January 28th, 2002


TV News People Are Idiots

Ok... I realize that it doesn't snow here every day or anything, but the way the news people are covering the POSSIBILITY of snow overnight, you'd think that it was the second fucking coming.

I watched Q-13 news after X-files tonight and the lead story was about the snow that may or may not fall. They spent 20 minutes on it. They had correspondents out at various places in western Washington. They talked about the fact that it also snowed in Portland as if it was the most bizarre coincidence ever. They then covered a couple other things quickly, glazed over a story about an Al-Qaida training video that was discovered (!), and then did TWO MORE FUCKING PIECES about the possible snow. The "meteorologist" gave their oh-so-insightful information regarding snow, as if the target audience had never seen or heard of this "snow" and was not at all prepared to face it.


Don't get me wrong. I'm excited about it. I want it to snow and stick and I want to go play in it and all. But I mean, I'm not freaking out over it. It's not changing my life or anything. These people are acting as if the four horsemen of the apocalypse are expected to ride through during the next snowstorm.

I guess I should expect this kind of thing from the local news. These are the same people who gave coverage to the morons who lined up three days early for the opening of Krispy Kreme donuts and covered that story as if Elvis had come back from the dead and opened a burger stand. Are people really interested in this kind of thing? Is this really what people want covered by their evening news?

Here's what bugs me. Have you ever seen those shows where they think it's cute and funny to go out on the street and ask the alleged adults on the street about current events or even ask them questions like "who's the current President of the United States?" and giggle at the fact that they don't know the answers. It's funny, isn't it? Isn't the ignorance of the general public amusing? NO, IT'S NOT FUCKING AMUSING. These are the same people who fucked up the REALLY FUCKING IMPORTANT election back in November of 1999. Yeah, they're ignorant. Why? Because the news is spending half an hour talking about how people are lined up to buy lotto tickets and not about what the fuck is happening in our world.

We're the most powerful country in the world, and people of other countries laugh at us and at our ignorance.

Wow... I kinda went off on a tangent there... All because of the snow. Man... I need to get some sleep.

Before I go, I must admit, I feel somewhat hypocritical posting this. I have to admit that I'm somewhat ignorant to a degree of what happens in the world. Sometimes, when people at work are talking about something major that's been going on, I find that I'm uninformed or underinformed, and I'm not able to participate without feeling kind of stupid. However, I like to think that this is my own choice. I choose the things I spend time learning about and while they're probably not always the most important things to spend my time on, they are the things I choose. I don't know if that makes me ignorant, or lazy, or apathetic, or whatever. I guess I feel like I'm pretty good at assessing whether or not something is worth me getting worked up over, and if it's not, then I move on. So, there are a lot of things that I have formed opinions on, based on very little knowledge. Not always the best way to live your life, but at least I don't bear the weight of the world on my shoulders. I guess to an extent, ignorance really is bliss. Hmmm.
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Ah jeez....

Ok... it's after 10 and I'm still at work. What the hell is that all about?

I went flying today with my boss. I sort of miss flying. Yeah, it's a hellishly expensive and stressful hobby, but it's a lot of fun. Seattle is a prettier place to fly around than Phoenix ever was. It was odd though, because the field we flew out of had a lot of snow. We actually got the plane stuck in it when we were taxiing to park. Weird. Anyway, I was contemplating maybe spending a few hours with an instructor and getting current again, until I found out the rates. $105 for a Cessna 172 and $35 for instructor. That's PER HOUR. Christ. 10 hours or so of that would pay for my Rally.

Speaking of scooter stuff... I lost my patch from last years' Vegas rally. It fell off my jacket today and is lost. If you see it, please send it to me.
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