Okay, so there's news happening we could comment on... the resignation
of a schools superintendent, increasing concerns about gas drilling
politics in Albany and possible gas drilling realities under
the watershed, possible movement on the Phoenicia Sewer System
(and questions about who the lead players regarding review of
offered aid will be, behind the scenes), as well as more probable
movement towards the completion of the Boiceville Wastewater
Yet all of this is in process and developing enough that we
feel reluctant to state opinions until the issues have a chance
to progress a bit more.
Besides, all that's been on our minds of late, besides which
creeks we want to submerge into to beat the heat, has been soccer,
or what the rest of the world refers to as football (or futball).
So we liked the idea of the Dutch beating Spain, in second revenge
for the latter country's occupation of the Netherlands several
centuries ago. But reveled in the supremacy of the Spanish team,
What most amused us was the way some Americans pooh-poohed the
entire sport, and the rest of the world for enjoying it, simply
because it wasn't as television-ready as our own football or
basketball or baseball. Even derided it all as socialist because
that's the name some of us like to call people we don't agree
with these days.
In the final rounds, though, we kept coming back to the beautiful
athleticism of all who actually played the game, the way all
but a sliver of the world shared viewing of these tightly-played
games, and the way soccer has long played such a key role in
the sports imagination, and competitive/cooperative nature of
our own existence in the Route 28 corridor. Hey, this was OUR
sport writ large on a massive scale.
So... forget that there's been, and will always be, some conflict
over leagues and personalities in this area, even here in our
hills and valleys. What needs focus, at this point in this beautiful
summer, is what we all shared in the just-finished World Cup
2010, and not what kept us apart.
Onward, now, to our own leagues' play! And our cooling creeks,