Scores of people have told me that, since My Retirement, I have become a Changed Person. My family tell me things like "Welcome back" or "It's nice to have you back to your old self." Other people who have not known me for eleventy thousand years say things like, "You are so much more relaxed" or "I've never seen you so happy."
Rick says I am more "serene."
On Saturday, my friend Butch, who has not seen me since about January, said, "Wow. You're catching up to Rick in the grey hair department."
Chivalry. Dead as a flat skunk on the turnpike.
My Serenity and Inner Smile notwithstanding, I still have a few things to snark about. Do you? Howzabout we share, here, at the Dept.? I'll go first, and you can grouse around in Comments.
1. Brrrrrr. It is June, and I have my heat on right now. Allowing for the absolute fact that I Am Not Normal, it's still abusive that last night it was 49 degrees in NEO. It got so cold in my house without the heat on that my cheapo wine fridge refused to work. If it is exposed to temps below 61 degrees, its thermostat malfunctions. Well, guess whose reds were at a frosty 57 degrees until I unplugged it this morning to recalibrate? Right now, it is 64 degrees outside. On June 4th. It was 65 inside when I came home from the afternoon movie. I do not suffer in my house, so on went the furnace.
2. Duh. Speaking of the movie, my "daughter" Kait and I went to the noon showing of The Great Gatsby. Until a few teenagers showed up, Kait--at 20--was the youngest person there. (I was the second youngest, even though I used my AARP card for $2.00 popcorn and free soda.) At the end of the movie (possible spoiler!) the narrator Nick Carraway is shown placing a title page on the manuscript of the story he has been telling for the whole movie. It says "Gatsby by Nick Carraway". As he is doing this, a teenaged girl behind us said, "Wait. Wait. Is this a true story?" A few moments later, she said, "Hold on. Wait. I thought the book was called..." (another possible spoiler detail) and then in the scene, Nick is shown writing "The Great" above the title. The girl behind us says, "Nick Carraway? I thought the book was written by F. Scott Um..." and then I stopped listening because I knew that if I didn't, I was going to have to go back there and teach for about an hour in order to be able to go on with my life.
3. Hello? The media are all exercised about this Pew Research report that says over the last 50 years, many more women are the sole or primary breadwinner for their families, a figure jumping from 11% in 1960 to 40% in 2011. Well, holy crap, where the hell has everybody been? How many of my readers needed the Pew Research report to tell them that? How many of my readers have been living that stat? How in the hell can this be News? I guess I shouldn't be so intellectually disdainful. After all,
Erick Erickson, Fox News contributor says it's downright anti-science:
"I'm so used to liberals telling conservatives that they're anti-science. But liberals who defend this and say it is not a bad thing are very anti-science. When you look at biology -- when you look at the natural world -- the roles of a male and a female in society and in other animals, the male typically is the dominant role. The female, it's not antithesis, or it's not competing, it's a complementary role."
Hey, so there ya go. Ahem.
4. Grrrrr. I've said it here before, and I'll say it again. Until she said that stupid, condescending remark about the Hurricane Katrina victims, I liked Barbara Bush quite a bit. I still do like the way she speaks her mind and seems to be realistic about her family and politics. Everyone knew she was fully aware that the wrong son made it to the White House, and when she said there have been enough people named Bush at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, she was right. Jebby disagrees, however, and he is already starting on the stump for 2016. When asked about his mother's assertion that their family should end their aspirations for the Presidency of the United States, here is what Jeb said about Bar: "What can I tell you? All I can say is we all have mothers, right? She is totally liberated, and God bless her."
What can I tell you? If either of my sons said any of that condescending and chauvinistic bullshit, I'd call him out in the media for A) using empty, meaningless rhetoric; B) stating the obvious; C) being full of hot air; D) acting like a candyass. Barbara Bush has more restraint than I do, so I'm sure she did all of the above, but in private. She is totally liberated...what a perfect ass. Hey, Jeb! If it were up to people like Erick Erickson in your party, women would never have been liberated, such as we are. And we liberated ourselves, no thanks to you.
And the struggle continues.
Your turn now to unload your snark in Comments.