Connecticut Rhetoric: Last Weekend's Concert & Tangents Galore
Wed., Feb. 16. 2005 10:06am EST
Thanks to everybody who came to see us for our concert in Cheshire CT last Saturday ... and thanks to all of you who responded to J.'s horrible Barry Manilow "Weekend in New England" puns in last week's newsletter. Thanks also to Don and Jauneen Dore, who coordinated the event, with a large staff of volunteers, all wearing "ApologetiX in Connecticut" shirts.
The place was packed. In fact, it may have been the largest mixed group of Red Sox and Yankees fans we've ever seen coexist peacefully :) Usually, Red Sox fans agree with Mark Twain that a Connecticut Yankee should be in King Arthur's Court ... or some similar place in another continent and another millennium. We also met some people who are interested in bringing us to Massachusetts (haven't been there in a while) and Rhode Island (one of six states we've yet to play).
Here's a nice email we received from one of the concertgoers:
"I went to your concert in Connecticut. It was my first time seeing you guys. It was awesome! I can't wait to see you again! I got my first ApologetiX CD for Christmas (2004) and then my parents bought seven in January. So now we have a total of eight of your CD's. I listen to them all the time, and we always have at least one in the car at all times. You guys are awesome. Keep up the good work."
Editor's note: "A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court" by Mark Twain was published in 1889, 13 years after "The Adventures" of Tom Sawyer and four years after "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn." It's one of the world's earliest stories about time travel, published six years BEFORE "The Time Machine" by H.G. Wells!
Mark Twain moved into his last house, in Connecticut, in 1908, and he was buried in New York in 1910. For those of you who'd like to use this as evidence that Twain was a Red Sox fan who converted to the Yankees before he died, we'd like to remind you that Twain was born in Missouri, so he must have been a Cardinals fan, since they were founded in the late 1800's and the Royals didn't exist until the late 1960's. And if Twain was a Cardinals fan, there's no way he could be a Red Sox fan, not after 1946 and 1967, and certainly not after what happened last fall!
By the way, Cardinals fans and Royals fans alike are invited to see us in Bolivar MO (near Springfield) this Friday night. Red Sox fans and Yankees fans are welcome, too, but please dress appropriately!