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This article made me smile:

Two escaped convicts have dodged a huge manhunt – by disguising themselves as sheep.  The pair dressed in full sheepskin fleeces, complete with heads, to lie low among farm flocks.

Robbers Maximiliano Pereyra, 25, and Ariel Diaz, 28, stole the sheep hides from a ranch after breaking out of an Argentinian maximum security prison a week ago.

And they have managed to evade the 300 cops on their trail – despite locals seeing them running through fields at night.

A farmworker at La Almeda said: “They were wearing grey clothes but had full sheepskins, including the sheeps’ heads, over their heads and backs.”

Police say spotting the pair among thousands of sheep is “almost impossible”. But one warned: “They can’t pull the wool over our eyes forever.”

It also reminded me of one of my favorite Monty Python sketches (And, no, it’s not a favorite just because Carol Cleveland has a role as the lovely Miss Garter-Oil.):

For those of you eager for a few Port-Swiller box scores, let me just say that with the softball season well under way I am thanking my lucky stars that I did not get saddled with managerial responsibilities this spring.  Even serving as an assistant coach on both of the gels’ squads has blossomed into a six days a week commitment, involving late dinners, reduced sleep and a juggled work schedule, to say nothing of the logistics of getting the gels to the fields, the practices and the batting cages while at the same time shuttling their non-softball-playing sistah to her own activities.

Having said all that, once I am out on the field I am enjoying the time immensely.

The eldest gel’s team has got off to a 2-0 start and looks to be competitive all season.  The gel herself has discovered a talent for bunting, which the team is employing to advantage.  Unfortunately, she still has not summoned up the nerve to slide, which is a critical part of the game going forward.  (In fact, it’s a league requirement any time a play is being made at the base to which the runner is headed.)  So we’re working on that by decking her out in pads and sliding pants and practicing on various mats.  I believe that sooner or later she’s bound to get it.

As for the youngest, her transition-level career debut was this past Saturday and she loved every minute of it.  Indeed, the hardest part for the other coaches and Self was convincing her that she could not play every defensive position simultaniously.  Based on her firm conviction that she could throw the ball better than anyone else, she had a bad habit of racing from wherever she happened to be in the field and attempting to snatch the ball away from her team mate so that she could get the out.


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