Tuesday, January 11, 2011

On Being Prepared for Invisibility

I am already tired of the news. An unbalanced member of our society fell off the edge. Stuff happens. Part of the media frenzy revolves around the media's own self-importance. Congresswomen are people we cover. You shot a Congresswoman. How dare you?

What offends me is that four elderly victims, who were not only shot, but who DIED, were not given the time of day. These were precious people, and even though they were not media darlings, they were the darlings of some peoples' lives.

I once observed two older ladies who had taken a cab to the University of MN hospital complex. The cabbie left them off on the wrong side of the road, and when they asked him to let them off on the correct side he yelled at them and told them to get out where he had dropped them, which they proceeded to do with haste and fear.

I am heading quickly into "old lady" status. Someone once said that when a girl is between the ages of birth and 18, she needs good parents. From 18 to 35 she needs good looks. From 35 to 60 she needs a good personality, and from 60 on she needs cash!



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