1. Catch up on "Breaking Bad": 43 episodes to go. (No spoilers, please.)
2. Make it to page 39 of
3. Find out what a "Kardashian" is. (Top possibilities: 1. Traditional Russian pastry. 2. Dance from "Die Fledermaus." 3. Shadowy figure in the new Pynchon novel.)
5. Read totality of baseless tech pundit speculation about new Apple iPads, due out this month. (Note: may require two government shutdowns).
In reality, of course, this shutdown is no laughing matter.
If it lasts through Friday, 864 3- and 4-year-olds will lose their
As Aaron Carroll observes at the Incidental Economist, the
Market oversight by the
Nearly 3 million government workers will go without paychecks, even if they're deemed to be "essential" and therefore kept on the job. Others told to stay home -- an estimated 800,000 of them -- may never be paid for their lost time.
No. No laughing matter. Saddest of all, no one seems to have any idea how to make it stop.
*But his nonfiction is terrific.