My high school Current Events teacher would be very disappointed in me. In 2009, I stopped reading the newspaper, watching news programs and listening to broadcast radio.
I have to force myself to do a bit of internet news brushup before I go out to dinner or participate in any sort of meet and greet, in order to not appear as socially vapid as I probably am.
I'm smart enough, it's not that... and I'm no hermit. Please, ask me about books, about the publishing industry, about footwear, about fashion trends, about novelists, poetry, classical music, foreign artists, travel, most movies. I'll have something to say. But, don't talk about politics, recalls, tax reform or highway fatalities, local crime, public school regulations or recent storm patterns. Don't know. Don't care.
If I were to post any sort of end of the year list, based on the stuff I learned in 2009, they might sound something like this:
TOP TEN WAYS TO SNAG THE SHOTGUN SEAT
TOP TEN UNNEEDED BUT NECESSARY TECHNOLOGICAL UPGRADES
TOP TEN WAYS TO GET OUT OF PAYING THE BAR BILL
TOP TEN REASONS TO NOT MAKE THAT APPOINTMENT
TOP TEN WAYS TO CONVINCE THE HUSBAND YOU NEED TO GET AWAY
TOP TEN WEB SOURCES OF PROCRASTINATION
TOP TEN SITES FOR SALE FOOTWEAR
TOP TEN WAYS TO LEARN THE SAME LESSON- AGAIN
TOP TEN REASONS TONIGHT IS PIZZA NIGHT
TOP TEN WAYS TO STEAL THE REMOTE CONTROL
TOP TEN REASONS YOU STILL THINK I'M CUTE
TOP TEN WAYS TO KILL HOUSEPLANTS
TOP TEN BENEFITS OF NOT BEING ABLE TO READ MY MIND RIGHT NOW
TOP TEN REASONS WE NEED A BEACH HOUSE
TOP TEN WAYS TO GET KIDS TO CLEAN ROOMS BEFORE CLEANING LADY ARRIVES
TOP TEN EXAMPLES OF WHY I WILL BE PUBLISHED
TOP TEN REASONS TO BELIEVE... STILL
( the real end of the year lists from TIME)