Strategies for eschewing orange

I am an inconsistent news junky. I don’t really understand all of the complexities of current events and would really rather ignore the news and live my boring little life in blissful ignorance. This agnostic asks, “Can’t we all simply live by the golden rule?” I guess not.

But there are those times. I watched War in the Gulf (the 1991 version) until my then-3-year-old Mouse figured out how to spell “OFF” and unceremoniously turned off the TV when she had had enough. Let’s see, the government shutdown(s)? I *mostly* mean the first one, in the mid-90s, when I was not gainfully employed and we were living on a pretty tight budget. By the second shutdown, we were in a much better place, but I was still highly annoyed. 911? Who *wasn’t* a news junky after that?

I have been on a news junkie spike since November 9th. I am now a paying subscriber to several of the more reputable news sources in the country and follow a handful more on Twitter. We are living in interesting times for sure but the news does get overwhelming when you can plug in to the world 24-7. I got a taste of unplugged-ness in February when we spent a long weekend at the DNR lodge at Tahquamenon Falls. There is no internet service of any kind anywhere near the Tahquamenon area. You have to drive 10 miles down into Paradise to get the 4G/LTE on your phone. Make no mistake, we did that daily. I *have* to have the xword, don’tcha know? But while I was there, I also opened email and twitter and facebook, etc. and, when I saw something about North Korea and Mar a Lago and a hastily-arranged press conference, I made the executive decision to NOT click over. Good decision, KW.

I check email and social media in the morning and occasionally throughout my workday and I sometimes read articles. By the end of the day? When I get home from work, I delete any email that contains news links and I ignore anything that comes in via Twitter or whatever. Downtime.

On another note, I think the automotive vee-hickle gods are trying to tell me something. Like, hey KW, do you need a new car? First, this old photoooo turned up today. I’m not sure why. I can’t remember exactly what year this was but it was in the early 2000s because Grandroobly and The Engineer are in it and they left the building in 2005 and 2006. The other thing is that I am getting all kinds of car ads and stuff on my various feeds today. This is a little scary because I have not *looked* online for a car at all. So I’m hoping Al Gore’s intertubes cannot somehow read my mind.

I am not ready to give up the Ninja yet. She is too good to me (knock on wood). But I am in the early stages of thinking what might be next. The latest Honda Civic is getting rave reviews and I have loved the two Civics we have owned (including the Ninja) but my fave vee-hickle EVER was the 2001 Honda Accord. I will have to at least check out the Accord. And then there’s the new Honda CR-V, which MMCB1 just bought. It is gorgeous and has all kinds of cool features. Or maybe another Outback? The Mean Green Frog Hoppin’ Musheen has been wonderful and having a second SUV would give us more options to haul the Lyme Lounge and Cfam Trash Mobile when we need to.

Oh, don’t get all excited. I’m not ready yet. Just flexing my vee-hickle-buying muscles a bit. And then, on another topic… Surprise! I was going to scrabble together a meager feast of leftovers for dinner tonight but our Mouse is now coming over and since I don’t think I can stretch what I had in my plan to cover a third person, we are gonna head out to Knight’s! Yay!

Love y’all,

2 Responses to “Strategies for eschewing orange”

  1. jane Says:

    I can tell you that was the summer of 1998. 😉

  2. Margaret Says:

    I can only handle a certain amount of the news lately. It’s difficult to deal with the drama and the distortions and STRIDENT VOICES. My nerves must be easily jangled these days.