Friday, March 26, 2010

Did the end of the world start and no one told me?


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?

8 comments:

Amy said...

Yeah, sorry. I forgot to warn you about John Cusak. My bad.

Also...

The world is coming to an end. Its all building to December 23rd, 2012.

Mommy in Real Life said...

Going to see Hot Tub Time Machine tonite. Honestly, I've heard it's AWESOME. Also - John Cusack, hot tub and time travel... really it was only a matter of time.

Anna See said...

That's why I stick to the Style section.

Cat said...

The most upsetting part of your entire post is that they were showing Fox News in a coffee shop in Washington state.

Nap Warden said...

Two things...One, I really want to see Hot Tub Time Machine (don't tell anyone)

Two, do you need me to resize your header?

Cheri @ Blog This Mom!® said...

Oh crap. Nap Warden cracked me the heck up and I forgot what I was going to write.

Keetha said...

That is why I rarely watch the news.

Diet Buddy said...

Okay, Hot Tub Time Machine was THE BOMB for this 80's girl! I loved it. But John is NOT the star, Rob Corddry is wickedly funny. And there's a 16 Candles moment you will love.