Wednesday came round again this morning, slinking like a feral cat, ribs sticking out and hungry as always, but this time I was ready and now the cat’s in the bag. Today’s piece of mail isn’t technically fan mail — the writer never once mentions how wonderful I am, which I find distressing — but, okay, I can live with that, so here you go.
File this under: “Why I Love the Internet.”
Mr. Preller, I am the one who created the Katrina Video that you posted on your blog site, thanks for the kind words. Mary’s a great artist and the first time I heard that song it just screamed to me to do that video as a tribute to the folks who went thru the Katrina catastrophe.
Thanks for posting it!
Isn’t that cool? These little connections that we make, that come to us from such unexpected sources. Steve and I exchanged a couple of emails and likely that’s the last of it. But it was real, it was good, and I’m glad for it. I’ve watched Steve’s video about five times over the past year and always find it evocative and powerful. The images, the sound, the words. By the way, Mary Gauthier has an incredible life story; for the briefest of accounts, you know where to click.
The Onion News just cracks me up, what can I say? Here’s a good one. Some of their pieces have language issues and adult content, but here’s one that’s fun for the whole family. If you are ever looking to kill twenty minutes, go to youtube and search “The Onion.”
I believe this dog’s cousin lives around the corner from me . . .
This is the greatest thing ever . . . this week. Seriously, you have to watch this video. I mean it. When I go to all this trouble to post a video, that’s the deal. That’s the expectation. You came here and now you must click on the video. There is no freedom, no choice. Wait, no, hold on! You are not allowed to think, “Oh, Jimmy, I’ve got a busy day here and so much to do . . .”
You can’t think, “Oh, I don’t have time for silly videos.”
Um, nope. Because when you come to Jamespreller.com, it’s like, oh, how can I explain this? I got it: It’s like suddenly getting a super power, like you’ve been bitten by an atomic spider or something. It comes with great responsibility. So quit dawdlng and click on Matt Somebody’s amazing, surprisingly uplifting video.
I found myself, for all its goofy charm, getting choked up by it. Moist around the old eyeballs. (Concept: It could be that I’m just a sap.) I guess in today’s world . . . well . . . to see something simple and brilliant like this . . . that gives you the feeling of ONE WORLD . . . however fleeting . . . .
Hey, trust me on this. Click on the video! I’m not kidding!
In Six Innings (p.116), I made a special point to reference one of my favorite speeches ever, the great Jimmy Valvano — basketball coach and cancer victim — at the 1993 ESPY Awards. It’s a little long, almost ten minutes, but all I can say is: It’s ten minutes well spent. “Don’t give up, don’t ever give up.” Just watch it.