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No Water Makes Me Want to Holler

 We have not had running water in our home since Saturday. A water main broke and since that time we have been forced to use water we have stored in our basement and the county has been providing free drinking water. So it is now Day 5 and counting. It is inconvenient not to have running water, but the inconvenience makes us appreciate something we take for granted. We expect water to come out of the faucet. We don’t think about it we just know it will be there. We have learned that the water main that broke was over 50 years old and positioned at the bottom of a pond. Hopefully, while making the repair they will examine some of the other old water mains and replace before the same thing happens in other areas. FEMA has even been on hand to assist. For us this has been an inconvenience, but it is hardly catastrophic. Some of my friends have been asking how are we coping. This is not the end of the world. I admit that during these 5 days I have gotten frustrated but our inconvenience does not qualify as a natural disaster.  So I will continue to boil water and cross my fingers that the water will be back to normal tomorrow and we can go back to our routine.

Why are Americans So Angry?

A few days ago there was a monster storm in the Mid-Atlantic region. In Washington DC some young people were having a snowball fight and one of the snowballs hit a red Hummer. The driver got out holding a pistol. We learned later that he was an off duty policemen, but why would he react so violently to such an innocent act. Over reaction to the slightest ill or insult has gotten to be the norm. We are witnessing a new level of rudeness in media, politics and on the streets. President Obama’s healthcare bill has been passed by the Democratic controlled Senate. Michael Steele, GOP Chairman said this bill is akin to the Democrats “flipping the bird to the American people.” This is the kind of verbiage that has become acceptable in our political discourse. This kind of visceral commentary is espoused by both parties, and the media has taken it to new and lower levels. Friday MSNBC Dylan Ratigan while interviewing Congressman Debra Wasserman became extremely combative and rude as they discussed the healthcare bill. He was talking over her so much that she said he could really interview himself. He finally became so frustrated that he ended the interview. His behavior was so high on the egregious meter that on Monday’s show he had to apologize for his rudeness. Cops, politicians, television pundits, your next door neighbor everyone seems to be on the edge and ready to blow. Why? Times are tough, but we will survive, but will we recognize who we have become.