Let me apologize. This is not a coherent post with one theme. Instead, it is three unrelated topics that are on my mind this morning.
THING ONE: I had a meeting at church last night and as soon as I got home I popped popcorn and clicked my recording of the debate. My youngest daughter and I watched it with much enthusiasm. Her interest comes from her recent decision to join the debate club at school. People keep reporting this morning that President Obama won the debate but I don’t think so. To me it looked like a tit-for-tat draw scenario. Each one had good moments but each one also had bad moments. I think Obama is more likeable, but Romney still seems more coherent. I think the reason people are saying Obama won is that he so underperformed last time that it was dramatically different than the first debate. My feeling though, is that the ship had already left the port and that Romney’s dominant performance in the first debate established that this race is going to be squeaky close right down to the hanging chad finish line.
THING TWO: We can file this one under the “I’m becoming a grumpy old man” but I’ve got to address a problem. I don’t care what my iPad or the hours of operation say at the grocery store there is NO SUCH THING AS 12AM or 12PM. It is either 12 noon or 12 midnight. Period. End of discussion. 12 is the meridian, and it can’t be ante or post if it is on it!
THING THREE: Yesterday I dropped by my local Starbucks to buy a gift card for a friend who did me and my church a favor and I saw a man who brought a bird into the coffee shop. A bird. It was not caged and it was on his arm, in his coat pocket, and on his shoulder. The bird was a green parakeet. In the Starbucks. Is it Pirate Week and I missed it? I just can’t believe it. Who would take a pet bird to get coffee? Why? What sort of thought process did that guy go through? Unbelievable.