our OP and it's open to any and all that wish to join. I can't promise how active it'll be—it tends to be pretty quiet, especially at the beginning—but if you've ever been curious about participating, now's a good time to do it. We don't talk about Idol much, since most of us are out of the game now (or were never in it, in the case of my very wise friend Tamara!), but hey.

If you don't have a client, there is always the webchat page. Joining is as easy as typing /join #conceptualcoke.

:)
suesniffsglue
Mar. 5th, 2015 06:57 pm (UTC)
I didn't even start writing yet. Ack! At least I have an idea, right?

Been reading and whatnot even though I haven't commented much (really hard when it's on my phone--now I have a computer for a few moments, woo!) so Gary--best thoughts your way job wise! May the outcome be in your favor regardless, whether it appears to be or not.

As far as the rest of the junk.. holy crap. Who wants to play with cats and drink some some wine withe me instead of be dramatic? Pretty please?
bleodswean
Mar. 5th, 2015 07:03 pm (UTC)
Hallelujah!

You have no time for cat-hijinks or wine-sipping. Write, girl. Write.
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hosticle_fifer
Mar. 5th, 2015 08:48 pm (UTC)
Oh neat, we're going to see them tomorrow! My daughter's girl scout troop is having an outing into Philly, they're playing at Temple University. I've never been, myself, though every time I heard the whistled notes of Sweet Georgia Brown it was locked into my head for at least a day afterwards.
clauderainsrm
Mar. 5th, 2015 08:50 pm (UTC)
They accidentally took our game into overtime.

(missed that last second shot that they were supposed to make to win the game.)

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halfshellvenus
Mar. 5th, 2015 09:21 pm (UTC)
Now you're making me miss the Harlem Globetrotters... :(

It is all cheating, though it's cheating with a focus on flair and/or humor, and sometimes the moves involve things more difficult than straight-up basketball!

I always loved the absurdity as much as the razzle-dazzle. The little old lady disguise with the ball smuggled in a giant purse was a classic.
whipchick
Mar. 6th, 2015 03:00 am (UTC)
EVERY TIME I READ THIS THREAD I GET SWEET GEORGIA BROWN STUCK IN MY HEAD.

Gary, is this some twisted ultimate revenge?

Also, when you get a chance, tell me what the hell you're qualified to do in case I know anyone who needs that.
halfshellvenus
Mar. 6th, 2015 05:59 pm (UTC)
Also, when you get a chance, tell me what the hell you're qualified to do in case I know anyone who needs that.

You know, this sounds helpful, but it also sounds exactly like the kind of vague-and-semi-insulting thing Gary himself would say.

By which I mean, concise and masterful. ;)
jexia
Mar. 6th, 2015 10:39 am (UTC)
You're all right. I'm butthurt and bitchy and tired, and I have been a drama llama when I could have been gracious. That was wrong of me.

I'm sorry.
dmousey
Mar. 8th, 2015 12:21 am (UTC)
Am so so sorry, Gary. ::hugg::

May this open doors to bigger and better things.
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