Saturday, December 25, 2021

Safe topics for Christmas company

Belladonna brought Pascal over to meet the family last night. She told me "Don't talk about politics."

The problem with defining things in the negation is that thoughts swirl and return to the forbidden topic. It is more powerful to make a list of "safe" topics.

Safe non-political topics for Christmas dinner:

  • Work
  • Favorite vacations
  • Favorite movies
  • If you were going to write a video-game, it would be about....
  • Supply chain
  • Cyber security
  • History (If you could go back in time/place, where would you go?)
  • Pets
  • Beverages (tea, coffee, whiskey, beer, wine...)
  • Kids
  • Environment/ecosystems
  • Gardens, fishing, hunting
  • Automobiles
  • Boats
  • 2022 Bucket list
For the record, Pascal wanted to go back to the founding of the United States. The Founding Fathers were mental giants and he thinks he would enjoy listening to Jefferson, Madison, Adams and the rest.

Feel free to add to the list in the Comments


  1. Stories and favorite memories of family members no longer with us.

  2. I'll be damned if I can't discuss ever at anytime:
    2 fake impeachments
    Spying on a President
    Stealing an election
    Bankrupting America
    Critical Racism dividing America
    Industrial Democrat Media Complex controlling the narrative on the China Wuhan Virus.
    The intentional damage Democrats are doing to America.

    I won't be the ass at dinner that brings these topics up, but stand back if any starts that conversation...........


    1. My problem is libs who say "Let's not talk about politics" and then throw out lib talking points. That's my invitation to throw in my two cents worth.
      When the libs complain I just point out that they started it.
      It drives my libs crazy. Try it and see.
      That is where I jump in with both feet.

    2. The fatal flaw of the plan is that everything intersects with politics. Some right out of the starting gate. Others after building up a head-of-steam.

      "Environment" for example.

      If you want to work-the-process then keep asking "What are YOU doing, PERSONALLY, to help the environment?"

      When was the last time they planted a tree or skipped buying something built off-shore where environmental laws are not enforced?

      The greatest weakness of the Progressive mindset is they believe that the individual has no agency and EVERYTHING must be imposed from the Federal level.

      The greatest strength of the conservative mindset is that the individual is everything. We can donate to charitable causes without the IRS threatening to throw us in prison. We care for our own children. We care for our elderly. We can grow and cook our own food.

    3. I would love to have no politics in my life but since democrats make EVERYTHING about politics, it can't be avoided

  3. On the plus side, it sounds like Pascal is not likely a liberal since he thinks highly of the founders.

  4. I agree with feral. If, as it seems, Pascal is a liberal (whatever that means today), if he, indeed, respects the accomplishments and abilities of The Founders, perhaps eliciting how he came to "Point A" from that respect, would be intriguing.


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