Saturday, July 12, 2008

Another Question for the Ages

Ella Numera Dos left for Spain on Tuesday. She'll be gone 'til next Wednesday. That gives her parentals just enough time to get all worked up and worried, except that we aren't.

You see, Numera Dos is a sensible child (no oxymoron intended here). She's never been one to "go along" with the crowd. This week she's part of a school trip--and yes, we're not naive enough to think that things "don't go on" during such adventures. We our Own Personal Selves pulled enough wool over the eyes of teachers & other authority figures to crochet an Afghan in our spare time!

But Ella is a good kid. That said, one more thing assures us that she will remain safe: She was nowhere near Pamplona yesterday!

Ernest Hemingway, overrated writer that he was, made Pamplona's Running of the Bulls, part of the Fiesta de San Fermin, infamous & famous all at the same time. In Your Humble Scribe's opinion, Hemingway made things like drinking, womanizing & getting gored en vogue to make up for his deficiencies in other departments. But this is a more-or-less PG-rated blog. And we digress.

Only seven folks were injured in yesterday's Toro Race (remember--we're talkin' bulls here, not lawnmowers); we're happy for them, and delighted for us as well. Ella was in Granada yesterday, traveling to Seville today. As long as she's not all lickered up & sprinting ahead of some 800-pound beast, we can sleep soundly at nite. (BTW, she's having a blast on her first European jaunt, except she hasn't quite figured out the Calling Card Janx; keeps calling us collect. Can't wait to get that phone bill!)

So, for those of you who know about Hemingway, bulls, Pamplona, San Fermin, et al, we have One. Big. Question: Huh?


Lynda said...

I agree completely - his writing was definitely overrated and I also agree that there was overcompensation as well.

Funny how swayed we can be and how some distance adds perspective.

avoiceinthewilderness said...

I've never understood why Hemingway is so popular. His writing is simplistic and more than a bit misogynistic in my opinion.

Veggie Mom said...

I have only 6 words for you--The Old Man and the Sea. So, this old guy has a struggle with a REALLY BIG FISH. The symbolism is just TOO obvious! No wonder Papa Hemingway preferred to drink his life away and run around with a lot of angry bulls!

The Vegas Art Guy said...

I also like Hemingway but I don't require anyone else to. His short stories are good and like Veggie mom, I loved Old Man and the Sea.


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