The end of pre-cat lady days

Yesterday, my new roommate Monique moved into our two-bedroom apartment, ending my month-long stint of living solo. Though I enjoyed having my own space, the quiet affected me so much that I opened a Netflix account and caved into the “Glee” series, which up until last week, I refused to watch on principle.

I’m relieved the show isn’t as cheesy or preachy as I expected, but the high school storyline no longer appeals to me. Maybe I’ve finally outgrown such plots, although I absolutely adore Lea Michele’s overeager, tenacious character. Though more soft spoken, I employed a similar style of enthusiasm back in high school during student government, spirit rallies, and track.

I don’t know if I’ll finish out the first season, but “Glee” is good company in a spartan apartment flooded with worries. Now that I’m back to having a roommate, television programs won’t be of much use to me. As a kid, I tuned in to so many Nickelodeon shows that I lost interest in TV towards the end of seventh grade. By high school, I only watched “American Idol” and “The O.C.” With the exception of “Gilmore Girls” DVDs and the occasional “Greek” episode, I avoided TV programs during college.

Monique and I probably won’t even invest in cable. Besides, we both speak French and agreed to practice more often, as our speaking abilities have regressed since leaving France. We have French books and artwork in the living room and it’s her mom’s native language, so we’ll definitely maintain the Parisian theme at our apartment. We just got a couch, so beds are the next items on the must-have list.

I probably won’t get much shopping done this weekend, though. Tomorrow, a memorial service for Stephen DeDakis will be held, so I’m going to that in the early afternoon. You can read his obit here. I was more than a little disgusted by ESPN sportswriter’s Tony Kornheiser’s version of Stephen’s story, which leaves much to the imagination. In a nutshell, Kornheiser recalled noticing a seemingly vacant parked car near his home just days before the hurricane. When Kornheiser saw that a window was rolled down, he became concerned that the vehicle owner wouldn’t roll it up before the massive storm. Kornheiser soon heard that a corpse had been found in the car. He described the incident in somewhat of a callous manner. He laughed about it with another man, but what he doesn’t realize is that the dead body was somebody’s son. A missing person is no joking matter, especially when said individual passes away and leaves behind parents, siblings, friends, and relatives. Earlier this year, I had the opportunity to meet Kornheiser and liked his personality and warmth, but this simply wasn’t the way to comment on the death of a 22-year-old man. It may seem funny to you that a seemingly innocuous Volkswagen on your street contains a deceased young guy, but his family members have just experienced the worst loss imaginable and could do without the sophomoric “OMG dead body” jabs. Grow up.

You can listen to the tactless segment below:


7 thoughts on “The end of pre-cat lady days

  1. I am appalled at the callous comments by Tony Kornheiser and the other person he’s speaking with on this recording. What if that was their son or brother in that car? Would they have made such tasteless jokes and comments? I don’t care if he knew the person in the car or not, it shows his lack compassion and empathy for others. What a jerk!

  2. I am absolutely DISGUSTED by this newsclip!!!! I cannot believe how many jokes were made!!! I didn’t know Stephen, but I know several people who did. Can you even imagine if Stephen’s family hears this??! I hope they never do!!!

  3. He’s using humor to help him deal with what he admitted was a “disturbing” and “very weird” situation. It’s not like he knew the person who died, nor did anyone let him or his neighbors know what had happened. Yes, he uses his show for therapy at times, just as anyone does who feels they’re comfortably speaking with friends. You can argue he shouldn’t feel like he’s speaking to friends while on the radio, and you’re not wrong, but that’s what he enjoys doing.

    If you were a regular listener, you’d know when he’s telling the part around, “There’s a dead body in the car,” that’s he’s using his “serious topic voice”. He probably regrets the comment at 2:30 in response to his cohosts’ reaction, but know he didn’t mean anything offensive by it. He does later say, “I don’t even know male or female,” and by 8:30, he’s simply wondering aloud, saying there’s obviously more of a story here that he doesn’t know, and that this is the worst news you could get if someone from your family were lost, here assuming that the person in the car was older

    Blast the cohosts if you want, who are immature twerps with regularity (especially Gary Braun, who I wish they’d can), but Kornheiser meant nothing more than to express something disturbing as it affected him. Other than the gotcha at 2:30, he, though perhaps not his show, is fairly respectful.

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