I’m attempting to find the time find the time to dedicate to this site again. The last few months have been all sorts of crazy with foster pups and a business trip and with me trying to find a suitable candidate to replace my fellow web developer who decided to move to the west coast. The nerve of some people, am I right? With that in mind, I’m attempting to refocus some things and all that crap, so hopefully I’m a little more structured in how I go about this. It’s difficult to just throw out random streams of consciousness and craft them into something readable.
On my commute to work today, I heard NPR reporting that Margaret Thatcher had passed at the age of 87. My first thought was “Wait a minute..pretty sure she died years ago.” (This was, oddly enough, not the only time I’d have a similar thought today. More on that in a bit.) My next thought took me back to my high school years when I was sadly mistaken that Margaret Thatcher was still the Prime Minister. That wasn’t entirely my fault. For starters, it’s not like I was big into world news during those high school years. I had a hard enough time keeping U.S. politics straight, let alone the political arrangements in other countries. Second, I positively loved to watch the British comedy “Are You Being Served?”, which was years before my time. That show ended up being my instructor for all things British, and by “all things”, I mean whatever they happened to mention on the show. I learned about Punch and Judy, Christmas crackers, and how Paddington Bear was all sorts of awesome. Naturally, as the show was filmed in the 70s to mid-80s, any political discussion was centered around Ms. Thatcher. That was a name that stuck in my head.
Now I should mention that I was not typically so willing to accept everything on television as fact. But this was the early 90s; we had no Internet out there to fact-check.
So Margaret Thatcher it was. That is, until that inevitable day when I had either picked up a world paper or paid attention to the news and realized how wrong I was. I was even asked what made me think she was still Prime Minister, and my answer was “Cause of ‘Are You Being Served?’”, which sounded just as stupid coming out of my mouth as it does reading it here. Why I would think that a show that started production years before I entered this world screaming and throwing punches would be factually accurate at the time of my viewing is one of those mysteries of life that will never be solved. Maybe I just hadn’t given it much thought. (On a side note, I did have to look to see who is PM now as I stopped taking note with Tony Blair. Side note #2- it is NOT Tony Blair.)
As for my thinking that someone was already dead happening twice today? Former Mousketeer Annette Funicello holds that honor. I was pretty sure she had died about 20 years ago. In fact, my dad and I were talking about Ms. Funicello not too long ago and there was an agreement that she had passed away years ago. I thought the Internet was playing a weird sort of trick on me today.