Saturday, July 25, 2009

Grab a plow.

OK, so it's 1:53am and I'm hopped up on Starbucks' Vanilla Latte (milk and coffee) and I'm finding it almost impossible to consider going to bed. I don't know what that means for the rest of Saturday, but it can't be good.
PATNA, India – Farmers in an eastern Indian state have asked their unmarried daughters to plow parched fields naked in a bid to embarrass the weather gods to bring some badly needed monsoon rain, officials said on Thursday.
Witnesses said the naked girls in Bihar state plowed the fields and chanted ancient hymns after sunset to invoke the gods. They said elderly village women helped the girls drag the plows.
"They (villagers) believe their acts would get the weather gods badly embarrassed, who in turn would ensure bumper crops by sending rains," Upendra Kumar, a village council official, said from Bihar's remote Banke Bazaar town.
"This is the most trusted social custom in the area and the villagers have vowed to continue this practice until it rains very heavily."
Send me over there with a big hose. I'll spray the elderly village women and some of the unmarried daughters until they put their clothes on.
Meanwhile, Mark Buehrle pitched a perfect game in Chicago on Friday.
As he made the perfect push toward history, Buehrle simply wouldn't leave his antsy teammates alone. He kept talking to them, and even hit rookie Gordon Beckham with this question in the seventh: "You think I'm going to do it?"
"I just looked down and didn't say anything because I didn't want to jinx it," Beckham said.
In the fifth inning, Buehrle went back to the clubhouse and told everyday catcher A.J. Pierzynski — who had the day off — to go watch in the dugout and enjoy himself.
"People say you can jinx it, but not Mark," Pierzynski said. "He's all about having fun."
Players don't like to talk about no hitters and perfect games because they're afraid they'll jinx it. So, how many perfect games have there been? 16. Do you think all the failed perfect games weren't talked about also? I don't get it.
God forbid you have fun. Jinx, weather Gods, naked girls plowing fields.
What year is this?