After reading that article I couldn’t help but think back to my childhood. Every summer my parents would ship us off for a couple of weeks to stay with my grandparents out on Long Island. (Pronounced Lawn Guyland for those of you not from the area..*L*) As to whether my parents were trying to get us out of the city or out of their hair for a couple of weeks, I’ll leave up to you to decide. 🙂
Anyway, my grandparents, without fail, always stayed up to watch the 11 o’clock news. Only, it struck me as odd, because they wouldn’t really pay any attention to most of the news. They would have it on, and they were relatively well-informed, but they didn’t really care about most of it. But, boy, when the weather report came on, they were glued to it. The weather had much more to do with their every day lives than any other information that was available on this news program, so it was what they cared about. The rest of it was interesting, but didn’t impact their lives at all. Watergate, the Iran hostages, etc. would come and go, and my grandfather would still get up in the morning and go to work, so what he really cared about was whether he should bring an umbrella or not.
I tend to think that if he were still alive he might have an interent connection, but he’d really only use it so he could see the what the weather would be tomorrow and whether the Islanders won without having to stay up until 11, and maybe there’s not anything really wrong with that.
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