Mood: not sure
Frodo remembers one of the great scenes in all of moviedom when dueling banjos represented a downhill run that was anything but fun for the canoeists of DELIVERANCE. It is not uncommon for the Hobbit to find himself listening for the music and finding something unexpected. Today, that realization was discovered in the empty aisles of the TARGET store.
Where is everybody? A nice suburban location with a comparatively affluent clientele on a cold and windswept winter's day for a major retailer is generally arush with escapees from cabin fever. Not so this day. Frodo could have stood in the middle of the store wearing lederhosen and called at the top of his voice for a throat lozenge and nobody was there to notice.
While Sam piloted the motorcar, for a change, and Mick, the Wonder Dog, gazed at doggie television as it passed by his position in the rear seat, Frodo looked around, as if he were on a nature walk in search of small signs of a coming spring. The German grocery chain that seems well-stocked with a limited variety of bulk goods and unknown name brands had a steady flow of traffic, or so it seemed to Frodo. The charitable organization which recently seems to be selling donated goods from shiny new locations in strip shopping centers was packed, people buying heavier coats and such.
Cable network news, not the local media, reported today that of all the 50 states, the people of Georgia are least prepared to exist on savings. Should a citizen of the area about the Shire lose his job, and suffer without income, that person would have less than a few months of his own capital at hand. Dead last in all the Union.
What did they do with what they had? What are they going to do? What are we going to do? Yet, attendance for the ATLANTA BRAVES will approach 3,000,000 no matter what. People will pay the $7 it costs for a single beer at Turner Field. Neill Diamond will sing to a sell-out crowd at $75-150 per ticket in just a few months. Even more interesting is the fact that, with the exception of an occasional OBAMA sticker, like the one on his motorcar, there are none broadcasting allegiance to one of the Republicants. Frodo has not seen a bumper sticker for weeks, and the last one he saw was "CAIN IS ABLE."
Frodo will have to spend a little less time in the woods, and pay greater attention to the traffic from the co-pilot's position. Mick, the Wonder Dog, will not object at all. Sam couldn't be happier, Frodo's driving has always been of concern.