I saw an article in the July-August issue of Popular Mechanics, which proudly proclaims in a small box on the cover that it’s been America’s magazine since 1902. Do the math – that’s over a hundred years. It’s one of my husband’s favorite, one of the last of its kind. Magazines, as American as apple pie, and almost gone.
Actually, the mag is man-centric and not my usual read. My interest was piqued a special section, pictorially driven, of ‘The Best Stuff From All 50 States’. The selection for state of Maryland was the lead and featured Domino Sugars’ last stand as a major manufacturer in the United States.
What’s more American than sugar, the land of the self-dosed obese. I show this free Pixabay image in its smallest thumbnail size because I can’t bear to visualize my future, my present, or my ass in this way.
I’m a sugar addict, much as I try not to be, I admit it. Forthrightly, squarely, placed in my Jackson genes. I earnestly try to not over-indulge, but the quick-to-grab snacks all feature carbs.
And, when immersed in writing, I am quick to guzzle water and grab snacks.
Then, there’s the gin-and-tonics, wine spritzers, and medicinally-red wine. Each summer I’m determined to lose the weight that a higher level of activity enabled by longer hours of good weather may achieve. But, but, butt. Intent is always undermined by a desire to imbibe. The patio chairs call me: come for a good read-and-sip. Come here. You’ve endeavored all day. Relax, enjoy yourself.
It’s just one. Then another. Until all of the dominoes fall. Game over.
Just as many American businesses have fallen, undermined by consumers’ (US) demand for lower cost. Further condemned by higher salaries demanded by workers (US) with benefits fit for human consumption (US). There’s more to say about this, but I don’t desire to be pedantic and over-bold with my views.
We are the blame, we are the fault, we are the dominoes that fell.
We are addicted, like sugar, to the lowest price.
Goodbye American economy, hello to other dominance.
Like US on Facebook and it’ll be alright.