Wednesday, September 16, 2009

The Little Guy that Couldn't, Did.

Tonight was the finals of "America's Got Talent". They had some pretty amazing talent included in that group of ten finalists and the little guy with the least talent won.

I had invested weeks in watching that show and I don't usually ever consistently watch anything on network TV. Tonight, a guy who described himself as a chicken catcher but couldn't really carry a tune in a bucket, won the whole enchilada. I think it had to be because he worked as a chicken catcher, had this good old boy country accent and wasn't much to look at.

It must have been that he represented the little guy in America. The guy who usually finishes dead last, and a guy who doesn't have much to look forward to in life except the simple things. Maybe with all that's going on in this country, America wanted to give it to the little guy.

Really, is there such a job as a chicken catcher?

50 comments:

Carol said...

Sorry, but had to start a New Post and ya'll left me to do it. We were out of room for comments and they were rolling over. Some of us who are technically challenged might not be able to find those roll over comments.

This was the only ponder on the top of my head and it was past my bedtime. Now I won't be able to watch my Colbert Report before I go to bed.

Ivy Green said...

Carol,
Are you saying the comment board here runs out of room? I didn't know that could happen.

You are all sleeping, of course (I hope) but it is half past nine in the morning here. My Internet connection is excruciatingly slow and even more excruciatingly expensive. So, reading, let alone posting is hit-or-miss. I love what all y'all are writing.

I have some extra time this am 'cuz I'm waiting for Hubs to get back, we'll go to the Tower together.

Ivy Green said...

I can't contribute to the "Ain't Got No Talent" thread because I ain't got no clue.

Ivy Green said...

Our dinners have been a very eclectic mixture of international folks. But last night (which I'm still digesting) included a sub-group of South Carolinians. That made for some lively jokes and laughter, mostly from them.

I had no idea about the latest Jimmy Carter-flap until reading on TM, but ironically, I had made a similar remark to a Londoner two nights ago that some of the town-hall fuss veils latent racism. I also told him the media is providing a skewed picture due to their zoom lens-focus on the most spectacle-worthy segments of the crowd. They think we're all crazy back here.

Ivy Green said...

I thought I would try to put up a thread with a photo, but my connection wouldn't let it load up. I'll try again, but can't promise.

I'm glad to hear about Jan's spider. If you can send Carol a photo, perhaps she can post it here for us. Maybe she can hep us devise a post about "Advice from a Spider." I wanted to do that, but I ran out of time. I have general reports that things are fine at home, but nothing specific about Charlotte.

I'd like to be able to do that hyper-linking, but I won't have time to focus on that until later.

Now I must run, or Hubs will find me not-ready-to-roll.

Ivy Green said...

I'm still engaged in reading "Year of Wonders," a novel about the Plague set in rural England in 1666. I see a parallel between the reaction of the superstitious populace who blamed the herbalist "medicine women," and condemned them as witches because their remedies couldn't stop the contagion, and today's proliferation of malpractice lawsuits. We expect perfection and infallibility and when the limitations of human knowledge can't produce it, we demand retribution. Human nature has not progressed just because some of our science has advanced.

Carol said...

Whopee, our Ivy dropped in. Have a good day Ivy.

Profound words there Ivy, everyone of them. I guess I'm the chicken catcher in this group. I wrote the post because my twin sister, who discussed that program with me for the last several weeks, was just about having a heart attack because the chicken catcher won. I wrote the post for her. Hang in there Mary, it's just a dumb TV show.

Yes Mary we may have gotten scammed but Mary this is the season for scams. We got kind of scammed in the election with this Yes We Can. Sounded good. We got scammed in the financial world when those rich corporations and banks took all our hard earned money and then found a way for us to give um more from our taxes. Yes we can. We are probably getting scammed with health care right now. Yes we might.

Mary you just have to bend over, smile, and pretend you like it. No, I didn't wake up cranky. There just seems to be a trend. I need to go fishing.

Carol said...

I did watch the Colbert Report and some of the Dailey Show last night before my eyes hit the deck. I've gotten away from those 24/7 cable news shows partly because I'm out at the camp and can't get them and partly because I wanted to break my addiction to them.

I'm tired of listening to bad news all the time. It takes it's toll on ya. I will continue to watch the comedy news shows because I can laugh at the madness of it all. They actually give you more news than the real news does and they point out just how rediculous it all is. If you didn't catch the Tuesday shows go to the Comedy Central site and watch them both. You can laugh while you cry.

