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Monday, December 19, 2005 10:54 AM
Rants R Us
Kevin Salwen on Life

The season of excess is fully upon us, and with it comes the opportunity to hear repeatedly the same stories. So, in a curmudgeonly vain that I rarely find myself (you know, I'm a mighty upbeat fellow), here are the things I am seriously sick and tired of hearing about:
-- Howard Stern moving to satellite radio. Enough already! Let him take his adolescent bad boy self (which despicably loves to make fun of the handicapped) to XM or Sirius or whoever. Fine, go already.
-- Movie award hype. It always happens this time of year, when the (insert throat-clearing here) important films hit the theaters. Insert the obligatory Harvey Weinstein story and the 'groundbreaking' performances.
-- Retailers. They shout at us about their discounts. They report minute by minute sales during the 'critical holiday sales season.' They remind us that if we really really love someone, we have to spend even more. Go away already.
-- The Merry Christmas-Happy Holidays debate. Why do we allow pundits like Bill O'Reilly to get publicity over this type of stuff? About the only intelligent thing I've heard on this subject came from the Daily Show's Rob Corddry: 'No matter what religion you are, Merry Christmas.'

OK, I'm done ranting now. The Glass Half Full Kevin is back. But in the spirit of giving, I'll let you add your own to the comments.


Janet Auty-Carlisle - 12/23/2005 7:56:50 PM
Ok, here's another for the song list.....if I have to hear another version of Springstein's 'Santa Claus is coming to town' scream at me one more time I am going to do more than scream. How many times can it be redone so poorly? Enough already...living la vida grinchie....Jan
Laura - 12/20/2005 11:38:18 AM
Lance Armstrong.

Yes, we all get it: Lance is a bicycling god. He's fab, he's great, he's Lance-tastic.

He's also dating Sheryl Crow, from Texas and the French hate him. Now, because he is accused of defaming some Italian bicyclist, we'll have to hear about THAT for another few months.

Enough Lance already!
HELLO, my name is Scott - 12/20/2005 10:10:16 AM
My friends just bought a 'Golden Doodle.' And I thought, 'Yeah, isn't that just a MUTT!?'

Designer dogs, as they are called, are really pissing me off. I think George Carlin would have a field day with this topic.
Percy - 12/20/2005 1:04:40 AM
--The Jessica Simpson-Nick Lachey divorce (is anyone really surprised, and why do I hear about it on my local nightly newscasts?)

--Anything to do with Brangelina or Jennifer Aniston & Vince Vaughn

--the inevitable divorce of Britney Spears and whatshisname

--the sensationalistic headlines about the 'dramatic last moments' of Richard Pryor, John Spencer, or anyone else famous who has died. Whatever happened to respect, privacy, and dignity?

--ditto on Howard Stern

--survey about the sex lives of Americans
Kevin - 12/19/2005 2:18:17 PM
Ouch, you cut me bad, Ethan. :-) Time to fill that glass half with single malt...
Ethan - 12/19/2005 1:26:46 PM
'The Glass Half Full Kevin is back.'

Sorry, I can't pass it up.

Half-full of *what*? ;-)


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