Royal Cup of Tea
28 April, 2011
Royal Cup of Tea

The best way to shift attention away from a crisis is to dangle a shiny new toy. That’s what nurses in a Moscow Clinic tried to do for me. Although, even as a seven year old I could tell they were clueless. I spent fifteen seconds trying to figure out why they kept dangling car keys in front of me. Was I getting a car for my eights birthday? No. Would the noise make me forget the fact that they were

cutting my tonsils out? No. The rest of the procedure I spent in agony. The pain was unbearable. Now a distant memory it reminds of the pain I feel every time I look into my piggy bank.
Recently the pain became more acute when the S&P (Standard & Poor) announced that there’s a 1-in-3 chance it will lower America’s Triple-A credit rating, from stable to negative, which means we will be borrowing at higher interest rates and borrowing way beyond our means. With these figures and troubling news, I cannot put much stock in a wedding of foreign royalty. If I did, I would have probably watched the happy wedding of Prince Frederik of Denmark to Princess Anne, or the Freddie Windsor and Sophie Winkleman debacle, or the farce of a wedding between Prince David Bagrationi Mukhraneli and Princess Anna Bagrationi –Gruzinsky. The Toy (wedding) is shiny, but like most of the wedding souvenirs, this one is made in China. 
I have to admit, even though I am what you would call an anglophile, I couldn’t care less about Prince William getting married. Is he going to marry me? No? Is Kate Middleton somehow related to me? No? Am I going to be in the wedding as the flower girl? No? Then I don’t care what dress she wears or what shoes she walks down the Westminster Abbey in.
I am more worried about Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner’s poor judgment calls, because I want to continue living in this country, and I don’t want to see it turn into Europe.
Please don’t misunderstand me – I do love Europe. I am enamored with London. Its history and its majesty are overwhelming. Italians have their coliseum and Spanish steps, the French have Paris and Louvre. Tokyo’s imperial palace is so imperial it can hardly be seen behind a wall of bushy green trees. I’ve been to Acropolis, to Vienna’s Anna of Austria’s castle, to Uglich (a murder scene of a young Prince of Russia in fifteenth century) and to Moscow’s Red Square, but nowhere is the majesty of its history as accessible as it is in London. But like a friend who had spent a semester in Spain said, I love it but I don’t want to marry it.
And now the royal wedding of two people I couldn’t care less about is taking over the television stations and my favorite Piedmont Park. They are charging thirty dollars to enter the park that is normally free and watch a wedding on giant screen, which again, I could do on a lot more comfortable seating in my own living room. Now this wedding hoopla is simply pissing me off and I am not alone in this. There are people who are cashing in on the backlash against the wedding bonanza as well as those who are promoting it. There are teacups with writings such as “I couldn’t care less about the royal Wedding”, or “Countdown to the Royal Divorce”. Okay so the last one I made up, but with their track record, can you blame me? The Bagrationi union was over less than a year into the marriage. Oh, the pain of it all!

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