letís start with a question: Whatís normal?
a good next question: Is anything normal?
going with no clue and no as answers. And yet, here we are, all
of us thinking individually that weíre each normal and that day
to day so are our lives. Which is where the lines blur and the
reality gets warped.
music? Favorite food? Favorite television program? Favorite person
in the world?
are millions of people in the world that hate that band, have
no interest in that dinner choice, will not sit through an episode
of that show, and really arenít all that interested in that person.
(I know that, try my best, thereís at least one person in the
world that doesnít like me. Right or wrong, they donít. And deep
down, you know thatís true for you as well. Best friends of yours
or not, there is someone that doesnít want to spend another second
know. Kind of crazy. David Tennant and Michael Sheen. We ALL
should be watching Good Omens. Everyone loves them.)
to be that if an album sold one million copies, there was applause,
celebration, and likely at least one media report discussing how
it contains the songs of the summer. But sell that in just the
United States, with more than three hundred million people, those
sales numbers mean 299 out of every 300 didnít buy the album.
So how is it the album everyoneís talking about? Why are those
that didnít buy it presented as the very very small minority instead
of the vast majority? Why are those that did buy it portrayed
all have our preferences. We all have our way of doing things.
And, it should be easy enough to understand and agree upon, if
you want to eat one thing while I eat another then none of the
differences should matter. Enjoy your meal. Even so, that doesnít
make your pizza or my cheeseburger normal. Average, yeah. But
normal? Because average and normal are different words that offer
only the occasional crossover gray area. (Yup. Itís not normal
to use average as normal.)
so often people talk about this or that returning to normal. Or
some phrase that is worded in a way that suggests heading back
to normal. Depending on the subject being covered, we all nod
when we hear it, because a return to normal would be welcome.
summer, Phoenix broke their record of consecutive days reaching
at least 110-degrees. Their run lasted 31-days. And the reason
it didnít go to 32-days was because on day 32 the official temperature
hit a chilly 108.
I write and edit this, Orlando is in a string of days forecast
to reach 97. That will break with a couple of days of 94.
many people would say itís summer. Itís supposed to be hot. High
temperatures are normal. Not an outrageous concept. But 110-degrees
is hot. And 95-degrees is hot. Still, you cannot just put the
two together willy-nilly and call them normal in the same sentence.
time, sections of New York? Buffalo? Letís use Buffalo. 76 then
77 then 74 thenÖ see where this is going? Whatís normal? Where
are the borders set up? Whatís the line?
itís not arbitrary. We can set lines. We know Phoenix is not Orlando
is not Buffalo. Thatís why the difference in the summer is obvious
on the thermometer, but for the winter we measure the difference
by comparing feet of snow to bare ground.
normal. Iím the judge of it in my house. Youíre the judge in your
house. A bit of an overlap, but Iím guessing not everything matches
going to make some dinner. Maybe watch some television while I
eat. Donít know what youíve got planned. (Chances are good it
will probably be pretty normal.)