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Good Intentions

When I am on the road, the wonders of cable TV are irresistible, or at least my willpower isn’t generally sufficient to resist them. I also generally don’t sleep that well, so when morning comes, the combination of the television looming in front of me and the bed begging me not to leave leads to sleepy channel surfing.

On one such morning recently I skipped through the infomercials and morning news shows and landed on a re-run of “Will and Grace.” This particular episode revolved around a city council race. Will, (who for those who don’t remember the show, is gay) is supporting the gay candidate, and Grace (who isn’t gay, but is Will’s close friend) enthusiastically supports that candidate as well, because she thinks it is high time that there be a gay councilperson.

Then Grace finds out that a Jewish woman is also running. Grace is a Jewish woman, so she switches her support to that candidate.

Come to find out, at a joint fundraising party given by Will and Grace, the Jewish Woman and gay man are exposed as stereotypical conservatives, by which I mean one is a racist, sexist, homophobe, and the other is just a racist sexist.

Our two heroes (Will and Grace) come to their senses, and realize that voting someone because of their sexual preference or religion and gender, without taking the time to look into their positions.

The piece de resistance came when, shamed by their shallowness, the two of them are sitting and being actively indifferent when neighbor/friend Jack comes in and ask them if they’ve voted. They say no, and he surprises them by saying he voted for the black candidate. Upon hearing that they jump out of their chairs and run the door so they can vote for the black candidate too, unaware of his philosophies or positions, and oblivious once again to their superficiality.

Of course, the show is a situation comedy, and nobody would actually behave that way when it comes to something as important as an election.

In reality, some people vote for the opponent of the candidate who is the target of the most egregious and numerous attack ads. And they should be attractive. And it helps if they have all their hair and are tall, and not overweight. And if they’re from the right part of the country. And, it doesn’t hurt if they have never said anything that anyone would disagree with.

The good thing about Will and Grace’s election is that it wasn’t real. But it is interesting to see that sometimes art really does imitate life.

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The Garden of Weedin’

One of my favorite sayings is, “The road to Hell is paved with good intentions.”  According to Wikipedia, a sometimes reliable source, the saying is attributed to ”Saint Bernard of Clairvaux who wrote, “L’enfer est plein de bonnes volontés et désirs” (hell is full of good wishes and desires).”

I think the reason I like that saying so much is that it applies to much in my life.  My intentions are always heart-felt, and yet often not acted upon.  I’ve paved more roads than Democrat counties after the stimulus bill.

One good intention for the summer was to keep up with the weeds in the gardens.  And, for quite a while I was successful.  Then it got really hot, and I got frustrated with not being able to see, due to the steady stream of sweat that smeared over my glasses.

Then the invasion of mosquitoes began, and, well, you know.  I don’t hate many things in life, but mosquitoes rise to that level of dislike. 

I have to admit, though, that my general laziness was a factor too.  There is always other work to do, trips to take, movies to see, email to read…  In a weak defense, however, I’d have to say that if we lived in San Diego, where there are no mosquitoes, and where it rarely gets hot, our gardens would be weed free at this point.  At least that’s what I’m claiming.

I did spend a couple of hours weeding on Saturday, since it was just breezy enough to make the spraying of Off I applied effective.  I pulled enough weeds to make a pile the size of a Volkswagen Beetle.  Not really, but I liked the imagery.  It was a big pile, though.  Another 12 hours and the vegetable garden will be weeded.  Then: the flower garden.  I heard those weeds mocking me Saturday, so I averted my gaze so as not to provoke them any further.

Frankly, I don’t even want to talk about the thistles in the pastures.  As beautiful as “thistledown” is floating on the summer breeze, each seed means more thistles next year. 

Paving the road to Hell is something I’m good at, but in my own defense I should point out that not all my good intentions go undone.  It’s just that the garden is so visible, and the weeds so big!

Eventually the mosquitoes will die, and guilt and the threat of winter will get me out there to clean things up to get ready for next spring.  In the meantime, I think the answer is to leave home each morning before sun up, and return each evening after dark. 

Another great saying: “Out of sight, out of mind.”

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To Do List

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