Thursday, February 21, 2008

The good, the sorta bad and the very very very ugly

THE GOOD:

The Roo-girl: Is Nic's new duck gay too?

Evil Mother: WHAT?????

TRG: Nic (our very eclectic hairdresser person) has a new duck. I just wondered if it was gay like the other one.

EM: Who said the duck was gay?

TRG: Nic told A (her friend who is 12, thank you very much) that the duck was gay.

EM: *beginning to lose it* How do they know the duck is gay??

TRG: *gives EM "the look"*

EM: No, seriously, Roo. How does she KNOW the duck is GAY??

TRG: *eyeroll included* Oh, MOTHER, how OLD are you?????

EM: Bwahahahahaha.

I guess I'm not old enough to understand homosexual duck lovin'.

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THE SORTA BAD:

We still have no hot water. In fact, things are actually worse because Wonderhubby actually had been able to light the pilot for short periods of time and create tepid showers up until this morning, when all hope was lost, and the pilot light was no more.

The silver lining, however, was that he called the manufacturer later this morning and *whoohoo* it's still under warranty and they are next-day-air'ing us a FREE thermostat'ish valve thing. Cost to us: $20 for the shipping.

Should be in hand Friday in time to be installed by my personal handyman on Saturday.

And my gym has agreed that I can bring in anyone I want to take a shower during this time of crisis. Of course that requires schlepping everything with you in the car and driving 5 miles or so, but hey! We all gotta make sacrifices.

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THE VERY VERY VERY UGLY:

The newspaper business is in much financial trouble. I have made my livelihood in print for more than 30 years.

The reasons that I am in a severe depression right now is because of this and this and this and this and this and this. There's more, but it makes me physically ill to link to any more.

My world is blowing up here, people.

It's not pretty. Not at all.

12 comments:

Tink said...

I'm afraid the age of paper newspapers is dying. But I have faith that it will rebound, probably in complete Internet form. People NEED news, and Internet papers are still going to need people to write the news. They can't kill writing.

~JJ! said...

Crap Sister.
I'm so sorry.

Tink is right though...People still need to report the news...no matter what medium its reported on.

Good luck.

just ducky swampy said...

Oh, you can come over to Swampy's and take a hot bath with all my rubber duckys.

Mandy said...

The good was pretty funny... the bads were pretty bad... just focus on the all the goods in your life. Remember, "this too shall pass!"

Maria said...

Internet maybe? Podcasting?
I get my news from blogs.
But I'm going to buy a newspaper today - just for you.

anglophilefootballfanatic said...

Oh, pumpkin. I'm so sorry. Do you think your internet celebrity status could help you get an internet news job?

nikki said...

I hope you will be able to move onto maybe internet newspapers. Good luck babe.

If you lived close by, I'd offer you my shower!

DIXIECHICK said...

Janet, honey..I am sorry to hear about your work place....I hope it all works out in your best interest. Glad to know that your hot water issues will soon be over.

Jenni said...

Well, I laughed at first because I just posted the theme song from "The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly" on my blog right before popping in here. Then I read the end of this post, and that's just not funny at all:o(

Though I'm sure the others are right that the way people get their news is just shifting, I do think it's a little sad that newspapers are in such decline. I've often thought how nice it would be if our small town still had it's newspaper. I've even fantasized about helping bring it back. I'm afraid for a town this small, the best that could be done is a blog. Even then, there is a large portion of the population that does not *do* internet anything.

Joy T. said...

Holy crap! I'm glad I'm behind and read the other post first. Sounds like the newspaper business isn't what it used to be. Glad to read you have alternative plans! And the gay duck? Who would have thunk the words 'duck' and 'gay' would ever be put together.

Canadian flake said...

So sorry to hear about this honey..hang in there.

You are in my thoughts..

The Rotten Correspondent said...

So is your paper one of the ones doing the layoffs or are you living in fear that yours is next? (And everyone in the world may know the answer to this but me, so I'm sorry if it's stupid).

Either way, I'm so sorry that you're going through this. I don't understand people who don't read newspapers. How can you not read the newspaper??

 
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