I thought that things were going badly but now I’m not so sure. I just heard that Donald Trump may shave his head as part of a wager with someone and heck, that’s worth getting excited about. Why? Because then he’d be another big pink man on TV along with the cast of characters I’ve mentioned below. In fact, I suspect that "The Donald" would in fact look a good deal like "Daddy Warbucks" if his pate was pristine and maybe even waxed. Of course I’m a blind guy. My visual literacy is perhaps a bit suspect. But I have it on good authority that Trump has a big head and that accordingly there’s the potential for a genuine Warbucks look should the man lose his wager and get scalped.
I don’t know what all the fuss is about concerning Rudy Giuliani’s new wife having been married "twice" before her marriage to America’s Mayor. She apparently "forgot" one of her husbands when she said that Rudy was her second hubby. I don’t see why this memory lapse bothers people. Jeez. It’s not like she’s tried to take credit for inventing the internet or something like that.
So I’m feeling better about America because it’s entirely possible that Donald Trump will join the Big Pink Men Hall of Fame.
It doesn’t take much to lift me out of my gloom. I mean, you know, the war, the erosion of civil liberties, the loss of global respect for our nation: all these things are easily forgotten when one can still contemplate the prospect of a very rich man making an ass of himself. I used to watch "Columbo" for that very reason. If you remember, that was the premiss behind every episode. I used to love Peter Falk’s criminal adversaries, all of whom were beautifully arrogant and filthy rich. I remember one episode where Robert Culp played a particularly narcissistic doctor who had murdered his wife. But like all running dogs of the capitalist system, he talked too much.
I’m giving "thumbs down" to a new murder/suspense thriller called "The Maiden’s Grave" by Jeffrey Deaver (who is famous for "The Bone Collector"). In his newest venture a psychopathic murderer escapes from a Kansas prison and takes a bus load of deaf girls hostage. Although Deaver has done his homework about the deaf community and though he goes to great lengths to make deafness and deaf culture realizable to his readers, in the end his deaf characters are simply a contrivance of plot: they are unfortunately cast as being brave or timid according to their respective feelings about their deafness, a contrivance that I personally feel is quasi-ableist at best. I was disappointed by the book because I’ve liked Deaver’s Lincoln Rhimes novels and I think that despite all his research into deafness he has fallen short of the sophisticated portrait of disability that he has offered in these other books.
But back to the big pink men issue: I wonder if all the Presidential candidates had to shave their heads who would win the election? Rudy has an edge since he’s nearly bald. Hilary and John Edwards have the best hair and so they’ve got the most to lose in this scenario. John McCain already looks bald, or so I’m told. Fred Thompson could easily be another big pink guy.
Hey, does anybody besides me think that if someone from "Law and Order" is going to run for the presidency it should really be Sam Watterson? Just a thought.