There once was a man from Nantucket. How many stories have begun that way and ended well? I’m guessing not many. There just aren’t many ways to take that verse from beginning to end with any sense of decorum. But for Odd’s sake, I’m going to try.
How many days or weeks have you started wherein a series of events begin to unfold, and you think, “This day is my ‘there once was a man from Nantucket,’ and I know how this will end: not well”? This past week was my Nantucket week.
It began with Hurricane Hermine blowing into Tallahassee, where I live, bringing with it wind gusts of up to 64 miles per hour. While it was considered a category one hurricane (not that big), in this town full of canopy-covered roads, the power went out almost immediately. It took four and a half days for the power to be restored at my house, and some people are still waiting.
But wait, I’m getting ahead of myself. My Nantucket week really started before the hurricane. It began with our college football team kicking off the season by playing against a very strong opponent. (In case you forgot, I work as a video guy for FSU.) Most college football teams—not all, but most—will schedule the first game against a weak opponent. This gives teams a chance to gel, gain confidence, and coast into the season. Our administration signed us up to play Ole Miss, ranked eleventh in the preseason. You can imagine how happy our coaches were to hear that we gave away a home game to play a high ranked team on the first week. Adding more spice to the gumbo, our football team is being covered by Showtime this season, so the network has cameras at practices, meeting rooms, locker rooms, and just about any other place you can think of. Yes, there too.
Meanwhile, our first-ranked soccer team, unaware of the conflict, scheduled its first game on Monday at the exact same time the football team was playing. No big deal for most departments, but in video, we support both sports. Unless we get that grant for a cloning machine, these kinds of conflicts are a nightmare.
The situation was a pressure cooker. The temperature was in the high 90s, and humidity was at 100%. There was no air conditioning, and because our video system runs off electricity, our whole computer network was down. I was worried about how the video office staff would support the coaches and players without power. To top it all off, we were all overtired, and it was impossible to rest much without air conditioning. Overall, we were feeling pretty powerless.
But the game must go on.
We found a volunteer to video record the soccer game and support the team. The team lost the game to an unranked South Alabamian squad, but in the next game, it crushed the seventeenth-ranked UConn Huskies 3-0.
We arranged for the football coaches to meet via laptops charged by a small generator that I purchased over the summer and portable, battery-powered projectors. The football team played so poorly for the first half of the game that die-hard fans were put on life support. However, it then played well during the second half. Some fans were relieved, other fans were angry with the team for making them worry.
The hurricane did not take us down. We are not quitters.
However, back to Nantucket. In short, my week went like this:
There once was a man from Nantucket
who got his foot stuck in a bucket.
He kicked, and he flailed,
and off it did sail.
He did, yes he did, finally chuck it.
See! I didn’t even say “Fuck it”!
Wow. Cousin Craig really did have a horrible, no good, awful week. Dam Mercury in Retrograde! And, I feel awful! I didn’t even know that Tallahassee was stormed by a hurricane. Which means nobody talked about it on Facebook. WHAT IS WRONG WITH PEOPLE! MY COUSIN COULD HAVE BEEN BLOWN OFF THE FACE OF THE EARTH AND I WOULD NEVER HAVE KNOWN!! Oh, the weather? the news? I don’t follow either, but not because I don’t care about my cousin. However, Craig was not lost and as bloggers always say—-at least you have a story to blog about! Always go for the story!
Odd has a no cussing (our grandfather always said, “people who curse have a limited vocabulary.”) policy. I appreciate CC effort at adhering to it.
My week… Dear friends, I am still on my way to Nantucket in a loaner van….more soon.
How was your week?
Odd Loves Company,