Monday, September 26, 2016

Surviving the Presidential Debate

As if the long, drawn out, excruciatingly painful Presidential campaign could not get worse, the American public will soon suffer experience 90 minutes of babble - the First Debate of the 2016 campaign.

The two candidates face off Monday night, September 26. I am not looking forward to the occasion, but will reluctantly watch. I do not want to miss whatever happens. It might be boring, it may produce quotes or pictures that will go down in history (positively or negatively), perhaps capture evil looks from the candidates, result in captivating dialogue, bitter verbal exchanges, or an incident no one can imagine beforehand.

Who wants to miss The Donald vs. She Who Would Be Our First Female President?

It will be difficult sitting through the entire spectacle. To make it more palatable, here are a few ideas to survive sanely.

Begin the following preparations a couple of hours before the debate begins:

Purchase a box of expensive chocolates.

Stock your freezer with your favorite ice cream.

Dress for the occasion in a comfortable ensemble – PJs, sweats, anything goes.

Fully charge electronic devices - phone, computer, iPad, etc.

Buy noisemakers. You might decide to support your candidate, or heckle the opposition.

Cook your favorite comfort dish, or order a preferred cuisine – Chinese, Italian, Thai, Japanese, Mexican – what a gastronomically diverse country we live in!

Collect items above and place within easy reach of your most comfortable chair.

Take a pill.

Pour a glass of your favorite wine, beer, or other libation.

Immediately before the debate begins:

Settle into your comfy chair.

Close your eyes, try to relax, take several deep breaths, breathe slowly in and out.

Turn on the TV; any channel. Almost every one plans to televise the debate.

If lucky you will fall asleep before the debate ends (or before it begins at 9:00 p.m. Eastern time), in which case everything missed can be seen and heard on multiple TV stations, the internet, newspapers, Twitter and all other social media outlets immediately after the debate as well as days, weeks, months and forever after.

If really smart you may skip the debate altogether and enjoy whatever activity you would do if not watching the debates.

And still indulge in the ice cream, chocolate, wine, and food.