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June 17, 2007

Random thoughts while sitting in the Chicago airport

Filed under: American culture,New Broads — by maggiec @ 7:14 pm

Inspired in part by watching CNN at the gate.

  • Who cares about Paris Hilton? I mean, really, a whole 45 days in jail? Poor baby.

  • And while I’m at it, who cares about Princess Diana and Anna Nicole Smith’s baby? They were other “top stories” in the endless CNN loop.  I feel sorry for the early deaths of two mothers, I feel sorry for the children left behind, but come on, now. Time to move on. 

  • And is Anna Nicole Smith’s baby’s life of any interest to anyone other than her family?  I mean, at least Princess Diana did charity work and was the mother of the future king of England. But a baby of less than a year old?

  • Yes, Americans do eat a lot of junk. While I was able to find a healthy snack here at the airport, an unhealthy one would have been cheaper. But then I suspect that grease costs less than fruit.

  • Oddly, Americans seem to be thinner than the last time I was here.  At least so far.  That’s not something I was expecting.  I can usually tell I’m in an American airport by the increased girth of my fellow passengers.  Full disclosure here–I’m very overweight, so I feel more mainstream in the US.  That didn’t happen this time.

  • Prices have really gone up since last I was here.  I see this both in the food prices and in the newspaper ads.  Of course, I know from living in Europe that the dollar is in the toilet.

  • I am really out of the news loop. Of course, that’s more a function of my day job—it’s the end of term. I haven’t paid attention to anything non-academic in weeks.

  • The US presidential election is still over a year away and it’s already eating up a chunk of time on the news. I’ve hardly paid attention, and I’m already sick of it!  o wonder so many Americans have voter burn out.



  1. I listened to the BBC news a week ago, and they had a snide little section on yes, there are so many problems in the world, and this many people died in Iraq, but the main story in American newspapers is the final episode of the Sopranos. Apparently “mock the American news coverage” has become a regular feature of BBC World News.

    Comment by Emily — June 18, 2007 @ 9:42 am |Reply

  2. Ah, the BBC. One of my faves. When not making snide comments about the Americans, it is making fun of the Irish. But they were reporting on the Americans caring about the Sopranoe. Do I see some irony there?

    Comment by Margarette — June 18, 2007 @ 4:54 pm |Reply

  3. Ha.
    Well, I do see the irony.

    Ps. It seems to me that a lot of Sopranos fans are not content with an open ending. (Or shall I say, a total “blank”/”blackout” ending? But what do I know, I don’t have HBO and I am not a big fan of mob/gang movie, except for the Godfather.)

    Comment by Julia — June 21, 2007 @ 8:28 am |Reply

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