The Explanation
(for those who require one)

And, of course, that is what all of this is -- all of this: the one song, ever changing, ever reincarnated, that speaks somehow from and to and for that which is ineffable within us and without us, that is both prayer and deliverance, folly and wisdom, that inspires us to dance or smile or simply to go on, senselessly, incomprehensibly, beatifically, in the face of mortality and the truth that our lives are more ill-writ, ill-rhymed and fleeting than any song, except perhaps those songs -- that song, endlesly reincarnated -- born of that truth, be it the moon and June of that truth, or the wordless blue moan, or the rotgut or the elegant poetry of it. That nameless black-hulled ship of Ulysses, that long black train, that Terraplane, that mystery train, that Rocket '88', that Buick 6 -- same journey, same miracle, same end and endlessness."
-- Nick Tosches, Where Dead Voices Gather

This Sporting Life #13


Juan "Chi Chi" Rodriquez drives one down the range.

12 comments :

justjack said...

I'll always think of Les Nesmond broadcasting the sports news on WKRP, and pronouncing his name as "Chye Chye ROD-rih-gweez."

Vanwall said...

Ah, Les Nessman's great mangle job:
(with hard, hard I's here) Chii - Chii Rod-rah-gweez.

dougsamu said...

Is his foot on backwards?

justjack said...

Great minds, Vanwall, great minds....

steeb said...

Oh no! It's Devo!

Kimberly Lindbergs said...

sharp dresser!

Flynn D said...

Saw this man back in the 60's one summer day when he and Al Balding, Julius Boros and Doug Sanders gave an exhibition at the Burlington (Ontario, Canada) Golf and Country club. Balding was the token Canadian tossed into the mix, Boros was as classy and laid back as always, Sanders played the red-panted faded clown but Chi Chi stole the day with his playful demeanor and quick wit.

He also explained how he could hit the ball so far with his quick-drop shoulder technique. Amazing!

Will never forget it...

Robert Fiore said...

One of the great wits of sport. Once he's dining out with friends when an exhibit from the Sex Education series walks by. Once everyone had rolled their tongues back into their mouths, Chi Chi says, "And just think, somebody somewhere is tired of that."

Flynn D said...

Thanks for that story, Robert. My remembrance of Chi Chi has been further enriched. What a dry wit!

Vladimir Estragon said...

And you know those little Mexican dogs? Chi-hooa-hooas?

Brooks said...

Now a days on the pro links the tired guy's name is Tiger.

swac said...

Good one Steeb, Devo was the first thing I thought of as well.