A Sideways Glare at Contemporary Society
There are some weeks when nothing happens – zip, nada, bupkis! And then there are other weeks that just boil over with stuff going on. Last week was the boiling kind, and here are a few events of note.
After three and a half years of dickin’ around, the UK finally left the EU. And — no big surprise — the sun didn’t fall out of the sky, the Chunnel didn’t implode and Big Ben didn’t chime 13! In fact, if you were asleep at midnight GMT, too bad — ya missed it. Still, the Irish are offended, the Welsh are dismayed and the Scots are downright pissed off. But let’s face it, if the English were offering free tea and crumpets, somebody on that island would bitch about it. However, one part of Brexit does unite the various peoples of the United Kingdom: they all — boys, girls and baby squirrels – hate London.
Ground Hog Day was completely overshadowed (heh-heh-heh) by the Super Bowl. Apparently, the game had over a billion viewers worldwide. I don’t believe it. Outside the good old U.S. of A, there are only about 12 people who actually understand American football, and they’re all Packers fans. No, most folks watch the Super Bowl for the ads and the halftime show – and, this year, the halftime show didn’t disappoint. What’s not to like? A full 15 minutes of synchronized semi-naked women, bumping and grinding as if there were a 2 for 1 sale on orgasms; men dressed up as sperm; a pole dancer and a choir of children to prove it was all about feminism. I don’t know about you, but after the final ass shakes, I was satisfied. Anyway, the little rodent in Pennsylvania got second billing, and nobody cared if he saw his shadow or not. However, according to folklore, since Kansas City beat San Francisco, we’re going to have six more weeks of dull, flat and boring.
Sunday was also 02-02-2020, International-Give-A-Nerd-An-Eyeroll-Day. Despite all the Internet yipping about it, these “palindromic anomalies” are actually quite frequent. The next one is – uh – next year on the 12th of February (12-02-2021.) However, Americans are going to have to wait until December 2nd (12-02-2021) because, for some weird reason, they put the month first. I guess these number games are kinda cool, but they do beg the question, “If a tree falls in the forest, does anybody count the leaves?”
Faced with the uncontrollable spread of an incurable virus – again — the Chinese built a couple of hospitals in less than two weeks! (You can see them do it on YouTube.) Wow! Meanwhile, in Europe the people of Barcelona have been working on Sagrada Familia since 1882, and they still haven’t finished it. Lazy is such a hard word. . . .