It’s all relative

It’s 4:30 a.m. I’ve been off for a half hour. I’m feeling pretty damn sorry for myself.

I worked the crazy late shift putting out the Siberia paper, with mysterious deadlines that stretch into the wee hours. I’m sitting here revved up like Dale Jr.’s car before his engine blows in the second lap. And I’m thinking  my life is pretty sad indeed.

Then I glance up at the TV. “I Love Lucy” has made way for the early CBS news. On the screen is Gabrielle Giffords, who is bidding Congress farewell so she can concentrate on learning to, in her words, speak in paragraphs again.

Can anything be worse than the late shift? Um, yeah, I guess taking a bullet in the brain in a horrific shooting rampage is worse.

So now it’s 5 a.m. and I can’t feel sorry for myself. Or think in paragraphs.

The moral: Never turn off the Lucy channel. Safer that way.

Thanks, Ms. Giffords. On a day when it’s a bit embarrassing to be a former Arizonan (yes, I’m talking to YOU, Jan Brewer), you did the state proud. You are a reminder that resilience and optimism aren’t just words. You should marry an astronaut or something.

I hope you find those paragraphs soon …

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6 Responses to It’s all relative

  1. yourgoofygirl says:

    I think Saved by the Bell is on around that time on TBS, try that next time it always give my can’t sleep nights perspective.

  2. tosuperstar says:

    Amen! I just saw her final day in office on the Today Show. Her final bill was passed unamously by both parties, that speaks volumes of the respect she has earned. Then, her biggest hug was for a White House Staffer, that speaks volumes of her compassion and genuine spirit. Godspeed with the paragraphs.

  3. Frisbee Kitty says:

    Brewer and Giffords, the yin and yang of Arizona. I, too, hope Giffords finds paragraphs again. She is an Arizona treasure. Just wish Brewer was crawling back under the rock from which she emerged. I am not on the “blame Obama for everything” bandwagon, however, I can blame him for Brewer’s gubernatorial rise. Obama can’t be blamed for her reelection, though. I have no idea how she managed that feat.

    • yeah, it’s amazing. Check New Times today — they’re theorizing that the finger-pointing thing is a calculated political ploy. Interesting story. (and speaking of “how did this person get re-elected over and over,” they’ve got a clock updating second-by-second how long Sheriff Joe has been under intestigation by the feds. Hilarious.)

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