Random thoughts for a random day

Today did not turn out as I expected.  I had planned to do this and that, but ended up doing other stuff, and then dealing with a lengthy power outage.  I discovered that age has not dimmed my mother’s delight in clothes shopping.  After two hours, she was fresh as a daisy, and I was drooping like an old tulip.  I seem to have a more manly approach to clothes shopping:  I hate doing it.  When I do it, I get in the store, look for things that probably fit, buy multiple iterations, hope for the best when I get home, and then try not to do it for several more years.  My dislike for the whole clothes shopping thing is not helped by the fact that more and more stores are phasing out their petite departments.  They can phase them out as much as they want, but I’m not going to grow any taller in the near future — or even in the far future.

After the shopping trip ended, I embarked upon another activity that doesn’t thrill me — cooking.  For once, though, my timing was just right.  The power in the whole neighborhood went out just as I took the finished meal out of the oven.  I had eight or nine neighborhood kids over at the time.  At first they were discomfited, then they were thrilled, and then they got bored by a darkness pierced only by one flashlight and twelve candles.  They drifted back to their own homes, to be bored with their parents, while we settled down to read by candlelight.  I found it charming; the kids found it disheartening.  There was applause all around when the lights went back on.

Everywhere I look on the internet, I read about huge enthusiasm for the Romney run, and lackluster enthusiasm for Obama.  Twenty-eight thousand people show up for a Romney rally; two thousand drag their weary way to an Obama rally.  Glenn Reynolds says that this is a “ground glass election” — the winner will be the one whose supporters are willing to crawl over ground glass to vote.  Even with a poll that based upon a +11 Democrat turnout, CNN had to give Romney a 1 point lead. Considering that Dems aren’t the “ground glass” party election, I just don’t see a +11 Dem turnout.  People are writing about increasingly enthusiastic Romney voters, some in very unlikely places (such as yoga studios).  Newspapers are turning their backs on Obama.

What’s funny is that my own “real me” Facebook experience is entirely different.  On my Facebook, my liberal friends are getting increasingly shrill in denouncing Romney.  They’re not demoralized; they’re frenzied.  If I took my cues from them, I’d be pretty certain that Romney didn’t stand a snowball’s chance in Hell of garnering even a single electoral vote.  I don’t know how to account for their enthusiasm.

T0 complete this utterly random post, here’s a bedtime/finger play rhyme my mother used to play with me when I was little. She’d sing it in Nederlands Dutch, while the version below is from Flanders, so I can’t guarantee it’s identical, but it sounds very much the same to me:

“Naar bed, naar bed” : zei Duimelot (=duim),
“Eerst nog wat eten”: zei Likkepot (=wijsvingen)
“Waar kunnen we dat halen?”: vroeg Langejan (=middelvinger)
“In grootvaders kastje”: zei Ringeling (=ringvinger)
“Dat zal IK verklappen”: zei het Kleine Ding (=pink)
“To bed, to bed” : said Thumbelot (= thumb)
“First, we have to eat” : said Lickpot (= fore finger)
“Where can we find some ?” : asked Longjohn (=middle finger)
“In Grand-Father’s cupboard” said Ringeling (= ring finger)
“That shall I report” said the Little Thing (= little finger)
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  • http://bkivey.wordpress.com/ bkivey

    More random:
    The Redskin Rule is now in effect.


    Since you brought up ringlings, I live in Baraboo, WI, home of the Ringling Brothers. I usually go down to the Pizza Ranch on Wednesday for thier buffet, as thier pizza is adequate, but thier fried chicken is superb. I do hope I shall be eating the fried chicken of triumph, rather than the pizza of dispair this Wednesday. Get out and vote, people!

  • lee

    i am still scared as to what news i will wake up to on wednesday. i am praying the conservative optimism is well placed. we are so screwed if the wun is reelected. i will be voting tomorrow.

  • GingerB

    Thanks for this piece- I particularly enjoyed it because we share the dislike of shopping and I too lament the demise of the petite departments!
    You always have something interesting to say and I usually “stop by” at least once a day. 

  • JKB

    It is hard to say about this election.  The “official” views are certainly in Obama’s favor but they seem to deny the on the ground observations.  Perhaps the  Left is in the last gasp with seeming recovery before they collapse?  I am for no reason other than hope for change going with his image Never Yet Melted » Get Ready for what is coming.

    In either case, I find myself needing hope in humanity.  I’ve become attached to this story that tells me, we’ve reached a level of technology and information dispersal that is available for all the latent humans potential that abounds

    Never Yet Melted » Maybe They Should Try This in American Inner City Public Schools 

    What happens if you give a thousand Motorola Zoom tablet PCs to Ethiopian kids who have never even seen a printed word? Within five months, they’ll start teaching themselves English while circumventing the security on your OS to customize settings and activate disabled hardware. Whoa. … 


  • b.

    American Midwest version, ca 1930:

    “Let’s go to bed” said sleepyhead.
    “Wait up!” said slow.
    “Put on the pot,” said greedygut, “and we’ll eat before we go!”