When my wife answered the phone, I let loose a string of profanity that made even her blush. This is the woman who uses four-letter words in job interviews and to describe puppies.
“What? You’ve been in a wreck?” she said.
I was about to run my car off the road, but I hadn’t crashed yet. Instead, I had just discovered that one of two listenable radio stations in G-Vegas (96.7 WBZT, The Buzzard) was about to switch formats. The jock sounded like he no longer need a strap and was promising that the big news was coming on Christmas day. Despite the fact that the station was biding the time in the interim by playing the Pointer Sisters, I knew what was coming. Indeed, I checked an industry message board when I got home.
Inspirational Top 40? When was the last time anything in the Top 40 inspired you?
I discovered demise of decent free radio as I drove around on one final Christmas shopping run. It occurred to me when I left that Christmas time would be a very easy time to engage in adultery. This morning, I was able to leave the house without telling my wife where I was going or when I would be back. When she called to inquire about lunch, she told me what she’d like to eat. “But that’s probably not convenient to where you are,” she said, obviously looking for a little hint. I didn’t give it up.
When I got home with her sandwich, I told her about my adultery theory.
“I’m glad you’ve thought this out,” she said.
Obviously, my attempt at holiday humor was lost. I really should get in the spirit of things here. And what better than Inspirational Top 40, right?
While eating my sandwich, I perused the news and discovered that Texas has gone and done it again. The legislature is about to impose a $5 per customer charge on strip club patrons. Now, I haven’t been to a strip club in years (except to play poker, of course), but this seems a little more than unconstitutional to me. Like most sin taxes out there, the revenue from this one is going to a good cause–in this case to help rape victims. Still, it’s really dangerous to start legislating morality, and further punitively taxing that which the lawmakers can’t eliminate. The story linked quotes a constitutional expert as saying, “Laws like this would expose any unpopular industry to punitive taxes. It could be abortion clinics.”
Well, that would be a really solid argument, but for the fact that many people who don’t approve of strip clubs would probably be behind the taxation of abortion clinics as well. Perhaps a better way to test it would be to assign a $5 surcharge to listeners of an Inspirational Top 40 station.
Either way, I’m certain of this: The music in the strip clubs is better.