a year of morning thanks
Amazon sales rose 2% during the just-past Christmas season, quite a phenomenon given the fact that most retailers are moaning the horror of what some call the worst Christmas season in a half century. According to the Wall Street Journal, spending was decisively off, most depressingly in the category of "high end" items, the kinds of big ticket presents ordinary people don't regularly give--like new cars.
But amid all of that, Amazon, the on-line super-store, raked in their best season ever. Not good news for malls.
And topping Amazon's sales list for 2009 is the Sarah Palin Calendar, featuring over 50 photographs of America's most famous Vice-Presidential candidate, all of them taken by long-time Wasilla friend, Judy Patrick. Check it out for yourself at http://www.sarahcalendar.com/ . Good night, the cover is worth the price--check her out shouldering that double-barrel shotgun. Takes your breath away.
When I saw the story this morning, I was time-capsuled back two months to the wild political season just past. November's candidates included two hotties unlike any others in the recent past: Obama himself, whose bare pecs made the news this week; and the lovely gov, whose smile must be sufficient to make the sun rise smack in the middle of the dark Alaska winter.
Both of them are lightning rods and living, breathing Rorschach tests. We take both of them in our hands as if they were modeling clay to shape to our own philosophical, religious, political ends--and for our grand entertainment.
I have no trouble believing that Sarah Palin's 2009 calendar would be an Amazon best-seller because she is, after all, as much beloved as derided. Of those who ripped a bow off a Sarah calendar this Christmas morning, half hate her and half love her--with equal levels of heart-felt intensity.
Makes me laugh, really.
And it makes me happy--and thankful, this morning--that all of that is behind us.
Well, maybe. Far enough, at least, so I can smile.