20 January 2010

Doing things as a family

This week I decided to give the British version of Netflix a try and our first DVD came yesterday. Wall-E, the heartwarming story of a little robot who cleans up garbage and falls in love with another robot. The whole family laid there on the living room floor and I thought, Oh no, I'm turning into that guy. Naomi spent the whole time asking Yoko and I, 'What's going on? What's he doing? What's he doing? What's going on?' Yoko, being more patient and caring than I am, kept trying to answer the questions, but I eventually said, 'I don't know, man. Just watch and you'll figure it out.' or something comparable to that in Japanese. We only got about 50 minutes into it before Mei had enough and had to be put to bed.

When I woke up this morning, there was news that the Democrats lost their big election in Massachusetts and that health care reform is in serious peril. I cared about this for a long time, but I don't think I do anymore. Americans don't want to change their healthcare system? Fine. You want to believe that nationalised healthcare will mean worse care for everyone? Fine. You think it's unfair to require insurance companies to not turn anyone away? Fine. Fine, fine, fine. I will stay here and you stay there and we'll both be happy.