Impressive; Inspiring awe, usually because of elevated quality or transcendent excellence
Not to be excelled; supreme.
I am not a particularly religious person. I'm a confirmed Lutheran, but I don't attend church anymore. I don't believe the universe operates on willpower. Like Jon Carroll, I don't believe that everything happens for a reason.
And yet I experience moments that feel religious. These moments usually involve something sublime, something heavenly, when you know that this is as good as it gets.
It's a weird paradox. One part of my brain rejects the conventional idea of God, yet another part knows God. Perhaps this will be explained one day by neurotheology or maybe neurogastroenterotheology. Until that happens, I'll just have to live with the mystery.
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A couple weeks ago, I saw a vanity license plate that read "VOGON." Oh no! Is it an omen? Is the Destructor Fleet on its way? Are we about to be subject to some really bad poetry? I started to panic.
There's an art to vanity plates. There are good ones and bad ones, and usually we can tell the difference. What makes a good vanity plate? I'm not sure. What makes any artwork great? The very best vanity plates are clever and funny and say something about both the owner and the vehicle. I remember thinking that VOGON was a pretty good, but not great. VOGON belongs on a Hummer or a monster truck or something. But this one was on a luxury SUV. It ruined the effect. The owner was no Vogon.
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Alas, my sublime experience yesterday did not happen during the A's-Red Sox game. The A's suffered their second straight late-inning loss; the Angels got their second straight late-inning victory, and the A's fell 2 games out.
Two games out is OK. With four games left against Anaheim, a 3-1 series victory gets them tied. Until they fall three games out...
These two losses didn't really bother me. They were two well-played games, where the balls just didn't bounce the A's way.
Danny the Rabbit pitched a good game, but suffered the Wrath of Manny, who drove in the winning run for the second straight day.
The A's don't have a Manny, or a Papi, or an ARod, or a Vlad. Having a player like that is like a tennis player having a big serve. Every now and then, they get you some free points. The A's have to get all their points the hard way.
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After the game, I loaded up the kids in the car, and we headed out to dinner at a local restaurant. As I signed my credit card receipt, I had a strange urge to write a note on the napkin, and leave it for the waitress. I wrote this:
So long, and thanks for all the fish.
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As we got in the car to drive home, I noticed a Volkswagen Rabbit convertible had parked in the space opposite mine. It had a vanity plate.
That, ladies and gentlemen, is the perfection of an art form. The ultimate license plate. It doesn't get any better than that. Sublime.