Kind of Like Bill Lee

I’m not sure what compelled me, but I listened to the “All Star Game” on the radio last night.  I never used to listen to the “Planet Mikey” show on WEEI either, but I’m starting to like Mikey’s quirky ways.  Last night, Bill “Spaceman” Lee was a call-in guest on Mikey’s show and he had some fascinating thoughts and ideas about major league pitching, fitness, and the Red Sox.  I was entranced and swept naturally from Planet Mikey into the “All Star Game” without realizing what was happening.

As I was cutting up Moxie soda boxes and laminating them for my “Surprise” garden in Lisbon Falls, I heard two anonymous-sounding announcers discussing that the National League had the biggest lead in All-Star Game history.  The National League?

The National League?

National League teams are the equivalent of space aliens with bats and gloves (sorry Bill Lee) and they are not supposed to win the All-Star Game.

I was disgusted.  I kept cutting and laminating and thinking.

I wonder if Bill Lee likes Moxie?  He’s got moxie, after all, using the dictionary definition of the word.  According to the American Heritage dictionary, moxie is “the ability to face difficulty with spirit and courage,” “aggressive energy, initiative,” and “skill, know-how.”  Bill Lee is also “distinctively different” like Moxie.  I think he’d like the oddity of 30,000 people converging on a small economically depressed Maine town to celebrate the virtues of a century-old soda and small town life.

If Bill Lee were to ask me what he needed to know about Lisbon Falls and Moxie, I’d say “Bill, here are the 7 things you need to know if you’re coming to the Moxie Festival this weekend:

  1. There is no Starbucks in Lisbon Falls.
  2. The parade starts at 10:00 a.m., but people start lining the parade route much earlier.  It is the largest parade in the state of Maine.  If you’re not in Lisbon Falls by 8:30 a.m. you’ll be stuck in traffic.  Get a Starbucks when you get off the interstate in Topsham and sip it while you’re waiting for the parade to begin.
  3. Please don’t pick or step on the flowers in front of Faye’s Barber Shop or in the community gardens.  Lots of real people volunteer to create and maintain those gardens and make our tired little town prettier.
  4. Please do visit the Maine Art Glass Studio; it’s a beautiful old church turned art glass studio and there are some amazing surprises there.  See for yourself!
  5. You are not in Beverly Hills, Boston, or Boca Raton; you are in Moxieland.  Behave appropriately.
  6. You struck out on a pitch from Jim Baumer in 1993.  He’s not pitching anymore.
  7. Uncle Bob would be happy to talk southpaw with you.

(Newspaper clipping of a photograph by Allan Detrich, date unknown.)

Hey, Bill Lee, the more I think about it, the more I think you’d make a great grand marshal for the Moxie parade next year.  Get in touch with me and we’ll talk.

Bill Lee’s got Moxie, Uncle Bob’s got Moxie, Jim Baumer’s got Moxie, I’ve got Moxie…

Do you have Moxie?

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