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It’s Been A Really, Really Messed Up Week

This has really been a week.  Not so much in the world of health and wellness news, but certainly in other areas.  Do you ever find yourself thinking that in the 24/7 news media world that we live in we are subjected to too much information? Forgive me that I’m deviating from this blog’s usual topics, but sometimes a gal has to step outside of the day-to-day and try to make sense of the world around her.  Here’s what I’ve learned this week:

  • Some things are better left unsaid.
  • There are things that I do not need to know.
  • There are things I’ll never understand.
  • It is a crazy, wacky world that we live in.
  • It’s hard to escape the deluge of crazy wackiness

Things Better Left Unsaid

In an interview with ESPN2 Pat Sajak tells the reporter that there were a number of times that he and Vanna White were drunk while taping the shows.  He said that there was a restaurant across the street from the recording studio that they would go to between shows and indulge in Margaritas.  Sometimes they had four or five drinks. Why would anyone admit that they were drunk on the job?  

Later in the week, Pat started backing away from what he said in the interview.  He now says that he exaggerated the drinking episodes to the reporter and there were only a few times when they had a Margarita or two between shows.  I’m thinking Vanna got wind of the story and told him to fix it.  Now.

This is blather.  Divulging personal information that is not meant to be shared or making exaggerations to make a good story is what happens when the competition is so steep we think we have to say things – sometimes stupid things – to stand out.

More Things Better Left Unsaid

Paula Deen is seen eating a cheeseburger, or according to ABC news, “wolfing down a cheeseburger” and had fries on her plate too!  The haters have really been after Paula the past two weeks.  She has taken a lot of grief for coming late to party in telling the public that she has been diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes, and now doesn’t seem to be cleaning up her act.

Then of course Paula’s competitor, food chef Anthony Bourdain, added gas to the flame with his tweet that he’s “thinking of getting into the leg-breaking business so he can sell crutches later on”.  I’ve never been a Paula fan. The bacon and egg cheeseburger sandwiched between two donuts that she came up with a few years ago offended me.  I see no point it deliberately trying to create something that could win the award for the Unhealthiest Meal On The Planet.  How is that helpful?

Anthony got as much publicity out of his derogatory tweet as Paula got with her cheeseburger and fries. Maybe the famous saying, “Together we can change the world one good deed at a time,” should be changed to “one good tweet at a time”.

Some Things I Could Live Just As Well Not Knowing

Did you hear the one about the 17 year old girl that was rushed to the hospital emergency room after she collapsed while having trouble breathing?  Upon examining her, the doctors learned that since the age of two she had rarely eaten anything except fast food chicken nuggets. Fruits, vegetables and other nutritious foods were completely missing from her diet.

The mother claims that she has tried to get her daughter to eat other things but wasn’t successful because her daughter liked the nuggets so much.The article does not say that the steady diet of nuggets led to the young girl’s health issues or the trip to the E.R.. It does not quote the doctors as saying any such thing either.  We are left to draw our own conclusions.  My conclusion is that the nuggets aren’t the primary problem here, however ridiculous that may sound.  This is a mother-daughter team that is destined for the Dr. Phil Show.

This can be classified as a non-story and one I could have lived just as well without reading. By the way, this story has been tweeted 934 times and received 164 comments – so far.

Some Things I’ll Never Understand

Why is it that every article I read about generating traffic to my web site insists that I have to have a Facebook presence, send out tweets on a regular basis and be LinkedIn?  As if that’s not bad enough, now I have to find people to follow me on Google+.  Apparently Google favors people that have a solid Google+ following and ranks them higher in the search engine food chain. Where am I going to find all of these people that think I’m interesting enough to follow me every time I post, tweet or update my status somewhere?

I’m a follower of Jay Dolan’s Anti-Social Media blog.  His post “No One Will Hang Out With Me on Google+” hit home. No one will hang out with me either.  In fact, I don’t even know where to go to find people to ask.  The idea that I have to be popular in the social media world to generate site traffic irks me.  I’m a busy person.  If I have to spend my time tweeting, linking, sharing and plussing, I won’t have time to write these insightful, entertaining posts or play Words With Friends.

It’s A Crazy, Wacky World We Live In 

My number one pet peeve of the week was all of the negative publicity Steven Tyler got after singing the National Anthem at the AFC Championship on Sunday.  The LA Times is taking a poll to find out if people think it’s the worst ever. Give me a break!

If you ask Steven Tyler to sing the National Anthem at a ball game he is going to sound like Steven Tyler when he does it.  I don’t see any way around that one.  The phrase most used to describe his performance was that he ‘butchered’ the song.  I didn’t think so.

People that think he butchered the song either a.) don’t know who Steven Tyler is or b.) are jealous of the 63 years old rock star worth 0 million that can stand on a football field in the freezing cold and belt out the Anthem.   The comments sections below the articles I read show that Steven still has a huge fan base and nearly everyone defended his performance.

Also, have you ever noticed how every time a performer is dissed because of they way they sang the anthem people still bring up the Roseanne Barr? That’s tiring.

It’s Hard To Escape The Wackiness

It’s hard to escape the deluge of constant information.  Some days I feel like checking out completely.  What would a day without texts, tweets, shares, likes and links be like? Peaceful. Tranquil. Stress-free.  Q-U-I-E-T.

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