Saturday, February 11, 2006

Are You Threatening Me?

Blizzard Threatens East Coast

Funny, I don't feel threatened, but it's all about the drama, isn't it? I'm looking forward to getting the shovel out tomorrow morning. Honestly folks, the worst thing about New Engalnd winters is listening to the New Engladers complain about them. (Or listening to how happy they are that it's been 60 degrees all winter, while they are simultaneously frantic about global warming. Sheesh.)

Red and I spent the day today finishing off the baby registry, but first we had to eat. More accurately, she had to eat. So we went to Olive Garden. Olive Garden in Warwick is a shining example of what's wrong with the state of Rhode Island. Every time we go there, the parking lot is a freakin' zoo. It's like you've left civilization and entered the jungle, where you may need to kill in order to eat. This is, generally speaking, what the whole state (heck, all of southern New England; have you ever driven a car in Boston? You'd be lucky to survive!) is like - savagery and hostility papered over with a facade of civility. It's beautiful in some places, but the people are mean-spirited, rude and infused with a kind of sick desperation one would expect in an injured, starving, abused dog. It's off-putting to most of the outsiders I've spoken to; I used to think it was just me.

The parking lot is extremely small, and always full not matter what time of day it is, with plenty of people deciding to dispense with searching for a spot altogether and just inventing parking spots - usually ones that block off the extremely narrow lanes of travel. Those that do decide to searcj for parking spots are fast, aggressive and dangerous; willing to literally kill for a place to leave their car in order to eat at a crappy chain restaurant.

We found a spot at the back, which is where I usually look for a spot in the really crazy parking lots. (Less fighting and therefore danger - I had my family in the car for cryin' out loud!) but instead of parking in the assigned spots at the back, people parallel parking along the curb, and one truck actually parked diagonally instead of parking perpendicular to the curb like a responsible member of society. Red started getting worried about the car making it out of there unscathed, so we punted and went across the street to Carrabba's.

Carrabba's is a terrific Italian chain restaurant (I love their fennel sausage and lentil soup)... which isn't open until 3 pm. Since we had an hour to wait and a hungry pregnant lady, we went to Chili's.

At Chili's, Fox News was playing at the bar and I caught a quick glimpse of a headline: 40% would choose Clinton over Giuliani in 2008. Of course the real story is that in a contest between Giuliani and Clinton, Giuliani would win. In an imaginary contest between two people who have said they won't be running for president, 40% is still not a majority. I think despite Clinton's notoriety, she should learn from John Edwards. Running for President in 2008 would likely spell disaster for her political future. On the other hand, the good news is that running for President in 2008 would likely spell disaster for her political future.

It's not a shoe-in for Republicans, though. They need to realize why many are disenchanted with the party and try to address those concerns. They can't do like Democrats have been doing in the last three out of four elections and just throw in anyone and win.

It's too early to be thinking about this anyway. The whole landscape could be changed this year. All this talk about 2008 (which started in 2004, didja notice?) is starting to get on my nerves. How about worrying about November and figure out how to take over the world 2008?


Blogger Crazy Politico bloody well said...

I too am being threatened, the dreaded white stuff has been falling for hours, and is supposed to get to about 1 inch per hour shortly.

Luckily for you RI is a place where they can handle this. Virginia isn't. I've got beer, chips, sandwich stuff and clean undies. I can make it for 3 or 4 days :)

11 February, 2006 23:15  
Blogger Robosquirrel bloody well said...

If you define handle as closing everything it they get three inches of slush and getting the snowplows stuck for 24 hours, then, sure, they can handle it.

I'm good on beer. Don't know about the underpants.

11 February, 2006 23:24  
Blogger prying1 bloody well said...

I'm hoping Hillaryous does run so we can spend a year blogging about the FBI files, Vince Foster, Ron Brown, Gennifer Flowers, Linda Tripp, the White House Travel Office and all the rest. I wasn't blogging at that time and didn't get a chance to vent then like I can now.

12 February, 2006 10:57  
Blogger shoprat bloody well said...

Snow is just a fact of life for us. We deal with it every year. Occasionally a real nasty storm comes along and we talk about them years later, but we get through them.

13 February, 2006 19:01  
Blogger Rebekah bloody well said...

Yeah, what prying1 said! Sounds good to me.

21 February, 2006 19:40  

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