I know that it’s a big planet and that it takes all kinds to make it
irritating interesting on a daily basis, and I love that. For example, without all the PC aficionados in the world, who would Mac users like me have to gloat to, saying things like, “You have to restart again? Really? I think I remember restarting once this month…or was that last month?”
And if there weren’t so many knuckleheads who insisted driving everywhere they go, including the 40 percent of their trips that are two miles or less, of which 90 percent are made in cars, the bike paths would be too crowded for me to ride on.
And there’s the flip side: if it weren’t for vegetarians like us Bradsteins, think of the crowds MetroDad would have to endure at Popeye’s just to get some spicy chicken. (I can tell we’re making a difference, since the Popeye’s that we live up the hill from is almost always empty…I mean, I’m sure that’s why it’s empty all the time, right?)
However, I’m sometimes confused by my fellow travelers on this bright blue marble hurtling through the infinite vacuum of the universe. For example, I can’t imagine being married for 38 years and having my wife say of me
“He didn’t exist in the family,” she said. “It was almost like a family of mother and children, like there was no father. Not only was he not there, I couldn’t get in touch with him at all.”
Or living in a society where that’s the norm.
Or raising our preschooler on a chocolate diet. I’m not saying that 3B’s digging into bibimbap yet–although he’ll get another chance soon, since the diner near work just changed hands and added it to their menu–but he does eat a pretty good variety of foods for his age. If one of his favorite snacks is freeze dried papaya, we can’t be doing everything wrong, right?
Another societal norm that I can’t understand is keeping loving adults from being parents as Florida has explicity done since 1977–and which is the only state to do so now. I can’t express my feelings any more clearly than the judge who ruled in this case did
”Disqualifying every gay Floridian from raising a family, enjoying grandchildren or carrying on the family name, based on nothing more than lawful sexual conduct, while assuring child abusers, terrorists, drug dealers, rapists and murderers at least individualized consideration,” [Judge] Audlin wrote, was so ”disproportionately severe” that it violates the state and U.S. constitutions.
Welcome to the 20th century, Florida. In the next century, we’ll tell you about a little thing we call YouTube.