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Somehow, on a day like today where man can get to space, I thought this was an appropriate quote. This is from the "Quality of Mercy at 29K" episode of Sports Night.

Jeremy: Before they'll climb the mountain, the sherpas perform a prayer ceremony called a puja, in which they ask the gods for permission to climb so close.
Casey: Maybe we shouldn't be trying to climb so close, Jeremy.
Jeremy: What do you mean?
Casey: Well, one in four people have died trying to get up there.
Jeremy: Yeah, but more people try to get up there each year than the year before.
Casey: Ancient mariners used to think that if they sailed to the end of the ocean they'd fall into a fiery pit of dragons. Aviators thought if they broke the sound barrier, their planes would blow apart. One of these days they might be right.
Jeremy: Well, not today.
Casey: You think they're gonna make it?
Jeremy: If they don't, somebody else will.
Casey: What if the gods don't give permission to climb so close?
Jeremy: The gods can stick it. We're citizens of this planet. George Mallory, Edmund Hillary, Magellan, Balboa, Desmond Corey, you and I. And I don't think anyone should tell us how high we can climb. That's Mt. Everest, the highest peak on the planet. You see a lock on the door and a do not disturb sign?
Casey: It's five miles of ice, straight up.
Jeremy: Piece of cake.
Casey: What's gotten into you?
Jeremy: I think I'm in love with Natalie.
Casey: Ah, that'll do it.


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Jun. 21st, 2004 06:12 pm (UTC)
Jeremy: The gods can stick it. We're citizens of this planet

Point 1: God, not gods

Point 2: See Genesis 11:1-9

Point 3: What's "sports night?"
Jun. 21st, 2004 07:17 pm (UTC)
This whole quote was referring to Mount Everest, where the sherpas on the mountain do have gods (plural).

And ... what do you mean what's "Sports Night"? How the... who let someone on my friends list that doesn't know what Sports Night is?!?!?! *grin*

Sports Night was a TV show on ABC from 1999-2001, created by Aaron Sorkin. He wrote "A Few Good Men," "The American President," and the first two seasons of "The West Wing" which he also created. "It's about sports. The same way Charlie's Angels was about law enforcement."

Run, don't walk, to your local video store to rent the first DVD of Sports Night. If you aren't hooked by the end of the second episode (The Apology), then there's no hope for you. *heh heh*
Jun. 21st, 2004 11:45 pm (UTC)
This whole quote was referring to Mount Everest, where the sherpas on the mountain do have gods (plural).

Yes I know, but I'm a Southern Baptist...I get in trouble if I care about what they have!

Disclaimer: This is a joke, I am in fact a Southern Baptist, but I do care.

like my "me" picture. The likeness is a bit scary...
Jun. 26th, 2004 11:35 am (UTC)
the "me" picture
Perfectly nice picture, though you look a little stern. And what's the grey blob behind you? A chair? A Vader helmet? :)

Jun. 26th, 2004 01:16 pm (UTC)
Re: the "me" picture
And what's the grey blob behind you?

It's supposed to be a chair. And re: looking a little stern, that's me in real life. I have a time convincing people that I'm not angry all the time! I'm not....really!
Jun. 21st, 2004 06:32 pm (UTC)
Damn, that's good writing.
Jun. 21st, 2004 07:18 pm (UTC)
I know. Just last weekend I had them in for background noise. I ended up sitting in actively watching it because I just had to *watch* it...

Jun. 22nd, 2004 01:46 pm (UTC)
Never tried SN as background; I know it won't work for me. Lately, in fact, I've been thinking I ought to pull out the DVDs and watch an ep now and then...but I'm afraid I'd just have to sit down and watch the entire series...
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