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I had to eat in the breakroom today, where they have a big wall-screen tv. It was off when I went in there, but someone else got bored so they turned on the news. So I got to experience the following while I was trying to choke down my reheated Velveeta Shells 'N' Cheese: an aerial video of a procession of cars behind a white hearse, and a hush-voiced announcer saying "...bearing the body of Anna Nicole Smith... cemetary... laid to rest today..."

Whereupon the break room's atmosphere was split by my voice: "Oh Jesus Christ! You'd think she was a world leader or something!!"

It is things like this that lower my patience these days.

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Steve Skubinna [TypeKey Profile Page]:

I recall when a week or so after Princess Diana's death Mother Theresa quietly slipped away and thought "How typical of the woman's humility that she left us all when she was guaranteed to draw almost no attention."

And then some years after that, Lance Armstrong won his second consecutive Tour de France two weeks after JFK Jr flew his plane into the Atlantic. I foolishly thought, cancer survivor, triumph, terrific story, maybe we're done with the "Prince of Camelot" crying jag... Nope, by then the media was still busy interviewing the Kennedy pool man.

People who actually do things are nothing. Flashy nobodies with no discernible talent or accomplishment are totally HAWT!!!

Annalucia [TypeKey Profile Page]:

TVs in public places that you cannot escape - that is my definition of the Vestibule of Hell.

Last night I was at the Greyhound station waiting for my daughter's bus to come in. This station has TV screens all over the waiting room, tuned to CNN. I swear they spent 40 minutes on ``Anchor Almost Killed in Iraq'' - the anchor being Bob Woodward, and as with the Kennedys they had to interview every peripheral person who''d ever known him. My thoughts on seeing this are not fit for print. It was too cold, and the neighborhood too crummy (this is Chicago) to pass the time by walking around outside. And oh yes - thanks to bad weather in these parts, my daughter's bus was 2 1/2 hours late.

It beats me how anyone is able to sit still for this garbage.

The_Real_JeffS [TypeKey Profile Page]:

Gah! I'm glad I didn't see that.....I would have turned the boob tube OFF. With a brick.

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