The American Way

“According to your written statement, you are expecting a swift acceptance of your offer,” the reporter said. “Don’t you think your expression of confidence might be a bit premature?”

“Are you conscious of who I am?” Randolph asked. “If you think my statement was premature, you’ve got another think coming, young man.”

“Yes, I’m very much aware of who you are,” the reporter said, “but even with all of your money, power, and influence, just because you say it, doesn’t make it so.”

“Don’t be naive,” Randolph said. “With my money, power, and influence, I can do whatever I want to do. That’s the American way, my friend.”

“You’re probably right, sir,” the reporter said. “Unfortunately, America has lost its way.


Written for these daily prompts: Word of the Day Challenge (statement), Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (swift), Ragtag Daily Prompt (acceptance), The Daily Spur (offer), My Vivid Blog (expression), and Your Daily Word Prompt (conscious). Photo credit: shutterstock.com.

Sandman Gets Personal

Sandman, over at The Jazzocracy, posed four more interesting questions this week and I thought it might be fun to take a moment or two to answer them.

Do you celebrate your birthday with a bit of naughtiness or are you ever so good on your special day?

I celebrate my birthdays by cheering at the fact that I’ve managed to still be alive at my age.

For snacking, do you prefer sweet to savoury or equally?

I like them both. My favorite light snack is a piece broken off from a Dark Chocolate Sea Salt Caramel bar from Ghirardelli Chocolates. Yum!

If you were going to sacrifice someone to zombies, who would it be (first name only, please)?

It would be a guy by the name of Donald, who is a total rump.

How well endowed are you?

I asked my wife how I should answer this question. She’s still laughing. I’m not sure what I should make of that.

One-Liner Wednesday — Dog Talk

“You can say any fool thing to a dog and the dog will just give you this look that says, ‘My gosh, you’re right! I never would’ve thought of that!’”

Dave Barry, American author and columnist


Written for Linda G. Hill’s One-Liner Wednesday prompt. Photo credit: stock.adobe.com.

Fandango’s Provocative Question #161

FPQ

Welcome once again to Fandango’s Provocative Question. Each week I will pose what I think is a provocative question for your consideration.

By provocative, I don’t mean a question that will cause annoyance or anger. Nor do I mean a question intended to arouse sexual desire or interest.

What I do mean is a question that is likely to get you to think, to be creative, and to provoke a response. Hopefully a positive response.

Yesterday, the U.S. Senate unanimously passed legislation to do away with the biannual springing forward and falling back that most Americans have come to despise, in favor of making Daylight Saving Time (DST) permanent. When was the last time that the U.S. Senate voted unanimously for anything?

If the legislation were to also pass in the House of Representatives and then be signed by President Biden, it would take effect in November 2023.

Hallelujah right? Some of the positives for year-round DST include projections of less crime, more daylight time for retail shopping (for those who still buy stuff at brick and mortar stores rather than online), and more light for outdoor activities in the evenings.

But the most notable downside for year-round daylight saving time would come in the dead of winter, when many areas would not see the sun rise until long after most people are out of bed and off to work or school. In fact, depending upon where you live, sunrise would be after 8 a.m. from late November until the middle of February. And the latest sunrise of the year would be around 8:30 a.m. around the winter solstice near the end of December.

An alternative approach to permanent Daylight Saving Time might be year-round Standard Time. The American Academy of Sleep Medicine supports eliminating seasonal time changes in favor of a national, fixed, year-round time. But it says current evidence “best supports the adoption of year-round Standard Time, which aligns best with human circadian rhythms.”

What I’m not going to ask for this week’s provocative question is whether or not you think we should ditch this ludicrous ritual of twice-yearly changing of the clocks. Of course you do. But I am going to ask you this:

Assuming you agree that we should have the same time year-round rather than moving up an hour each spring and back an hour each fall, do you favor going to permanent Daylight Saving Time or permanent Standard Time? Why do you feel that way?

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