I was a spoiled child. I didn't realize that. I thought I was just lucky. What changed my mind? Tonight's theme topic: Cereal.
I'm the youngest son of my parents and the second youngest of the bunch (there are 8 of us). By the time my kid sister was born, I was old enough to have memories I still have today. And I remember getting my cereal at the store. Going to the shelf and pulling it down and putting it in the cart if I went shopping with Mom. And I almost always did because she would 'forget' if I didn't go.
So I was telling my oldest brother about that and how we got to pick our cereals. He said we didn't. My kid sister and I did. The older six had it worse cause Dad and Mom were just starting out working. Dad has a union job so, unless it was strike time, he could count on a check that would get bigger the longer he worked. But he was just starting out with my older brothers and sisters.
So I asked my mother and she admitted that sometimes when she 'forgot' my Lucky Charms, she didn't forget. She was trying to save some money. I apologized but she said it wasn't a problem and that if my sister and I were going with her to the store, she was going to go ahead and grab our cereal. (My kid sister ate something with honey. I called her and she doesn't remember. But she does remember that we got to pick out our cereals.)
So Lucky Charms. They're magically delicious.
I got to get those and I only got in trouble once. Lucky Charms is a cereal with 'cereal' that's really nothing but formed sugar pieces. In addition, it has marshmallows of various colors. So one Saturday, watching cartoons, I went through, my hand in my cereal box the whole morning, eating just the marshmallows.
A brother ratted me out on that. I'm being nice and not saying which one. I didn't realize that was something to rat out. I loved the marshmallows best and was just eating what I liked.
So my father comes in and tells me we're not buying cereal so I can just have marshmallows and I better plan on eating the cereal without marshmallows until it's all gone because I wasn't getting another box until then.
He was serious and mad (because of the way the story was told). I was like, "Okay." It really wasn't a problem.
And that was my cereal until junior year when my football coach was ragging on all of us on the team about what we were eating. So then I switched to a bran cereal that my dad eats. It's the Post Bran flakes one. I like it because it's got a sweetness to it once you put milk on it.
Okay, did you hear what the UAW did? Shannon Jones reports:
The United Auto Workers barred the World Socialist Web Site from its October 4 press conference announcing its tentative contract with Ford.
A UAW official stationed in the main lobby of the venue for the press conference, the UAW-Ford National Programs Center in downtown Detroit, informed this reporter as I arrived in advance of the briefing that I would not be admitted. When asked the reason, the official said the World Socialist Web Site was not authorized to attend. She advised me to call UAW Public Relations Director Michele Martin. As of this writing, the UAW has not returned our call.
The union welcomed the anti-labor corporate media, including such publications as the Wall Street Journal, BusinessWeek, and the Detroit News and Detroit Free Press, knowing that these capitalist publications would praise the contract agreement. It barred the WSWS because it is terrified of a socialist publication that accurately reports the content of its pro-company contracts and, more broadly, its anti-working class policies.Can you believe that crap? I can't either. But I'm so glad that there's someone more spoiled than me!!! UAW must be the biggest baby in the world. I really can't get over that stunt.
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