Wednesday, August 15, 2007

A Bad Way To End Your Day

Whenever my husband watches the evening news I get out of the room as fast as I can and usually take a bath. I'm not sure why, but I've noticed he's even started recording the news, in case he misses it. I think he is crazy.

Tonight, I just decided to watch. He's asleep on the couch, and I wanted to see if maybe I could understand WHY he not only reads the paper each day, but then watches the news each night. "Maybe I'm wrong about the news. Maybe it's not as negative as I had thought."

Uh uh. NO. Within the first 5 minutes, I started to feel unsafe, uneasy, and actually fearful! I think my blood pressure went up. I cannot believe how many bad news stories they can pack into only a few minutes. Everything from shootings, to break ins, to West Nile virus, to hurricane season- All bad, all scary. The reporters seem to relish in delivering the bad news. It's actually pretty sick.

I realized I was physically starting to feel different while watching. No wonder. How can hearing about and watching all this doom and gloom possibly be a good thing? And this close to bedtime? I know this is just WRONG! I think I know why lots of people like the sports and weather portion of the show, which I realize is saved for the last few minutes. It's because they're virtually the only thing that isn't violent, scary, or depressing on the news. Altho, I guess even sports and weather can occasionally fall under those categories.

Anyway, it's back to the bathtub or my music room during this time. I can think of a thousand better ways to spend my time. And they all bring a much nicer end result...

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