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October 19, 2012

A different view of the TV debates

A different view

of the TV debates

The other day I decided to make time to watch the recent TV debates. I had recorded them earlier and thought now would be a good time to finally see what the hullabaloo was all about.

Long ago I had hung a large mirror on the wall in front of my desk so I could work at my computer and still watch my favorite programs on the TV in the living room — an old habit I picked up in college.

So there I was, with Ask Jeeves beckoning to me on my computer, a cup of coffee at my lips and my eyes focused on the TV in the oval mirror on the wall ... when ... 

All of a sudden my computer made a loud hissing sound and expired. A second later the TV in the mirror flickered off and on a few times and then, with a poof of grey smoke, the screen changed to black and white.

Everything else in the mirror was still in color!  

I was afraid to turn around. Frozen in my chair, with both eyes now glued to the mirror, a large hexagon steel cage suddenly appeared on the screen. As the image panned out I could see that the cage was in the middle of a giant indoor arena. Two combatants were doing battle inside the cage. They were dressed like gladiators. The place was packed with screaming, frothing at the mouth zombies. I could hear their blood curdling screeches bouncing off the walls of the living room behind me.  Along the bottom of the screen there were two brown rattle snakes wiggling and humping along a slow moving ticker tape, each snake leaving a slimy trail that, like a hospital heartbeat monitor, recorded each and every blow that drew blood.

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