Monday, May 21, 2012

Westbrook = Remote Road Roamer

In my AP United States History classes I try to teach my students about "historiography".  Simply put, this fancy word describes the efforts of historians to play "connect the dots" with the facts from the past so as to help complete the picture of what "happened."  Here's a sample of some of my own recent "historiography":

FACT ONE: On March 8, 2012, I posted an entry on this blog titled "Holi Moli" in which I described a little bit about the Hindu holiday of Holi and how my AP Human Geography class participated in "celebrating" this day.  My entry included an image of my "Holi shirt" which we created.

FACT TWO: On May 16, 2012, The Oklahoman (daily paper in central Oklahoma) ran an article describing my upcoming TGC trip to Indonesia.  The article, in both the print and online versions, included a link to this very blog.

FACT THREE: On May 16, 2012, the Oklahoma City Thunder was involved in playing game two of the NBA playoff series with the Los Angles Lakers.  Game two was in Oklahoma City and, thus, the Thunder's team members were in town and would have had easy access to the Wednesday issue (in print or online) of The Oklahoman.

FACT FOUR: On May 19, 2012, following the Thunder's 103-100 defeat of the Los Angeles Lakers in game four of the series, Russell Westbrook of the Oklahoma City Thunder arrived at a press conference sporting a splatter paint shirt.

So, the "historiography"?  It must be easy to connect the dots of the above facts.  Russel Westbrook obviously reads The Oklahoman on a regular basis.  During his perusal of the paper on May 16 he must have read the article about my trip and then spent much of the morning reading through this blog.  While reading the blog he was dumbstruck with the "Holi Moli" entry and thought "that guy looks great in that shirt".  Thus, he went out and purchased a shirt inspired by my look.  Westbrook then proceeded to wear his Holi and Burton inspired look during the LA based press conference on May 19.  It is such an honor to have Russell Westbrook as a fellow roamer of remote roads!

Don't believe me?  Check it out...


  1. There is no doubt about it David! The 3 R's are alive and well. Can you spell that without any R's? THAT Westbook!

  2. This is hysterical!! You crack me up!!
    I'm just now catching up on reading "blogs of interest" from the insanity of returning from Ukraine to the final weeks of the school year.

    1. Jennifer, how can you argue with all of those "facts" :-)