365 Days of Random

Random musings about nothing at all

September already?

Wow… today is already the first day of september…and yes, I did just realize that I missed posting for the last day in August… seems August was so not my month for keeping up to this project. I did have every intention of writing yesterday but it was just one of those days. I thought of it… got busy… thought of it again… got even busier and went home to crash. Oh well… here’s to starting September off right.

Seriously, I can’t believe how quickly the summer has gone by. I am sure that we always say that but really, it amazes me that it’s back to school time already. The weather is cooling off, the school buses are back on the roads, traffic patterns are changing again. Don’t get me wrong, I LIKE the cooler weather that comes along with fall but it’s still always a bit sad to see summer coming to a close. I know that TECHNICALLY there are still a few more weeks of summer left and that it’s likely that we’ll have at least a few more ‘heat waves’ coming at us… but for all intents and purposes, this is the end of summer.

When I was growing up the beginning of September and the return to school really signified one BIG event in my town (besides my mom’s birthday – which is tomorrow) – the town fair. School projects from the previous year would be on display, there were carnival rides and games and everyone in town was there. We’d beg our moms to by ‘passes’ so that we could go more than once during the week and ride all the rides all night long…. it’s not a cheap outing.. and some years we had to settle for being able to only go on one night. But no matter what it was always a great time as a kid. To go to it now (as an adult) really only seems fun if you get to take some kids along with you… so I can see why my parents were never fans of going once my sisters and I hit high school and were ‘too cool’ to hang out with our parents at the fair.

Even now, I always associate the week after Labor Day as the “Renfrew Fair”. I know that my parents are volunteering… my young sister too most likely. My older sister is taking my nephew and some of his friends or cousins once or twice to play games and ride rides. I don’t talk to them much during the week because they are never really home. But come Sunday I get great stories about what and who they saw at the fair. It’s a bit of nostalgia for me and always entertaining to catch up on the home town gossip.

Now that I live here in DC the start of September doesn’t really have the same effect on me. I have no kids going back to school – although love the stories of my friends kids and their experiences. Work doesn’t really change for me.. it’s just another day or week. But you can’t help but look at the calendar and think – wow.. another summer gone already.

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September 1, 2011 Posted by | Random | , , , | Leave a comment

Today’s Media

Ok…so today I think I want to talk a bit about the craziness that can be news media in our culture. And before I really get started this is by no means based in any amount of fact it is simply 100% my own opinion of the impact news and media has on world events in today’s society. If you feel the need to argue a different point please do so but I probably won’t engage with you. It’s not that I don’t see your point of view, in fact i am sure that you’d raise some very valuable points. It’s just that all I am attempting to do here is lay out what I see and what I think based solely on impressions and not at all in fact. So I don’t feel the need or desire to research anything to attempt to support any of my statements or refute any of yours. But I am always happy to read your thoughts and comments in any event.

Now that all that disclaimer stuff is out of the way here is what I think. This week in DC we had both an earthquake and a hurricane. Both ‘events’ were what have been labeled as historic for the area by one media outlet or another. Against the world scale of these kinds of events both were EXTREMELY MILD in comparison. Sure North Carolina experienced a great deal of damage from Irene…. but here in the DC area it was what most people would refer to as a bit of a lame ass storm. I mean come on.. so it rained all day and got a bit windy. We didn’t have any thunder or lightening and the loss of power that people experience (while insanely frustrating I am sure) has more to do with the pathetic services that exist in some parts of the area than with any ‘major storm damage’.

That said… the media spent the entire week hyping up both events. The earthquake was disastrous and the hurricane was setting up to be the storm of the century…. or at least that’s what you’d think if you watched some of the news coverage or read some of the reports that were circulating around. One really good example of this ‘media induced hysteria’ comes from my family. Some family friend saw some inaccurate news report up in Canada that said that the storm was going to hit DC full blast and that everyone was being evacuated. Since my parents (especially my mom) tend to worry like crazy about me down here all by myself they went into just a bit of a panic because I hadn’t called to tell them I was being evacuated and where I was going. In fact, I was in my shower when my mom called and since she got my voicemail the worry in her voice increased a notch or two as she left her message to call her back and let her know I was safe.

I can 100% appreciate my mother’s concern – who wouldn’t be concerned about their daughter being evacuated from her home because of some expected national disaster. Here’s the thing that gets me… she never would have been worried about it or concerned at all if someone hadn’t seem some over dramatized news report about how bad the storm was going to be. If that hadn’t happened she would have known (had she been thinking rationally at all) that since I am completely terrified of hurricanes if one was truly in my immediate vicinity that I’d be on the first flight back to Canada in total avoidance mode…and of course since she’d have to pick me up she would know exactly where I was and how long I’d be staying at home.

I think the increase in media coverage and in providing information to the masses is, as a whole, fabulous. But, I think there comes a point in time where you do nothing but insite panic is us ‘little people’ by telling us all the gloom and doom of what COULD, MAYBE, POSSIBLY, happen. Rather than just saying the facts… it’s a big storm, might hit your area, try and prepare as best you can but it’s likely to mostly just skirt around you and you’ll really just get some rain and wind… nothing major. Sure, it doesn’t make for as interesting of a TV spot… but it’s much less likely to have people freaking out and expecting the worst from every possible situation.

Things were much more peaceful in our world when we didn’t have every possible negative impact for every possible event going on everywhere in the world thrown in our faces every second of every day. Again, it’s GREAT to know what’s going on in the world… but the current media plan focuses way more on the bad things in the world and the things that can scare and harm humanity than they EVER do on the joyful and peaceful and FUN things going on in the world that could bring some light back into our society. We should be able to focus on living our lives… not always running around scared waiting on the next ‘big bad’ being blasted on every media channel there is.

Ok…that’s my two cents done.

August 29, 2011 Posted by | Personal Theories, Random | , , , , | Leave a comment