I haven't been able to sleep since the election ~ I am literally having nightmares about Karl Rove! Now, you might think I am making this up but, believe me, I don't lie to you ~ really. Karl Rove is really, truly haunting me via nightmares, and I don't mean that cute song-and-dance number that Jack, the Pumpkin King, performs in the Nightmare Before Christmas!
Anyway, back to THE POINT: in some of my nightmares, Karl Rove is chasing me and I am afraid for my life ~ in others, it's just a feeling of sheer terror and gloom and doom and he is like a dark mist hanging over the air (like global warming and the hole in the ozone) ~ in yet others, I am in a room watching him destroy the world. No Kidding. I am a wreck. I wake up in the middle of the night, trembling. I can't go back to sleep and then I can't wake up early enough for work (what's left of it). I told my friends at the office about this and J. said, "He really is after you ~ you're Latina, a woman, a Liberal, a Democrat, progressive....." Gulp. Thanks J.! He's right, though. Rove is out to get me ~ and people like me ~ clearly I am suffering from Post-Traumatic-Election-Stress-Disorder. I also just learned (don't know how I did not already know this) that Rove didn't even graduate from college! Is this true? ~ Me? I worked my way through undergrad, then worked my way through law school, am still saddled with unimaginable debt, have two degrees, and can't find a job! How does this happen? I haven't even seen the documentary "Bush's Brain" and this awful man is in my brain, infecting my dreams! The other night Chad reminded me of that scene in Fight Club where Jack can't go to his "happy place" because Marla Singer is there. But I think Rove is more like the damn penguin, Jack's power animal. As a big-fat digression from my post (although isn't it cool how I sorta made a connection to the other Jack in this post?), check out this intriguing analysis I found about the symbolism of the penguin in Fight Club (think Karl Rove, think current state of the nation, think red-state voters wearing tuxedos):
During Jack’s attendance at his weekly parasitic brain dysfunction group, he also discovers another way of dealing with some of his problems, through the use of guided meditation. During the meeting a member steps forward to lead the group on a journey of the mind, during which those participating are mentally lead through various coloured doors, which lead to a cave, which contains their ‘power animal’. This animal is a symbol of their personal power to overcome all obstacles they encounter in life. Jack discovers that his ‘power animal’ is a penguin that offers Jack the verbal suggestion to “slide”. The fact that Jack’s ‘power animal’ is a penguin is actually extremely significant. Through analysis of the penguin, it is noted that penguins, though part of the bird species, cannot fly. Jack is part of the human species, yet he does not grasp what he can do. He feels restricted by his walls and has essentially made himself a cave to dwell in where the simple decisions of everyday life have been robbed from him. The penguin is also symbolic in that penguins are also very ‘drone-like’. There has always been the old joke that penguins appear as if they are wearing little black and white suits, which would symbolize the ‘suit and tie’ environment that Jack works in each day, an environment that Jack feels to be stifling. The last important detail about the penguin is that penguins are content in their atmosphere and travel in flocks. They do not stray far from their homes and baby penguins stick close to their mothers. This is especially reflective of the life that Jack leads. Jack feels as if he is just one of the masses ‘travelling in a flock’ and not thinking for himself. He also has issues with his upbringing, as it is later revealed that Jack was raised by his mother in a single-parent family, having been abandoned by his father at a young age.
Well, as I mentioned before, you know how much I love that movie ~ and this isn't the only "analysis" out there, just the one I liked the most right now ~ so don't send me email berating me if you disagree with this movie "analysis." (There's another good one, here.) Hoo-Boy, do I digress or what?! Back to the point: KARL ROVE IS GIVING ME NIGHTMARES! Ugh. How do I spin such disaster in my head?