I’ve turned my car radio dial away from talk/news radio and I’ve redirected it to Christmas music. I’ve stopped posting my opinions on social media. Pictures yes, opinions no. Once I see that someone else is posting something political or religious I scroll faster.
I’m really trying to stay out of it. I am tired of being angry or annoyed or of trying to educate/inform/explain. Also, I have to be respectful of my spouses employment situation and the constraints that are put on us as a result.
Then I come in to work and bring my computer back to life after being away for 4 days. I don’t make my usual internet pit-stops … cnn.com, foxnews.com, msnbc.com. Nope, I go straight to my Howard. (Stern for those who don’t know). Guess what he is talking about? What life was like prior to 1973. That was the year Roe v Wade was decided. He talked about the dangerous things that women resorted to if they wanted/needed an abortion at a time when it was illegal to have one. It wasn’t good. I’m only telling you what Howard and Robin said. I am not the one saying it wasn’t good. I wasn’t born yet so I can’t REALLY know. I’m lucky that way. In the same sense that I can’t REALLY know what life was like prior to the civil rights act or the voting rights act being passed, no matter how much information I get from a museum or from the stories that are told by the generation prior to mine. *I figured I’d put that disclaimer.*
I felt the temperature in my stomach rising. I began to think about all the things that make me feel that internal hotness. I thought about the people who say that don’t understand why there are people who are concerned about their safety in the aftermath of a Trump win. I thought about what I would (calmly and respectfully) say to them; From what I or my friends have personally seen or experienced.
Then I turned off my Howard and my Robin. I had to – before my fingers typed things that they shouldn’t. You know, respect for careers and all that jazz.
Instead, I decided to listen to tracks from the new Hamilton mixtape. So far, it’s ok. I prefer the original soundtrack.
By the way, how was your Thanksgiving? Ours was good. More to come on that.
I went back to Howard – I was sure he’d have moved on to a different topic and I was right. I caught him in the middle of a Lenny Dykstra (former baseball player) interview.
And so, for one more day, I think I have avoided going down the political rabbit hole.
I already know that tomorrow I will be fully distracted by Leah Remini. The first episode of her docuseries on Scientology will be airing. She will be “shining light on the dark side“. (Again, *disclaimer*, those are not my words.) I cannot wait!!!