Wednesday, September 4, 2013
The Jolly Roger Flies in Ulaanbaatar!!
I had a very cool experience while watching the Pirates secure their 81st win of the season last night in Milwaukee.
As I watched the game, I was making comments on the "Pirate Chat" Facebook page. At one point, along about the seventh inning with the score tied 2-2, the following comment popped up under one of my posts:
Matthew Algeo For some dumb reason AFN is carrying the Tigers-Red Sox game instead of the Pirates-Brewers game. I'm keeping track of the Pirates through your updates, Bob!
For those who don't know, Matthew Algeo is an author that I have read for a couple of years. He is from Philadelphia, and he currently is living in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia. That's it up there atop this post. His wife is an American diplomat who is currently serving at the American Embassy in Mongolia. At that point, I began posting a play-by-play of the game. From my sofa to Mongolia. What a world in which we live!
After the game, Matthew hoisted a shot of Mongolian vodka and the Jolly Roger as the Pirates assured themselves of their first non-losing season since 1992. He also went on Facebook to proclaim that he, a life long Phillies fan, is now frantically rooting for the Pirates to make it to the World Series. (Actually, I think it was a theoretical shot of vodka, since it was 11:00 in the morning in Ulaanbaatar.)
Now, he did not ask me to do this, but in return for that loyalty, I will also take the time to recommend that you read any or each of his three very excellent books:
"Last Team Standing" - about the wartime combine of the Philadelphia Eagles and Pittsburgh Steelers, or "Steagles".
"Harry Truman's Excellent Adventure" - about a cross country drive that the former President and his wife took, alone, shortly after he left the White House.
"The President Is A Sick Man" - about a secret operation to remove a cancerous tumor from the mouth of President Grover Cleveland.
All very interesting and entertaining books.