What in the World is Going on in the World?

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I have a pathetic confession, I have absolutely no idea what the latest, serious news stories are. This is usually not like me. I used to teach school and I know the importance of keeping up with current events. My normal “first thing in the morning” routine is to drink coffee (lots of coffee), read the news on my computer while I watch it on television; perfect multimedia multitasking. The truth is, from around the time the last Harry Potter was released, I haven’t paid one iota of attention to serious news. I’m not blaming this on Harry. Lord knows, the poor guy has had enough on his plate, with defeating “You-know-who” and restoring the wizarding world to normalcy, to shoulder any of my burdens. It is solely my doing, or the doing of my mid-life crisis, that has caused me to delve into the world of escapism. So, for the fun of it, I’ll share with you the few things that I’ve discovered during my six week hiatus from reality.

First off, I know exactly what’s happening on True Blood, and may I share that I wasn’t thrilled with episodes eight, nine, or ten. C’mon, Alan Ball, can’t you at least pretend to have read the

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books? Next, I’ll confess that I wish I would have started watching Boardwalk Empire last season. I’ve watched the first seven episodes online and it is AMAZING!! You go Steve Buscemi! I’ve also been delving into documentaries more often than usual. I watched Supersize Me for the third time. I developed an appreciation for street art after my youngest recommended Exit through the Gift Shop and I surprised myself by enjoying Beyond the Mat, a film about the lives of several professional wrestlers.

It’s not just the high quality entertainment that premium channels have to offer that’s been making me forget stuff like who our president is or whether we’re allies with Libya, it’s the less costly, trashier channels that have been keeping me occupied, as well. Have I watched a women reenacting giving birth in a toilet, because she didn’t know she was pregnant? Yes. Have I observed housewives from New Jersey forgetting to follow the golden rule? You know it. Have I tuned in to Joey Greco showing hidden camera footage to woman who is ready to kick her cheating boyfriend’s ass? Yep. Do I know whether or not Eden Wood won the “Rumble in the Jungle” beauty pageant? That would also be a yes. Do I feel guilty for watching any of these low quality programs? Oddly, I don’t.

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Before you judge me too harshly, I also read. Like a champ, I read all of the blogs that I subscribe to almost every, single day. I’m also reading several books at once. My bedtime book is The Sea of Monsters; book two of the Percy Jackson series. My living room forwhentheTVgetsboring book is currently Writing Great Books for Young Adults by Regina Brooks, and my bathroom book is David Haviland’s Why You Should Store Your Farts in a Jar & Other Oddball or Gross Maladies, Afflictions, Remedies, and “Cures” (and, no, I didn’t make that up). I’ll admit, none of these are on the classics list, but if their subjects were too heady I wouldn’t be escaping.

As superiorly pleasurable as escapism is, I feel that it may be time to return to the world of the living. So, now I’m left wondering about the happenings of the world while I was “out-to-lunch.” Should I be learning Russian? Has the Zombie Apocalypse occurred? Have scientists discovered a cure for chronic flatulence? Only time, and a few Google searches, will tell.

How do you “escape,” dear readers?

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28 thoughts on “What in the World is Going on in the World?

  1. I’m working my way through the 50 Documentaries to See Before You Die (CURRENT TV). My husband and I both enjoyed Beyond the Mat (neither of us are wrestling fans at all). I took a huge (7 week) escapism break this summer when I headed to the woods of Michigan to relax, hug grandchildren, contemplate nature, and curse the 2 raggedy television stations I could (only) sometimes get on an ancient tv. No internet…intermittent phone service…I was ready to come back – to Google answers to all the questions my brain had developed in the absence of technology.

    I like your post – your reading materials resemble what you might find around here (if someone cleaned up a little, anyway).

    • I’ve watched several episodes of 50 Docs to See Before You Die! It’s been the catalyst to my documentary phase. I’m not wrestling fan either, but I really enjoyed Beyond the Mat, too. Your Michigan escape sounds wonderful, although I think I’d have a very difficult time without my computer! Thank you so much for visiting and commenting! 🙂

  2. Why? Why? Why? Why must you return to the world of the living? Come with me to a far away land where there are no wars, no famine, no racism, no hate. You may bring along 3,436 of your favourite things including people. These must all be things that you love and make you happy (not necessarily the same thing, I’ve found).

