By now, you know from all the unending coverage that this is an election year, and a biggie.
Except that it isn’t. The election everyone is so worked up about is next year — in fact, at the end of next year, And the result will depend — to the extent that it is influenced by reality in any way — will depend on what’s happening then, now what’s happening now.
So, when The Washington Post wanted me to read something headlined, “9 things to watch as the 2024 presidential campaign heats up,” I responded this way:
Here are my 9:
1. My grandchildren
2. The seasons changing
3. The AL playoffs
4. The NL playoffs
5. The World Series
6. The last 3 next year, too
7. Detective shows on Britbox
8. My diet and workout routine
9. Pretty much anything but football.
I didn’t have room to elaborate, because that used all 280 characters that Twitter allows.
If I’d had more room, I would have of course mentioned my kids and all the other people with whom I choose to spend most of my time. They’re all way more interesting, and enjoyable, than, say, Vivek Ramaswamy. And I’d have explained that I don’t just watch English murder mysteries. I also enjoy Scottish, Welsh, Swedish, German and French detective shows. And I would have mentioned books, but you don’t “watch” books; you read them. And I’d have put quotes around “diet and workout routine,” to be more honest about it. But there just wasn’t room.
Anyway, what are your favorite things to watch rather than campaigns for next year’s presidential election?