Years ago, I was at the local library with my kids. We happened upon an old children’s book from the 1940’s entitled “Georgie.” It’s about a friendly ghost named Georgie who pleasantly haunts the house of an older couple. For some reason which eluded me then and continues to elude me now, they liked it. We ended up checking it out a lot. (It was such an old forgotten book, I think the library was happy that it was finally off the shelves! When it was overdue, they’d pay us to keep it longer.)
In any event, there was a funny expression in it that we latched onto–“that was a fine how-do-you-do.” In the story, the man in the house finally fixes all the things in the house that Georgie plays with–the loose floorboards, the squeaky doorhinges–and this makes Georgie annoyed. “Georgie sat up in the attic and moped. That was a fine how-do-you-do!” For months, this expression would surface whenever things didn’t go as planned. When the cat would throw up on the stairs. When the washer would quit working. When the power would go out.
Which brings us to last night, when the Red Sox starting pitcher Josh “Pottymouth” Beckett decided to pitch out of his mind and mow the Bronx Bombers down. Well, that was a fine how-do-you-do!
It gets late early out there.