First off, you may be asking WTF is WTF “Wednesday” doing on a Thursday? Well, sometimes previously scheduled posts must be pre-empted to make way for more pressing news. Without further ado, here are the WTF offerings for the past week.
WTF Gross “News”: Not just gross, but uber gross and twisted. My eldest directed me to a “news” story about an inmate who pulled out his own eye and ate it. http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20090109/ap_on_re_us/death_row_eye . They (meaning the group of 12 and 13 year olds in her class) had read about this while reviewing current events during Social Studies. Several thoughts about this. First, why? Second, let him stand trial withhis remaining eye (the jerk had murdered several people). Third, with everything happening in our world today why is my daughter learning about this in school? And, assuming that she is learning about more significant events, why does she choose to recant this one to me?
WTF Home: Who is this strange, young man with his arm around my middle daughter? A2 is only 10 and she isn’t allowed to have a boyfriend, or even to like boys (other than to play Pokemon with), for another 15 years.
Wait! That’s no boy, that’s E! E is my oldest daughter’s BFF, a.k.a., our 4th daughter (she’s here a lot). Boredom prompted A1 and E to try dressing up as their male alter-egos. E was able to pull it off, but A1 and “the twins” never did achieve this level of androgyny. Silly kids!
WTF Weather: The recent cold spell in the middle and eastern part of the United States (and I’m assuming Canada) is scary. Temperatures that low are unimaginable to most people, myself included.
While reading about this it’s impossible not to think of the homeless, those people who can’t afford to heat their homes sufficiently and the animals out in this weather. Hopefully temperatures in these regions will return to normal soon.
WTF Transition: First, I must claim that I seldom watch television so this may be completely unwarranted. Most of my news comes to me via the internet or, as in the case above, from my daughters. It seems that the upcoming power transfer isn’t garnering as much coverage as I’d expected. There’ve been the odd stories about the Obamas nearing a dog-adopting decision and where the Bush’s will reside following their move, but not much else. Quite frankly, I’m not as interested in the moves and impending speeches as I am about what will happen after the President Elect takes power. For the sake of everyone, I hope he does well. Quite frankly, the messes he’s inheriting, specifically our country’s financial mess and the middle east quagmire, may be more than any one man and his administration can handle. My opinions of all politicians have never been good. My cynical nature instills distrust in all of them, regardless of party affiliation. Admittedly, some seem slimier than others, but I shan’t mention names. There sure a lot of familiar faces returning to the scene. Perhaps I’d feel less pessimistic if ALL of our representatives and law-makers were being replaced. Perhaps not. But either way, the transition seems surprisingly quiet… or maybe I just need to watch tv.
WTF Shopping: Okay, so this may sound really, really strange, but I want one of these. For my DH, of course. I’d never want it enough to pay what they’re asking, but still… who wouldn’t want a life-sized resin replica of an alien skull from area 51!
This may be an indicator that watching X-Files episodes (one of our only sources of entertainment during the past 6 months) has gone too far. I could use this to model hand knitted hats for pictures My DH would love this on his desk. Must. Avoid. Temptation.
Have a great Thursday!