Adventures in Bureaucracy
? Now I'll never watch "The Fireman's Ball
" again without thinking of Steve Martin and Dan Ackroyd. Well, maybe just Steve Martin, as Dan Ackroyd
doesn't seem to be doing anything particularly funny of late. Looks like "Sergeant Bilko" was the end of his career in comedy.
More gloom from Germany
, illustrating once again that you should be careful what you wish for, because you might get it.
There's a feeling of unease inside the Beltway, a sense of impending doom almost upon us. I refer of course to the ominously-named "Brood X" of cicadas that are due to infest the area within the next few weeks. The very idea of hordes of insects covering every surface and buzzing at 90 decibels is pretty nasty. Some people are looking forward to the event
as one of nature's oddities. Others aren't exactly enthralled by the thought of such an overwhelming number of bugs.
But it's important to keep things in perspective. It could be a lot worse
For the record, he said it at least three times that I counted, but I didn't get that Carveyesque vibe after all. Maybe it's because he didn't do the hand movements with it.
Just when I was beginning to feel irresponsible, something else comes along to remind me
why I generally ignore the news now. Unless the Post has discovered the secrets of time travel, it's just flat out wrong to write an article about something that hasn't happened yet in the past tense. Yes, I know they've got to get tomorrow's papers to print tonight, but part of me is really hoping the President puts something dramatic and completely unexpected in his speech this evening. "Dewey Defeats Truman" anyone?
I used to be a news junkie, but then burnt out on it. After September 11th, though, the TV came on first thing in the morning and stayed on until I went to bed, like I was waiting for the other shoe to drop. But after about a year I stopped, because I just couldn't take the relentless negativity any more. It's not so much a matter of bias so much as the complete lack of perspective. Trying to find out what's happening in the world from a TV newscast is like trying to read a novel through a microscope. Sure, you'll see all sorts of details, but they don't add up to a coherent whole.
Uh oh, it's starting.
If the President mentions the words "stay the course" in his speech tonight, I'm going to have flashbacks of Dana Carvey's impressions of the President's father.
The Easter Vigil Mass at the Cathedral is always something to behold, both solemn and joyful. The light of candles dispels the darkness, and 1200 candles lit from a single flame makes for rather a lot of light. There were a lot of people baptized and confirmed into the Church as well, so that it sounded like most of the existing saints were named at some point during the Mass. And it is a small world after all, or maybe just a small city, since there was a familiar name during all of it. But luckily they didn't sing that song, but the choir closed with my favorite Easter hymn
. It sounds great when the choir does it, although somehow I always get the notes in the "Alleiuas" confused with the "Tra-la-la-la-las" in "Deck the Halls". Some things are best left to the professionals.