GOTTA RUN . . . , PART II
Yup, that's right. Another CLE session (that's "Continuing Legal Education" for you non-shyesters out there). A short five days after spending an entire day listening to lawyers drone and prattle about legal arcanalia, I'm back today for round two (and, in fact, round three is on the slate two weeks from now, though that's only a half day). And, as you've probably figured out by now, I did let this shit slide for 23 months of the 24 month cycle I'm given to earn the damn credits. That's how it goes.
Anyway, a couple brief thoughts on something unrelated to the law:
Anyone else notice that Thanksgiving, and the food surrounding it, is entering quasi-news story range this year? It seems that since early November, I'm not only inundated with cooking shows about turkey, cranberry sauce, etc., but also "news stories" about these products. Today's feature story on Yahoo! is about the health benefits of cranberry sauce and other harvest festival treats. Just further down in the headlines is a piece about Butterball turkeys, and their position as icons after the company's sale. There's also an attached video explaining why turkey is "traditional."
I know this shit has always gone on before, but it was usually relegated to newspaper "features" stories, the Wednesday before the holiday. Anyone else noticing this? Disagreeing? Thinking I'm nuts?
And you know what, I was in a supermarket with Mrs. Mike this weekend, and what was playing on the sound system? On November 19? Christmas songs. That's right, Christmas songs before Thanksgiving! That's just wrong. We haven't earned those songs yet. It's not dark enough, not cold enough. That fruit -- so sweet, so pleasant, so eagerly awaited all year -- is not yet ripe.
What's next? A quarterback going to Disneyworld before the superbowl? Vote recounts before Election Day? Drug & alcohol troubles for a lead singer before the first number one record?
I think we're being bamboozled, folks. The selling season, a horror show of manipulation and marketing savvy, seems to be coming juuuuuuust a bit earlier this year. Also, keep your eyes open for the pre-Thankgiving Christmas lights on store and some homes. Not allowed, but there nonetheless.