Oops, I missed another Parade of Homes here in the River Cities this past weekend. A television reporter happily chirped that this year's tour of trophy houses was "kind of unique." That certainly "kind of" piqued my "kind of" interest. But I nonetheless spent the bulk of Cleanup week battling the mess in the garage while losing a battle with a sinus infection. I think I'm still giddy from the three prescriptions I began, or an accidental overdose from the bottle of Robitussin I found in the cupboard.
Never underestimate how easy American business appropriates sacred religious holidays. Proof? Last Sunday's Easter. Holy cow—it's amazing. The Christmas story is readily the sales event of the year because Yuletide is a consumerism slam-dunk for the Christian and secular holiday. Christmas shopping generates whopper sales inspired less by the spiritual Nativity and more by Santa naiveté. A more formidable challenge is the product marketing of Christian's Easter observance of their Jewish savior Jesus, and the passion of his death and resurrection.
Wow! Exciting news this past week about another first-place win for North Dakota and Fargo. We were named the best American state for millennials. That probably explains why I noticed all those guys with manbuns bouncing down Broadway yesterday with a smile on their face and a spring of pride (or the pride of Spring) in their step! Good old North Dakota, my beloved adopted state, won this munificent achievement based on the size of its young adult population, availability of residential rental property and the expanse of a viable and available "young adult" job market.