The Daily show pointed out how this couple of yahoos caught the ACORN group in some funny business. No, not our investigative reporters who you would think would be looking out for us. Investigative reporting has become just looking at blogs to see what they can steal for the common people. The people who still have an idea or two.

Colbert points out how corporations are now becoming "We the People" with all the rights that we the real people no longer have. You'll laugh until you vomit. Thank you Stephen and John.

Carol said...

Chloe this is a comment I wrote last night but it rolled over which made it difficult to find. I'm going to paste it here. When you go over 200 comments it rolls over.

Chloe,

I love TM and will continue to keep up with it when I can, especially Craig's post because I love him.

I find that some of the people on the Trail are snobbish. They will especially snub you if you don't interact with them on a daily basis. I don't have enough spare time to spend all of it in political banter. I can't keep up with the issues well enough to do it and doing it doesn't serve me well anymore.

I'll just continue to lurk when I can. I'll add a comment when I want to reach out to the world. At least it gives me the feeling that I am reaching out to the world. Better than just mentioning it to the Magster. She keeps everything to herself.

Carol said...

And I thought that maybe they ought to move some of those news programs over to the Cartoon Network. They might fit better there.

Carol said...

I don't want any of you to think that if I could go back and change which party I voted for in November that I would do it. That party's motto wasn't "Yes We Can", it was "Yes, We're Nuts"...

Chloe said...

"I can't keep up with the issues well enough to do it and doing it doesn't serve me well anymore."

Carol, I didn't know that there was another comment from you last night. I didn't see 1-200 link at the bottom.

I don't keep up with the issues well enough either, and I don't want to, for that matter. It's intentional. So I end up making very ill informed posts at TM. But I don't care. It's all hit and miss with me, anyway. I'm impulsive and I like living my life that way.

I think it's funny to hear you saying that Maggie keeps everything to herself. Emma's the same way. It doesn't keep me from talking to her though, and I often answer for her too. A very agreeable relationship. Ha!

Chloe said...

Hey Ivy,

It was so much fun reading your comments this morning, delivered to us all the way from the U.K! Are you enjoying your trip as much as it sounds like you are? You know, 'they' may be right. Maybe we Americans are all crazy. I'm sure it often looks that way from afar anyway.

You'll probably come back with some different perspectives on things. That's the nice part of traveling and seeing new things. They change you, at least a little bit.


That book you got for your trip, "Year of Wonders" sounds like a good one. It's interesting the way you're paralleling it to the present. I like how you compared the progress of human nature not keeping up with the advancement of science.

Like Carol said, very profound words this morning Ivy. You're a deep think, and that's one of the things that makes you so interesting.

Chloe said...

Oh Ivy, I forgot to mentioned how cool it is that Jan got a spider with her web to share with us while your gone.

You know, as I just wrote the word 'web', it made me think the real message is right there. In her web, the webs we weave, the choices we make, the seemingly unexplainable things we do and repeat, over and over. We're all a lot like Charlotte. I can't believe I'm saying this, but we have a lot in common with Charlotte.

Chloe said...

YooHoo! I found it.

This is the photo of the lady with the humming birds flying into her hand that Jan emailed us.

Ivy, You're going to love this picture: Humming Bird Ln.... A 'must' see

Chloe said...

You know Carol, I can visualize you doing that. I keep imagining that birds are flying into your hand... that you're that lady with the cute little hummingbirds being so friendly. Maybe a look into the future?

jwayland said...

I just got a good picture of our front porch spider. She doesn't have much of a web - just a little spindle. I am going to call her Charlene. My husb has to download the pic to his computer - mine is too old. Then he can send to me and I will send to Carol to see if she can post.

I just got on line so havn't had time to read all posts. Great to hear from you Ivy. Will catch up later.

paul said...

Helloooooo,

Carol said...

Solar is comfortable with his masculinity. He's not so easily run off. He likes us tough women.


I was lost there for a while, but back now...JW,,can;t scare me away, I have 4 sisters and a mom....

Chloe,,what fantastic looking pics, that you posted about those hummers...

solarcrete said...

lets see if i can still sign in a solar

Carol said...

Hi All. Jan you can send your pic to me and whatever you want to post with it.

Had to do the Dentist this afternoon. Yuk!

How's your computer building coming along Solar?

Chloe, I've thought of trying that hand feeding the hummingbirds but not sure if I can sit still for that long. I'm usually moving almost as fast as they are.

Tomorrow's Friday. TG.

solarcrete said...

