You may have noticed that lately I've been posting on all things except the outrages of the day.
Well it's funny.
I never really realized how bombarded I was by news and politics while I was a reporter. It seems pretty silly now, but I guess I just thought that everyone got the exposure to politics that I had. Now that I'm away from the setting, I see that most people could care less about it. Most people have jobs that don't involve covering the latest nasty dish, or slimy official. Sure, many still follow the stories, but not to the extent that a newsroom gets steeped in them. It sticks and stays with you, not so much like an odor, but more like the feeling of impending...well impending something.
Getting out of the news business was hard, but the rewards are becoming quite apparent. At DSST, I'm worried about kids, and forms, and coaches, and fingerprints. I'm not really aghast at the world as much as I was. A weight has been lifted off my shoulders. I can choose not to talk politics if I want...a luxury not given to reporters. My eyes have been opened to life not in the middle of the fray.
I don't mean to sound like I don't care about the news of the day, or the latest outrage. I just need to get used to the change of pace. I'm still a news junkie. Always will be, but it's kind of nice not to be absorbed by the news.
I still get angry, I just don't have it bearing down on me. For instance, yes I believe Cindy Sheehan is an idiot as well as a anti-semite, and she will pay for her dalliances. She already is. Not only did she lose her son, but she's lost her husband, and almost her mom. She will look back at her folly and regret much. So I don't get to angry about Sheehan because her life is in tatters, mine is not.
I almost feel sorry for her...almost.
But don't worry. I'm sure things will come up that get me hot under the collar, and when they do you can bet I won't hold my tongue.
Now, back to kids and forms.....