Thursday, October 14, 2010

Watching the Copiapó Rescue and Sisterly Moments

Like many of you out there, I've been closely following the rescue of the Chilean miners (plus one Bolivian) in Copiapó. We hardly ever get great news like this, so I'm not about to miss this. It has certainly been miraculous that there were no fatalities in the collapse (considering that the mine already has a history of one death and that the mining company has a poor safety record). That those miners survived so long underground is nothing short of amazing. It has been a wonderful story of triumph and I'll continue my vigil with Fox and CNN until all 33 (29 have been rescued as of the writing of this post) are safely out.
Let's segue to a conversation my sister Chip and I had as we watched the rescue. I said it reminded me of that Beegees song "the something Mining Disaster of some year -- what is it again?" I knew it was New York Mining Disaster and there was a year (It's actually "New York Mining Disaster 1941), but Chip snorted that I was confusing it with "Nights on Broadway". I said that I knew it was in America and not in Australia (the song actually referred to a Welsh mining tragedy) and tried "Massachusetts Mining Disaster" for size, but it didn't fit although I knew there was a Massachusetts connection somewhere (a different Beegees song). We tried humming it, but we somehow both ended up humming "Nights on Broadway". I said, I think the song had a direct address, something like that Mrs. Robinson song. So from then on, we ended up humming "Mrs. Robinson" (Simon & Garfunkel) every time we tried. We said the gist was, like, if you see my wife, tell her that I love her (around this time, we substituted our tune with the Beatles' "And I Love Her"). This conversation went on a little bit longer with plenty of groans and gnashing of teeth because Aaargh, it was on the tip of our tongues. Five hours, an hour of Glee, dinner, a bath for Marguerite, etc. later (without consulting the Internet, despite numerous prods to just go look it up - it just wouldn't have been the same), I finally remembered actual words (not even a complete line) from the song - blah blah my wife Mr. Jones, blah blah on the outside. From that we were able to piece together "Have you seen my wife, Mr. Jones? Do you know what it's like on the outside? Don't go talking too loud you'll cause a landslide, Mr. Jones." So yeah, that meant we would be able to sleep that night, lol. I know it's silly and dumb, but that was a very characteristically sisterly episode for us right there. We enjoy those "I almost have it! It's at the tip of my tongue!" moments. We think we're Nancy Drew solving a big mystery, lol. Anyway, we have a whole collection of those moments and the one I just narrated is the most recent. :D


The Kano said...

Sounds like your husband and you have some similar conversations my wife and I have at times. So funny.

Glad the miners are getting out safely, though. That's really great news!

Sharkbytes (TM) said...

Fun times with Chip!

spinninglovelydays said...

@Dave: I know Chip is usually a guy's name, but Chip is actually my sister. Her real name is Czarina. :)

@Sharkbytes: Just one of our typical inane exchanges, lol