Well, Carol. I have the lights flashing a lot...and the thing a ma jig are in, but the #$%#$ is giving me a pain in the #$%# other than that. going along just fine....

Carol said...

Sounds like it's working fine Solar.

solarcrete said...

Just kidding, I almost have it done...its taking me a lot longer than I thought tho, cos of the very many diff, things to do.

Carol said...

You're brave Solar. I get nervous just loading software.

solarcrete said...

Not really Carol. There are not moving parts, just a lot of reading, and plugging in the right places, and there are a cpl of forums that i use for putting up ( getting for free) a satellite dish and getting the free signals that come out of Canada..

jwayland said...

I will get the spider pic loaded somehow in next few days. We are slooooow!
Ivy, your trip sounds wonderful.

"In her web, the webs we weave, the choices we make, the seemingly unexplainable things we do and repeat, over and over. We're all a lot like Charlotte." Yes Chloe, thinking about how Ivy's Charlotte would tear down her web and build a new one daily reminds me so much of my own life.

jwayland said...

"The only frustrating recurrent dreams I have is trying to make a phone call in an emergency and I can't dial the number. Also, if I ever try to shot someone who is after me, the bullet just falls out of the end of the barrel or the gun falls apart in my hands." Carol, I just had to go back and pick up this comment of yours in the previous thread. I think it is similar in some ways as the dreams I have of not being able to find my way home - to me its a symbol of a struggle- maybe a struggle to survive.
Night all!

Carol said...

Jan, I guess we work out some of our struggles in our sleep and I'm glad we do because we have enough to do when we are awake. I haven't had those dreams in a while so things must be working out better.

When things are going well do you ever get a little nervous about that? I told you that most of the women in my family are worriers, we got it from mom. That is, except my older sister, who would say she is above that. Is she? She lurks here at times but says she can't comment because her computer won't let her? Hmmmm.

My other sister and I even worry when we can't think of anything to worry about. We worry that we must be forgetting something.

It might be useless to worry but then again it might be a good thing. Not worrying at all may get you is more trouble. I have a lot of people in jail that must not have worried at all until they got to jail.

Some stress is necessary for our survival and growth. I bet Solar would say that. Some denial may be also unless it is excessive.

Carol said...

Jan, if you want to put up a New Post and pics, just send it to me and I will post it for you until you get the hang of it.

Older sister....if you're lurking...I will do the same for you. You are able to email me. My older sister is more the writer in the family. Jamie reminds me a lot of her.

My older sister has been running from the "Swamp" for most of her life. She's up in Seattle, about as far as she can get from this neck of the woods, without falling off the continental US, that is. I guess she wanted to get as far away from all the dysfunction, in our family, as she could. As for my twin sister and I, we just wallow in it.

We all hoped that when mom left, she would take some of that dysfunction with her... She might have taken a little, but not enough.

Mary and I are working on our dysfunction and recently, we seem to be making progress.

Carol said...

That is a good ponder. Are the people who come in ours lives there for a purpose? I think so. Even those of us on this blog.

I am so happy that I have connected or reconnected with you all.

Carol said...

Oh, and my older sister might be going to a workshop that we all may be interested in hearing about.

She wrote " I'm going to a workshop in Bellingham on Personal Mythology. Stanley Krippner is the speaker and his goal is to "guide you to discover the story that is living through you, showing that the greatest opportunity for transformation is precisely in how you consciously evolve your myth from what is no longer working for you."

Sounds like something we all would like to hear about. Don't have any of those workshops down here in the "Swamp". We do have one on "How does mud feel squishing through your toes". I think I have already been to that one a couple of times.

Chloe said...

"It might be useless to worry but then again it might be a good thing. Not worrying at all may get you is more trouble"

I think that may be a rationalization my friend, an 'excuse' to keep worrying. I'm reading the comments backwards, and as I read this one, it took my mind back to where you talked about your sister going to that work shop:

"guide you to discover the story that is living through you, showing that the greatest opportunity for transformation is precisely in how you consciously evolve your myth from what is no longer working for you."

Maybe the worrying myth is no longer necessary (working for you) Carol.
I had a copy of a little saying a long time ago, and it's stuck with me: 'Nothing life has to offer, is worth the price of worrying". We'll never can get rid of worrying completely, but trying to is definitely a worth while endeavor. (btw, I'm a worrier too but have gotten better)

Yo also mentioned denial being necessary some times, and I agree. Denial is a defense mechanism, a form of self protection. Defense mechanisms can keep us from 'going crazy'. Ha! They maybe haven't worked for me?

