What to write about tonight? Today was a day for chores. One was my semi-annual trip to the dental hygienist. Such a strange thing we have to do. Twice a year someone has to torture you with dental tools while trying to make small talk with someone who can’t speak. You know it’s an interesting thing. Someone who’s good at that must be a gifted person. My hygienist only sees me twice a year but somehow manages to continue the conversation from where it left off six months earlier. Quite the trick. Either she has an incredible memory or she takes notes. Either way it’s kind of remarkable. And it’s funny. This time she told me that my teeth and gums looked better than usual. For some reason this slight praise filled me with a sense of accomplishment. I was now some kind of flossing ninja!
Anyway, when I got back home with my slightly whiter teeth and my “free” new toothbrush I read through the news articles and I even commented on the OPEC move to screw Joe Biden to the wall. And that was fun. But nothing struck me as the nucleus of a post.
So, I watched an old movie that I recently bought. I got it used at a library sale. I’d never consider buying it new because it’s not that good. It’s “Constantine” with Keanu Reeves as a freelance exorcist who battles demons while smoking a lot of cigarettes. It’s really a goofy concept. Constantine has a gift that allows him to see demons. But he is damned to Hell for a suicide attempt he sort of succeeded at when he was a boy. He was “dead for two minutes.” During those two minutes he experienced a lifetime of torment in Hell before the doctors revived him. In this movie he is battling semi-demons, a renegade angel and lung cancer. As I said it’s a goofy movie but every three years or so I seem to watch it again. Another problem with the movie is it costars Shia LaBeouf. Well, what can you do? But it was a good way to stop thinking about Joe Biden for an hour or two.
Camera Girl put together a nice manicotti and meat ball dinner for us. Now that’s comfort food. So, I complemented her on this delicious meal and then she told me that the cost for the meal had doubled in a little over a month. She said, for instance, that ricotta cheese went from $3.50 for a container to $7.00. Being the frugal and practical shopper, this kind of thing strikes her as madness. I started to explain to her how energy costs associated with the green new deal cascaded through the economy and caused multiple increases in the costs of food because of transportation, refrigeration, fertilizer and of course the ever-popular supply chain problems. She gave me a look as if I had blamed it on the demons from the Constantine movie. So, I stopped beating that drum and told her we’d find a way to save money by eliminating something “scholastic.” That’s the word she uses for anything that she deems pseudo-intellectual. Which covers anything that I am interested in that she is not.
But there was Joe Biden again. Annoying my wife by sabotaging the economy. This monster had doubled the price of ricotta cheese in a single month. Looking back at the logic of the Constantine movie I decided that for this monstrous act Creepy Uncle Joe should be consigned to one of the worst circles of Hell, possibly the one where an arch-demon gets to clean the teeth of the damned with a pickaxe for all eternity and where they’ve completely run out of free toothbrushes. I started to wonder if Joe’s fake teeth would be more or less sensitive to pain. But then I remembered that arch-demons really know their stuff so he would be in for it either way. So, I felt a little better.
You know all the little problems that come out of the sabotage of the economy seem trivial compared with crime waves, nuclear war and the sexual mutilation of children. But those little things add up to something important. The United States was called the land of opportunity because a good chunk of its citizens, the middle class, was prosperous. They weren’t rich but they weren’t poor. They couldn’t buy a new car every three years but they always could go out when they felt like it to a burger joint or a Chinese restaurant and enjoy a good meal to give everybody in the family a boost. Not since the days of Jimmy Carter have we been worried about having enough money to pay for the groceries and the mortgage. Now we do.
And so, if I was going to consign Joe Biden to Hell for his crimes, I wouldn’t leave out this charge. Because along with everything else he’s done he’s killed the natural cheerfulness of the American people. That’s a pretty monstrous thing.
Well, that’s what I’ve come up with. It seems a bit random but life is a stew.