Yippee! More photos of snow glistening on the trees and skid marks on the roads and puppies romping in the powder and little snow angles and lots of pots of stews and soup and (in my case) chili from all the pathetic people who are not going to work or doing anything productive today. If the power goes out, all the indoor shenanigans will have to be bundled up and the car dug out and packed and off to grandmas house (like she really wants to take care of you?) or someplace that has electricity so you can re-hook to your FoMo addition.
The news will all be about the weather. Shops and businesses will close while restaurants will reap the rewards of bored people who want to eat and drink. Plumbers will be busy and the police will patrol the empty streets. It is Wednesday so there are no sporting events but the cooking network is full of ideas to keep you fat.
Pull out all the bulky coats and boots and scarves and mittens that fill half the closet and are only worn for 10-minutes a year to take out the trash and then get online to search for a warmer vacation site. Turn up the heat until you remember the last heating bill. The kids should be worn out by now after destroying the house to be put down for a nap. Then the adults will crack open the alcohol, watch to see if the schools will be open tomorrow before the next barrage of ‘kid energy’ hits.
Today would be perfect for finishing that project or starting a new one. Today would be perfect to arrange your financial papers before the tax bills come. Today would be perfect to read the instructions on your latest appliances and check their warranties. Today would be a good day to take another nap since about 80% of that chili is alcohol. Phew! One bowl and I’m having problems talking to myself.
Still I search the omnibus web in hopes to find something of interest. There is an opioid epidemic and is there any wondering? Our miracle workers and horse traders have spent time and money finding new ways to make our pain go away. Whether a prescription or a street corner buys, there is some form of substance to ease our ever-increasing pain. Do they have this problem in warzones or do people just suffer in misery? “Hey Doc, you got something for a broken heart?”
There hasn’t been much talk recently about the monuments or moving the baseball field so I guess we’ll have to wait for spring. While the entertainment industry promotes movies and television shows with red carpet parades, providers are creating new and expensive delivery highways. Technology hasn’t done anything marvelous in years and the new autos look like last years models and there doesn’t seem to be any new styling trends in the magazine pages. The music is yesterday’s re-takes and the old dancers are replaced with younger dancers. No aliens have landed and we’ve about bombed everyone in the Middle East so we’ll have to find a new place to have a war. We still throw away tons of fresh food, as consumption preference is pre-cooked in Styrofoam boxes that will soon be washing ashore.
Could turn to TED talk to get motivated or watch some documentary on how Corning Ware was created or wallow in ancient history of black and white Beatle snippets? Could assemble the new vacuum if I can find it under the dust bunnies? Could turn off the chili and let it cool down before filling every container in the house? Could take the dog out for a walk, but I don’t have a dog?
Could ponder the problems of the world that I know I cannot solve or even testify to. Since we have so many criminals and prisons and law enforcement folk and this problem is not going away and though it is a job creating industry (on both sides) and only reducing the time spent behind bars reduced the overcrowded population until they repeat, perhaps if we re-think our judicial process. We like to deport people who walk in looking for a job or to get away from danger, and then maybe that could be the answer to our prisoners. Deport them all. Take a place like Haiti and ship them all there. Not to pick on Haiti but the poor little country has it rough. If it isn’t a hurricane, earthquake or sanitation issues, there is corruption and poverty. Let’s just take all them folks we feed and clothe and shelter for years because they are dangerous to the rest of society and dump them on Haiti? “WHAT??” I hear all the do-gooders and naysayers raising their collective hand in this appalling idea but our vetting system has been much good selecting the wheat from the chaff. If we could somehow gather up all the good folks living in Haiti and move them to, oh say, Arizona, they would certainly get a new chance at life never foreseen. Meanwhile those ones we have decided should be put away, sort of like our own poverty projects, will be left to fend for themselves. No cells, dogs, high walls, or police to monitor their activities. It would be a sort of ‘Survivors’ show without the cameras. The island could be quarantined and blockaded by a patrol boat. Nothing imported but bad guys and nothing exported. Is this Cruel and inhuman treatment or just punishment? This would just be the latest version of a penal colony. I’ll let you decide. Some people have been living in this environment and they have done nothing wrong except to live here. Why Haiti? Than how about Yemen or Somalia or…. There is a long list of possible places. Think about our foreign policy now. We send truckloads of money and guns and food and then the puppet government folds and it becomes a land of gangs and warring tribes. Instead of wasting our money, we dump more bad guys on them. At least we will know where all the bad guys are. The plus side of this inhuman judgment would be a deterrent. If you knew if you stepped over the line that instead of a bunk and television and a workout yard and three a day, you would be taken to a harsh land with no resources and left there to fend for yourself. Now what about all the tourist ships? If these con-folks can work it out but there will be more restrictions than most travel agents would want. There are plenty of other beaches in the world. What of all the guards and prisons? Well the guards have the rights to carry and shoot so change their jackets and put them in with the other herders. Change the prisons to high-end condos and reap the gentrification rewards.
On snow days your mind can wander into many topics like the sexual harassment issue. This has brought up the maturation of ‘the weaker gender’ and all the pink hats and marching and chanting and another organization asking for money and writing letters; this is a cultural change and that awareness must be accepted by all genders and variations there of. As long as our entertainment industry requires young women to shake their booties in scant clothing and show as much cleavage without a nip slip the respect for a female will be no higher than that for a pole dancer or stripper. As long as our marketing sells everything from trucks to hamburgers to shavers with gorgeous women appealing to an audience as submissive subservient eye-candy. Hugh Heffner could be the devil in details but for century’s there have been pornography due to the fact that one of our gender has mammalian protuberances. You ladies might think it is the hair or the high heels or the tight skirts or even the perfume but the guys are not staring you in the eyes. Could the culture change from all the bosom synonyms to a universal description as ‘udders’. Then you women can tan your body without every guy walking by getting a penile arouser.
It is just where the mind wanders imprisoned by cold white powder. I think the chili has cooled enough to be separated into meal size portions and placed in the cold box for future lunches and dinners. Then there are all the dirty pots and spoons and bowls, so better open a bottle of wine.
Tomorrow will be warmer and sunny and I plan to escape.