But I ain't a'goin' nowhere. Maybe I'll come back to this blog and rant between mid-morning "Jeopardy" and early afternoon reruns of "The Office". I haven't blogged lately, but then during Ramadan, days pass one after the other uninspiringly.
I have an urge to say something about this Sarah Palin person, but so far everything I've thought about saying I quickly find out is not original and can be found here and there said much more precisely or eloquently or rudely.
Then last night on our way to see "Tropic Thunder" at one of Dubai's many world's largest malls, the missus and I passed by a gaggle of local women wearing their black grim reaper-like cloaks known as "abiyas", their heads covered with Jackie O. type scarves and their faces made up like those killer clowns from slasher movies about killer clowns.
When they were well out of ear shot, the missus clued me into a Farsi saying in an aside that struck a chord; it translates into English as:
"The uglier the monkey, the better the tricks".
She was of course referring to the "Cirque-du-Soleil beauty secrets of Arabian Beauties" we'd happened upon.
Now usually Farsi insults involve one or the other or both parties locked in verbal combat being threatened with sodomy--(or their mothers, their fathers, maybe even their dead grandparents). Farsi insults are crude--I prefer the term "earthy"--and they do amuse me, but this particular blog entry is not the proper purview for randy Persian idioms.
When I heard this one about ugly monkeys, I laughed out loud and immediately thought of the Republican ticket (with the debate coming up on the heels of the almost a trillion dollar bail out and the death knell of western civilization, I suppose it has been on my mind).
Four more years of Republicans in the White House and the same old shit or even worse--retro-Reagan "Us vs Them" bullshit--will no doubt be One. Butt. Ugly. Monkey.
And now, in the center ring, an ugly monkey and its cool bitch of trick. I believe the majority of Americans just might stand in line to buy a seat to this performance.
And that's what I have to say about Sarah Palin.