Jan. 3rd, 2008

I was feeling a bit grumpy about the start to my day. This is mostly a function of the fact that I was still awake at 6:30 a.m. and that the temperature was -2F which made running errands unappealing. I could be having a worse day.

A few minutes ago a young man knocked on the door to inform me that the water was being shut off to repair a leak in the main line and that once it was back on the water for drinking, cooking, and oral hygeine would need to be boiled. Plans for the day are in disarray because I am not going anywhere without a shower. Still I have three reasons to be grateful.

1. I made coffee and filled the bird water dish just before the water was cut off.
2. I am not the person going door to door through about a foot of snow in below zero temps.
3. I am not one of the people who has to repair a water line in those temps.

bonus reason to be grateful: the sun is shining and the winds are calm
I also realized that since I have stopped drinking bottled water, I don't have a reserve of water on hand. If not I'll have to retract my "not leaving the house without a shower" statement and go to the grocery store.
There is an interesting, perhaps even profound, post that could be made comparing and contrasting the play of the Orange Bowl and the commentary that goes along with it and the Iowa Caucuses and the associated commentary taking place on CNN. I am flipping back and forth between the two channels haven't had enough sleep to write said post. Hopefully someone will.

A few of the similairities:
They both have scores and a plethora of statistics to be spouted by talking heads and even some attempts at fancy graphics.

They both include signs, banners, and statements of allegiance made by buttons, hats, and t-shirts (though I haven't yet seen a caucus participant with a painted face or without a shirt).

Both are the subject of speculation and prognostication. Both have video features to give us backstories and create human interest. In both cases none of the talking or history matters when the final numbers are posted.

The sociologist in me wants to start crunching numbers and making sociodemographic comparisons.

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