Patriotic Question/Summer Question

I was watching Wednesday’s Good Morning America the other day (naturally, NOT on Wednesday) when I saw something in the news scroll that puzzled me. According to some survey, “America’s the most patriotic country”, followed by Venezuela (the “Chavez factor”) and Ireland. So what does that MEAN? The article describes the criteria. Which, of course, begat the question for this Canada Day/U.S. Independence Day weekend:

1. What does patriotism mean to you?

It means to me, to lift it up when it’s right, to help it when it’s in trouble, to point out when it’s off track. It means to register and vote, to encourage others to do the same, to bug our elected officials, to be an aware citizen.

Oh, and It’s Summer. I have some old Nat Cole song on my mind, maybe because it WON’T make it onto Kelly Brown’s School’s Out for Summer CD Mix, only because I don’t own it.

So my other question, in the words of Marshall Crenshaw:

2. What is your favorite waste of time? For me, it Free Cell on the computer, usually when I can’t sleep.

Your replies are always appreciated.