Sunday, October 28, 2012
The Internet Is Sending Me Off the Deep End
There is a hurricane bearing down on us. Even though it isn't going to hit us directly, we're likely to get a lot of rain and wind, and they're telling us that we'll probably lose power. All over Twitter and Facebook people are posting updates on how they're preparing for the storm. "We've filled our bathtubs with water!" (We didn't fill our tubs with water.) "I'm cooking everything in my refrigerator!" (I'm not cooking everything in my refrigerator.) "I've made the mad dash to Wal Mart for canned goods, toilet paper, bottled water, and ice!" (I did go to the store on Thursday, but that was before I even knew about Sandy.) I'm starting to think that maybe we're going to be the ones who are going to be screwed because all we've done is bring in most of our deck furniture and scrambled around the house in a nearly futile attempt to locate flashlights. We're up to our ears in batteries, thank goodness. We don't have a well, so we should have clean running water available. We have a gas water heater; after Hurricane Isabel hit us we lost power for a week and we were grateful that at least we could take hot showers. We have a gas stove and matches, so we should be able to cook pasta or canned soup (that is, if we have any in the house). Larry has a doctor's appointment tomorrow, so I took the day off; I should be able to run to the store in the morning if I feel an urgent need to stock up on whatever is left on the shelves.
And then there's all the political vitriol. I think my blood pressure goes up every time I read some new development in the Benghazi fiasco. Most of you know which candidate I support (I used to have a Romney/Ryan sign in my front yard, until last week when someone went up and down our street and yanked up all the Romney yard signs), and I've said as much on my Facebook page. There are a lot of things I've been tempted to say but I've mostly kept my mouth shut because I really don't feel like getting into any arguments with people who I love and respect but don't necessarily share the same political views with. If I see one more advertisement or article about how those mean Republicans want to deny birth control to poor women I think I'm going to scream. I'm sick of the rhetoric, but at the same time I can't seem to get enough of it. It's like a bad drug. That's why I've (finally) made up my mind to take an Internet fast for the next few days. No Facebook, no Twitter, no blogs. I might even stay away until after the election. I haven't decided yet. (And I have a feeling that this one will be like 2000, when we didn't know the results for more than a month. I wouldn't be surprised if certain politicians are going to act like sore losers and call for recounts in several states.)
I have laundry to catch up on, books stacked on my shelves that I have yet to read, and for some strange reason Sandy is giving me a sudden compulsion to clean and organize. (I think our mad scramble through the house in search of flashlights is what did it.) It will be hard to resist the temptation to post photos of what damage Sandy might do to our trees to my Facebook page, or tell my friends about how we're hunkered down by the fire roasting marshmallows (something to add to tomorrow's grocery list). Hopefully there won't be any news to report anyway.
I've been anxious to blog again. Soon I hope to return and tell you all about the wonderful weekend we spent with Joe's brother and his family, about my sister-in-law's baby shower and how joyful we are about welcoming a brand-new life into our family, about Larry receiving his black belt in taekwondo and how proud we are of him, and the everyday goings-on in our lives. Meanwhile stay safe, and don't forget to vote. (Especially if, like me, you can't wait to throw the bums out!)