The ReturnWe had a very nice Labor Day weekend, camping in one of our lovely Michigan state parks. The weather couldn't have been any better. I got to read the first 278 pages of David McCullough's Truman. We cooked all of our meals over a campfire, and everything tastes better cooked over a wood fire, even pancakes and coffee. I lost the Euchre tournament after being in first place in the second from the last round. The number of children attending our annual outing decreases every year as more of our children reach college age, but there were a couple of new families this year with younger children.
During the weekend, most of us were cut off from the outside world. Sure, some campers from outside our group had fancy expensive RV's with satellite TV, but from what I noticed, they were mostly watching football. On Saturday (or was it Sunday, I really don't remember) I was discussing the upcoming presidential elections with one of the group. He mentioned McCain's choice of Sarah Palin for VP. With my very limited knowledge of Palin, it sounded like a strange choice.
Finally plugging back into the information superhighway yesterday was as big a shock as I'd ever had on the Internet. It had turned into the All Palin - All the Time news channel. Conservatives were thrilled, liberals were outraged and digging for dirt, both real and imagined. The whole episode with Palin's impending grandmotherhood has especially sent them over the edge.
Next year, when we return from camping, I hope to be able to ease back into the madness.