It’s 7:30am and I’m still out on the deck. I’m delighted to report that the weather is not so humidly oppressive as to drive me back inside as it has been for the last – I can’t remember how long. Gawd, you should see the weeds around here. I can’t pull the weeds anymore because :
- The lack of cartilage in my knees makes it impossible to stand and lean forward
- I’ve been away on business trips since FOReverrr
- I have other things to do. Like, I really should be vacuuming. Or goofing around on the internet.
I was discussing my weeding dilemma with the great minds of modern industry this week and they suggested that I get a stand-up dandelion digger. I don’t know. This is probably perfect for dandelions but it looks like trouble for a flower bed.
It’s a known personal defect that I want to tell you about my plane travel this week. This is the same kind of bore as when someone insists on telling you their latest fascinating dream or talks about their labor room experiences – it’s only meaningful to the speaker. I know that, and yet I forge ahead: my travel, it was ghastly. Flying out on Monday there was a two hour weather delay announced after we taxied out towards the runaway. The flight was uneventful but it was 8 1/2 hours in seat 10D surrounded by ignorant Japanese tourists. I thought that was as bad as it was going to be, but the Friday flight got to the east coast the same time as a thunderific storm. We circled then diverted to Washington DC for refeuling. At this point, I have enough sense to avoid giving you the blow by blow but it will suffice to say that this 5 1/2 trip turned out to be 10 hours on the plane.
But that’s not the worst part. The worst part was the children. And the Democrats.
The children. The children who ran back and forth in the aisles while people were trying to stand and stretch. The children who held onto their father’s arms and jumped up and down with great thudding landings. The children who shrieked Haukna Matata in their wet-mouthed 3 year old dialect while the doting mother translated into understandable English. Naturally, the only lyric that the tot knew was “Hakuna Matata” which he interpreted in as many humorous ways as his little 3 year old brain could think of (3) and the mother dutifully translated every one every time. Over and over.
And the Democrats! Jebus. I made the mistake of turning on my BBerry and reading some headlines while we were refueling. No, that wasn’t the mistake – the mistake was saying out loud that the BBA had passed the House. “Oh, it did!” my seatmates excitedly asked. “Which one?” So seriously underinformed.* This was my first clue that these were Democrats – no, this was the second clue. The first was the selfish lack of consideration for others around them. This news was worse for them than the news that the flight was interrupted for an undetermined period. The muttering, the head-shaking, the frightened questions their partners couldn’t begin to answer, and -hand to God – the Bush’s Fault mantra. Even the Swedish family behind me, whose younger members were pushing their way up and down the aisles to pass the time, were in on it. I checked the BBerry again and the esteemed Senator Reid had already pulled the senatorial strings to have the bill killed, but I didn’t announce that. Screw them. Sooner or later, the adults are going to make you hush up and behave so you might as well start adjusting now. Hakuna matata, dudes.
* I can’t blame the poor things. Right now, I have the radio on NPR and they are quoting the NY Times as evidence of whatever phony bullshit story they are pushing today. That’s like having your cousin call you with a fake offer while you have someone looking at the used car you are trying to unload. It’s information to sway decision-making but when you think take the time to analyze it, you realize that honesty doesn’t require collusion.