Thursday, November 21, 2013
Happiness isn't very titallating
Like, at parties or social gatherings - I'm stumped. I like talking about woo-woo stuff, or funny things or ideas or inventions and cool stuff, even that Jean-Claude Van Dammit video that you should totally watch:
I like science, and history. But when it comes to politics or current events, I'm out of the loop.
See, here is where Imma sound stupid and crazy. I absolutely refuse to watch the news. Not CNN, not FOX, not any of it. I think it's fear mongering and polarizing and I refuse to participate in it. Here's the big shocker: Jeff and I? we don't vote. At all. Haven't for years. Because we both went through a period of paying WAY A LOT OF attention to politics for YEARS (I used to listen to Rush Limbaugh. Jayzhus what in the fuck?) and we both really CARED through Clinton and CARED through both Bushes and aside from a couple of policy changes and bills that passed or didn't pass, nothing seems to really ever change. Obama was sposed to bring CHANGE and huh. It's all the same crap. Not that the man didn't try, not that they all didn't try (or really didn't try), but *shrug* nothing changed. blah blah mistakes were made. Blah blah taxes, more or less? blah blah cut funding! AHHH! WAR!
When I saw Sarah Palin interviewing in her run, I just threw my remote. Honestly - John McCain was this staid, middle-aged white man and they put this woman next to him to bring in the 'people' - it seemed to ME. Her hokey 'good-old-gal' schtick seemed like acting to me and I think that's when I just gave up on politics.
Manchurian candidate and all that.
("If you don't vote you can't complain!) <--I don't. I don't talk about politics, I don't sweat that shit. I'm not interested, and couldn't tell you who is who in DC. Don't. Give. A. Fuck. I KNOW! You're supposed to really care! It's YOUR FUTURE and scary and AHHH! yeah - it's fear mongering and polarizing. ALWAYS only two candidates (really, has there ever really been a third?) and always only two sides to a story/issue. Bullshit.
I don't listen to news for the same reasons. It's the biggest pile of SCARY SHIT! Hurricanes, disasters, murders, child molesters, stay inside! lock your doors! walk your kids to school and walk them home! I mean, shit, I fell for it. Mike's precious feet barely ever touched the damned ground. He might get snatched!
I got exhausted watching the news, and when we lived in Maryland and hurricane Sandy was headed right for us and all I could watch was the weather channel and I PANNICKED. Annnd, it blew past us. Not that it wasn't serious for the poor people who got hit, I just mean if I had just heard it may hit, prepared like a sane person, and just watched Law & Order and calmed the fuck down, I would have been better off. News channels show the same horrific scenes over and overandover and it's all very chest-clutchy and provocative, but nah. I read about major events online and then go over to y'all's blogs and read about stuff that matters to ME. And I don't talk narc stuff with people at parties because NEGATIVITY. I get it all out here! Sunshine! har.
Which is shit that doesn't matter to anyone else I meet.
And I don't WORK *gasp*! which is just about a fucking SIN these days. Seems people cannot grasp 'happiness' and 'serenity' and all that as an emotion. Everyone MUST be stressed about something, lets all clack and talk and complain! My worry is bigger than your worry! and I don't have any worries.
I mean, yeah, I might get cancer or Jeff might have a heart attack or Mike may get hit by a meteor, but I don't have any real stressors. We aren't in debt up to our eyeballs. Our cars are older and paid off. We pay cash for just about everything, and what we do use our one credit card for is FUN stuff like vacations, and we pay it down fairly fast. We have a tiny little savings account and a retirement account, we have health insurance (all hail the VA!) and a pretty nice apartment in Mission Valley. Our lives are so quiet that people think I'm a stooge, lol. EP France has the same complaint - she works in banking but she doesn't give two fucks about news or politics either. Her husband is a conspiracy theory nut (makes me look positively SANE next to him) so her interest in politics went out the window a long time ago. I'd like to take a class, but a class in history (war of 1812!) or a cooking class to learn the science of cooking a la Alton Brown. Not like, an accounting class or current events class.
All anyone seems to want to talk about is stress and money. Work, or politics, or god forbid RELIGION (lol see what I did there?) and so I wander off to find their dog or their kids and talk to THEM. If I say something like 'oh, we had so much fun the other day doing blah blah blah' I get 'how much did it cost?' or some other STRESS question. I probably had a coupon for whatever it was and why not ask about the actual event?
oh hell, this blog post went down a rabbit hole and I can't seem to get back to my point.
From Kelly's Heros 1970:
Oddball: 'Why don't you knock it off with them negative waves? Why don't you dig how beautiful it is out here? Why don't you say something righteous and hopeful for a change?'
EGG ZACK LEE.