“Satire is tragedy plus time. You give it enough time, the public, the reviewers will allow you to satirize it. Which is rather ridiculous, when you think about it.

When I woke up around nine, the snow was just starting. Because of the wind, the fluffies were coming from different directions, from the north and south. Then the snow suddenly disappeared, but it’s back now, small flakes tossed by the wind. I doubt it will last long enough to accumulate.

I didn’t go out yesterday. I had no motivation. Today, though, I have a list of weird items. I need a bulb for my bathroom nightlight, an extension cord, and a plastic container for my snowmen. I’m putting them away for the season. I think they jinxed me.

I remember my first pair of nylon stockings. In those days I had to wear a garter belt. The back snaps were always the hardest to attach. I remember sometimes one would swing back and whack my leg. Pantyhose is one of the greatest inventions of the 20th century.

I never get gussied up anymore. I don’t go anywhere demanding gussy. The closest I get to dress up is coordinating the color of my pants with a clean shirt. That works no matter the season: long sleeves in winter, short sleeves in summer; corduroy in winter, cotton in summer; shoes and socks in winter, sandals in summer. I don’t even own a pair of panty hose. I do have three dresses: two flowered dresses for summer, one green dress for winter.

I don’t wear my winter jacket much. My sweatshirts are usually enough, but I do have the warmest sweater, blue with snowflakes, the sort which used to be called après skiing, for single digit temperatures. I have several pairs of mittens, but I don’t remember the last time I wore them. I have earmuffs and knit caps. My mother would be pleased.

I love Mad Magazine. I used to buy it every month. I remember the Alfred E. Newman for president drive. Mad taught me about satire and parodies and thinking for myself. I didn’t understand it all because I was young, but as I got older, I learned what it all meant. Spy versus Spy was a favorite of mine. Sometimes the white spy won and other times the black spy won. I believe that Mad Magazine helped form my politics and those of my generation. “What, me worry?”

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9 Comments on ““Satire is tragedy plus time. You give it enough time, the public, the reviewers will allow you to satirize it. Which is rather ridiculous, when you think about it.”

  1. olof1 Says:

    The day started cold and sunny and will end cold and snowy, in between it was rather warm and nice though and the snow that will fall will also melt away already tomorrow.

    MAD magazine was a favorite of mine too but it was gone for quite some time but now I’ve seen it in stores again, I must buy it and see if it is just as good.

    I’ve done my chores for the week and today I hung the laundry on the patio, it won’t dry fast but I’ll just bring in what ai need over night 🙂

    Have a great day!


    • katry Says:

      That almost sounds like our current weather. The wet snow comes and goes. It is falling right now again.

      It never left from what I read. I don’t think it had a huge distribution sometimes.

      I did a couple of errands, and your laundry reminds me to bring mine upstairs.

      Enjoy your evening!

  2. Bob Says:

    For those of us male baby boomers, pantyhose ruined female, digital, genital stimulation while being clothed your car. Making out became more difficult. Bucket seats didn’t help either. I didn’t use the vernacular term since I consider this a G rated blog. However, pin ups wearing garter belts were very sexy in Playboy magazine before the Internet came along and gave us blatant no holds barred gynecological pornography. 🙂

    I was an avid reader of Mad which also probably helped to form my political positions. I assume those on the other side of the spectrum grew up on Field and Stream and American Rifleman. You don’t develop much of a sense of humor or empathy from those pages.
    Every month I waited eagerly for my copy to arrive with Alfred E. Newman on the cover. I loved every article including Spy vs. Spy and read it from cover to cover on the first day. Does Mad magazine even exist today?

    Another beautiful clear day today with a high of 85 degrees.

    • katry Says:

      I understand male disappointment with panty hose, but for us women they were a godsend. Garter belts may seem sexy but they were uncomfortable.

      I bought Mad every month and read it cover to cover. We used to take turns buying one, reading it and then sending it along. My brother used to read Field and Stream and he is about as far as you can get from the other side. Mad still exists.

      I’d guess you are going to have a drought condition again this summer with heat this early.

      • Bob Says:

        Of course panty hose are more comfortable than garter belts which were only sexy in Playboy photos.

        When I was in the sixth grade I went to camp and enjoyed shooting targets. I read the American Rifleman because it was non political and did comparisons of different guns. In those days the NRA was not the right wing political juggernaut that it is today. Back then they didn’t promote owning assault weapons to protect oneself from the liberal government and it’s black President confiscating their weapons. Only Steve Bannon and the NRA are looking forward to the coming race war, in their minds, that will save Western Christian civilization from those godless Muslims. 🙂

  3. Caryn Says:

    Hi Kat,
    Today I apparently had an attack of domesticity. First I made Salsa Azteca and used the Vita-mix that has been hanging around for decades. Then I decided to make lamb stew in the crock pot. The salsa is good. I haven’t tried the lamb stew yet. It might be good. It’s got enough garlic in it. 🙂

    Panty hose were a boon to many of us, I think. I wouldn’t wear nylons with garters. The rubber backs on the tabs gave me a rash. So did the tops of the nylons for that matter. My mother was just about to put me in dancers’ tights when panty hose appeared to save the day. 🙂 I don’t wear those anymore either. Bare legs are fine.

    I’m a knitter and, up until two winters ago, I had no mittens. I also had no hats and two scarves that someone else gave me. It must be the cobbler’s children syndrome. But I have been knitting mitts and scarves recently so I am supplied. I need sweaters but those are major projects that I generally drop right around the time I have to knit sleeves.

    It snowed a bit early this morning. There’s an east wind that’s making it chilly to be outside but the sun is now shining. More snow will melt.

    Enjoy the day.

    • katry Says:

      Hi Caryn,
      I love lamb stew, but I haven’t made it in forever. I have two friends who love lamb so I make it periodically and invite them to dinner. You’ve reminded me it’s time to think about having lamb again.

      I had to wear nylons to high school every day with black loafers as part of my uniform. I sort of wished we had a choice especially in winter. Nice knee socks would have been better.

      I have one scarf, but I have no idea where it is, probably in the closet here in the den. If so, I’ll never find it. I wish sometimes I could knit.

      I just tried to take Gracie out by the back stairs to the yard. We got out the door when I realized the wood is wet and slippery from the wet snow which has started again. I took Gracie out front instead. I kept telling her to hurry as it was so cold. We both ran for the door.

      Have a great evening!

  4. Hedley Says:

    As a young MDH cartoons and comics were greatly enjoyed, from Herge’s Tintin to Bill Tidy’s Fosdyke Saga, the images drew me in. As a boy I remember holidays in Bognor Regis would feature a daily trip to the news agent to pick up the most recent comic or summer issue.

    Today, I get much pleasure from collecting original cartoon images. My recent trip to the old country allowed me to bring home images of The Spider and Paddy Payne from The Lion and the ubiquitous Captain Hurricane from the Valiant. Bristow and Andy Capp are in Metamora with Janet for framing

    Mad magazine was too not UK for me but cousin Peter from Vancouver Island loved it.

    Michigan won, now it is Sparty time.

    • katry Says:

      My Dear Hedley,
      Of all the comics you mentioned, the only one I knew was Andy Capp who was in the Boston paper every day. I know Tintin because of you.

      That is a neat thing to collect. I can imagine a wall covered with all the great cartoons. Every guest must stop and look.

      Mad Magazine was in my youth. Now I read Food Magazine, Yankee, National Geographic and Smithsonian.

      You must be loving all these games. I am usually just interested in local teams. I watched Red Sox spring training and the Celtics today.

      Enjoy Sparty time!!

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