What to broadcast, serve up today?Media talking heads are the same as everyone...sometimes they are pushed for a story and on a slow news day when they've were up too late the night before, scramble time. (Creaking sound as file drawer opens up, fruit flies come out in waves)...Finding a story, remaking a story from a year ago perspective, no....the clock is ticking and they need something, a filler.
Could be creative with a human interest piece like "Charles Kuralt On The Road Again" genre. No, nothing canned for this purpose. Hey car industry, real estate, war over seas...could look for a thread, something on the AP wire to build around quickly, lathering it with gloom and doom. Listeners, viewers like that negative stuff and see it as hard, reality news, something with a bite right? Real estate it is...we can hammer away about the statistics somewhere that are bleak, poor performing and whip up a piece that the stall continues, making it look like the whole country is the same way.
Let's see where are the gems to be the poster child for this negative piece....Detroit with the crippled auto industry or parts of Florida that have tanked..those could be the weaker deer in the herd to exploit.Should check my facts first as maybe those areas are healthy, rebounded and inventory is selling like hot cakes. Naw....only six minutes to script this puppy and who's going to check the story. I can always state "this according to an "anonymous source that declined to be identified and made the comment under protection of being revealed" kinda of lingo says such and such. It's just a package piece with all the buzz words, easy to digest format for the drive time listeners on this station to digest, ponder. And their minds are half asleep, they are on the 8:15 into the city and not the sharpest bunch. Headline... "The Real Estate Hammer Continues To Beat Down Professionals In The Orange Juice And Motor City Areas Of The Country..That story after this break for Jiffy Lube, when you need your vehicle's fluids sucked dry/replaced in a hurry"...(Jiffy Lube jingle starts, drones out).
News? Is it news? You don't expect Happy News and everything seen thru Rosy Glasses to make it look light and bright but a steady diet of killing, economy in the tank, all black and no ray of sunshine news can take its toll, cause depression. Life is not suppose to be that way right? Bloggers do their part to broadcast the news from their area of the world, to get the word out. In Maine, bank foreclosures are very rare because mortgages are low to begin with. We like to get those mortgages paid off, doubling up and aware kids in college are going to need a helping hand and clearing the deck of the mortgage is a real pressure, self inflicted pressure called family priorities.
Our fun usually involves part of a tank of gas, a camping trip to the many beautiful parks, mountains, coastal areas to explore, discover "Vacationland", the label stamped on every license plate in Maine. We do with our kids what our parents did with us..week on the ocean with money saved for that purposed. Money diverted from the day to day or earned from extra activities. Not a lot of money to manage but awareness of what the electric bill is, how many cords of wood to heat the home we need, etc.
Kids are taught turn those lights off at an early age so it is a habbit. Get in and out of the refrigerator...not to leave it open taking inventory and hoping pizza or pie suddenly appears even though it was not there ten minutes ago on the last inspection. Little things are what make Maine the place to be. It's an attitude of make the most of it, find the silver lining and goes back to life on the farm.
Everyone was a farmer back in the 1800's. And a year you broke even was a happy one, you got to farm again in the game of survival.
Nothing is just expected, taken for granted. It is earned, appreciated and blessings thanked morning, noon and night. Is that the way you want to settle in, live your day on a simple basis?
Retire here, raise a family here or at least consider investing in some Maine recreational property for your sanity's sake. Clean fresh Maine air...go ahead, fill your lungs, hold it in and gander up at the million stars at night, the blue blue sky without pollution over head. Maine, it's the way life should be. Simple. Real. With fewer but friendlier people that care about you for neighbors down the road. Is that missing where you live now or is the nice little town you lived in twenty years ago, not so nice now? Maine, get here just as quick as you can.