Saturday, June 11, 2016

Mumbo-jumbo #socs

Today’s prompt is “mb” and for a while I was going to write about molybdenum, which thought had a chemical symbol of Mb, but no, I was wrong. Then I saw Linda’s post about the limbo, and I thought of Limbo, where we were taught, in the old Catholic Church, the souls of unbaptized babies went if they didn’t live, and also where the Patriarchs and other saints who lived before Jesus went, from which they were released and sent to Heaven by Jesus after He died. After Vatican II, they did away with Limbo; George Carlin said he hoped the residents of Limbo got promoted to Heaven and not just cut loose to float around in eternity.

To most of you, what I just talked about was a lot of mumbo jumbo. You might be right, but then, I understood it perfectly. Nevertheless, mumbo jumbo is, among other things, gibberish, or unintelligible talk. Merriam-Webster Online says mumbo jumbo was “a masked figure among Mandingo peoples of Africa.” From there, it devolved into nonsense talk.

Speaking of the Mandingo people, Mister T said his iconic haircut was styled after the Mandingo, although he called them the Mandinka. I think they’re the same…

“What you want, sucka?” Mister T (source: Wikipedia)

I have a lot of respect for Mister T. He grew up in the Robert Taylor Homes in Chicago, a notorious housing project on the South Side of Chicago. (It’s on the other side of the Dan Ryan Expressway (I-90/94) from Bridgeport, the neighborhood where Richard J. Daley, Mayor of Chicago from 1956 to 1976, lived most of his life and where Richard M. Daley, Mayor of Chicago from 1989 to 2011, and his brothers and sisters grew up. The Dan Ryan was built during Daley’s reign. Tell me that was a coincidence.) He made a living out of being a badass, but his father was a minister and T is a good Christian, and someone you want on your side.

Another guy who grew up in the Robert Taylor Homes was Hall of Famer and Minnesota Twins legend Kirby Puckett.

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Kirby Puckett (source: Photobucket/Ticen)

Kirby grew up watching the White Sox, like I did. Had to retire at 35 because he went blind in one eye, and died ten years later. He was a little guy, only five feet six inches tall, but could he hit…

Anyway, enough mumbo jumbo.


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from The Sound of One Hand Typing

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