Forget about last week — next week has to be better
We had a mass shooting in the Navy shipyard in Washington, DC. Congress decided to cut out $40 billion in the food stamp program and try to defund Obamacare for the 42nd time. In Rhode Island, unemployment has gone up a tenth of a percentage point to 9.1 percent. Susan Farmer died, the first woman ever to hold elected office in Rhode Island. (Interesting side note about Mrs. Farmer — she was a Republican that fought for public television after she left politics. She actively led the fight for funding Rhode Island PBS and started a show on state and local politics called “A Lively Experiment.” We need more Republicans like Susan Farmer).
Every time I look at The Huffington Post, Drudge Report, Al-Jazeera, Washington Post, Detroit Free Press and Yahoo! News, I feel like I want to give up on life. Why in the hell are we all trying so hard when the news and our society seems like a clogged up fraternity toilet after Mexican night?
The news cycle is literally rice and beans floating around with turds. Unbelievable.
On Saturday, I felt fantastic. I woke up with optimism, had a lovely dinner out with my parents, came home to some lovely emails from people saying hello, my Dad and I washed our dog Shelby, and Shelby looked and smelled like a movie star, and then it happened.
I turned my computer on around 6 p.m. and went to The Huffington Post.
I screamed a short vulgar shout. I used my favorite curse word that James Lipton would approve.
What the hell was I going to write about? Absolutely everything that happened in the news was atrocious, noxious, and unending. It appears the world is taken over by madmen who wish nothing but ill-will toward humanity.
Can we have a break, please?
Bill Burr made a point on his podcast when he said something to the effect that it’s very telling about our society when a Glock costs as much as an IPod. I went online to check out Bill Burr’s societal observation and you can absolutely have a Glock for $299.
You have the right to get a Glock in two days with your credit card. Can’t find work, healthcare, food, education, politicians to care, a working Congress, a shoe that doesn’t smell, or kids that tune you out with their Smartphone — good luck with that American Dream. More like American Ambien Dreams. You know, the type of dream that makes you crazy and you end up in an airport like US Rep Patrick Kennedy did.
I started to play a video game, Civilization, to try to break myself away from the news cycle. It’s a game where you choose a civilization and build towns, world wonders, roads and shops, and compete with other civilizations. As a nation, sometimes the only way to expand your empire is to invade another country. Then I started to think about America, Syria, China, and Russia. I quickly got disgusted and turned off the game.
I am depressed writing this piece and I pride myself on being funny and occasionally witty.
I’d rather watch Michelle Bachman and Sarah Palin do a little girl-on-girl action with Senator Ted Cruz shooting off fireworks than put up with last week’s news. Let’s be honest, I’m watching that show. I like fireworks very much.
Next we’re facing a looming government shutdown around October 1……
OK, I’m going to shut up.
Honestly, we all need to wake up to a new day. One time, we all need to wake up and the grass is a little greener, our wives and husbands smile easier, the cats don’t poop on the floor, or we just put on a great song to start off our day. We may have to work a little harder to have a good day. I know I have to work harder to have a day where I end up with my face in a pillow with an irresistible smile that even charms the woman of my dreams (she is a blond to speaks French to me — true story).
I have to turn off the news websites. They’ll only let me down. Instead, I need to just be my best self and try to maintain as hard as I can. There are no more miracles left asides the ones I can produce.
Little ole Rhode Island has a very simple state motto: Hope. I need to work for my hope. We need to work for our hope.
Just going to turn off the TV and keep writing.