Hello New Year! I am writing this on December 31st with Barbara WaWaWalters sitting on my lap. But wait, what if the New Year does not arrive? Have I jinxed it? Has my time as an insignificant speck of humanity on a speck of dust in a vast galaxy come to an end and I am now super powerful?
Probably not. So it’s Monday and the bulk of the holidays are behind us and we are back to being our normal, nerdy selves. Well, I am back to being my normal, nerdy self. I bought myself 40 books over the break so I am a nerd. An analog nerd but a nerd nonetheless.
The title of this post, if you do not know (and there is no shame in not knowing), is from a David Bowie song. I’m playing it for Barbara. He is unimpressed. No matter.
What matters is that change is coming. The 116th Congress seats on Thursday, January 3rd. I don’t have cable but I have figured out how to watch C-SPAN on the computer that I then hook up to my TV via some device that is so simple even I can make it work. I don’t know what you are doing on Thursday. You probably have an actual life, with a job and kids and partners/spouses to deal with.
I have a kid but he will be with his dad. I don’t have a partner/spouse to goof around with. And watching C-SPAN is actually part of my job. I can’t believe no one has ever bought me a C-SPAN mug. I’ll go buy myself one when I am done with this.
I have come to a point in life where I just buy what I want (if I can afford it. For about 7 minutes last night I seriously thought about buying a super cheap roundtrip airline ticket to London that would leave on February 4th and get back on February 21. I even found a hotel. Total cost for airfare from Los Angeles to London and 17 nights in a tiny hotel room in London with breakfast included? 2200 dollars).
But I didn’t book it. 1) I don’t have that kind of money. 2) It would upset Six if I was gone for that long. So I am going to stay home and do all the things I normally do. But I might start thinking about planning a trip to London that lasts 17 nights and costs 2200, breakfast included, for next year. I can take my C-SPAN mug with me.
Change is good and natural and normal. That being said, I have had a lot of major change over the past few years. So I am not sure how I feel about all the change that is coming our way. I guess it doesn’t really matter how I feel about it. Change is coming whether I like it or not. A good portion of our literary tradition is about people trying to hold back change and failing. History, too.
Keep whatever screen you normally look at tuned to C-SPAN. And if we are lucky, we can meet back here in two years with the news that someone foolish enough to want to be President of these United States has won an embarrassing landslide over Trump and will take office very, very soon. Really, there are so many people who would be better than Trump. Truth be told, I have never seen a person in high office and said, “Even I could do better.”
But I am saying it now.
“Even I could do better.”
And we deserve better. Flawed as we are, we deserve better.