Eyes wide open

Burlington, New Jersey -- Here’s Taj trying to play “big kid” video games last week. It’s the last pic I took of him before returning to the ‘stan.

Burlington, New Jersey — Here’s Taj trying to play “big kid” video games last week. It’s the last pic I took of him before returning to the ‘stan.

So, I’m typing this as I’m hanging out in a USO (United Service Organization) at the Atlanta airport. I left Taj and Muna back in Jersey (Taj had school today,) and Muna drove me to the airport to send me on my way back to the ‘stan.

I’m thinking about what I’ve done for the past two weeks. Luckily, the answer is, not much.

But I did learn a lot about what’s going on in America. Some of it good, and some of it is not-so good.

For example: America is really getting fat (oops, I mean “obese.”) I never really noticed it before, but during this most recent visit, it was hard to ignore. (You know what I blame, right?)

Also, What the heck is up with this new-found fascination with midgets (oops, I mean “little people?”) One channel had four reality shows dedicated to the subject. All were pretty boring, except for the fact that they were “little people.” But seriously, is THIS wat we’ve come to enjoy?

Lastly, since when does celebrity gossip qualify as “news?” In watching news broadcasts and listening to radio reports, I notice that celebrity gossip is being delivered in the same breath as what used to be considered newsworthy, journalistic content. Celebrity gossip used to have it’s own section, but now, reporters think that it’s okay to tell me what Lady GaGa was wearing last night right before telling me about the latest developments in US humanitarian assistance efforts. For example, a report about analysis of the President’s State of the Union address is now followed be a “REPORT” that Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie are “still together.” How in the h-e-double-hockey-sticks is that “NEWS?” (Entertainment, maybe, but bona fide News? Really?)

I’m gettin’ worried, y’all. (Yes, I said “y’all.”)

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