It's that time of the month again – The Alex and Ronni Show wherein the proprietor of Time Goes By and her former husband chitchat about old folks stuff.
One of the subjects that came up on Wednesday when we recorded this episode was the TV game show, Jeopardy!
Most Americans, I think, have watched the venerable program, hosted by Alex Trebek, at least now and then. I certainly have but it had been a long time since I had tuned in. Years, in fact, until last week.
The show brought back the three highest-earning winners to compete with one another for a GOAT show – the Greatest Of All Time game. I watched. It was fun and, if you're not a fan or didn't watch, Ken Jennings won.
Over the evenings of the tournament, as the well-known theme song played, a coziness settled over me. Through the shows, which were twice as long as the regular one, I felt comfort in the familiar format and in the formality of it.
The rules, which are sensible, are absolute and no one breaks them, arguments do not happen, the judges are meticulous and no one lies.
When was the last time that was true in U.S. politics? Or even in the daily news? It's hard to recall.
So it struck me that Jeopardy! is like a little island of sanity in a world of horrible chaos, of daily outrages that don't have time to run their course until the next one – or two or three – land in our laps.
Maybe I'll become a regular viewer of the show for awhile just to help maintain my sanity in an insane world.
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