Tuesday, November 14, 2006

Gradually, it went to hell

I bet this has happened to you. You wakeup one morning and say to yourself, when did my mattress become this saggy bag of rocks? It seems as though it happens overnight. One night the mattress is fine and the next, it’s terrible.

That’s what happened here last Saturday morning. I awoke feeling miserable. I’m laying there in the bed and feeling like I’m in a mattress taco shell. When Mr. Pop awoke I told him of my discontent and he agreed. Our mattress had met its demise.

Off to the furniture store we went. Lucky for us mattresses were on sale. We upgraded quite a bit from our old bedding. The old bedding was purchased within our financial means at that time. We upgraded accordingly. The new cushy mattress will be delivered today and the old one hauled away to a mattress graveyard.

Our mattress didn’t go bad overnight, it gradually broke down over the years and we unconsciously adjusted to the changes. Then came Saturday morning when the changes exceeded our ability to consciously or unconsciously adjust. Something had to change.

In my opinion, the story of our mattress is somewhat analogous to the story of this war in Iraq. The war didn’t go bad overnight, it has been steadily going bad for close to four years. The thing is, many Americans just didn’t notice the deterioration until they woke up one morning and realized how bad things had gotten, and they could no longer tolerate what they saw and felt. Some of us who are more sensitive realized and responded to our own discomfort much earlier. Others finally saw that something must be done to correct what they now recognize as a total disaster.

Sadly this problem can’t be fixed by simply going to the store and purchasing a replacement. Just because the Democrats now control the House and Senate, we can’t expect them to instantly correct the errors we have witnessed with a nifty new plan for a nifty new kind of war. If only it were that simple. The good news is that the general public is now awake and aware of the problem. I doubt they will rest comfortably until it’s addressed and some changes are made. The bad news is that there is only one person who can stop this war. He isn’t a Democrat and he doesn’t appear to show any intention of doing anything toward bringing our troops home anytime soon.


Blogger carbunclefrank said...

Didnt realize you were into analogy mode when you started out with the mattress story...but you segued into one vbery nicely.
You're right, of course, we got complacent and comfortable and before you know, there we were.
We went down to the store last tuesday, election day, and bought new sheets and blankets to cover the old mattress up but he's still lumpy eh?
Give it some timwe. We're gonna turn him over and flip him around for a couple a' more years , then toss him out okay?

November 14, 2006 5:05 AM  
Blogger Pam said...

there needs to be a matress-ectomy. Hearings and investigations need to be done. I am not hopeful we will be out tha quagmire anytime soon, no matter how many ruffled bedspreads we buy.

November 14, 2006 5:06 AM  
Blogger fallenmonk said...

Good analysis PoP. And you are right about not being fixed easily but at least the American people have figured out that they need a change.
Sleep good. Madam and I went through the same evolution a while back and it will be amazing when you get the new bedding.

November 14, 2006 5:14 AM  
Blogger BBC said...

I felt that the war was wrong in the first place and that it wouldn't go right, become a big mess.

I sleep on an air mattress, they are great, and adjustable.

November 14, 2006 5:36 AM  
Blogger Peacechick Mary said...

Let's make his bed as uncomfortable as possible until he is unable to do anything but get rid of it. Come to think of it - he is the one who sold us the bad thing.

As for you - sleep well and dream of peace.

November 14, 2006 6:09 AM  
Blogger Frederick said...

Actually there are two people who can stop this war, You and I.

November 14, 2006 6:24 AM  
Blogger Pogo said...

I kind of like that analogy, but for Dumya, as in every other failure in his life (and those are legion), he is not the one who has to lie in the bed he has made.

November 14, 2006 6:57 AM  
Blogger Human said...

frederick - Me 3.

November 14, 2006 7:26 AM  
Blogger robin andrea said...

I am not entirely optimistic, but I am looking forward to what the Iraq Study Group has to say. Perhaps in Baker's narrow interest to save Bush's butt from that lumpy mattress, the people of Iraq will be spared our continuing divisive presence.

November 14, 2006 7:50 AM  
Blogger The Future Was Yesterday said...

Very good analogy!! When we're led into a war, I think we have to trust those who led us into it. How are we supposed to know the in's and out's and nuances of a foreign country? It's impossible. But I think what we're seeing now in Iraq, is a stubborn Texan who can't/won't/doesn't want to, admit a Texas sized ass kicking.

