A lot of folks in these parts are still moping around because of the unfortunate late-game events in Seattle a week ago Sunday. And all of this week's Super Bowl hype will only rub salt in the wound.
But not for me. When that contest ended badly I didn't rant. I didn't rave. I simply turned off the TV and said to Dianne, "We will speak of this no more."
And I haven't. I stayed away from all media for a good 48 hours after the game. I refuse to read or hear anything about the Super Bowl. I know a thing or two about poorly inflated footballs only because, even with my head in the sand, that story is impossible to ignore.
When someone so much as brings up the topic of football, much less what happened in Seattle, I cut them off, change the subject or, if necessary, leave the room. I would like to discuss the Badgers' thrilling win in the Outback Bowl, but I can see where that leads. No. Best not to talk about any game that doesn't involve a perfectly round ball.
So, I have become really interested in the Milwaukee Brewers' prospects for the coming season. How about that Yovani Gallardo trade, huh? And the Badger men's basketball team is really looking tough. I'm so impressed at how well they've bounced back after losing Traevon Jackson to a broken foot.
All of this is working for me. While others wallow in despair regarding what may or may not have happened in the Pacific Northwest a week ago, I have moved on.
I'm thinking about expanding this strategy to other things that have been bothering me. Take, for example, global climate change. I've been really worried about that, even sometimes thinking that it could be the biggest issue facing the planet. But last week the U.S. Senate showed me the way to relax and just accept our fate. The Senate voted to acknowledge that the earth is warming (stop the presses!), but it rejected the idea, supported by a preponderance of scientific evidence, that the warming is caused by humans . So, yeah it's happening, but there's nothing we can do about it. It's in the Bible, one senator even suggested.
See how much fun this is? Come join me in my world -- and now the world of the U.S. Senate -- where there are no problems that can't be ignored away.