Friday, September 25, 2009

Gone to soldiers

Michael has reported for duty.

As he galumphed down the stairs in his BDU and combat boots, I thought, "No one in his family would recognize him."

He sprung from the most feminist, artistic mother; the most mild-mannered passive father; from a long line of urban Jewish intellectuals. Yet there he is in buzzcut and camo.

Due to his enormous size, he looks 18 and scary, 'tho he's 13 and not.

He's not going to war, thank god, just Civil Air Patrol Search-and-Rescue Training.

And if he did go to war, I'd have to "suck and up deal", as he instructed me today when nixing my attempt to take pictures.

If this is his calling, so be it.

Saturday, September 12, 2009

Headline News

President Obama is in Minneapolis today to give a major speech on health care, the most hotly debated issue in the United States.

This is the front page of the Minneapolis Star Tribune, the so-called "Newspaper of the Twin Cities":

Can you find any news about the Obama's speech in Minneapolis?

Go ahead, magnify it. Anything?

This is supposed to be the newspaper of the Twin Cities. Not the sports paper of the twin cities.

Are they trying to carry out their desire to continue "management’s successful efforts to change the widespread image of the Star Tribune from a strongly liberal paper to a strictly non-partisan news source"? Do they think that covering a President who is a liberal might interfere with management' image-changing plan?

You tell me.

Monday, September 7, 2009


Cue the orchestra.

Parents of America, wait the 10 second vamp then sing along with me......

School finally starts
Bet your bottom dollar that
There'll be school

Just thinking about
Clears away the cobwebs and the sorrow
And that's cool

When I suffered his days
Of la-zy loafing
I'd think, "September 8th
Can't come too soon! Ohhhhh!"

School finally starts
Bet your bottom dollar that
There'll be school

Tomorrow, tomorrow, I love you, tomorrow.
You're only a day away

We had three weeks between
The end of camp
and this

Too much free time
For teenage boy
And his

So thank god school starts
And routine returns for teen
And mom-o
Hip hooray

To morrow, tomorrow
Yes, school starts tomorrow
Just one day 'til we're okay

Tomorrow, tomorrow
I love you tomorrow
You're only a daaaaay a-waaaaay