Tuesday Tidbits

There was a faint woody perfume in the air this morning as I strolled up the long, but not winding, driveway to the mailbox. It foretold of warmth and comfort, belying the slight close stillness of the cold air that usually trumpets a winter storm. 

This just in: NJ Governor Chris Christie let a doozy of a barb fly when he referred to Assemblyman Reed Gusciora as a ‘numbnuts’ in his latest tirade against same-sex marriage here in the state.  So far, at least of this writing, I haven’t heard that he’s been asked to make a public apology, you know, like the ones someone might be forced into for making an off-color comment about Kim Kardashian or some football player for doing a victory dance in the end zone.

Speaking of NJ, last week, Senate Majority Leader Loretta Weinberg has tried once again to have the lyrics to Rutgers University’s 139-year-old alma mater, “On The Banks of the Old Raritan” changed to reflect the attitude of the current times. She proposes, as she first did two years ago,  that words like “father” and “man” in the line “My father sent me to old Rutgers, and resolv’d that I should be a man” should be more gender-neutral. In 1914 the theme was made more subdued from a having hazing tone. In 1989, trying to be inclusive of the Newark and Camden campuses, an attempt of having “my boys’ changed to “my friends” never really caught on. This kind of reminds me of the time recently when there was a bill proposing changing the title of “Mother” and “Father” to “Parent 1” and “Parent 2”.  But I think Rutger’s bigger concern should be having the likes of a Snookie give the commencement speech at graduation. Just sayin’.

From the observation deck…and mind you it’s an independent study, I have yet to see a man in an aisle seat on the Ellen DeGeneres show. Given that the audience is made up mostly of women, that probability is rather diminished, unless of course it’s a spokesperson from some organization or other there to make some charitable contribution to one of Ellen’s varied and worthwhile causes.

And on that note…bye!


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