Monday, March 31, 2003

...Just Try to Breathe normally...

Part of me wanted this war to be over in a week or less, just so I could get on with my life. I just don't know if I can take the stress of a long war. Six months? I'll be a nervous wreck. Will I ever be able to focus on the rest of my life?

I'm in the process of refinancing, and I had a call from an appraiser yesterday to set up an appointment with me. My first question, do I have to clean the place? Will it appraise for less if it's a mess, because I haven't been able to clean around here since the war started. He assured me it wouldn't, but he hasn't seen this place either. My goal today is to get this placed cleaned up. If I can just get myself away from the computer.

I did manage to keep the tv turned off this morning. All of my war news has come from the web, which means the commentary you soak up is at least labeled as commentary. Broadcast news is sneakily dishonest when it comes to giving opinion. The conservatives say "liberal media bias," whereas the liberals point back at conservative bias. Probably some of both, but what I really see is more of a "celebrity weighted" bias. Ted Koppel, Peter Jennings, Katie Couric, Peter Arnett, Geraldo Rivera, Dan Rather, Barbara Walters, etc., etc., etc., ad nauseum. These legends in their own minds think they are more important than the news, so what we get is "it's about me," shit. No it isn't. Sit down and shut up. Just shut the fuck up.