Columbus Day. The girls had off from school to which I say, after the fact, WTF? Unless you’re in New York or Chicago (Little Italy), Boston (the North End), or San Francisco (North Beach), and eager to celebrate Italian heritage with a parade, very few seem to want to acknowledge the fifteenth century explorer who opened up the New World. While billions can appreciate his “end”, not many laud Columbus on his means. The brutality with which he treated the natives he encountered, not to mention the diseases he brought with him to the Americas, sully what once was a stellar, albeit ignorant, reputation. So here in Los Angeles, there is no parade and as hard as I looked, I could find no celebration of all things Italian anywhere. It’s a half-ass day of recognition. The public schools were open, mail delivery was ceased, most banks were closed, but more people went to their jobs here in California than didn’t. The girls and I were left to our own devices, so naturally we went pumpkin shopping and had Mexican for lunch. The day made no sense, except that I came to a clear understanding, while gathering items at Trader Joe’s, that my frequent unhappiness derives from the fact that at least one of my daughters hates me at any given moment.
Occupy Wall Street – coming to a town near you. It’s in New York, where it started, but also now in Chicago, Los Angeles, and Washington D.C. Don’t have time to join them? Don’t want to but agree with their message and mission? Why not go to We the People at WhiteHouse.gov? I’ll tell you why – because you don’t know about it. It was launched September 22nd to zero fanfare because, I assume, the White House fears its potential success as a tool for American activism. And you know what? They should be afraid – very afraid. Go check it out.
Bare naked lady: My friend Jessica wrote a post about a meme circulating on Facebook that shows a large woman with a beautiful face sitting naked in a chair, and then something about a mermaid and a whale. Needless to say, the story has garnered a gazillion comments because, duh, it’s about women and their weight/body image. Here’s my two cents, actually a question. How many ladies have yanked off their clothes and pulled up a chair to the full-length mirror, sat sideways, left leg over chair arm, right arm across midsection, and compared themselves to French model Tara Lynn? I didn’t. I did not. I’m just asking.
Elizabeth Warren: I’ve been following her on and off since the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau was just an idea, and watched in horror (too strong?) as the banks, Wall Street, most Republicans, some Democrats, and President Obama decided she was trouble – for different reasons – and made sure she wouldn’t be in charge of an agency she helped create. Thanks to Suzanna Andrews at Vanity Fair, we learn more of the story, it should make us angry, and then we should contact our friends in Massachusetts who have the ability, with their vote in 2012, to send Elizabeth Warren to the Senate. She’s running against Scott Brown.
FYI: there’s no “Glee” tonight. The Texas Rangers take on the Tigers in Detroit in Game 3 of the American League Championship Series, which is on Fox.
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