“I like physics, but I love cartoons.”

Yesterday was a perfect July 4th. The weather was wonderful with a breeze strong enough to blow plates and napkins off the table. We had a barbecue which started with appetizers I had brought. One is a favorite, muhammara, which I learned how to make when I was in Marrakech. The other was brand new: a feta dip. It bumped the muhammara as the favorite. We played games, and I was the only one not to win a game. I got pegged the loser. Dinner was wonderful. We had chicken and sausage and pasta salad. A blueberry dessert topped off the meal. During dessert, we watched the Pops at the Hatch Shell. I think John Adams would have loved our celebration.

I woke up to the sound of rain. It was welcomed as it hasn’t rained in so long. At first it was just a few drops then it became a real rainstorm. The house was dark. My papers in double plastic got a bit wet and so did I when fetching those papers from the front yard.

Since then the rain has stopped and it is beginning to get lighter.  It is supposed to be humid today. The heat wave starts tomorrow. Here on the cape we’ll be cooler thanks to the ocean surrounding us.

This is a busy week for me. I actually have a few events on my usually empty dance card. First up is a concert to hear Ladysmith Black Mambazo. On Friday I have another play at the Cape Playhouse. It is The Music Man. I think I’m going to need a few naps!

My first play was at a theater in the round at the Melody Tent in Hyannis. It was The Unsinkable Molly Brown with Debby Reynolds. I was hooked. I found plays amazing. This led to a long time subscription seat at the Playhouse. I think it’s been twenty or twenty- five years.

I remember a Saturday entertainment night at my school in Ghana. The USAID guy had left a projector and a cartoon about food and germs. My students were so amazed by the cartoon they missed the message. They oohed and ahed that the fly looked so real. They didn’t notice it flew from the outhouse to the food on the table. They were as delighted with that cartoon as I had been with my first play. I learned that everything is indeed relative.

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12 Comments on ““I like physics, but I love cartoons.””

  1. Birgit Says:

    Wow, legendary Ladysmith Black Mambazo, sounds great! Have fun and please tell us afterwards about this concert.

    • katry Says:

      I am really excited to be there. First because of who it is and second because that I haven’t been to a concert in a long while. I’ll give you a song by song report.

  2. Hedley Says:

    The house emptied, the Prince had left us and Mrs MDH found “Spotlight” on Netflix. It was at a minimum compelling and I did not do my usual stunt of falling asleep on the sofa at 9.00 pm If you haven’t seen it I can not recommend it highly enough

    I saw Ladysmith Black Mambazo many years ago on the Paul Simon Graceland tour, I am sure you will have a ton of fun. Our hotel in Paris has jazz so a couple of nights will be slumped over a drink fighting jetlag and pretending that I know what I am listening to or like it

    Michigan remains ridiculously dry – my water bills will be horrible as I try to prevent the lawns from burning out

    • katry Says:

      My Dear Hedley,
      I was totally into this film as I had lived it. Father Shanley came to my parish after being ordained. I remember him as tall and handsome. Two of my elementary school classmates at the parish school were among his victims.

      I’m glad you had something to keep you and Mrs. MYD company now that the Prince has left.

      I am very much looking forward to the concert. I asked two of my friends to go and they agreed but most reluctantly. They didn’t know anything about her music.

      This is the second storm in a couple of weeks, but we too have been dry. My irrigation system is keeping my lawn green.

      • Hedley Says:

        One thing that wasn’t clear to me was whether or not the decision making stopped with Law or whether it up flowed to the Vatican who issued a directive. After Law’s resignation the decision of John Paul II to assign him to a position in Rome is, at best, uncomfortable.

      • katry Says:

        There is a pattern which each diocese with guilty priests had in common. They would transfer the priests sometimes to another part of the country. I think the decision was a local one and Law was responsible. I figure he was appointed to the Vatican so he wouldn’t be available for continued questioning.

    • Bob Says:

      I’m glad to know that “Spotlight” is on Netfix. It’s one of the films I missed when it was in theaters. I wonder where the Catholic Church will find priests who want to live a life without sex who are not perverts? The real crime was that the church covered it up ‘for the good of the service’ and didn’t turn the perpetrators in to the police. Why they won’t allow priests to marry like priests in the Eastern Orthodox rite and lead normal lives?

      I will have to see the film.

      • katry Says:

        Most parishes now have priests who are not perverts; in fact, most priests were not perverts when this was front page news, but they were not newsworthy. The cleaning up was finally done after everything broke wide open.

        I don’t have an answer as to why the perpetrators were not turned in. Protecting children should have been the primary concern.

  3. Caryn Says:

    Hi Kat,
    Yes, sometimes the commercials are so cool and clever that I remember everything except what they were supposed to be advertising. Probably the same effect at work as your cartoon. 🙂

    My town had a big parade yesterday with several drum corps bands from out of state. The Crossmen and Phantom Regiment are two of my favorite DCI bands and they were both here. After dark there was a fireworks display that I heard but did not see. Thankfully my dogs were not bothered by the noise and only barked hysterically when the neighbors slammed their car door.

    My first play was also in a theatre in the round in Beverly. It was Macbeth and I don’t remember who was in it. It was a mandatory school trip for junior high English class so most of us were not willing participants, myself included. It was great! I didn’t even mind that Shakespearean English was practically a foreign language. The whole atmosphere of a live performance wiped away any doubts I might have had about enjoying anything. I’ve been to many plays since but that eye-opener first play was memorable.

    Today is wicked humid here but there’s a minuscule cool breeze. The AC unit is near the window and I have only to lift it a little bit to get it in there.

    Enjoy the day.

    • katry Says:

      Hi Caryn,
      I don’t think any of my students had ever seen a cartoon. I know few of them had ever seen a movie as about 5 or 6 students and I were in Kumasi (the second largest city in Ghana) and I took them to see The Sound of Music. They hardly moved throughout the entire film.

      I used to love that parade and marched in it myself with St. Patrick’s Shamrocks drill team from Stoneham. One of my dad’s friends had a house along the route which had a huge porch. They’d all stand there and yell my name as we marched by them. I also went to see the fireworks a few times as well.

      I felt the same way about that first play. I was mesmerized by the acting, the sets and the stage moving so it faced me for part of the musical.

      It is starting to get humid here as well, and there isn’t even the hint of a breeze. The light disappeared quickly, and it is quite dark which makes the house seem cooler.

      Have a great evening!

  4. I’m glad the weather was good even though it works even if the weather is bad too. The food sounds rather delicioous 🙂

    They say we might tet lots of rain and perhaps even thunder tonight and no heat wave is predicted here, after all my vacation starts soon so why should we have warm weather and sunshine 🙂 🙂

    have a great day!


    • katry Says:

      That’s true. The cook would have barbecued outside but we’d have celebrated inside.The food was delicious. The chicken was my favorite.

      If it rained days in a row I wouldn’t mind. It is still quite dry. Maybe it will rain itself out in time for your vacation.

      Enjoy your evening!

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