My latest million-dollar idea: A line of bumper stickers that feature the other six deadly sins to go along with those uber-patriotic Power of Pride stickers. I know you've seen them, with the Stars and Stripes waving gallantly beneath that meaningless slogan. I just think we should complete the series with the Power of Gluttony, Power of Vanity, Power of Sloth and the rest. They will all be pictured with appropriate clip art, of course. Damn, I just looked it up and somebody beat me to it, probably by years. Another lost million.
Next random thought: I actually just saw one of those digital billboards telling me to "Vote Early and Vote Often" regarding early voting. Are they serious? I thought the "vote often" thing was just an old politicians' joke. Hey, if they insist…
Moving along to our regularly scheduled programming, it's 10:30 and I just got to work a few minutes ago thanks to a nice bit of freezing rain. My lady friend and I spent the morning watching Brian Senger on WBIR doing a fantastic job of standing in the station's parking lot for two hours keeping us updated on the icy conditions. Why he couldn't do this from inside the studio I'll never understand. Maybe it was a show of solidarity for the other reporter who had to stand a few blocks down the road and repeatedly prove to us that she was in fact standing on an icy sidewalk. They kept showing us remote video of the bridge we both have to drive over to get to work and for about an hour the same cars and trucks were sitting in the same place on said bridge, so we weren't going anywhere. I finally decided to give it a go just after 9:30 and still nearly side-swiped the newspaper delivery woman's vehicle on my way down the hill as I slid around a corner in first gear. I barely made it across the aforementioned Henley Street Bridge because it too was still iced over. The interstate was fine though, so I got here only two hours late.
The roads were a mess, they were reporting around 200 vehicle wrecks in Knox county alone, and people were still taking corners like they were on rails. But they have the Power of Pride, and surely that will protect them.