It was on a rainy January 20, 1937 that Franklin D. Roosevelt and his sidekick John Nance Garner were sworn in for their second terms as President and Vice President of the United States, respectively. That may seem a somewhat unremarkable event since FDR won re-election in a landslide, and most Americans know the President is always inaugurated on January 20th. But that’s actually a much more recent phenomenon in American history…
The Founding Fathers® originally decided that March 4th should mark the start of terms for newly elected members of both the legislative and executive branches of Federal government. That left a sizeable four month gap between the November election and March inauguration for potential lame duck officials to have to serve out… thus the swift ratification of the 20th Amendment, in 1933 which fixed the terms for newly elected Congressmen to begin on January 3rd and the President and VP on January 20th. Because the Amendment, by its own terms, did not take effect until the following October, the first January 20th Presidential inauguration did not occur until 1937…
And if American Presidential festivities don’t excite you (and why should they?), then there’s always this tomorrow….
And now that you have something to look forward to on your Friday, let’s get to answering Melanie’s Share Your World questions for this week!
Fill in: ‘If I were really completely honest, I would say that …’ This is a question for ‘radical honesty’.
I’m always completely honest… I just rarely share my points of view that I know will cause contention, which I’m not going to entertain.
So since I’ll take a Mr. Fox as usual, here’s someone to field this question for me who has no problem with being brutally honest…
Hey Snuggle! Since you don’t seem to have a verbal filter, would you mind sharing some of your radically honest thoughts with us?
SNUGGLE: Does this mean I can talk about Mitzi’s melons?
Errrrr, I think we already know your honest opinion on Mitzi’s…. um, melons. Tell us a few things you’ve been wanting to say that will shock the audience!
SNUGGLE: Uhhhh…. yeah, sure! Well….. I think that….. ummmmm….. damn, what can I be honest about? Uhhhh….. I liked New Coke.
Come on, Snuggle! You spout off offensive and tactless comments all the time! This is one moment you can freely let it all out without fear of reprisal!
SNUGGLE: ……………………. Fuck, man, this is hard when you expect me to actually be an asshole!
Oh, so you’re saying you have performance issues?
SNUGGLE: I didn’t say that!!! I can get hard as a rock at the drop of a hat!
BIG SCRAT: (Dropping his fedora) Hmmmmm…. seems you’re being bluntly honest about that, Snuggie Wuggie Teddy Bear… quite a blunt instrument indeed! Or maybe you’re just excited about present company!
SNUGGLE: NO!!!! This is just….. er….. random wood! These things just happen…. (Flick!) YEOW!
BIG SCRAT: And such fine random wood it is, if I may be so honest! Too bad it’ll just have to just flop around while I inject you with my truth serem…
SNUGGLE: I…. just thought of some radically honest things to say! (Being dragged backstage) Can I have a mulligan? Helllllllllllllllllpppppppppppppppppp!!!!!!!!!!
Have you ever broken anything? What about rules?
That will teach me not to just slam my bags in the trunk of the car when I buy something fragile…
Are you also afraid of spiders? What is your biggest fear, other than spiders?
I don’t like spiders, but I hardly fear them…. especially given how overly dramatic so many others are around them…
My biggest “irrational” fear is lightning. Now, you might say it’s not irrational to be afraid of lightning… though the truth is you could run around for hours in a raging thunderstorm holding up an aluminum baseball bat and most likely would never get struck because there’s a reason lightning strikes come up when one talks about a very rare event happening. Many, many people will walk around in a storm like it’s no big deal. Still, I not only won’t go outside when there’s active lightning… but am extremely hesitant to do so even if it just looks ominous enough for lightning to start striking.
But I love watching lightning from someplace where I feel relatively safe from it….
Do you think time goes faster as you get older?
Of course not, time passage is a subjective notion that is skewed by how much time we have to compare it to in our past memories. When you’re seven years old, a month is to your entire life as half a year would be to someone in their forties…. or a year to someone in their eighties. It’s the toilet paper roll illusion…
Please share something that really inspired you from this last week or month.
Speaking of the passage of time…