A Yellow Englishman

July 23, 2012

An Englishman draped almost entirely in bright yellow is making his way down the Avenue des Champs-Elysees and I am on the edge of my seat egging him on even though I am watching a video of this event hours later than it actually happened. I am a forty year immigrant into the US and so a foreigner in both my home and adopted countries. But yesterday I did feel the old ties pulling at my heart. An Englishman with the almost too jokey theatrical name of Wiggins is winning the Tour De France. A cycle race. My sport. My passion. He is supported in this by another jokey name rider, Anglo-Kenyan, Froome, amongst his team of world class riders. Indeed Froome came second, only a few minutes slower than Wiggins over nearly three thousand miles of cycling. In the ninety nine years of its history no Englishman has won the race. Now and then a lone exception has won a stage, worn the yellow jersey for a day or two, but never ever won the whole race. And now two of them stood shoulder to shoulder on the podium in Paris. Next year for the centenary edition of this French creation an Englishman will wear the number one on his race jersey. What does this, what can this mean? A Renaissance of British race cycling? Better bike paths for UK riders? Velodromes in provincial cities? I don’t know. But for a while I was a small nationalist, and postponed my series of blogs on the horrors of extreme nationalism for a while. Just a while.

Using the most advanced technology available, or at least the pieces I can afford, I am at my wit’s end to announce the first video advertisement for my July 29th show. I dare not imagine your reaction to the unusual production standards, the creative lighting effects, the top-notch studio set and will let you respond in your usual manner. Which I hope is not to ignore it, but to come to show and find if the Charlie in the video is any better in real life. Just to remind those of you who had earlier and hastily erased the date from their calendar, I-phone, Blackberry or however you keep track of time, the show is on July 29th at 2.30 PM in the concert room of Sherman Clay Moes Pianos, corner of NW 13th Ave and Davis in the Pearl District of Portland. Only $15 at the door.

Or go to www.brownpapertickets.com and buy event #246866 online.