Watching Breakfast Television over my Shredded Wheat and Banana this morning, I was struck by the thousands who, in the US, had queued since midnight in huge queues in order to buy the latest book on Donald Trump. Why would any one need to do this I ask?
I can see a need by journalists, political pundits and the like, but for ordinary people, surely they could wait until today; or if copies ran out (which I doubt as publishers would have expected a huge rush) next week or month. And I wonder just how many of the people in that queue would actually read, digest and finish the book anyway.
Yes, there are questions over his ability to be in charge of the US. particularly at this time, when there is such a lot of unrest in the world (but then isn't that always so?) and yes, I would also guess that many of the citizens who voted him into office are beginning to question whether or not they made the right decision at the time of the election. But standing all night in a queue - in what for many has been the coldest night for a long, long time (witness the deep, deep snow along that East coast for example)- for a book which will not be an easy read and will defeat many before they get to the end? You have to ask yourself whether they wish to put it on their coffee tables to show that they are politically aware, or are they really going to sit all week-end and read it from cover to cover? I suspect it will make depressing if not scary reading.
If you are one of my readers in the States then you have my sympathy. You do not have the monopoly on making wrong or ill-informed choices at election times. Here in the UK we do it all the time. And, if it is any consolation to us all, in the long run things usually turn out alright.
Looking at footage of the snow down that East coast of the US tonight - twenty feet in some places - Central Park in New York looked particularly beautiful, as did parts of Boston- makes me hope it doesn't eventually end up here. So often, after there is a cold spell in the US it crosses the Atlantic and arrives in a lesser form here. You in the US seem to cope very well with your snow. Here, an inch on the railway lines is often enough to bring the whole country to a standstill.
I have been back to ukuleles today and some really rather good (and not too difficult) stuff to take us into the New Year. How good it is to make music with a group of like-minded people.
Keep warm, whether you are in the US or in the UK - hot water bottles and electric blankets are the order of the day I suggest (or rather the order of the night).