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The Night of the Meek

Tuesday, 23 December, 2008

Forty-eight years ago tonight CBS broadcast a new Christmas tale. The nation had just elected a young, inexperienced and optimistic man as President. The balance sheet, however, looked rather bleak. Only folks beyond their twenties remembered a time when the nation could no longer grow. What prosperity we had was quickly forgotten. Two major automakers were on the cusp of bankruptcy and we did not wish to acknowledge the masses who did not know where their next meal was coming from.

This program, on videotape, was broadcast every 23 or 24 December on the independent television station back home. For the last few years I remember seeing it, just before they joined Fox for the evening. I’d come over to the house and share this with you, but my plans include getting lost in more than a little wine until the evening of the 25th.

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  1. Jennifer permalink
    Wednesday, 24 December, 2008 22:15

    I thought about inviting you over to watch Reginald Perrin and some of the One Foot in the Grave X-mas specials (if you haven’t watched this series, you have something to live for) with me. But my house smells of cat shit, garbage and dirty dishes from weeks ago. Plus there is very little to eat or drink in this place. I’m sure you’re not too intimidated by pits of despair, though. 🙂

    Bah-humbug from one Scrooge to another.


    • Thursday, 25 December, 2008 4:00

      Sadly, I remain intimidated by the world. If I weren’t from parts north, I wouldn’t make it into work. I do appreciate the intent.

      I have but two glasses from a magnum of 2005 Two Vines Merlot-Cabernet (that’s Cabernet Franc, by the way) remaining. It as though someone created a wine for the express purpose of drinking it, and at my price point. It is remarkable. As is visually apparent this time of year especially, Stan keeps a well stocked larder with the comfort foods of the season. The chili is made and mostly consumed. The “Hot ‘N’ Spicy” sausage is thawing for the ultimate in Walmart source-able comfort food, Hillbilly Delight. A soccer-mom packet of Sloppy Joe seasoning and something beef-like called Skillet Mix shall achieve its destiny … perhaps with bacon. There is always room for bacon. This all joins the usual assortment of prepared taquitos, fish fingers, oven-baked Pomme Frites, steel-cut “Irish” oats, a sleeve of Hob Nobs …

      and I bother wondering why my face is less angular than it used to be. If I had any sense, I would have invited you over, but I … don’t necessarily behave (in the Commonwealth sense) under the influence of so much comfort.

      Enjoy this day, of which we are guaranteed only one per year, when America shuts down and we can catch a breath.


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