Monday, November 19, 2018
I, Robot by Isaac Asimov
Well, Thanksgiving is upon us again, and I expect the usual bullshit. Time for all the relatives to crawl out of the woodwork and pretend they have been thinking about you with admiration and gratitude all year. These forced, rehearsed conversations remind me of the ones in this book with the early development of robots made to serve humans. "Greetings, uncle...It is with great pleasure that I reacquaint myself with you...You, who serve as a leader in our family by virtue of being old...Great blessings be upon you...Do you have candy?" Jesus, please.
When you've been doing this as long as I have, you lose patience for these ritualistic displays. But I will hold my tongue, lest the interactions become similarly apocalyptic as those with the robots. Can't get myself in trouble like I did the time I asked my nephew's kid for some details about why he looked up to me. Cat got his tongue at that one, although not so much his mother. At least I don't have to worry about them visiting this year though, so one point for me!
Now that I mention it, it makes we wonder if holding my tongue really is the best strategy here. Maybe I could pick one annoying family member at each holiday and find a way to say something that would prevent them from returning. I do like a challenge, and it would help pass the time between the turkey and the fighting about politics. If I was successful, I could have a peaceful Thanksgiving in only about 13 years. It's good to have goals, I guess. Enjoy your turkey, suckers.