Friday, January 30, 2009
Thursday, January 29, 2009
Friday, January 23, 2009
I have a thought about the presidential hoopla. Doesn't it seem a little disingenuous for all of the white, twenty-something, middle class kiddos to be so MOVED? I get that it's tremendous, I get that we are living history, and I am here to say that I am JUST AS PUMPED.
But really? We're just now proud to be Americans? He didn't freakin' invent the Constitution, people. Or the idea that man deserves, um, freedom. And hey, has anybody ever heard of the United States Postal Service? If you can't be proud of that, then I don't even know what to say. The ability to mail a letter, with an opinion, or a check, or a report card, or profession of love, for less than a dollar? That sounds democratic. That sounds American. You know it.
I am just as swept up in the grandeur of this season, and I cried on election night with everybody else. But I'm a little sick of people making it about their own patriotism, when in reality, we are not the ones who sacrificed to make this possible. We voted, we held a little piece of the puzzle and gave bits and pieces to make it happen. But I don't think hope means much without humility. Where's the humble pie, already?
I'm looking for a cheap fix to my month-long writer's block, and I have two possible options. First, I'd like to discuss what's on your checklist of favorite websites to pop in to, more than just the blogs (since I can see those for myself on your OWN blog). I sometimes marvel at how much time I can spend gouging my eyes out with People.com, and then am even more amazed at the number of times I reference it throughout the day.
It's humiliating, but in this strange way that somehow still feels worth it.
So, here ya go. All the stops I make...in no particular order. ;)
*NYTimes (the headlines, food section, and the "Most Emailed" list)
*Idealist.org (hopefully not for long!)
*Feministing (but frankly, I have to do this in moderation, because I'm not quite that liberal...yet)
*MTV to watch back episodes of The Hills (v. embarrassing)
Okay, now dish. Where do you go when you need some junk food for your cerebral cortex?