January 19, 2009

Hula Hoops, the Beatles and Obama.

Filed under: Uncategorized — Jim @ 9:29 pm

It is impossible to read any media, listen to any media or watch any media without being bombarded with stories about Obama Stuff. It’s frankly exhausting. I don’t remember anything in my lifetime that has rivaled this, with possible exception of the invention of the Hula Hoop or the appearance of the Beatles. In both instances, the country went positively nuts.

I was a young boy when the Hula Hoop dominated the media, and I was a teen-ager when the Beatles descended upon the U.S. I admit it. I was absolutely caught up in both.

Now that I’m all grown up, I know that the Hula Hoop was silly and the Beatles, despite their great music, were just four regular guys from Liverpool who were in the right place at the right time to enable them to catch the brass ring.

So now I’m faced with tomorrow – the Inauguration. On one hand, it marks a peaceful transfer of power, which is, or ought to be, the envy of the world. I’m proud of that. On the other hand, tomorrow is sort of like the Hula Hoop and the Beatles lunacy, except that what happens on the day after tomorrow is deadly serious, and it scares the shit out of me.

Sometimes it ain’t easy being a grownup.


  1. It’s never easy being a grownup. Grownups have to go to work, pay taxes, take care of the kids, pay taxes, maintain their homes, pay taxes, serve on juries, pay taxes, vote, pay taxes, etc. ad nauseum.
    We don’t get to sit around and wait for others to wait on us. Which is unfortunate, because I could really use a beer right now and the in-house inventory is zero.

    Comment by Ken Adams — January 19, 2009 @ 9:39 pm

  2. Feh. If I even turn my tv ON tomorrow, it’ll be so I can watch movies in HD.
    I have to wonder, though: is the country going to go this bugshit when we have our first Asian-American President, or first Latino-American or any other hyphenation?

    Comment by DMerriman — January 19, 2009 @ 10:39 pm

  3. all things shall pass.

    Comment by gregor — January 20, 2009 @ 8:02 am

  4. …. in all honesty?… even with a bad back, I’d still rather have a Hula Hoop….

    Comment by Eric — January 20, 2009 @ 8:41 am

  5. I am happy about the ‘orderly transfer of power’. It is what the man plans to do with that power that worries me.

    Comment by GUYK — January 20, 2009 @ 11:07 am

  6. Keep watching the mailbox for your free Obama health insurance, the Nancy Pelosi Wrinkle Removing Face Iron and the Joe Biden Silly Putty Face Stretching Kit.

    I also get the feeling that Biden’s wife is a real 8 Ball who will give us lots of yuks along the way. Just keep a microphone in front of her and wait for the fireworks. I’m ready for my closeup, Mr. DeMill. No wire hangers. Only little people pay taxes. A bitch on wheels.

    Comment by cousin gary — January 20, 2009 @ 2:09 pm

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