Monday, I'm back to recipes, and Tuesday, I'll probably stay in bed with my head under the covers. That means I only have Saturday and Sunday to vent, so ... look away, if you must.
For the like-minded, however, I offer a dozen famous/powerful people whose names begin with the apparently omnipotent letter "O," and please do not quit before the last suggestion or two of "O" power.
Augustus Octavius. Power: Commanded censuses (censi?). Had face on coinage, etc.
Orlando Bloom. Power: Hmm. Swashbuckling magnetism?
Tony Orlando. Two "Orlandos" for the price of one! Power: Cut a record-breaking single in the 70s that will memorialize his place in history next to that of Caesar Augustus Octavius. Far out!
Bill "Bold Fresh Piece of Humanity" O'Reilly. Power: Completely frustrates Joy Behar. And for this, I am grateful.
The love of my young life, Donny Osmond. Power: To make young girls (now 50 year-old girls) swoon.
Rosie O'Donnell. Very powerful. Made you wince just then, right? Now that's pow-ah. And is it my imagination, or is her mouth the exact same shape as Donald Trump's?
Oliver Wendell Douglas from Green Acres. Power: Enticed a Fifth-Avenue, Penthouse-abiding Hungarian Princess to move to Shedtown. Musta been some proposal, wink, wink.
Cousin Oliver from The Brady Bunch. Power: May have single-handedly brought down this 20th Century American TV show icon. Who cares. The Bradys have cried all the way to the bank and back again 50 million times.
Oscar the Grouch. Power: Commanded seat of authority over all humans on Sesame Street, especially that wimpy Bob.
Mrs. O'Leary's Cow. Power: Started the Chicago fire. Behold the power of ... beef.
Joel Osteen. Power: Smiles in the face of sharing life with a very scary wife. Power over a couple of other people every week, too.
Oceanic Flight 815 Survivors. Perhaps the most powerful group ever in the world in spite of being fictional characters.
Barack Obama. Power: Persuasion.
Faster than a speeding senator. More powerful than a
Look! Up in the sky!
It's a bird. It's a plane. It's Obamaman!
Yes, it's Obamaman - strange visitor from another planet who came to Earth with powers and abilities far beyond those of mortal men to organize communities.
Obamaman - who can change the course of oceans, bend rules about accepting public campaign funds with his bare hands, and who, disguised as Clark Kent, mild mannered senator for a great national congress, fights the never ending battle for redistribution of wealth, family meetings with dubious international leaders, and the Barackian Way.
But THE most powerful O is: Oprah Winfrey. Obamaman didn't just hitch his wagon to a star; he hitched it to Sirius!