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Congrats from Tim Ashby (Timothy Ashby, South Africa, 08/29/17 7:57 am)

I am sure that I share the sentiments of all fellow WAISers (WAISonians?) in expressing my deepest appreciation for your balanced and witty editorship.

I suspect that, given your busy academic and travel schedule, this can be more of a duty (a labour of love?) than a mere pastime. I daily look forward to the fascinating postings and hope that you will continue as our editor to a ripe old age in the footsteps of Ronald Hilton (whose larger than life shoes you have ably filled).

Warmest regards from Villefranche sur Mer.

JE comments: I am touched, Tim! You are on my short list of WAISers I most want to meet in person. (I have already met most of you, but not Tim...yet.)

Prof. Hilton headed WAIS for 41 years. So if the membership will have me (and Deo volente) I'll keep at this for 30 more.  Perhaps someday, by plugging along at the keyboard, I will be remembered as the Carl Yastrzemski to Ronald Hilton's Ted Williams.

Isn't there a baseball analogy for everything?


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  • My Favorite Baseball Analogy (Francisco Ramirez, USA 08/31/17 5:07 AM)
    On the matter of John's anniversary as editor, Timothy Ashby and I are in complete agreement.

    My favorite baseball analogy is from Boys of Summer (I think), and one I have repeatedly told my advisees. Life is like baseball:  you work really hard and take a lot of practice swings and hope for a hanging curve ball. (I paraphrase.)


    For non-Americans, you work really hard and take a lot of practice headers and hope for a corner kick from Beckham.


    Effort and luck!


    JE comments:  In Michigan, it's about hockey:  Life is an endless series of shots-on-goal.  Eventually one will go in.


    Historians teach us that sports arose as practice, or a substitute, for war.  So sport had its origins as a metaphor.  Now it in turn provides metaphors for life.


    What are some of the more obscure sports analogies/metaphors/figures of speech?  Can WAISers think of anything from curling?  Badminton?  Caber-tossing?  Squash?

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    • Golf: The Ultimate Test of Honesty (John Heelan, UK 08/31/17 7:42 AM)
      Although golf is not obscure (in JE's terminology), it is the ultimate test of honesty.

      Somebody suggested to me once that if I ever needed to trust somebody with something important, play golf with him/her first. P.G. Wodehouse summed it up with his succinct "Golf... is the infallible test. The man who can go into a patch of rough alone, with the knowledge that only God is watching him, and play his ball where it lies, is the man who will serve you faithfully and well."


      Once a golfer is suspected of cheating (and I have know a couple even though they already played off low handicaps!) he/she is ejected from the golfing fellowship!


      I also like Larry Wall's advice, "Don't wear roller-skates to a tug-of-war!") and Sylvester Stallone's "Playing polo is like trying to play golf in an earthquake."


      JE comments: Why do people cheat when there's nothing but ego and bragging rights at stake (i.e., no personal gain)?  This is an interesting psychological question. 


      To John Heelan's aphorisms from polo and tug-of-war, I would add Robert Putnam's 2000 metaphor for the decline of American community life:  Bowling Alone.

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