Monday, August 31, 2015

March! March! March!

Rejoice, rejoice, it's the merry, merry month of March.

March! March! March!


(A brief discussion twixt Baer & Baer's editor, a.k.a. BE)

JB: Yahoo! It's the merry, merry month of March!

BE: Isn't that the merry, merry month of May?

JB: Misnomer. MARCH is the time to be merry. Just think of all the reasons.

BE: I'll bite.

JB: Exactly. And you should. It's Shrove Tuesday, the day before the start of Lent. It's Fausnaught Day! Find a fatty, doughy donut and enjoy. There's so much to celebrate.

BE: You mean you have a furlough coming up?

JB: No. But the federal government faces a shutdown. Wisconsin faces a smackdown. Pennsylvania faces, according to new state budget secretary Charles Zogby, "a day of reckoning." Tens of thousands of working poor here just lost their health insurance. I could go on.

BE: Those aren't reasons to celebrate. They're reasons to be depressed.

JB: Well, you can celebrate Mardi Gras! Celebrate Purim! Celebrate the coming of St. Patty's Day! Celebrate the coming of the first day of spring. Celebrate the return of baseball. Celebrate the anniversary this Friday of William Penn getting the charter from the king in 1681 to create PENNSYLVANIA! Look. Here's a list of all the good things that happened in March.

BE:I don't see where you're going with this.

JB: That's because you're not seeing the big picture.

BE: Paint it for me.

JB: Gladly. There are ALWAYS tons of things wrong. In government. In politics. Lots of bad news, bad decisions. But there's also always the undeterred will to keep moving forward. No matter what. And March is a great reminder that we should always keep Marching on.

BE: This doesn't sound like you.

JB: I've got March fever!

BE: You've got some kind of fever.

JB: In like a lion, out like a lamb. March! March! March!

BE: Maybe you need to spend some time "lion" down.

JB: Grrrr.


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