But on the other hand, if he had to return to "normal" stuff like running the country, dealing with health care, global warming, corporate robbery, the economy......he'd still look like, and be, the same Idiot. The only difference is he wouldn't have a foreign country to hide behind. Since the Democrats suddenly have developed an aversion to our constitutional laws covering the actions of a President, all that's left is for somebody to shoot the son of a bitch!!

November 14, 2006 8:58 AM  
Blogger poopie said...

Yep..it's freakin' amazing how long it took for those "less sensitive" ones to realize what the deal is. It's a heckuva way to win an election.

November 14, 2006 11:11 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You didn't just throw your old matress away and start doing without one. The same is true for the war in Iraq. They're deciding which new war to buy just like you decide which new matress.

Retired 4 star general McCafry says our military has been defeated and is incapable of sustaining the war. Like your matress it developed some uncomfortable lumps and they are on that R you're talking about's head.

November 14, 2006 11:43 AM  
Blogger Blueberry said...

They would like to replace it -- with Iran. I doubt that one will last as long as Iraq without turning into a saggy bag of rocks.

If you want to ruin a mattress, especially a King-Size, try moving it yourself a few times... up and down the stairs. It ends up with a new shape.

I saw a big mattress laying in the middle of the highway yesterday. I guess all mattresses come to a really ugly end.

November 14, 2006 11:59 AM  
Blogger azgoddess said...

i like the analogy...

and you should freecycle the mattress...i bet there is someone out there who can come and pick it up and get a bit more use outta it...

November 14, 2006 2:08 PM  
Blogger sumo said...

Just imagine how Dub must toss and turn at night on his lumpy bed. Oh I forgot...he undoubtedly sleeps like a baby...or he wouldn't have done this to all of us. There are probably no mirrors anywhere so he doesn't have to look at himself and see what an asshole he is. Yes...he deserves what "the future was yesterday" said...and any FBI guys reading this...we're joking heh heh! Whew...saved our asses!

November 14, 2006 2:33 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Amen, sister. Dubya will destroy the entire country before he admits failure. Slash and burn is his de facto policy. Prick.

November 14, 2006 3:02 PM  
Blogger isabelita said...

I strongly disagree: This wasn't a war, it was an occupation of choice perpetrated by a bunch of power-hungry people adventuring for oil. It was a foul sack of shit from the getgo.
And "future was yesterday", there was plenty of evidence that these people were NOT to be trusted. How people could buy that trumped up connection between 9/11 and Iraq still enrages me.
But I'm glad you have a new mattress, pop. I think it's wonderful for you to sleep better. As for George W. Bush, Dick Cheney, Condi Rice et al, may their nights be sleepless, infested with demons and the ghosts of all the people, Iraqi and others, who have perished in this absolutely unconscionable profiteering.

November 14, 2006 4:28 PM  
Anonymous Lily said...

Yeah, I'm afraid I am with Isabelita on this one!
Maybe we say "whats another night?" Or rationalize it, somehow like many people have done.
But I am glad for your new mattress and envious of your Florida view near Fred's window!!!

Its cold and I want outta here!

November 14, 2006 5:05 PM  
Blogger PTCruiser said...

Wha? George Bush slept in your bed? Does Mr. PoP know about this? Sorry, not too sharp when it comes to mattress analogies.

How about this one? Just keep shovelling money into the mattress. That always makes things seem better.

November 14, 2006 7:11 PM  
Blogger thepoetryman said...

Loved the way you likened the mattress to the war.

My "mattress" was feeling rocky right about when the whisper campaign began on the Iraq venture, two years before the tanks rolled into Iraq... But my mattress was a hand me down! :>)


November 14, 2006 11:49 PM  
Blogger colorado bob said...

PoP ... I don't know if you've seen the posts, but 9/11 is doing another round of chemo. We've set up a little bulletin board to wish him well :

9/11 We Applaude You

November 15, 2006 1:40 AM  
Anonymous karena said...

I really like this story. Thank you.

November 15, 2006 6:42 AM  
Blogger Gracie said...

I liked the analogy plus you nailed it, the Dems can't instantly fix this problem. It didn't happen overnight.

BTW, hope you and PoP enjoy the new mattress.

November 15, 2006 2:56 PM  
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