Thursday, June 13, 2013

Downton Abbey

Should Be To the Manor Born

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Res Ipsa LoquitorI feel so ashamed.  I've gone and got myself hooked on Downton Abbey, an early twentieth century Brit (Masterpiece Theater) soap opera.  Never did  bother with that "Upstairs-Downstairs" thing that was all the rage in the 1970's; something I dismissed as only fitting for women, pussies and shut-ins.  I think it was much like Downton; focused on  the relationship between the landed gentry and their servants. 

I adore Downton Abbey (so far; the smart money says I won't finish it).  It has everything; women to lust after, villains to hate; and nice furniture.

I was—am— someone who always felt more comfortable with the past.  My (and cuzzin ricky's) Granny was from a lower echelon of the English  landed class.  Family owned orchards, and had a nice stone manse. 

Against her family's wishes, she fell in love with a  divinity student graduate, not of her class, and ran off to America with him.  When he was dragged to his death (after siring four daughters likety-split),  by horses spooked by a passing automobile's back-fire, she became a house servant in the South Dakota governor's mansion.  Scrubbed floors.  Later, when my own father was crowned by a Nazi mortar shell, she moved in to care for us while mom worked.

I respect a culture that hangs horse thieves straight away, and where a gentleman would never utter the word "fuck"  in front of a proper lady.  The Great War saw the end of that storybook era in England, but I would have been comfortable in it, as Lord or footman, although I am better suited to Droit du seigneur  than to polishing the silver.

PS   After watching the first season on NetFlix,  I was flummoxed to discover that was all they had.  So, for the first time, I found something useful in Amazon's Prime instant watch video service; they have the full set.  


Oh My


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Remember when Playboy magazine reportedly offered Sarah Palin $4,000,000 to pose nude in an upcoming issue?  Then Michelle Obama was offered $50 by National Geographic?

And when KFC offered a "Hillary" meal, consisting of two small breasts and two large thighs?

Now KFC is offering the "Obama Cabinet Bucket."  It consists of nothing but left wings and chicken shit.

Just keeping you up to date.....

cuzzin ricky