Notes from the Kraken: November 6th 2016

In All, Notes by David

Welcome again to We Have Always Live the Kraken, a pop culture blog transmitted directly to you from the belly of the beast. Here in the Notes we’ll show you this week’s posting schedule, but first here are some thoughts.

Bill Murray is living the dream, and the Cubs were on SNL.

Bill Murray is living the dream, and the Cubs were on SNL.

It finally happened after 108 years: the Chicago Cubs won the World Series once again, in what has been heralded by many as one of, if not the greatest baseball game ever played. The ratings for Game 7 were huge, and for one night baseball really did seem to be the only sport people cared about. This is a day that for many felt like it would never come, and sadly for many, a day that never actually came during their lifetime, so watching the Cubs’ victory brought a special set of circumstances. Sure, a big part of it is that I am in fact a Cubs fan, and have long waited for this victory, but this victory feels different from those by other teams I follow. When the Red Sox won in 2004 and broke their own World Series curse, I remember where I was and how I felt like a part of history simply for getting to watch it. I also wondered what it would feel like to experience such a victory as a true fan, and now being a part of such a jubilant event more than a decade later I find myself feeling fortunate that I was once again able to experience a triumph that so many before me were not able to see for themselves. So for all Cubs fans living and not living, this victory cemented a legacy of connection that in some ways will never be broken. I will remember where I was when the Cubs finally broke through, and I will remember how for one night the world seemed to be enraptured together by baseball.

Still, while this victory showed how sports really can matter, I would be remiss if I didn’t also mention that on November 8th, the 2016 Presidential Election will happen. I am not going to get into who you should vote for (Editor’s note: the Kraken is voting for Clinton, because even giant sea monsters are scared of fascism), but I am going to say it is absolutely imperative that you do actually vote. This election is one of the most important in quite some time, and it is absolutely unacceptable to sit this one out. Don’t allow whatever the result will be happen without putting forth your voice. Voting matters period, so go out and do it!

David Robertson

Killtoberfest is over, and it was quite a doozy. If you haven’t had a chance to catch up you totally should.

Things are still in disarray after Killtoberfest, so we will return to the day-by-day structure next week.

Catch of the Week:

Each and every week the residents here in the Kraken will offer one recommendation for the week that we think you all would enjoy. It might be a movie. It might be a book. Who knows? This is your… Catch of the Week.

David: Well, since I spent most of an entire day playing it, I am going to simply throw this up as a sign of respect: Dust: An Elysian Tail. This is simply an amazing game. The story is spellbinding, the combat is fun, the writing is deeply affecting in both humorous and heartfelt ways, and the art of the game is stunning. Even playing it straight through never felt like a chore but a pleasure, so when you get a chance, give this game a try and you’ll thank me later.

That’s it for this week. Seriously, everyone, the Cubs won the World Series, and the Kraken didn’t eat Australia! This is truly a great time to be alive.