So, settle down. I’m going to take you on a little journey through time and space. Our destination is a house in a small village in rural Oxfordshire, UK, in the mid-’70s, and it’s a Saturday evening, around five.
There’s a young family, settling down around the TV for a weekly ritual. Mum’s bringing in a tray of food: slivers of toast, some egg mayonnaise or grated cheese to put on them; there are sliced meats, crackers and crisps (chips to you) and a few bits of tomato, celery and cucumber that the children possibly won’t eat. Oh, and some plastic cups of orange squash. They’re preparing for a sofa picnic. They do this every week. It’s time for Doctor Who.
That sounds very much like how my family watched Lois and Clark: The New Adventures of Superman in the 90s…
Sunday evening: Toast, eggs, mayo, & cheese. You build your own sandwich and take it to the couch. Then mom comes around with napkins (because no one bothered to get one on their own). What is it with eggs & toast as a ritual tv-watching meal?
Ferg & I will have to pick a show to do that with our own kids. I’m gonna throw Top Gear or Mythbusters out there as likely choices, since Ferg & I rarely watch the same scripted shows (except for ones that are really really inappropriate for kids).
Of course Doctor Who will happen for my kids at some point too. But that will be special mommy & kiddos time :-)
Presidents on both sides have a lot of victories…and a lot of embarrassments. They have all tried to increase their power. Some of them betrayed their voters. Others just proved that their policies were crap and they ran the country into a ditch.
You would have to have the most wildly swinging political beliefs to vote straight down the party ticket and be happy with your candidate for a century. The Presidents may share a letter after their name, but there is no way two Presidents from opposite ends of the century would agree on much of anything.
Voting isn’t about supporting a color, animal, or party. It’s about being on the right side of history. How many times have you actually voted on the side that accomplished something great, and not just the side that won? If you ask me, every voter in this country should be registered independent.
Incidentally, in blind taste tests, most people (who think they are brand loyal), can’t distinguish Budweiser, Coors and Miller from each other. That’s because, like most political promises, they’re all crap.