News, but not the serious kind
Another fall flood of bad TV shows?
I scour our vast photo file every day, to make sure my readers are seeing the goofiest stuff possible. Sometimes I see photos that speak so eloquently about the endurance of the human spirit that I just get goose-bumps.
You take this scene from Bangkok yesterday, where in spite of floodwaters raging through homes, at least some folks are still managing to …. watch television?
Hi Earl, it’s me, Lonnie. Whatcha doin’ over at your house?
Lonnie? What do you think we’re doing? Sitting on the roof, crying with Mom and Dad, waiting for rescue boats. What’re YOU doing?
Watchin’ TV. ‘Everybody Loves Raymond’ is on. In my bedroom, the water’s only halfway up the legs of the TV stand!
Lonnie, don’t you think watching TV is dangerous?
Sure, they say it rots your mind, but I’ll give it a shot.
I mean in the water. Aren’t you gonna have to go to the roof soon?
We have extension cords. We’re prepared.
Well, I don’t think I should leave mom and dad here clinging to the chimney… Hey, is this the Halloween episode, where Debra wants Ray to get a vasectomy, and Frank accidentally gives out condoms to the trick-or-treaters? I’m swimming over to your place, Lon!
Residents watch television at their flooded house in Bangkok October 25, 2010. Floodwaters from northeast provinces, which have swamped thousands of acres of farmland, have spread to the Thai capital. REUTERS/Chaiwat Subprasom