I've begun to think that the crazy lady who went and had 8 MORE kids without a job, a home, someone to help (parents don't count), and apparently up to a million of dollars of debt already is becoming the best metaphor for why our economy is total crap right now. Six kids weren't enough?? Was she hoping that she might be able to whip up a better batch, because the first ones just weren't cutting it.
I've never seen so many people in a bar at 11AM - well, except maybe during the World Cup. Our original plan was to go to BAM, but everyone else had the same idea. I'm not sure what was happening in the real "working" world, but it certainly felt like the whole world was watching DC this morning.
My favorite part of Obama's speech is that he finally mentioned non-believers in the list of groups that make up America. Finally! What a change - from a president that told us that God put him in power, to a man (a great man) who knows there is more than one way to see the world.
Yes, I have hope. But I have patience...a little bit of patience.
As terrified I am that Sarah Palin may actually end up one step away from the White House, I'm even more terrified that McCain's camp will come to its senses, make her drop out and the new choice will be Joe Lieberman. Thereby allowing all the democrats who aren't "comfortable" voting for Barack (aka, the black guy) to vote a little bit Democrat. I just don't see her lasting through the month. Unless she gets sequestered to Cheney's bunker that it.
Sometime in the middle of college, after a trip to Hastings, I actually spent some of my precious money on an actual brand new paperback. The book was called "The Broom of the System" and to this day I have no reasoning as to why it struck my fancy so much that I decided that of the few dollars I had in my possession I was willing to spend it on this book that I would probably read in a few hours time, but thinking back it completely changed the way I read books and looked at the way a story could be told. I even remembering NOT liking the book at the time, and yet discussing it with SO many people, simply because it had affected me so much. I know the reason I didn't think I liked it was because it challenged me in a way I was not prepared for, so after a second read I realized that I loved that book. A few years later I decided my summer project would be to read Infinite Jest. I only got about a third of the way into it - I just don't seem to have the stamina for it, maybe when I retire. But oddly enough, I just took out my copy of "Consider the Lobster" in order to read again the essay written about traveling with the McCain campaign many years ago, mostly because I think its funny.
I'm baffled, sad, and disappointed that David Foster Wallace has left us. So sad. There seem to be so few people that I can pinpoint as to who opened my eyes and imagination and intelligence onto a world I was not aware existed, he was an original and I'm selfishly sad I won't get to know his take on the world anymore.