My battle with a temperamental wireless router has me cranky this morning. I want my email and blog reader. I want them all the time, and I don't appreciate a blinking little box getting in my way. Pausing, I make myself remember, as my friend Laura says, that this is just a minor speed bump.
While I tinkered with the cables and discs, I listened to reliable old radio and NPR's Marketplace Morning Report. The program ended with the usual woman with the pleasant voice saying:
“After all we told you just now, try to have a nice day.”
I found myself muttering something my father used to say when faced with smarmy behavior, “Same to you crabface.”
The NPR stories were really not that bad compared with the typical kidnappings, scandals, and car bombings. Now that I look at them on paper, the four items run the gamut from huge to tiny, and all have global impact:
- Robert Reich asked why we aren’t spending more money to protect our Earth from killer asteroids. Evidently, here are about a thousand of the bad boys out there in the darkness.
- Something about a free trade agreement with South Korea… time is running out.
- Questions as to whether agreements to reduce greenhouse gas emissions are working.
- The Brits want more research on the potential hazards of the fast-growing and profitable nanotech industry.
Speedbumps, all. Don't let anyone keep you from having a nice day!