"Mooom! Jeanne's been hanging out with Providian! Make her stop!"
"Mooom! John's stealing cookies from the house and giving them to Providian!"
"Jeanne and Providian, sitting in a tree, K - I - S - S - I - N - G..."
"Mooom! John's been helping Providian and his friends sneak out of the house!"
I think that's the complete semantic content of the TV ads that we've been barraged with. Okay, yes -- politics is a nasty business. But can't these two find something to talk about other than the schoolyard bully?
(And it's not as if I can even vote in the election, being over the border in Massachusetts. Now that they've managed to outlaw secondhand smoke, I think the time has come to do something about secondhand election campaigns...)
- Never, ever, stop for a pedestrian unless he flings himself under the wheels of your car. - The first parking space you see will be the last parking space you see. Grab it. - Learn to swerve abruptly. Boston is the home of slalom driving, thanks to the Registry of Motor Vehicles, which puts potholes in key locations to test drivers' reflexes and keep them on their toes. -- From "Basic rules for driving in Boston" by JBOLOGNA@bentley.bitnet