Feb. 20th, 2012

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I'm going on a TV news diet. We have four local TV news outlets. One for each of the four major networks. Each of them air - during early evening - 1.5 to 2 hours of local news. Seattle is a big city. There's lots happening but we rarely - and I mean only once every decade or so - have more than 30 minutes of local news in any one day. At least the kind that true journalists can report (verified, substantiated news).

So, they take that 30 minutes (which is usually more like 15) of solid news and stretch it out with totally inane commentary and reporting based on the opinions of the 20 somethings they send around to find out what's new.

The Powell family saga is about as good as it gets. It nearly put me over the edge. But last night's reporting of the people killed in the avalanche is what really did it. Our local news is either one short story stretched out beyond belief and beaten to death or a story about which they know nothing yet but insist on hours of endless coverage anyway.

I started out in life as a news reporter - back in the day - before Woodward and Bernstein - before news sources were facebook pages. I know and appreciate the value of real news. I want to know what's going on in the community I inhabit.

I don't want to ignore what's happening or get my headlines from John Stewart. But, I can no longer stand to be insulted by our TV news. (Our local newspaper is not that much better - just more tedious to consume.)

It's a habit. At 5 pm I turn on the news and get up and feed the cats and start the heating up or cooking or whatever is required for my own dinner. I leave it on while I putter and then eat and do other stuff. I end up watching 2 freakin' hours of the crap.

No more.

Tonight, I'll turn on NPR instead. I'll use it as my methadone.

I'll check the headlines on the homepages of the 4 station's websites. Watch NBC's nightly news. Check the headlines (the first minute) of CBS and ABC news before I delete them off of TiVo. I'll turn on one of the local news shows at 11 and use it to sleep by (it usually takes me about 3 mins to go to sleep). I'll monitor Twitter (at least three of the local news stations have excellent Twitter feeds).

We have at least two very excellent local news blogs and one good local news/commentary website.

I'm going to try it. Starting today.
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ohhh there's a cop in the entry way to my building - now playing on Front Door TV Network. some dude i never saw before just came out of my building and is talking to him with lots of animation... condo drama!!!
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I can't stand it any more.
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I love these two pictures from yesterday...

Betty, age 11Travis, age 6
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An email from the designer this morning says that we're penciling in the week of March 12th for the happening!!!

This means it will probably be the week of the 20th or so but most probably March. Yeah!!

So... Now I have to absolutely get the desk and credenza M T!

The credenza is half done. I was actually working on it when the email came in. I found a bunch of old shit. All the stuff from my Mom's last 6 years - to the trash. But, also the birth certificates of both parents and my father's army discharge papers and my the registration card that my grandmother was forced to carry at all times when they took away her US Citizenship (due to marrying that enemy German - my adorable grandfather). Plus some other cool shit. I am keeping only the coolest old shit. I'm hoping to keep that pile under 3 inches.

So working back from March 12 (just in case):

This week: finish the credenza.
Next week: do the desk
Week of March 5: everything gone (into fish room) except the actual computer hardware which I'll leave until the last minute.

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no swimming today due to those darn presidents. :(


Feb. 20th, 2012 06:25 pm
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My back and ass are suffering from what I will call 'Is that fucking pool closed again???!!'

Yeah, I could have moved more and/or differently today but I didn't. And ouch.

Tomorrow is class but I'm going in early. Chef Anita will be here working and she won't need my help.
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