in #writing3 years ago

Because the old solution no longer works.

Thirty three years ago, I installed a new clock radio below a kitchen cabinet in our new house and it has functioned flawlessly ever since. Every day it provides classical music for background when needed, it always gives the correct time, and it acts as an audible timer for cooking.

It has served its purpose so well that the small dial indicator cord apparently decayed and I discovered fifteen years ago that the dial pointer no longer moved to the left to show the frequency. The tuning dial had been accidentally moved while installing a new microwave oven and there was no way to tell where it was. I had to open the case and manually move the tuner back to the left to find the station. We had never moved it so I didn’t bother to repair the broken cord.

The pointer has not moved since.

Image by an aggravated @willymac

Not until this morning.

Something has been going wrong with the programming on the National Public Radio frequency because the news on the hour and the half hour has become more partisan and less objective. In the past six months, it has become irritatingly biased and unworthy of being called news; Propaganda Radio would be a more appropriate name.

Now, I enjoy having a peaceful breakfast in the early hours with Brahms providing soothing entertainment, but I do not like being suddenly annoyed awake by clearly slanted news being stated as indisputable fact.

I did not suddenly get stupid.

Yesterday the irritation reached a breaking point when one of the reporters made a statement clearly designed to upset me, personally, among the millions of listeners! I had been triggered! That was IT!

No more of that propaganda, bless my Paganini!

I’m not going to sit there and have my intellect insulted with blatant political twisting of fact from a source that once was faultlessly reliable.

So, I got up from my breakfast walked over to the radio and turned the dial slowly up in frequency to the right to the same country music station the radio in the bedroom awakens me to in the morning.

That was the last time for moving the dial.

Now, instead of being sedated with flute and oboe solos while trying to remember how to eat my grits, eggs, and toast, I can listen to songs about love, dogs, and pickup trucks; about broken hearts and new love, and about Tennessee Whiskey and Strawberry Wine.

To make it even better, the music station does not have news breaks.

No politics needed, thank you very much.

We have our own lives to lead.

~ finis ~

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Hi there, This one looks too good, one from the past :)
News are not to be trusted now a days. Better to not bother ourselves with these biased news anymore.
Good to see you again.
Good day

Well, two days ago is not too far in the past! I do agree about the "news". Most of it just says, "bla,bla,bla..." on and on with nothing of value. Music is always better!

Thanks for the welcome. It's raining hard for two days and I can't get real work done outdoors, so I'm trying to be productive indoors.

Hi there sir, apologies for replying back late,I as busy with my exams all these days.

You are more productive inside ( what I have seen you doing so far on weku and steemit )

How is your life going? how about the little friends living with you ?

No apologies needed, my friend. I well remember the exam pressure and how that has top priority. I hope they have gone well for you.

We have had six days if rain and the ground it too wet to work so I have had more free time at my computer, although have done nothing creative. I miss writing and feel the need to sit and write until the need is satisfied. That is not easy now that the leaves are falling and there is a lot of clean-up work awaiting my attention. We will have guests staying for three days to celebrate our annual Thanksgiving holiday and will be occupied with that until Sunday PM? My schedule will need to be re-booted after that!

The little friends are doing very well. They know this is their home and both have routines and are healthy. I think they are content and finally feel safe. Both are members of the family now.

I had three exams this last weekend, 1 went extraordinary,the other two were kind of average.

Oh you are going to host relatives, that would surely be wonderful for you. From my childhood time, whenever I heard about relatives I used to get very excited :D about the works, don't worry it all will be sorted soon.

That's wonderful too, I know they were going to feel safe after the amount of love and care they received from you

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