Saturday, June 16, 2012

Saturday 9: Hot Fun In the Summertime

1. What do you have planned for fun in the summertime? This month, I'm taking a friend to see a game within The Friendly Confines of Wrigley Field for his birthday. In July, I'm taking my young nephew down to Springfield to see Lincoln's home and Presidential Museum. And in August, my oldest friend is coming for a visit. One BIG THING  a month is, I'm afraid, all I can afford this summer.

2. Who was the last celebrity that you thought was bright until you saw them interviewed? Kirk Cameron. Not that I ever thought he was bright (or ever thought much about him at all), but since he's enjoyed a certain degree of celebrity since childhood, I figured he'd be imbued with at least an ounce of savvy. I was wrong.

3. Do you think that the U.S. and our present war(s) seem to just ignore our history? Not just our history, but the history of the land(s) we're fighting in.

4. Have you ever conformed just to "fit in?" On Mondays, I have been known to ask a coworker about his or her weekend when in reality, I don't give a crap. I just do it because it's what's done.

5. Do you feel that you at times do not enjoy the moment because you are worried about what will come next? The story of my life!

6. Does it seem that when you learn more about yourself, that others' opinions of you seem stupid? Maybe not stupid, but certainly less relevant.

7. In rock & roll history, what bands or artists do you think made the biggest impact? Elvis. Because he did it all first. And, as we prepare to celebrate Sir Paul McCartney's 70th birthday, I am reminded that Elvis did it all by the age of 42. Just over 20 years took him from his breakthrough on The Ed Sullivan Show through dozens of bad movies to a comeback in Vegas to dead on the bathroom floor in Graceland. Which is both tragic and awesome. He remains our only King.

8. Who do you blame for the state of the economy? Why? Mostly George W. Bush but also Barack Obama. OK, so we bankrupted ourselves by fighting two wars without raising taxes to pay for it. And according to 43, we should fight terrorism by continuing to go shopping. That was stupid. Obviously. But where's Obama's imagination and audacity? He could have seized the moment of the Gulf oil spill to rally us to reduce our dependence on oil and by raising gas taxes and putting thousands and thousands of people to work improving our commuter rail system. (The way Eisenhower built the interstate highway system 60 years ago.) But Americans get really pissed when you try to separate us from our cars, no matter how much sense it makes. So shared sacrifice is too politically risky, I guess. So much for "Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country." Now it's, "Why the fuck do I have to pay $4 for gas?"

9. Do you get upset and do you think you're being lazy when you do nothing? Yes. And Bud encouraging my sloth with his addictive memes doesn't help!


  1. I enjoy your sloth writings! I agree with the speech on presidential blame... : ) Wrigley sounds like fun. Have a great day Gal!

  2. Now you are just another woman who blames me. Welcome to the list. I so agree with the "seize the moment" through rail system. Obama SO disappoints. However, any republican is pure evil...

  3. One big thing per month is do-able.

  4. Your conformity answer cracked me up!

  5. I was just thinking that about Elvis a few weeks ago. Could you imagine what he would be like today?