Monday, December 25, 2006

YAO COME BACK NAO, Y'HEAR?

Since, by U.S. standards, I am considered short, and wrestled in high school, I have always hated basketball. I'll never forget the time my dad took us to see the Harlem Globetrotters play a "real" team. Yes, I did get to see Meadowlark Lemon. That was back in the Salt Lake City days, so I don't remember where they played. Salt Palace? Dunno. Anyways (as they say here in I-dropped-out-in-the-ninth-grade-to-fish-or-log land), I got to meet one of the players. Out on the floor, they didn't look so big. But standing face to knee with the tallest person I had ever seen in my life was nothing....short....of amazing. When he reached down to shake my 12 year old hand, I grabbed all I could and made the best of it.

Last Wednesday I attended that Blazers/Rockets game. It's different when it's in person. I liked it a lot. I got to see a young man 7 foot 6 inches tall trying to run without tripping. He did a lot of both. Not even a week later and he has gone and broken one of his knees.

Merry Christmas, everyone!!!

(Oh, and by the way---that guy in the red who is standing near the back of the free throw circle IS one Mr. Yao Ming. Took the pic with my right eye camera implant. Unfortunately, as you will recall, my right eyeglass lens was missing and that threw it out of focus. Honest. No, really. I'm telling the truth. I swear on the Candacian Hammer Of Death! uh-oh........)








The Lark

34 Comments:

At Monday, December 25, 2006 at 5:06:00 PM PST , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I waited on Dr. Jay many years ago. An exciting claim to fame.

Merry Christmas, Gawpo and many good wishes for a happy and healthy New Year.

 
At Monday, December 25, 2006 at 7:14:00 PM PST , Blogger Gawpo said...

Gnibilicious: That is so cool. Before he became governor, I waited on then State Senator John Kitzhaber. Circa 1984.I had no idea who he was, but he left a killer gratuity and his business card: "John Kitzhaber, M.D. State Senate." He wasn't a Jay, but he was a doctor. Does that count? MERRY CHRISTMAS, GOLDENNIB!!!

 
At Tuesday, December 26, 2006 at 6:14:00 AM PST , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I've photographed a lot of sports over the years, but nothing's more daunting than basketball. Tall and fast. You'll be shooting a rebound at the far end of the court, and a few strides and a two or three seconds later you're looking through the viewfinder at a jersey number and adam's apple.

 
At Tuesday, December 26, 2006 at 11:23:00 AM PST , Blogger Logophile said...

I thought it was a Hammer of Doom?
Don't worry though, I don't think the hammer can get all the way down to reach you, it's adjusted for a tall chick.
:p

 
At Tuesday, December 26, 2006 at 1:09:00 PM PST , Blogger Gawpo said...

Word Lover: Doom. Death. It all adds up to the same thing. Good catch, though. Ha! Now I'm awake. I see you are, too.

 
At Tuesday, December 26, 2006 at 1:10:00 PM PST , Blogger Gawpo said...

Either that, or I now have two hammers upon which to swear...

 
At Tuesday, December 26, 2006 at 7:38:00 PM PST , Blogger Logophile said...

I swear by the twin Candacean hammers of doom and death...

whoa, there's a mouthful!

 
At Tuesday, December 26, 2006 at 7:59:00 PM PST , Anonymous Anonymous said...

The first basketball game I ever saw was the Globetrotters (we were a tennis family)for one shining afternoon I thought I could be a player...then I remembered I was 5' tall and a girl. Tragic.

 
At Wednesday, December 27, 2006 at 3:55:00 AM PST , Anonymous Anonymous said...

My only other brush with celebraty was in college when I had a class with Epstein's brother (from Welcome Back Cotter.) Epstein visited once by stopping by the college's Rat.

 
At Wednesday, December 27, 2006 at 9:47:00 AM PST , Blogger Gawpo said...

Logo: Yes!!! I am going to chant that each and every time I march into a job interview (if I ever need to again), a job related scuffle, heck, a new Target store. It's great. I SWEAR BY THE TWIN CANDACIAN HAMMERS OF DOOM AND DEATH!!!

Kat: I see that you too are safe from any harmful hammers. As Logophile points out, they are adjusted for a tall chick, not you and me. Whew...

Goldennib: I just remembered that my mom and I saw Carl Malden on a street corner in San Francisco once. We were all waiting to cross at the light together. They were filming Streets Of San Francisco in that era. He saw us see him. But we were polite and talked about it later.

 
At Wednesday, December 27, 2006 at 10:40:00 AM PST , Blogger Cindra said...

I always wanted to see the globetrotters! How exciting. You have your lens now...

 
At Wednesday, December 27, 2006 at 3:20:00 PM PST , Blogger Gawpo said...

Cindra: Yeah. They were really tall. Having that second one sure lens a lot to my eyesight.

 
At Thursday, December 28, 2006 at 1:32:00 PM PST , Blogger Candace said...

