Before I begin, I should perhaps point out that I am in comprehensively bad mood.
Globally… Too many citizens of this planet are greedy, grasping, self-centred, self-important, bigoted wankers strutting and fretting their hour upon the stage, fighting for the spotlight and more than their fair share of the props as if they won’t be just as dead as everyone else when the curtain comes down on their particular act. If we could get our hands out of our own and everyone else’s pockets and put them to good use, we do now have the smarts and the opportunity to stop the rot of ages, light the whole stage instead of only bits of it, and multiply the props to provide enough for all comers. We’d still be on our way to dusty death, but at least by then the soil might be good enough to sustain the daisies we popped up. But given the abovementioned greed, it seems unlikely to happen anytime soon.
Personally… It’s the lead up to Christmas, which is usually one of the best times of year: summer heat, Christmas trees and mince pies, cherries and mangoes, crickets chirping in the dusk and the smell of baking spiced with secrets. But this year? Pfft. Flat as a tack. Maybe it’s the state of the world (as above), the weather (grey), me (tired), and/or the stress levels of family members (high but temporary). Or maybe it’s the fact that the TV silly season has started, and for two months, we’ll be fed drivel and pap whose sheer banal awfulness excoriates my soul and insults my intelligence. Take your pick.
And then we get to YOU, dear WordPress – with special reference to the Daily Prompt.
While I realise that most of your members live in the US of A, some of us – believe it or not – don’t. In fact I live in Australia. You know – Aus-tray-lee-ah. That place where kangaroos hop down city streets, everyone says bewdy bottler mate somewhere in every sentence, and everyone has a view of a Big Red Rock – except for those who look out on the main street with the kangaroos. And – also believe it or not – we are 15 to 20 hours ahead of you, depending on where in the US you live, daylight saving time and similar geographic and temporal variations. Which means that for a lot of your waking hours, it’s already tomorrow here.
I don’t expect you to get your heads around this, but what would be nice would be if you’d take my word for it and post the Daily Prompt before brekkie instead of after occasionally, thus giving us aliens a chance to get in our tuppenceworth while you lot are still awake yesterday.
Furthermore, some of us live in a different hemisphere – ie, south of the equator. You know – the e-kway-ter: that line that runs around the fat bit of the globe, below which is not a pair of legs, a set of shoulders or a table, but a whole nother half of the world, albeit in reverse, with the icy stuff at the bottom instead of the top, more wet bits and fewer dry bits, and summer and winter in the wrong months. And once again, acknowledging our existence from time to time would make us ever so chuffed.
I am sure you’re itching to say We’re American, suck it up. But since you claim to be the world’s biggest and best – and since ‘the world’ includes us and xenophobic statements might taint your aura of inclusiveness – I’m guessing you’ll simply continue to ignore me and others like me, and skip on your merry way through the twinkling lights of a white Christmas. Such is life in Terra Incognita.
Doesn’t mean we don’t get irritated from time to time.
Over It in Oz.
Oh – and before you get your knickers in a knot about perceived insults to your intelligence, you might want to check out the image you project in your choice of topics for the Daily Prompt.