Fathers Day. What a joke. As far as I am concerned, Fathers Day is a perfect example of “what not to do” in a relationship. It flies directly in the face of Mothers Day, where every married man across America has to treat a woman that is NOT their mom like a queen, spending vast sums of money on them and taking them out to expensive dinners at over crowded restaurants, only to be served undercooked food and get crappy service.
Fathers Day in my marriage used to come and go and barely get noticed by my ex-wife. (Note the ex-wife) My kids would make me these wonderful cards, every one of which I still have today, and do something special for old dad. My ex would do little or nothing. This is where the confusion began.
See, on Mothers Day I was not only expected to wine and dine my ex, I was supposed to go out and buy her gifts from not only me, but my daughters too. Mothers Day used to go on like this each year, and I absolutely dreaded it. Doing special chores for her. Taking her out and listening to her complain about the crappy service and food. It was awful.
Today I will be largely ignored by my kids, who for the most part are grown. I will get the obligatory phone call saying “Happy Fathers Day” and thats about it. My oldest is heading out to the Santa Monica Pier for a music festival. My younger daughter is going out with her friends.
No one will do a damn thing for me, and thats the way I like it. Mothers Day and Fathers Day should be every day. We bring these little monsters into the world, the least they can do is show a bit of gratitude once in a while.
As for me, I am going to go to work today and behave as if it were just another day, because thats what it is after all. I’m going to the gym and stopping by the ex- wifes house to see my ex-sister in law and her brood.
Then I will come home from work, and treat myself to a beer and some In-n-Out Burger. Happy Fathers Day to all you schmucks that thought that this year would be any different from the last. JD
That’s the real reason that Oprah is giving up her show. Her show sucks! Lets face it. Oprah’s ratings have been falling for years, she has completely over exposed herself with all her dopey spin off shows, and she routinely gets duped into putting liars and charlatans on her show in a desperate attempt to boost ratings.
Oprah Winfrey should be ashamed of herself. She ripped off Phil Donahue for her show format. Oprah used to do a Jerry Springer type show. She did this to get ratings. Then after years of exploiting hayseeds and imbreds from middle America, Oprah decided to do a more legitimate format, where she made house wives across America cry on a daily basis.
Oprah Winfrey then made a grave miscalculation when it came to the way America thinks about politics and proved herself to be a bigot at the same time. She endorsed Barack Obama for president and would not let John McCain come on her show to rebut what Oprah was saying about the republican party and McCain himself.
When questioned as to why she supported Obama, all Winfrey would say was that Obama was “inspiring.” She never once asked Obama any hard hitting questions, and now probably has some regrets. Not because Obama turned out to be a blithering idiot, but because she lost the core of her audience. That would be middle American white women, who esssentially abandon the Oprah Winfrey Show because of Winfrey’s support of Obama.
Now Oprah is sitting back looking at the rotten cadaver that is her ratings. Where Oprah used to pull a 14 share in the afternoon ratings, which is amazingly high for daytime television, Oprah only gets about a 5 share on her best day. Its embarrassing.
So you go Oprah. Use your lame excuse of wanting to start your own network and being tired of doing the day to day grind. The truth is that Oprah shows up about an hour before showtime, her whole show is all ready to go, and she knows little or nothing about who her guest will be until she walks through the door each day. She does nothing to prepare for the show. Its over Oprah. Fade off into obscurity. JD