Ritland Daily Ramble #5
My dad, turtle-hippo love, Chesterton, St. Francis, the dependence of life, Yasiel Puig.
Quote of the day
You can pick your nose, and you can pick your friends, but you can’t eat your friends.
– Michael Ritland Sr.
The eternal horizon of Chesterton’s acrobat
English author G.K. Chesterton wrote that St. Francis of Assisi came out of his cave standing on his hands. Upon seeing the world suspended, seemingly a miracle that the massive stones he saw suspended didn’t fall, he realized how fragile, and dependent, life is. This is the point of a recent article by David Fagerberger in the most recent issue of Gilbert Magazine and you can read my reflection on it here.
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Yasiel Puig and his run-in with the law
On December 28th Los Angeles Dodgers star Yasiel Puig, one of the most talented and talked about young baseball players today, was arrested for reckless driving. He was clocked going 110 mph in a 70 mph zone.
What’s extraordinary, and pretty funny, is that there were passengers in the car with him. Sitting in the front seat: his mother. In the security footage an officer is shown chiding Puig in Spanish, “This is your mom? Oh, you’re going to jail. You are putting your mom in danger, oh hell no.” Puig, who is known for being outspoken, was humble and asked for forgiveness. The officer was unrelenting, though, informing Puig’s mother and the other passengers in the car that “The reason why we are in this situation is because he didn’t care about his mother’s life or your lives, and he’s going to jail.”
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Picture of the day
My first band, Floating Bridge, had a short residency at a dive bar in North St. Paul. I created posters for those shows and they predominately displayed this picture. After the tsunami in 2004 this adorable hippo and turtle, Owen and Mzee, brushed up on the coast of east Africa together and became pals. Learn their story here.
The posters were as big of a joke as the bar we played at, but at least it was intentional. I described my band’s sound as “highly sexualized energy” and claimed we were “supporters of hippo-turtle love.”
Erik Ritland is a writer and musician from St. Paul, Minnesota. His blog and podcast Rambling On features commentary on music, sports, culture, and more. He is also a contributor for Minnesota culture blog Curious North. Support Erik’s music via his Patreon account, reach him via email, or find him on Facebook and Twitter.