I'm not bringing up my brush with Ed Gein again. I think I've overused that. But who needs that anyway? I'm FAMOUS! I have twin hammers of doom and death named after me! WOO HOO!!^_^

 
At Thursday, December 28, 2006 at 1:39:00 PM PST , Blogger Gawpo said...

Candace: What a coincidence. I'm an Ed Gein'ocologist.

 
At Friday, December 29, 2006 at 9:28:00 PM PST , Blogger Candace said...

Were you trained in the Dark Arts by the master himself? I hear there can be only two, a Master and his Apprentice.

 
At Wednesday, January 17, 2007 at 1:47:00 PM PST , Blogger Gawpo said...

Candace--Ha!!!! Good one. I did meet Richard Avedon when I waited on his table. He was impressed that I recognized him.

 
At Monday, March 5, 2007 at 1:11:00 PM PST , Anonymous Brooke said...

"(as they say here in I-dropped-out-in-the-ninth-grade-to-fish-or-log land)"

Ok, so I'm very late commenting on this, but oh my gosh, did this make me laugh out loud! Having grown up in Newport and Toledo I knew exactly what you meant! lol And that is too cool about seeing the Globe Trotters play ... I saw them in Portland many years ago and it was very fun.

 
At Monday, March 5, 2007 at 8:42:00 PM PST , Blogger Gawpo said...

Brookie!: Yayyy. You made it way back here, even. Cool. Sove Airy cool (i just made that up! yee-haw).

Glad you could get a yuk outta that. Funny who that applies to. Your sister is always saying, "Oh, them? Yeah, I grew up with them" when I tell her who just came to jail. Ha!!!!

Wow. You got in on the trot? Nice. We must tawk.

 
At Monday, March 5, 2007 at 9:43:00 PM PST , Anonymous Brooke said...

Gawpo - I totally believe Cindra saying that. Our next door neighbor from Toledo is in jail... has been most of his adult life, as far as I know. What else is there to do in Toledo besides break the law or log or fish?

 
At Monday, March 5, 2007 at 10:07:00 PM PST , Blogger Gawpo said...

Brooke: I can maybe guess, but there are so many who might have been your neighbors. There is Juniper's ex's current wife's brother (you dig? you follow?). I think it was his fourth DUII that got him doing quite a chunk of time. She called me at work tonight and while I was on the phone with her, I got asked over the radio when "_____" came in. Cindra recognized his name. Then she asked about his sister (I think sister???) and I brought her up in our database and she was last there in December for a DUII/crash where she injured someone, so she got Assault IV tacked on, too. She didn't look good in her picture. At all. Very skinny.

 
At Monday, March 5, 2007 at 10:31:00 PM PST , Anonymous Brooke said...

Ok, there are times I truly don't miss living in Newport... and one of those times is when I hear stories like that... yanno? And yes I did follow the Juni's-ex's-current-wife's-brother thing... lol

 
At Monday, March 5, 2007 at 10:34:00 PM PST , Blogger Gawpo said...

Ha! You actually FOLLOWED that?! Wow. I'm impwessed.

Isn't this fun, Brookie? We have our own little chat room right here and no one even knows about it. Tee hee....

 
At Tuesday, March 6, 2007 at 12:14:00 AM PST , Anonymous Brooke said...

lol... yes, our own private chat room no one knows about 'cause no one but me is reading these older posts right now... Seeing the trotters live was awesome. It was in Portland and they all seemed *really* tall! lol

 
At Tuesday, March 6, 2007 at 8:59:00 AM PST , Blogger Gawpo said...

Brooke: Yeah. We can pass secret messages. Who do you want to talk about? JUST KIDDING! If you want to email me, we can talk more about specific old neighbors. Tiffany was the saddest loss.

 
At Tuesday, March 6, 2007 at 7:14:00 PM PST , Anonymous Brooke said...

Ok, I'm here at our secret spot... what now? lol

 
At Tuesday, March 6, 2007 at 7:26:00 PM PST , Blogger Gawpo said...

Psssst. You still here????

We got busy for a sec.....sorry I'm late.

 
At Tuesday, March 6, 2007 at 7:46:00 PM PST , Anonymous Brooke said...

I'm here now... Did ya get the email about our old neighbor in Toledo?

 
At Tuesday, March 6, 2007 at 7:53:00 PM PST , Blogger Gawpo said...

Brook: Nope didn't check. We are wrapping up our day. See you at the house, Honey! Do we need milk?

 
At Tuesday, March 6, 2007 at 7:54:00 PM PST , Anonymous Brooke said...

LOL... yes, there's no milk in the fridge, so do please be a dear and grab some... :)

 
At Tuesday, March 6, 2007 at 7:54:00 PM PST , Anonymous Brooke said...

LOL... yes, there's no milk in the fridge, so do please be a dear and grab some... :)

 
At Tuesday, March 6, 2007 at 9:25:00 PM PST , Blogger Gawpo said...

HEY! I saw you say in the email you were going to check for message here at our SMS......go read your email

 
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