In a story of a loser set up to lose even further, Chris Rock takes on the challenge of the electoral process in the comedy, Head of State. This is a fun movie that came out in 2003 which has many similarities to Obama’s run for president in 2008. In this case, life imitates art, but there are many differences, too. Chris Rock plays Mays Gilliam, an alderman from the 9th Ward of Washington D.C. To quote Mays, “It’s a neighborhood so bad, you can get shot while you’re getting shot.” Outside of the 9th Ward, an ironic twist of fate occurs when the current Republican candidates die in a freak plane crash, with about eight weeks left in the race. The party is looking to find a replacement to lose the race so they can set up the head of the party, Senator Bill Arnot, (James Rebhorn) to run in the 2008 race. After seeing a local news story about how Mays rescued an old lady and her cat from a building demolition, the G.O.P. leaders find the perfect person to take the hit. Read more...(550 words, 64 images, estimated 2:12 mins reading time)
RELED (ree led’) v. To reset all the digital clocks in the household following a power failure.
With spring weather comes stormy weather, and if the powerlines in your area tend to flicker with the wind or you have transformers that think they are actually lightning rods, the you know what it means to reled. Sometimes you might not have to reled on all the clocks in the house, but if you’ve got some that are overly sensitive to the slightest voltage drop, then releding will happen often. If you live in an area prone to lightning storms in the spring and summer, it might just be worth the losss of aggravation to go analog during the summer. After all, people used analog clocks for centuries before anything digital was ever even a concept. They were easy to set, just move that big hand around till it’s in the right place. Some folks like the glow of the digital clock that lets them know how much sleep they can get in before that alarm goes off at 5:30 A.M., but if one little power flicker makes that red glow become a flashing monster that reads “12:00” for hours on end, they most likely won’t be getting that sleep anyway. Good luck with the wacky summer weather this year. Here’s hoping you won’t have to reled too much.