Mood: don't ask
Topic: "Lost Weekend"(8)
Our topic today, dear reader, emanates from the title of an old movie, that dealt with alcoholism as a public issue in the way that we once dealt with all public issues. We made a movie. We no longer make movies, instead we make cartoons. Cartoons about alcoholism would probably not be taken too seriously, so that means that we have to deal with our less pleasant issues from an entirely new visage.
Frodo watched as the gallant Braves were shut out for both of the baseball games played with the Orioles from Baltimore. The Braves are never shut out two games in a row. Perhaps such an uncommon occurrence is what started this downward spiral on the weekend now past? Frodo is fearful of such thought since it makes him sound a bit like the late and oft-lamented Andy Rooney.
Frodo has previously written of his admiration for all things Grecian, so it is unsurprising that the continual clatter leading up to their most recent election held him spellbound. Since Frodo leans heavily to the left, it was very uncharacteristic for him to root for the right-wingers in this instance. Stability in the financial markets, reflecting well upon the efforts of the current American administration however, add significantly to the likelihood of victory before the Dark Gate.
On the other hand, we watch with sheer disdain over the pending transmittals from those who now sit where once those who returned Dred Scott to slavery once sat. With an expectation of equal stupidity, Frodo anticipates the Affordable Care Act to drip through the fingers of justice as if it were but one more hanging chad, or another "Super Pac" filling Romney's mind with visions of sugar plums. This is the worst Court, ever.
The Shire has also been invaded by dueling riding lawn mowers on either side of Frodo's residence therein. Appropriate it is, he supposes, that these monstrosities should appear within minutes of each other on this the fortieth anniversary of the movie that introduced "Dueling Banjos" to all the world.
Likely it is that this is merely a cyclical presentation of Frodo's opening thought, i.e. movies have been replaced by cartoons, since a great movie like "Deliverance" (which that same year lost "Best Picture" to "The Godfather") is compared to two overweight, middle-aged men, on riding lawnmowers. It certainly gives a more vibrant reference to the dialogue therein, reference Ned Beatty and "Squeal like a pig."
Frodo may not be Andy Rooney, but there are times when he feels like Twain.