Thursday, November 22, 2012
when i start to doubt myself...
Sometimes, going on the road inhibits blogging inspiration, and sometimes provides me grist for my mill....
This time, my husband is with me, so the dynamics are very different. When I drive i listen to music, but HE prefers NPR, and my general rule is that the driver gets to choose. Therefore, i've been listening to some radio shows that i ordinarily would not.
Sometimes (also) i feel like i'm pretty dumb. When i have to read one of Peter's sentences -- or a whole post -- several times before i get a faint glimmer of understanding ... it's EASY to feel intellectually inferior.
But i should know better.
Any time i feel old and fat and ugly, all i have to do to feel better is go to the mall and look around me. Any time i feel slow and stupid, i now know that all i have to do is turn on the radio. EVEN NATIONAL PUBLIC RADIO. (Jeeze, i could probably become an instant Einstein, just by tuning into an AM talk-radio station....)
Dedicating 30 minutes or an hour to discussing something outrageously WITHOUT IMPORT seems to me to be the ultimate waste of time, energy, and money. I've heard more dumb-ass comments and questions over the last two hours than over the last two weeks! (I was about to say "two months" ... then i remembered the electioneering season.)
Right now there's an author being interviewed about his book that talks about lifestyles favoring longevity. To us, OLD NEWS. And can you spell, C-O-N-F-O-U-N-D-I-N-G V-A-R-I-A-B-L-E-S? grrrrrr.... The interviewer asked about maintaining mental function, avoiding dementia, and he started talking about herbal teas*! @#$%&%$#@.....
Before this show began, there was one talking about shopping during "thanksgiving weekend" -- one man thought businesses SHOULD NOT BE OPEN, even if their staffs want and need to work, because "thanksgiving is the only time extended families can get together and spend time with each other." ONLY time? Honesttogod, can these people not realize that their opinions are completely illogical? And does the concept of "live and let live" not have the potential to simplify things considerably?
I become disgusted that stirring up controversy over something that's totally immaterial trumps truthful simplicity. Why do people worry about what everybody else is doing, if they're happy and not imposing on others? As far as Mr. Longevity is concerned -- the science is out there, but he can't be bothered. I called my husband's attention to that fact, and i have to pass along his comment:
"But ... but ... that's BORING! THIS sells books!" (He's a Taurus.)
* "AND," J pointed out, "this guy has great credentials -- he works for National Geographic." <groan> Fortunately, you're hearing the warped sense of humor he enjoys. If these comments were strictly serious, i wouldn't be able to live with him!