Holiday News Filler

I glance at my television for one moment to find Fox News reporting a story live about a family who had been stranded in a forest in California. From Sunday to at the most Wednesday when reported rescued, a father and three kids, 12 and up, were “stranded” in the middle of Nowheretown, California trying to find “the right Christmas tree.” Oh, I’m on the edge of my seat now, bell and whooshing sound effects spam around trying to remind me how urgent this story is and how important it is for me to drop everything that I’m doing to watch Fox News and not any other channel, ever. (Side note: Apparently several websites have coined “Whooshes” for the term of these filler/attention grabbing sound effects.) Live on camera, the rescuer was interviewed about his heroic triumph; not sure if he was the pilot or not, but he was in the chopper. Over-exaggeration ensued as the ever so small window of opportunity so happened to allow them to find the frantic family on the very last pass in the helicopter. Of course it was the last pass, they found them; I don’t keep looking for my wallet after I find it. Anyway, short story long, Fox News was desperate for a “Holiday clip” that would buy them enough air-time to keep their almighty “24 hour news” status. The pilot wasn’t in a dangerous situation, the family was fine, just not smart enough to find/drink water, and the divorced mother probably just wanted to know if she could have custody now.

I always like to give people the benefit of the doubt. Hope they got their Saturnalia tree O.K. and celebrate their winter solstice, Saturn worshiping time well. Also, one cannot hate something that cannot hate them back, otherwise I’d state I hate television. The moral of the story is: Don’t go in the woods right before it snows, without a map, or without provisions to survive if you get lost. Also, don’t bother watching A Christmas Story, or any TV for that matter.

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4 thoughts on “Holiday News Filler”

  1. Okay, you may not look for your wallet after you’ve found it, but I still look for my glasses after I’m wearing them… I just forget they’re there sometimes… o_O;

    Also, I tend to get lost on roadways… I’ve wasted so much gas getting lost, backtracking, and just going all over the place trying to figure out where I’m going… I can’t imagine how much more hopeless I’d be in a place with no roads! I just recently got a tip from a friend of mine who said that shadows point north at noon. Sure, when I think about it, that makes sense, but it didn’t occur to me before then and I’d have no idea how to find north… Therefore, I don’t believe it’s that hard to get lost…

  2. I heard that on the news the other day . . . I was rather curious as to how one gets lost searching for Christmas trees, myself. Especially in the snow. I mean, it’s not like you can’t tell which way you came from.

  3. lol. This family and Jack Bauer’s wife are the only people to ever get stranded/lost in California, and she had the excuse of losing her memory.
    I bet you the father feels manly.
    Note to self: If living in California, get a tree from someone who sells trees. You don’t have to be Paul Bunyan.

    Dan’s last blog post.. November is just 11 months away

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