Work suddenly got crazy hectic because I got pulled onto a huge account, and if you follow me on Twitter you might have a clue what I'm up to. Just know it's really, really cool and if it weren't I'd be super annoyed that my personal life is suffering because of the long hours, missed lunches, and hair-on-fire, moment-by-moment stress of it all. But don't get me wrong, I'm not complaining in the least, and here's why...
(I have to begin with mentioning a few things that may seem unrelated, but stay with me and I promise I'll tie all my thoughts together.)
First, if you are friends with me on Facebook you might notice that my political views are as follows: "I know I should have some since I live in DC..." Every other Monday night I host a dinner with friends at my apartment, and about half of them work on the Hill. When the conversation turns political I usually pop out of my seat, collect dishes, and clean the kitchen. That's how much I despise such discussions.
Second, I've wanted to visit the White House since I moved here, but lately it's become less of a desire and more of a goal. This could be in part due to "National Treasure: Book of Secrets" finally making its way to the top of my Netflix queue (Does the President's desk really pop open like that? I must know!!!). But I'm not going to Salahi my way in there, I'm going to get a proper invitation. Oh yes, I am.
Third, I've been seeing Humanitarian everywhere lately. Since he no longer lives here I'm pretty sure I haven't actually seen him at all, but I keep thinking I do.This evening it was irking me -- why is he on my brain? It took me about 20 seconds of analysis to put it together: "Sarah Palin's Alaska" debuted this week on TLC, and Humanitarian used to work for Ted Stevens, former Alaskan senator. Duh!
These three points are curious because 1) I didn't sprint to the kitchen last night when the lame duck Congress was mentioned; 2) Now I actually have a couple of potential avenues to get a White House invite; and 3) I know who Ted Stevens is. Whaaaa...?
Also, thanks to Megan ("I found a husband for you. He's probably married, but what-ev."), I have a crush on this guy (I'm working on a way to actually meet him).
So as neutral as I'd like to stay, this politics stuff is rubbing off on me. I'm still trying to figure out just where I stand in the political arena, but the rally inspired me to consider it more seriously. I don't care what people say about the rally having no point and the signs being the best part. I disagree. The special guest lineup was incredible, and I was entertained every second by the speakers, singers, and the crowd (of 200,000+, REALLY glad I rode my new Pretty Schwinn and didn't attempt Metro.)
However, what stayed with me days after the rally was the keynote speech by Jon Stewart. A couple of things he said made a lot of sense to me:
"If we amplify everything, we hear nothing."
"...the exhausting effort it takes to hate..."
"...[those] who see no one's humanity but their own."
Okay so I'm not great at shorthand, but I wrote down what I could on the back of a Taco Bell receipt, and even though they're not in context, I think you get the point.
There's a lot of sensationalism out there -- did you know that Summer 2001, when all those shark attacks were on the news, shark attacks were actually down? The next summer, when we were at war, I don't remember hearing about one shark attack. On the other hand, when swine flu was declared a pandemic I ignored the hype and ended up getting it then relapsing and getting it again. (Have you gotten your flu shot this year? I HAVE!)
The other points resonated with me because, while we have freedom of speech here in the United States, too often we abuse that right and vocalize our disdain for one another. Yet it's our diversity that makes us strong, yes? Despite our differences, we are working together to move forward, out of a recession, through a war, and toward a more reasonable tomorrow with less debt and more common sense.
All of this epiphany-ness makes me proud and honored to do my job, and more importantly to be an American.
And now, for your viewing pleasure:
I love you Antoine Dotson!