But there's a funny thing about watching An American Family from across the chasm of decades.
The chasm between the super-rich and everyone else has so widened that our elites seem to inhabit a different country.
Into this chasm stepped the hero of our story, Governor Mitt Romney, and his plan for health-care reform in Massachusetts.
Most of us, blessedly, are separated from that kind of pain by not just a gap, but a chasm.
Over the next few years, a chasm would open up between the Party and the KGB, culminating with the failed coup in August 1991.
A young fellow of seventeen or eighteen crawled over the brink of the chasm and sat on the rocks to breathe himself.
Hawise leaped the chasm deftly by declaring it an improper question.
He drew the steel, and, flourishing it before him, retreated toward the tree-trunk that extended across the chasm.
He started off quietly, in fact, until he was within a few feet of the chasm.
I took it heartily in mine, glad that the chasm between us was bridged at last.
1590s, "deep crack in the earth," from Latin chasma, from Greek khasma "yawning hollow, gulf," related to khaskein "to yawn," and thus to chaos. In English in 17c. often spelled chasma. Figurative use from 1640s. Related: Chasmal; chasmic.