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After the big game

I wonder what last night’s Nielsen ratings were for C-SPAN? I was watching the House debate the healthcare reform bill for most of yesterday afternoon and evening, something I don’t think I have ever done before (or will again) – watching it with the same sort of intensity most people reserve for more important things like March Madness, and sometimes shouting things at the screen. It was very much like watching Your Team make it to the Final Four, only they were playing the game in slow motion and with infinite time-outs and possibly in Japanese*; I watched most of it while pacing (although not pacing with a bag of chips, which was what I really wanted to do – my therapist will be so proud) and kept trying to distract myself with other things, but I couldn’t turn away for long.

(*I saw someone on Twitter compare the coverage to watching a telenovela, which was so very apt – I didn’t understand anything they were saying or much of the plot, but it still managed to be thoroughly engrossing.)

Now today I keep fighting the urge to work parliamentary procedure into my speech, like: There will be order on the floor! The gentleman on the phone from the credit card company deserves to be heard!, and: The gentleman from the top bunk yields one minute to the gentleman from the bottom bunk. — Perhaps I will get a gavel and wear it around my neck like a team jersey.


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