    Okay so that isn’t going to happen. I think everyone needs a short stay in the land of make believe. I’ve find myself not really doing that enough. Yes, I have my Days of Our Lives but that’s about it. Good for you for recognizing the good of that six weeks; it must have made you appreciate reality, real reality, more.

    I love your posts, Sprinkles, I think I’m your biggest fan. LOL

    • Tee Hee! Marie and thank you for being my biggest fan! (I’ve never had one before! 🙂 Your escape sounds like fun and I’m soooo very tempted, but up until yesterday my house was collecting dust bunnies the size of my cats! My cats were getting scared, so I came back to the real world yesterday afternoon when I started cleaning. Today, I actually went to the grocery store! With Kalah being away and my youngest usually out with her boyfriend around dinner time I’ve gotten really lazy about cooking.
      I used to watch Days of Our Lives. (During the time of Bo and Hope and Patch and Kayla!! Are they still on there?) I only watched it in the summers when school was out though.
      As much as I love the land of make believe I think I’m going to have to ration my time there or I’m going to get chubbier than I already am!

  3. I’m so confused. What is this “escapism” you speak of? You are simply describing my reality.

    LOL You know where to come (cough my blog cough) if you ever need to justify these activties. In the meantime, well done. I’m quite proud of you right now. 😉

  4. Hi, I found you via other blogs you’ve commented on (can’t recall where in my surfing) and I enjoyed this post!

    I often say to my hubby- “I have absolutely no clue what’s going on…but I can keep up with various shows I watch just before bed via netflix or Hulu.com or one of the network sites.”

    when we were both laid off 3 years ago, we got rid of cable and tv. (just kept high speed cable for computer) My husband is now working, but we’ve just never gotten around to redoing the tv…since it requires cable for basic channels.

    We kept stating we’d read news via the internet…well what pops on front page as you login in the morning, is usually not read and what I click on might be some obscure thing. My hubby went out and purchased an antennae and we now have some basic channels most of the time- weathing baring. I still haven’t really watched the news. Usually when we pop it on, it tells of death and disturbing abuse or some idiot tyring to outrun the cops (LA area)…to that- I prefer “ignorance is bliss.” SO I spend my time blogging and find out what’s going on via their posts. If a subject interests me, I’ll reasearch further. 🙂

    Swing by and visit. I’m subscribing to your blog!

    Sandi
    http://www.ahhsome.wordpress.com
    Lake Forest, CA
    ** Monday’s weigh in- down 14lbs in 3 weeks! Wahoo!

    • Hi Sandy! Thanks for visiting and subscribing! Most of my life I didn’t have cable and when I did it was the basic channels. Two months ago, we decided to switch internet providers. With our switch we were offered a better deal on our cable. We’re getting more channels for less money. 🙂 I’ve been like a kid in a candy store, or like a kid who has TV in their bedroom for the first time. I’ve really shown no restraint or self- control and my husand can’t stop me, because he’s doing the same thing! I’m hoping the novelty of hundreds of choices soon wears off!

      I’m going now to check out your blog!:)

  5. I refuse to watch the Real Housewives of New York because frankly, it’s already all too familiar and annoying in real life, so it would feel less like ‘escapism’ and more like ‘went to Starbucks on a Tuesday’. But the NJ ladies? Love ’em. I didn’t even realize just how much until last night when I couldn’t watch the latest episode because of the power outage.

    Other favorite escapes: Buffy the Vampire Slayer (its Angel spinoff was good too for the first couple of seasons, then not as much), Supernatural, Celebrity Rehab, Maeve Binchy novels, fashion faux pas pictures on Wonderwall (or any fashion magazine).

    And when all else fails, there’s bourbon 😉

    I hope you enjoyed your escape, and welcome back!! 🙂

    • Thanks, I’m glad to be back. I’m sorry your power was out :(. Believe it or not, my husband got me hooked on the Jersey housewives. He grew up in Nutley, NJ and I guess it gives him a sweet, homey feeling to watch it! 😉 I’ve heard so many good things about Buffy, but didn’t have cable when it was popular. I really should check it out. Celebrity Rehab!!! OMG I forgot to mention that one–mmm pure trash TV at it’s finest! ( Amy Fischer was actually performing at a strip club outside of my town a few weeks ago. Yep, my area’s real classy!)

