Tuesday, December 21, 2004

Keeping Priorities Straight

Yesterday in Minnesota, we got our first great icing of the roads, just in time for the Christmas season. Our state highway department tried preventive measures the night before, spraying traffic arteries with a deicing chemical — around the Mall of America. Yes, about 13,000 people work at the Mall, with more in the vicinity. And there were doubtless going to be some early morning shoppers. But nothing like the 150,000 or so heading into downtown Minneapolis on Monday morning.

"Our culture provides entertainment as a compensation for and an inducement to work. It reconciles work and leisure, and reconciles production and consumption. It eliminates contradictions that would otherwise be intolerable."
—Curtis White, "The Middle Mind: Why Americans Don't Think for Themselves"

Only three shopping days left 'til Christmas!


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