Chloe said...

Oh, and Carol, I forgot to mention how much I look forward to your morning posts. You sure wake up thinking about a 'lot' of things.

Chloe said...

Jan, I'm looking forward to meeting your spider. I can't believe it, but we're actually learning something from the little rascals.

Chloe said...

Solar,
I know those computers are a lot more work to build, than meets the eye. I've heard it's especially tricky when you get to the finishing touches and have to make everything compatible. You may be pulling your hair out about then.

I hope that Canada wireless connection works for you. Or are you already receiving from it. There's nothing better than a satellite connection. Fast!

Chloe said...

Hey Jan, I was just thinking. Why not have your hubby download some grandchildren pictures while he's at it. If you send them to Carol, maybe she wouldn't mind saving them for another post, if you want to, that is.

I'll get some newer pictures taken this weekend of Emma. I'm notoriously bad for never taking pictures. I must do something about that bad habit.

Chloe said...

And Carol, My hummer feeder doesn't get hung until Saturday. Been a busy week, and like Jan said, I'm 'slow'. But I won't let the little critters down.

Chloe said...

Hey Carol, Who said we don't have a workshop in the Swamp (this swamp at least). Those webs are teaching us just about all we need to know. And we're learning from each other, so there you go. The 'Swamp' work shop, coming to you straight from Louisiana.

Carol said...

Yes Chloe, my mind wakes up perky, foggy, but perky. I get up about an hour before I have to start getting ready for work. I put the Magster out and feed her while the coffee is perking and then go check the computer.

Then I go to work and that drains my brain. I ooze home and try to recharge again. I have been running home for lunch for a while now. I share a pb and j sammich with the Magster and go back.

I have just enough time to drive home, slap together the sammich, eat it and drive back but it gets me out long enough to charge me up enough to go hit it again. I used to get kind of cranky after lunch. I have two different clinics where I see patients, one in the morning and the other after lunch.

Now gir rl... you got to get that hb feeder out there. Do you have to climb up somewhere to hang it? Do you have to build a porch to put it on or something? What's the problem?

And what's the problem with the camera? I think that maybe you are overthinking this stuff.

Yes the "Swamp" workshop has been very good for me. This place is kind of like group therapy.

Chloe said...

Carol, That feeders going up tomorrow. It's going to be hanging from a second story rafter, and I need help with it.

My camera problem is more about under thinking than over thinking. I've never taken pictures. I've always figured that I've got the real thing there to look at, so why bother with a picture. Memories have never been real important to me. But I know I need to change that for Emma now, so I will.

Chloe said...

Ivy, I forgot to mention how cute that picture of you on your id is, when I was here this morning. That's a new pic, isn't it, or have I just no noticed it until now. You are so pretty Ivy, and I love that you got the pic by Ivy St. (I wonder if that's anywhere near Hummingbird Ln. :)

I rarely pass a joke on, but this one by xrepublican on tm is too good to miss.
""The firearm death rate in Washington , DC is 80.6 per 100,000 for the same period.

"That means you are about 25 percent more likely to be shot and killed in the U.S. capital, which has some of the strictest gun control laws in the U.S., than
you are in Iraq."

Conclusion: The U.S. should pull out of Washington. "

Carol said...

Stick you camera in you pocket and when you think something is interesting, snap a pic.

Yes, you need to get lots of pic of little Emma. You will want them later. Those little ones change so fast.

Carol said...

Cute joke but sad fact.

I never noticed Ivy's pic next to her post before today. I wonder why it just showed up today? She's had her pic on her profile for a while now.

Chloe said...

Stick my camera in my pocket?
Now why didn't I think of that. I put it next to my computer a while back, to remind me, but that hasn't worked. So I was ready to give up again. Now I try the pocket idea. I add new meaning to the word procrastination. I saw a little sign today that said I always wanted to be a procrastinator, but I keep putting it off. Well, that's me.

Yeah, it is a sad fact. But pulling out of Washington DC ain't a bad idea.

Carol said...

I bet I could beat you in the procrastintion department. I guess we all do it.

solarcrete said...

I once had a cure for apathy, but no one would listen to me.

solarcrete said...

See what I mean?

solarcrete said...

63,62,61

solarcrete said...

Hey im talkin to you over here...sheeesh pinks...all of you gal-pals sleep well....Ivy wake up....

paul said...
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