  6. I also escape through reading! I did that to the tune of 1-2 books a day in childhood, but reading fell by the wayside while I was in law school. I’ve picked it back up the last year or two, at a much slower but still very pleasing pace. Right now I’m on a bit of a comic kick. I finished Buffy’s comic season 8 and jumped immediately into Invincible, a superhero comic by the creator of my beloved The Walking Dead. At first it was so jarringly dissimilar to The Walking Dead I had a hard time with it, but one page was so funny and startling simultaneously, I was hooked. I just got the second Ultimate Collection in the mail yesterday-woo-hoo! With it came a book called Crazy in America, which looks like it’s going to be equal parts heartbreaking and illuminating.

    Hey, would you look at that?! It turns out I also escape by writing long-ass, tangential comments. 🙂

    • I’m always glad to read your long-ass comments! I haven’t heard of Crazy in America and now I must check it out!

      Both of my daughters’ boyfriends are really into comics, too, especially my youngest daughter’s–The Walking Dead is his favorite. I don’t think he’s had time to attack Invincible with school starting. 🙂

  7. My next post (if I can ignore my housework any longer, and get the thing written properly) should be partly about my love for “Game of Thrones” on HBO, and how I got to finish watching the rest of the season’s episodes. Considering that’s not the main thrust of the post, and I want it to be around 700 words or less, I’m going to need a lot of luck with it!

    Anyway, I’ve been escaping with tv shows and movies lately, more than with the novels and biographies I love. This may be because I’ve been writing a lot, on very little sleep, and my brain hurts.

    I looove “Boardwalk Empire” too! Nice to meet you. 🙂

    • Nice to meet you, too! 🙂 I’ve heard great things about “Game of Thrones” and actually plan on attacking it next! I have only the last two episodes of “Boardwalk Empire” left to watch, but at least season two begins September 25th! Yay!

      I’m also a very big fan of biographies and memoirs. What have you read lately that you would recommend?

      PS- You should always avoid housework to write a blog post! 🙂 You know, it’s part of the the whole escapism thing! 🙂

  8. Alas, I haven’t been able to escape very much lately. It’s been get ready for school for me. And get the boy ready for school. And plan his bar-mitzvah. And work on the WIP. And groceries and laundry and dishes. And, unfortunately, some political stuff (which I try to avoid these days), but this is big. I may end up blogging about it — you know, like, 4 months from now. But it’s taken over my brain and when I get a bee in my bonnet, well… I’m pretty driven.

    I guess I’ll decompress when I school starts.

    I get an F for summer. “Does not do well with unstructured time.”

    • Do your classes begin after Labor Day? I’ve been thinking about you and all of my friends who are starting a new school year. 🙂

      I can tell you are a girl who likes to stay busy. My oldest is like that. If she’s not busy from sunrise to midnight it drives her bonkers!

      I look forward to your political post. You’ve piqued my curiosity! 🙂

  9. I can so relate… I became only semi-employed as of the beginning of August, and now that I don’t have to get up and do the morning commute routine, and have sworn off soul-sucking daytime TV, I’m no longer watching the local or national news or regularly listening to NPR in the car. I have absolutely no clue what’s going on out there. I kinda like it. It’s nice to be insulated from the rattle and hum, but I feel almost a little guilty. Good thing I don’t have any cocktail parties that require polite conversation coming up.

    • I’m pretty good with staying away from daytime TV, but the nighttime stuff is like crack to me!! 😉 I mentioned in a previously that we’ve just switched to a new internet/TV package that includes a bunch of channels that I’ve not had before and I just can’t resist them. I’m hoping for the novelty to wear off soon!
      I hope you’re enjoying your shorter working hours. Are you working from home now?

  10. I watched Boardwalk Empire when it first aired and loved it. What a great story! But this summer, I’ve been escaping by watching Curb Your Enthusiasm (the funniest show around). I watched the first two seasons of True Blood but then it got too strange for me. And the rest of the time I escape by blogging!

    • I’ll have to give Curb Your Enthusiasm a try. It’s on right after True Blood in our area. This season of TB started out great, but it seems to be taking a nosedive. I may have to give up on it and reread the books. I need to do a bit more escaping in the blogging department! 🙂 Thanks for visiting! 🙂

    • I didn’t think so either, at first. Then, I watched the Percy Jackson movie and it made me want to check out the books. I usually am a “read the book first” kinda girl, so this was a surprise to me! Plus, how could your own son ever be wrong! 🙂

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  12. I escape, I gotta tell you, either by reading other blogs (if they’re good blogs – by entering other worlds) – or going to the sauna. I love the sauna regardless of the weather.

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