|I actually prefer beer. |
But, water will do.
FULL DISCLOSURE: I consider myself one of the lucky ones.
I like to think of myself as an optimist (that, and irresistibly good-looking. Sadly, that ship has sailed). In fact, you could call me a "glass half full" guy (well, you could call me a lot of other things, too).
Anyway, unless you live under a rock (or in a cult), you know that Hurricane (or Tropical Storm...whatever) Sandy wreaked a significant amount of havoc in the Northeast United States. Homes vanished into the sea, dozens perished, and millions were left in the dark, desperately wondering if help would ever come.
Comparatively speaking, my troubles were piddling. No running water, no electricity for my
If Lincoln had a flashlight.
The most vexing problem I had was getting juice to the sump pump in the basement. As our emergency back-up crapped out like Osama Bin Laden, I watched the water inexorably rise, threatening any number of possessions in our..uh...possession.
Anyway, my neighbor immediately offered to let us tap into one line of his electrical generator so we wouldn't end up with an indoor pool. His kindness made a "sucky" situation a little less so.
So, why do I look at a "half full" glass? Well, unless you live under a rock (that "rock" metaphor sure comes in handy, doesn't it?), you know that a bitter presidential campaign will culminate in an election tomorrow. I haven't seen this much rancor and acrimony (NOTE: Wicked good Words With Friends words) since the Vietnam War. "If you don't believe in my point of view, buster, I'll kindly ask you to blow your head off." (NOTE: Accent of your choosing).
It would seem that we're falling apart at the seams.
|Probably unless you lived |
next door to the Manson family.
Then, I'd give them a wide berth.
But, be of good cheer. I don't know where my neighbor stands, vis-a-vis (NOTE: Snooty French term for...oh...screw it, it's French) his politics and I don't care. The kindness he showed to Mrs. Penwasser and I (despite the handicap of being forced to live next to me), gives me hope in humanity.
In other words, I think we're all going to be okay.
But, I still don't ever want to be Amish.
|"Oh, ja, Mr. Funny Penwasser English man? |
Ve don't need the devil's electricity for our sheep."