Amy’s Back At Work And Hayden Spotted Something
My wife Amy finished her second work back to work at Cold Side Silkscreening. It is going well, although she is a little anxious about working solo. Dropping off and picking up is going fine, but it is a little tricky. It’s still much better than paying for parking.
Last Sunday, we got to see our son Hayden in person for the first time in more than two weeks. He has changed so much. OK, not really. But it was so good to be able to give him a hug again.
On Labor Day, Hayden was back at college in Mankato, enjoying a day with no classes, hanging out with a couple friends and shopping at a Goodwill thrift store. He spotted a t shirt with a design that seemed familiar.
He texted me. He said he might be crazy but the design looked like one of mine.
On Thursday, Amy brought home several pieces of original art of some of the designs I had done for a regular customer of Cold Side’s. Among them was the design Hayden spotted.
Inspired by an image shared on Facebook by a Pennsylvania congressperson, Stephanie Borowicz, I started a bit of a conversation, if you will, about religious tolerance. More specifically, I was concerned with non-religious tolerance. There isn’t much of that in America. Sure, an atheist can just keep their mouth shut and the majority wouldn’t even notice, but it is clear to us atheists that we don’t have a seat at the table.
Admittedly, I was a bit snarky in my initial response to the politician. I had stated: Prayed that satellite right up there, did we?
That got some people riled up. Mockery! Making fun of belief! Religious intolerance! Persecution!
How dare I remind a political representative of the people of Pennsylvania that not everyone they represent shares their faith?! I guess those who no longer believe in their imaginary friends can just sit their butts down and keep their mouths shut. How dare atheists make believers uncomfortable with their questioning snarkery?!
And why is being a person of faith considered virtuous?
I explore my thoughts on that question.
I also ask the question: Suppose MN Rep. Ilhan Omar posted that same image and asked Allah to continue to bless America, would those so upset by my religious intolerance react the same way as the did to Rep. Borowicz?
A Dimland Radio Pedantic Moment: Amazon’s Rapunzel Ad
Just a quick Pedantic Moment dealing with an ad for Amazon. The ad shows Rapunzel in a tower waiting for her prince (or princess, no assumptions) to arrive. Well, they ain’t showing up, so Rappy takes matters into her own hands and goes on Amazon to order a ladder. It arrives and she goes free.
The pedantry? Her hair is not nearly long enough!
Some Interesting Things About A Minor Country Hit
A friend shared the video for country music legend George Jones’ 1985 song Who’s Gonna Fill Their Shoes. The song is a tribute to the legends of country music. However, all of the legends listed are men. No Loretta Lynn? No Patsy Cline? No Tammy Wynette?!
George! Tammy was your wife and singing partner!
I rewrote the lyrics to include some female legends of country music.
The video for the song uses the old (even by 1985) movie and TV trope of small towns and businesses suffering due to the Interstate Highway System. I talk about that a bit and about another moment of interest in the video…
I immediately recognized that toy horse in the window (see the photos above). It’s Thunder. Thunder was horse belonging to the cowboy action figure Johnny West by Marx Toys. Marx had some of the coolest toys back in the day.
I knew it was Thunder, because I have one! (See the photos below.)
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