Stuck in the Middle


These are strange and different days—between Christmas and New Year’s Eve.
Teachers and kids are free of the daily grind.
Retailers are working long hours hoping the last few days of “everythings on sale” adds more bucks to the bottom line.

Upper management has disappeared and middle management is partying. Blue collars are putting in their time waiting on the second short week in a row.

Calendars are jammed.
Multiple family dinners and gift exchanges, some football, more dinners and partying and more football.
Watching Football

In between…binge watching whatever.
Binge Watching

And more partying.
Holiday Party

A few friends have decided to get into Downton Abbey, some started Game of Thrones. Each are around 50 episodes. Late starters for Breaking Bad have 62 episodes to catch up on.

But, whatever you are doing as we wind down number two thousands fifteen, we are all stuck in the middle of these two important holidays.

The other day I was working my way through scores of last minute shoppers trying to talk to the Geek Squad at Best Buy. I also had to return a couple items so that meant standing in two equal but separate lines. Equal meaning a dozen people ahead of me in each line.

Customers wait in line in the computer department to shop for Black Friday discounts at a Best Buy store, Friday Nov 23, 2012, in Northeast Philadelphia. (AP Photo/ Joseph Kaczmarek)

We all had our noses in our phones and occasionally we all looked up together when a baby squealed, a mother yelled at her pre-teen and then again when a husband and wife’s discussion became an argument. I found myself humming an old favorite tune and then letting the words of the song play out in my brain.

Yes I’m stuck in the middle with you,
And I’m wondering what it is I should do,
It’s so hard to keep this smile from my face,
Losing control, yeah, I’m all over the place,
Clowns to the left of me, jokers to the right,
Here I am, stuck in the middle with you.

Later, much later, as I finally got out of that place, I was still singing the song. I realized I had just heard it the night before. It’s the theme song for “Grace and Frankie.”
The version of the tune is by Grace Potter.

What a fun show on Netflix… Jane Fonda, Lily Tomlin, Martin Sheen and Sam Waterston.

Now there’s some binge watching you won’t be sorry you did.

About bakoheat

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2 Responses to Stuck in the Middle

  1. I just realized that I waste entirely too much time watching tv; I’ve seen all the shows you mentioned in this blog post. 😀 Also, those time-wasting lines are why I do most of my shopping online! Hope you had a super holiday ❤

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