Tuesday, June 12, 2018
Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton
I just love watching arrogant assholes get what they deserve. It's pretty much the only reason I follow politics these days. I am reminded of a time when my son was playing little league baseball. There was a dad on his team who would always yell obnoxious stuff at the kids. No one said anything, of course, because that's just how it was back then. These days, if you bring non-organic oranges for halftime, you are shunned from the community soccer league forever, but back then parents just yelled whatever they wanted. And this guy had a way of delivering lines like "Look alive!" in a way that made it clear he was saying, "You suck!" Now my son, as you might guess, was not a baseball star. He probably could have written a pretty good essay about the history of baseball at age 10, but he could not hit a ball. Or catch a ball for that matter. And throwing a ball in from left field if one actually made it out to him was pretty much a non-starter. So he was not the favorite player of Mr. I Only Shave Every 4 Days to Show What a Man I Am. But it's a free country, right? So I didn't say anything. But one day we were in the last inning down a couple runs, and the opposing pitcher was just walking batter after batter. Everyone knows that once you start aiming and stop throwing through the pitch, you are done for, but this kid was just lost. And Macho Man's kid, who was a great athlete but a little thick, was on first base with the bases loaded, and just before they walked in the tying run, out of nowhere he tries to steal second. Problem being the other runner already there. So we lost. And Mr. I Chew My Toothpick With a Vengeance said nothing. I felt bad for the kid, who probably caught it pretty bad when he went home. But I heard later that his dad got kicked out of the house and left town, so there you go. The arc of justice bends slowly. Which brings me back to my point about the book, which is that it was a hell of a lot more enjoyable if, like me, you were rooting for the dinosaurs.