Yeah, this economy sucks. I have to believe it will get better. The U.S. economy has ALWAYS gotten bigger and better after a hit. Call me Little Mary Sunshine, but if you've read the blog for any length of time, you know I like to look for the silver lining. I love the song "Tomorrow" from "Annie." Tomorrow's only a day away.
But as I read a couple of pop culture magazines and surfed a few websites recently, I had to shake my head. It was a moment where I wanted to just grab someone and scream, "Get a freaking clue!"
And in no particular order, here are the victims of my wrath:
~ Stars in general who blow money on drugs and then whine about jail or rehab. Okay, first do you not know it's illegal? And do you not know that illegal activities come with a price? Maybe we need to bring back the old show "Baretta" with it's "Don't do the crime if you can't do the time" theme song.
Ask the senior citizen who can't afford his or her blood pressure meds or the cancer victim who can't afford chemotherapy if they feel sorry for the star who sniffed cocaine and had to wear an ankle bracelet and you won't get a lot of sympathy.
~ Kids barely old enough to drive tooling around in quarter-million-dollar cars. I have a friend whose son works "seventeen part-time jobs" as she puts it and drives a clunker someone gave him. She gets calls at least two or three times a week because the car won't start and he has to get to one of his jobs. As him to feel sorry because some kid's Ferrari had the fender bumped. You won't get much sympathy.
~ And the one that absolutely frosts my cookies is the reality show TV mom who is whining because her show has been cancelled. "And my kids," she was quoted as saying. "How will they handle this?" I guess maybe they can handle it like millions of other kids whose parents have lost jobs. Have you thought about that, Miss Whiny Pants?
"People think we made gazillions of dollars and we didn't." Let me whip out my trust calculator and multiply $25000 per episode times at least 110 episodes and that comes to -- oh my, $2,750,000. Sure, it's not a gazillion, but it's almost THREE million. It probably IS three mil when you factor in the DVDs, books, speaking engagements, endorsements and free trips. According to U.S. Census data, it would takethe average Alabama family of 7+ members over 65 years to earn that much money. You used that money to fund a lavish lifestyle, which won't earn you much sympathy from the single mother who's living in a homeless shelter because her no-good ex-husband won't pay his alimony and child support.
And ya wanna know the real kicker? She was photographed recently driving her new car -- a $50,000 car that will hold less than half of her children. And she had just taken the car to the carwash. Another tip, darlin' -- wash the car yourself. Or get the kids to help. Eighteen hands can make quick work of a dirty car. And you can also have a little cheap fun with the garden hose. Want to make bathtime easy? Buy a couple cans of cheap shaving cream and let the kids have a shaving cream fight. Fun and clean all at once!
I'm through whining now. Now it's your turn. What's stuck in your craw lately?
* I borrowed this phrase from friend-of-the-Playground Rhonda Nelson.