Good morning, y’all. It was another gorgeous day in the Georgia mountains. I might get in the post card business if this beautiful weather keeps up. I could even get involved in the Chamber of Commerce promoting our area. Of course if I’m successful, it just ruins it for all of the folks that moved here to get away from the crowds.
We took the opportunity today to get away from the crowds a bit ourselves. We headed over to Amicalola Falls to see what we could see. If you’ve never been, it is described as one of Georgia’s “Eight Wonders of the World”. It’s pretty darn impressive, and the hike up there is well worth it. Just be sure you are attired properly. You’re probably not going to make it in flip flops. After all, it is the beginning of the Appalachian Trail.
There is just precious little on the TV to get excited about, and communing with Mother Nature is always a good way to gain perspective. To be truthful, Mulva was tired of getting greeted every time I saw her with, “Prince is still dead”. I don’t mean to be disrespectful of the dearly departed, but I don’t remember there being this much round the clock coverage when John Lennon was killed. Maybe Prince missed my generation, or I missed his, but I just don’t recall him burning up the airwaves with the hits. Just to satisfy my curiosity, I looked to see how many top ten records Prince has. I think the number is the same as CeeLo Green. I have a feeling that when CeeLo passes it’s going to be more of a, “former hip hop singer CeeLo Green died today, in other news….” Maybe I’m being tacky. I liked “When Doves Cry”, the song and the movie, but the coverage of his passing has far exceeded his impact on music, in my opinion.
It’s not like there wasn’t a lot of other news to cover. For example, Prince George met his first black man. It is important to note that the first black man that Prince George met, is the most powerful man in the world. Perspective is very important in these matters. A lot more time could have been spent on that. Although the time they did spend on the story resulted in the company that sells the Prince’s robe and slippers, Prince George, not other Prince, to sell out of the items. I’m assured that they are not just sold in the Buckingham Palace gift shop, but, like everything else in Great Britain, the Royals will get a piece of the pie.
It would have been very interesting to have more coverage of President Obama twisting arms in Great Britain trying to hold the European Union together. I would have appreciated an interview with the raving lunatic mayor of London, Boris Johnson. Johnson, who was born in New York City, and therefore an American, let loose on his home country. He accused America of being a “do as I say, not as I do” country. Johnson went on to say that President Obama must have been feeling some sort of Kenyan rage at the old colonial power. That’s some good stuff. Far more interesting than whether Prince was found in his pajamas or just a regular outfit, since the police weren’t qualified to judge the difference.
I’m not a big gossip person, but there has been some sort of riff this week between Kelly Rippa and Michael Strahan and their network. Michael didn’t show up one day, and then Kelly decided not to come in for the rest of the week. Kelly’s supposed to be at work next week, but Michael is gone. I mean, talk about your cultural icons that deserve news coverage, and are not getting it, go no further. Michael Strahan is such an icon that he has had the gap between his teeth trademarked. Think of it like Prince changing his name to an Ankh with scriggles. I’m not sure if it’s a positive thing to having your essence reduced to a symbol.
Seems like the story that will continue on deserves the most coverage, but I guess not. While being pounded incessantly with the “news” that Prince is still dead, we know nothing of why The Donald thinks the choice of Harriet Tubman for the face of the twenty dollar bill is a bad one. Seems like someone should sit The Donald down and plumb the depths of his reservations about Tubman. I bet there would be a lot more quotable moments than the “Prince is still dead” coverage.
For those of you who remember the early Saturday Night Live, I’d like to offer this bit of history to bolster my opinion: