I really need to write a column, but I can’t focus. I guess I need to exhale a few random thoughts first.
Like, how about “Ugly Betty” winning the Golden Globe for best comedy and America Ferrara winning for best actress in a comedy? Way to Go. I love Ugly Betty, my co-worker and I agree it’s the best new show on tv. There is nothing like it.
Or, how about my birthday, where I got awesome gifts, like the Klipsch iGroove, which I have been wanting, and is the perfect way to listen to one’s iPod in their living area. Or, the entire Arrested Development DVD set, which I plan to watch until the DVDs are scratched and worn out and function no more.
And, how about this? I was listening to the interview on NPR the other day. The reporter was interviewing a brother and sister who had recently enlisted in the Marines. They were, I believe, 17 and 18-years-old. They were chatting, and then the reporter asked if the possibility of going to Iraq had been any sort of deterrent at all to their enlistment. The boy/man answered that it was not, that he felt the need to defend his country against the people who had attacked us on 9/11, and stressed how terrible what happened on 9/11 was. Then, the reporter asked, in a very even manner, if the man/boy thought that in going to Iraq he would be fighting the same people who had attacked us on 9/11. He said, hardly missing a beat, that he would be, and then went on to talk about how 9/11 cemented his feelings that he had to enlist. I mean, they really sounded like nice kids, but I was shocked that even kids, when asked very directly, could state that heading to Iraq would bring them in direct contact with the people who attacked us on 9/11.
I mean, I probably shouldn’t be shocked, but I just think it’s a great tragedy, how completely misled people are, probably by watching mostly television news and believing everything they hear.
Okay, maybe I can write my brilliant column now. Maybe.