Fifty two years of showering and I still can’t remember to check if there is soap in the shower before getting in. Thus begins the naked, dripping walk of shame, complete with wet washcloth on the shoulder, through the house to retrieve the extra soap from the pantry.
As I wander through the house, I am reminded of the countertop soap displays that my grandmother helpfully left out in her bathroom. More than once I guiltily used some of her pretty soaps because there was no other soap to use in the bathroom. According to experts consulted after the fact, that is why soap displays are left out on the counter in the first place. So that you don’t have to walk through the house, dripping and naked, to get soap. Well, that is one load of guilt off my mind.
There would be no hope for me if I weren’t old-fashioned and still used soap in bar form. There is no living down the trip to the store, dressed only in a bathrobe, just to get more body wash. Body wash. Heh. Just another name for overpriced shampoo. I will never understand the attraction to that stuff. You ain’t clean till you’ve scrubbed the bar against the washcloth and gotten a good lather, and then ground off all the skin on every surface of your body; and you don’t put clean clothes on a body that hasn’t been washed first, that is a cardinal sin.
At least there were no guests downstairs to witness the walk of shame. No guests, this time.
Given that the last show I noticed him on was titled Californication, the f-bombs don’t surprise me. What does surprise me is that 40+ years after George Carlin’s 7 deadly words we are still bleeping expletives on television.
Which is a sad observation on the state of intellect in the US today.
I even googled fucking as Stephen suggested (in an incognito window, of course) and discovered that the closest thing to actual fucking on the top of the list was a wikipedia entry for Fucking, Austria. Not one image in the top third of the image search page featured intercourse. So googling the word actually will not enlighten you as to the meaning of the word in the way googling other english words will. Try googling any word other than that one. Even other members of the seven deadlies list.
Seriously, America. Can we just grow up and admit that sex and coarse language exists?
I have read the book. I can’t really say too many nice things about it because it’s not the kind of book that generally appeals to me. There were parts I liked and parts I simply listened at (book on tape) while doing laundry. Pick it up and read it if it intrigues you. It’s not a long read and so consequently won’t be taking up that much of your time. Aside from which, you learn more about David Duchovny, who is probably a better writer than actor, based on my experiences with him. I’m sorry, but The X-Files was never my kind of show, either. Too many people ended up treating it like it was a documentary for me to ever go back and watch it now.
The parties organized themselves outside of government as a way to control government to profit themselves. We were never a Democracy, and to the extent the parties have subverted the election process, we are that much less a Republic.
I have never been interested in living in a “dictatorship of the proletariat” no more fond of one dictator a thousand miles away than I am of a thousand dictators a mile a way. Democracy is and should be limited to the vote, the selection process of our representatives.
The parties should only endorse candidates that embody what the parties sees as their core principles. Should only embrace candidates that further the cause of the party. That is their purpose. The problem arises when the only candidates which can appear on the ballot are the candidates from the two parties. When the only candidate which can win belongs to one of the two parties.
The situation we find ourselves in now.
I don’t think the GOP should nominate Trump. The fact that he has won primaries has no bearing on his benefit to the party itself. His status as an outsider is detrimental to the party if they embrace him as a nominee, giving him power to set the course of the party for several years to come.
So too the Democrats should not embrace Bernie Sanders if they are not convinced that he would improve the prospects of the party. That doesn’t mean that he shouldn’t be on the ballot. That Trump shouldn’t be on the ballot. It means that the system as it currently exists is broken in ways that most people are only now beginning to understand. What is needed is to break loose from the calcium deposits that have formed around the structures of our government, and shake up the ways that our representatives are selected.
It is April the first in case most of you haven’t checked your calendars. That is April Fool’s Day in the US. I despise April Fool’s Day. It’s the only day of the year trusted sources go out of their way to pull your leg. And as many good comics have noted, the amateurs are never as good as professionals when it comes to telling jokes. Consequently most of the attempts at humor are merely attempts, and the ones that are convincing simply confuse the stupid for years to come when the humor of the moment is long gone.
I’m taking my lucky break and running with it. Count me out for the rest of the day. I will be hiding in my living room with the lights down low, the wifi turned off and the router unplugged, watching reruns of Gilligan’s Island like Opus has been for awhile now. Somebody slide a note under the door when it is April the second so that I will know it is safe to pay attention again? I’d really appreciate it.
As I was driving and listening to my usual podcasts later that day I nearly crashed the truck yelling “bullshit!” at the news that the EU was banning CO2 from all sodas and champagne in an effort to reduce global warming. Even away from Facebook and the internet I could not escape the japes.
Then there was the news that April Fools day inspires the usually complacent to check the veracity of the news on April first before just believing it. Frankly I doubt that is true. I’ve seen far too many people believing ridiculous things lately, even on April first. Pretty sure that one was an April Fool’s joke.
“’April Fools’ Day’ is not consistent with our cultural tradition, or socialist core values,” state news agency Xinhua announced on social media Friday. “Hope nobody believes in rumors, makes rumors or spreads rumors.”
It is actually against the law to tell falsehoods in public in China. Literally no jokes allowed. While I loath misinformation myself, anything that pisses the Chinese government off is something we should probably have more of right now. So pass me those paper fish and some tape. I have some April Fish to fry.