Once upon a time, I worked for "the news". Nothing glamorous. I was a mom with a toddler, doing transcription work from home, and I got an awesome gig typing up transcripts from digital video recordings of CNN International, MSNBC, Fox News and CNN Headline News programs. I felt very "in the know" and urbane with my knowledge of geopolitics and current events. Sometimes I'd curse out loud when I got stuck with Bill O'Reilly or Hannity & Colmes. I regularly worked for Larry King Live and got to hear Larry being a total douche to people off air between commercials. For real.
I worked a million hours in the month following 9/11, with the constant stream of horror. I was traumatized. And then eventually desensitized.
And then I didn't do that job anymore. And also somewhere along the line, we got rid of cable TV. And I swore off local news. And this series of events led to me not knowing shit about the world around me, and a complete lack of desensitization and me reverting back to the delicate flower that I once was.
So imagine my surprise when Tim and I sat down for coffee and a bagel this morning at a local coffee shop that had Fox News going on? Apparently, THE FUCKING WORLD IS COMING TO AN END, and I was somehow unaware.
In the brief minutes that I kept my eyes on the TV screen... 11 people dead in a highway pile up in Kentucky, a train derailment in Maine, a college football player stabbed to death on campus in Florida, Guantanamo detainee recidivism, sinking ships in Korea, hating on gay teens and John Cusak starring in some shit called HOT TUB TIME MACHINE?
WHAT THE HELL IS GOING ON?