First the Foreword (by definition)
I gave a lot of thought, quite honestly, to not publishing a column today, the date being what it is.
Let me explain why.
The primary method of spreading the word about the doggerel I post here is via Facebook (and a bit through my side gig at WhatCulture. My friends of Facebook fall broadly (with a few exceptions) into one of two camps. Firefighters or Comedians.
A lot of people blogging tend to take days such as this as an opportunity to discuss the event in some way, or to share their own experiences, or to - generally speaking - get real about the whole issue. And that's great. There's a lot of good stuff out there along those lines.
But that is not what I do. The closest I ever have or ever will (probably) get to that sort of thing is the time I pretended to think that 90s icon Morrissey was the elected leader of Egypt. (And to be honest, in hindsight even that has felt too close to places I don't want to go)
The other option - equally valid - is to simply suspend business on the day in question as a gesture of remembrance and respect. That's the way I was seriously considering going. I can easily see how just caring on with frivolous crap could be construed as disrespectful to a significant percentage of people.
But here's the thing- and this is just my personal opinion here - I really think that when someone gives their life so that you can continue living yours, the most important thing that you can do to respect that is to actually continue living yours.
So that's the way I ultimately came down on the issue. Hence the following frivolity about Bananas. I totally understand if you choose to come back to it another day or even skip it entirely. This is me carrying on with doing what I do as my way of saying thank you to the people who sacrificed so that I would be able to do.
Some Stuff About Bananas
Last night I woke up in the middle of the night with that cramp thing that occasionally happens where your calf muscle suddenly and without warning tears itself off of your leg and runs screeching around the room.
Me being me, I immediately began listing in my head the things that I could have done to prevent this, thus managing to make this a scathing indictment of my character flaws as opposed to merely a deficiency of water or Potassium.
The easiest thing to do to ward these sorts of things off, or so I have been told, is to eat more bananas or drink less wine. And since the latter is clearly crazy talk, let's take this moment to celebrate our bananas.
Um... that didn't come out exactly right...
Some Things That Bananas are good for:
- Bumping up your Potassium level.
Potassium (number 19 on the periodic table with the Atomic Symbol K (for which you can blame the Romans. Sort of) is an important element in our physiology as it assists in the transmission of signals through the nervous system. Not having enough of it can cause all sorts of health problems. Of course, having way too much of it can kill you, so maybe stop after the first couple bananas
- Replacing futuristic weapons factories
I like Bananas. Bananas are good.
- Sex Ed.
Seriously, this is a time honored classic when it comes to teaching your young man the correct way to put on a prophylactic. You can also use a cucumber, but only if you want to give your young man lifelong feelings of inadequacy.
- Comic pratfalls.
It's a classic for a reason, people.