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Super Bowl & Handy Switch

They speak to me of America.

The other night, an advertisement on TV informed me — how could I have been so ignorant? — of the existence of the Handy Switch:

The Revolutionary new Handy Switch wireless light switch is just $19.99 and only $7.99 shipping and handling. Handy switch is a wireless light switch you can use to remotely control any lamp in your home. Each Handy Switch comes with a switch and the remote receiver. You simply plug the receiver into an outlet, and then plug your lamp into the receiver. That's it! When you flick the switch, it sends a signal to the receiver, telling it to turn the power on or off. It's that simple. Plus, each switch also comes with a special adhesive that lets you stick your Handy Switch to any surface, then remove and re-use it in any location you choose. Handy Switch only works with lamps or other devices that plug into the wall. The range is approximately 60 feet, and the radio frequency it uses will penetrate walls.

America has a big problem, you see: some people actually have to get out of bed, or off the couch, to turn off the light. Who knew anybody lived in such deplorable conditions? Yet, the purveyors of the Handy Switch will, I'm sure, garner enough customers to make a fortune selling their product.

(This is most certainly not an endorsement of Handy Switch by The Blog from the Core.)

Were I channel surfing now, I could see the Super Bowl game as it flashes by:

Site: University of Phoenix Stadium - Glendale, Arizona
Date: February 3, 2008
Kick-off: 6:30 p.m. EST
Network: FOX
Radio: Westwood One
Home Team: New England Patriots
Away Team: New York Giants
Halftime Performance: Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers
Referee: Mike Carey

Since I'm blogging now, instead, you can readily gather how little significance the Super Bowl holds for me. I need not tell you, either, how unusual that makes me: it's Super Bowl Sunday of Super Bowl Weekend; and while this "holiday" might not be as big as Christmas Day or Independence Day, it sure is bigger than Presidents' Day and, probably, Veteran's Day. Millions upon millions of people are watching the show — and woe betide anybody who interrupts their viewing. And thousands upon thousands of people have spent thousands and thousands of dollars to be able to go and be there in the University of Phoenix Stadium for the game. (I understand that scalpers could get $4,000+ for a ticket.)

In a world were hundreds of millions of people live in abject poverty, struggling just for subsistence every day; in a world where hundreds of millions have no say whatever in who rules over them; in a world where hundreds of millions are subject to death for apostasy or maiming for theft; in a world where hundreds of millions are subject to horrible death for lack of basic sanitation, simple medical treatment, and surgery — in such a world, just how damn bad can it be in a country where tens of millions account a sporting event one of the most important occasions of the year, and they can turn the lamp on or off as they watch without having to go to all the trouble of getting off the couch?

Lane Core Jr. CIW P — Sun. 02/03/08 08:00:40 PM
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