Ladies and gentlemen, I give you the red states. The pic at the left comes from This Modern World, who got it from a board somwehere on the internets. The picture is of a pickup truck in Kentucky with a bunch of homemade bumper stickers; the messages include (with the original wording):
Way to go, red states.
And now let's talk TV, because I finally saw a rerun of the first new episode of The Apprentice last night. I originally thought the premise of 'street smart vs. booksmart' was lame, but it's proving more compelling than I gave it credit for. Last night the street smart team won. Part of the reason the booksmart people lost was that their 'marketing plan' was ill-conceived. The person in charge of that, Danny, was a li'l scatterbrained, maybe a bit ADD. So of course I was rooting for him a little. Here's the rest of the thing about Danny: he tried to play the 'creative' role, with the long hair, signifier glasses and outré (for the context) clothes. And he kept playing guitar and what not. At first I thought he was an interesting character, but by the time he got to the boardroom I got the sense that he was purposely trying to strike this pose, perhaps to differentiate himself from his competitors (not always a good idea, especially in the corporate world). It seemed like he'd read a book on positioning and decided that he would craft an image as someone creative and iconoclastic, explaining all the clothes, hair, etc. The whole of it kind of rang false. And something I found myself asking was, well, if he's so creative and original, then why isn't he a rock star or designer or something actually... creative? At any rate, he'll be gone soonly, because either Trump or Reptilia, Blond Queen of the Frozen Haggis said that he was 'the very definition of a loose cannon.' He's toast already. I'm really glad that the street smart people won, and I hope they win in the end. They're rougher around the edges and maybe a little crass sometimes, but infinitely more lively than the 'booksmart' people, who might as well be dead, as personable as they come off.
And that's the beep for today.