Yeah, I lost a bet with James Rice. As he explains:
This of course is one of my all time favorite Narbonic strips, and the first Sunday strip I ever owned. I worked practically in the shadow of Angel stadium, and when the Angels made it to the World Series against the San Francisco Giants, I had to try and make some sort of a bet with the only person I knew in San Francisco. Unfortunately, Shaenon wouldn’t bet. At least not right away. She waited until the Giants were up 3 games to 2 before she finally agreed. The bet was $20 vs. at some point one of her characters had to wear an Angels hat in a strip. When they won, I didn’t know what to expect, but it certainly wasn’t this. Shaenon also sent me the original, uncolored strip. It is one of my most prized pieces of animation or comic strip art.
The silliest part of this is that the Giants aren’t even my team. I support the Pittsburgh Pirates, who need all the support they can get, poor things.
Speaking of James Rice, what else have he and his gerbil Speedy been up to?
Well, they went caving in the Mojave, and Speedy helped a researcher from Berkeley collect soil samples.
Then they went to NASA!
James writes, “This is MARS dish control room at the Goldstone Deep Space Tracking Network. While this photo was being taken, the dish was talking to the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, and just about everything else currently orbiting Mars, too.”
He adds, “Of course, if you’re at Goldstone, you really have to visit Fort Irwin too.”