This week's Weekend assignment [okay this is very late] asks AOL Journalers to pick out five things to give to a descendant living 100 years in the future. What does Mrs. Linklater pick?
1. A book about excruciatingly perfect manners -- preferably one by Miss Manners herself. Nothing tells you more about a society than all the silly social rules they want you to follow. Nothing is quite so entertaining to people 100 years later, either. I'm all about the entertainment myself.
2. A collection of Dave Barry columns. He has made me laugh for years. I wonder if he would seem as funny after another 100 years. Same with Molly Ivins. Mel Brooks. Richard Pryor. Chris Rock.
3. A description of every major scandal of the day, from Lewinsky and Jones to Enron and WorldCom to Kobe and OJ, and on and on, ad nauseum. With a DVD of Saturday Nite Live satires of all of them.
4. Serena Williams' silver studded black outfit from the US Open. Fitted carefully over a bronze mold of her body so people of the future know that a woman with "man arms" [thank you, Ann] was not just a figment of someone's imagination.
5. Fast food encased in lucite. A Big Mac in all its glory preserved forever in plastic. Withan order of fries. The best of Taco Bell, Burger King, Chi Chi's, Chili's, even your favorite deli sandwich -- all made fresh and sealed in keep-it-fresh-forever lucite. A little bit of culinary history that makes a great paper weight. Although paper may be history in 100 years.