The bliss part is it is only 8:00 and my kids have already been asleep for over half an hour. Time to par-tay!
The amusing thing (yes, I will get to Flannery, but after this -- keep your hair on) is a dialogue from one of The Daily Show's interviews (one of the few things in the universe worth watching on the evil box). The scenario is that there is a town in Texas that just sold its name to a satellite dish company -- that is, it changed its name from "Clarke" to "Dish" in exchange for everyone in town getting a free dish. That actually happened.
So on the show (if you haven't seen it, it's a VERY clever satirical news show) they dispatch one of their 'reporters', Ed Helms, to act as a buffoon who can't see what the big deal is, and he interviews the local beard and tweed sporting bleeding heart intellectual, here abbreviated as BHI:
Ed: I guess I just don't get what the big deal is. TV is great! (I'm paraphrasing a bit, obviously)
BHI: Well, it's just that there are a better thing to spend money on in this town than satellite dishes.
Ed: Name one problem your town could have that can't be solved by TV.
BHI (already looking bewildered) Ummm -- education!?
Ed: The Learning Channel.
BHI: Proper policing!?
Ed: Law and Order.
BHI: Okay, I have a good one. Garbage removal.
Ed: Oscar the Grouch.
Ed: Oscar the Grouch! He lives in a trash can, eats all the trash -- it's how he survives.
BHI: But what does that have to do with --
Ed: He can eat all the garbage!
BHI: No. . . no, he can't eat the plastic (clutches head) -- I can't believe I'm having this conversation!
One of the interesting things is that the Daily Show is the ONLY thing I have ever seen on TV that points out how stupid and stupefying TV is. There is a creepy conspiracy of silence about TV addiction -- I doubt there's ever been an Oprah about it, despite it being a HUGE problem in our society. Okay, enough soapbox. I have a few things to do, then I'll come and put up that Flannery thing.