?

Log in

No account? Create an account

January 17th, 2004

The upcoming primary elections got me a poll-ished mood.
I hope you'll join me to explore a bit of silliness and
reflection about the shape of things ahead.

Poll #234532 Bored in the USA Poll

In the Iowa caucuses, if I were an Iowan, I would very much like to vote for:

Pat Paulsen
2(7.1%)
Britney Spears, if she'll promise to marry Gary Coleman
3(10.7%)
Anyone who will promise to invade Grand Fenwick
3(10.7%)
Chelsea Clinton
4(14.3%)
Grover Muppet
16(57.1%)

I believe that Keanu Reeves should play the president in the biopic of:

Teddy Roosevelt
0(0.0%)
Millard Fillmore
10(35.7%)
Woodrow Wilson
2(7.1%)
Abraham Lincoln
5(17.9%)
Gerald Ford
11(39.3%)

The most important issue to me that not enough candidates talk about is:

AIDS and other untreatable diseases
2(7.1%)
the widening gap between rich and poor
14(50.0%)
the sheer difficulty of raising a family in this fragmented society
2(7.1%)
preservation of key ecological habitats
8(28.6%)
localizing homeland security to genuinely resist terrorism
2(7.1%)

I think that kids today:

have a much harder time than we did because they are under much more pressure
5(17.9%)
have a much easier time than we did because they have so much more to do and the Cartoon Channel
2(7.1%)
are almost the same as we were then, except for the clothing
6(21.4%)
will never know how it feels to hear "Thick as a Brick" in 1976
3(10.7%)
cannot turn out right, because both Mr. Rogers and Captain Kangaroo no longer make new episodes
12(42.9%)

If I dreamed of a way to make society better, I'd

write a novel about it that nobody would read
10(35.7%)
sing a song about it that nobody would hear
3(10.7%)
advertise it in the back of Popular Science
4(14.3%)
paint a picture about it that nobody would see
1(3.6%)
actually try doing something about it
10(35.7%)

If I had a hammer:

I'd hammer in the morning, except I like to sleep in
11(40.7%)
I'd hammer in the evening, but I'm afraid of the dark
1(3.7%)
I'd hammer out danger, if only it were safe
5(18.5%)
I'd hammer out warning, as long as it wasn't too loud
1(3.7%)
I'd hammer out love between my brothers and my sisters, except that it would require me to set aside my resentments
9(33.3%)

The four intellectual heroes whom I would have carved into Mount Rushmore are:

I have a dream of one day:

owning my own little home and my own little business
6(22.2%)
of doing something that really matters to society as a whole
12(44.4%)
being somebody--I just want to be somebody.
2(7.4%)
having the stress stop and just relaxing
4(14.8%)
putting aside this anger I've carried far too long
3(11.1%)

I consder these the most important national security issues:

rooting out Al Queda
3(12.0%)
making the nation's power grid and nuclear plants more secure
2(8.0%)
making the nation's food supply more secure
3(12.0%)
dealing with terrorist nations
1(4.0%)
ensuring that national landmarks are protected
1(4.0%)

The campaign theme song I'd like to hear most is:

Help! I'm a rock! (Frank Zappa)
3(10.7%)
Jefferson, I think we're lost (REM)
3(10.7%)
Fallin' in and out of love with you (Pure Prairie League)
1(3.6%)
I don't know what I want ,but I know how to get it (Sex Pistols)
3(10.7%)
Isn't it ironic? Don't ya think? (Alanis)
3(10.7%)
Up, up and away in my beautiful balloon (Ffith Dimension)
4(14.3%)
Blame Canada (South Park)
7(25.0%)
I thought I knew the answer, but no question was posed (Dream Syndicate)
1(3.6%)
Get on up, on the floor, cuz we're gonna boogie oogie oogie 'til we just can't boogie no more (Taste of Honey)
1(3.6%)
Livin' just enough, just enough, for the city (Stevie Wonder)
2(7.1%)

Of all the Democratic candidates, which one could play an animal on Animal Planet? which animal?

What percentage chance do you think George W. Bush has of being re-elected?

Mean: 58.08 Median: 60 Std. Dev 24.50
0
2(7.7%)
10
0(0.0%)
20
1(3.8%)
30
2(7.7%)
40
0(0.0%)
50
4(15.4%)
60
5(19.2%)
70
6(23.1%)
80
4(15.4%)
90
1(3.8%)
100
1(3.8%)

Which of the following things would induce you to vote for George W. Bush:

An iron-clad promise that Howard Stern would be taken off the air
3(13.6%)
an iron-clad promise of no more "too much information" interviews with Pamela Anderson
1(4.5%)
an iron-clad promise that Fox News will become the Simpsons Channel
11(50.0%)
an iron-clad promise that Michael Jackson will be deported to the moon called Europa to a space station called Nevermind
6(27.3%)
an iron-clad promise that Princess Diana will disappear from the tabloids overnight
1(4.5%)

Name one silly thing that you can't believe that government spends money upon:

How would you support the troops?

with a lot of flag-waving and sloganeering
0(0.0%)
by raising the pay for enlisted personnel and enhancing veterans benefits in the long term, and prayer and good wishes in the short term
24(100.0%)
by chattering on AM radio about liberal senators
0(0.0%)
watch Donald Rumsfeld on television as often as possible
0(0.0%)
by saying pithy put-downs of folks in the military
0(0.0%)

Insomnia returns for a brief encore

Thank you to everyone who has filled out my poll.
Sometimes these serve the purpose for me of
taking my finger off my own pulse and insecurities, and moving into a "sharing space". So I'm grateful for everyone who plays.

I am disappointed this morning because my LJ friend anoisblue deleted her journal. I sincerely hope this is only temporary, as I really enjoy reading her. But all one can do is see what one can see in such matters. I like her journal very much, and I always learn from poets who write more and better than I do.

Last night I stayed up late, playing game after game of on-line chess. I've become re-addicted to the unorthodox opening with e3, d3, Ne2, Nd2, etc. which I have played on and off for years. I once asked Eric Schiller, the chess author who seems to write books the way I write weblog posts, in profusion, what it is called, and he said "small center system". I think Lengfellner System is a more poetic name.

Since I kicked caffeine in October, I sleep much better. I do still get insomnia sometimes, though, as I did last night.
I think this goes with being middle-aged. My wife made these wonderful things called "banana cookies", which made the evening sweet if long. I have generally been good post-holidays about avoiding fattening foods, but I did indulge in these cookies.

We got inches upon inches of rain last night. We needed it badly, but the ground is now too wet for hiking. I'll go to a park with sidewalks, though. When I am a bit down, experience tells me that gentle exercise is the best palliative. It may be the activity, but it is also about a quiet chance to think.

Next weekend is my "big" chess tournament. So far I am only certain that 3 folks will attend, but the response to the posting of the ad on the US Chess Federation's internet site
has been quite satisfying, so I may be surprised. But even if it is only 3, I am happy I took this risk. I decided that the only way for small good things to happen is for someone to take the risks and do the work. So this is my very modest step forward. I need to get the promotion going for the second one, in March.

It's nine a.m., which is a good time for raisin bran and the morning newspaper.

Like ducks in a pond