Friday, September 09, 2005

Only in L.A.

So I'm listening to my favorite morning show on the drive to work, and they're reading e-mails from listeners on a variety of topics. They're usually pretty funny, but this one e-mail shocked me. It wasn't really funny, just amazing that a news reporter in our area could be so dumb. (I guess I shouldn't really have been that amazed ... I hate the network news. They're always looking for news when there really isn't any, and they really do appeal to the common denominator.).

Anyway, so the person who wrote in was talking about a newscast she'd heard the night before. The reporter was talking about the hurricane victims and how they were being given food (I think they were military rations, but I can't be sure since I didn't see the program). The reporter said: "The victims are being given food to eat, but it's really high in calories and carbohydrates. Not really good for those on a low-carb diet."

What? These people haven't eaten in days. I don't think they're really going to say, "Hmm, wel, I am hungry, but don't you have any string cheese? No? Oh, well, I think I'm going to have to pass on this food. I'm trying to watch my weight, you know."

Is this city of angels really so focused on physical beauty that it can't see beyond the South Beach Diet and realize that these people have suffered such devastation, are lucky to be alive? That we should be more concerned with rebuilding these people's lives and less concerned about was whether the food will make them fat?

It makes me sad to admit that I live in Southern California to tell you the truth. I hope those outside of this area don't think we're all like this. My thoughts and prayers go out to these hurricane survivors. I'm astounded by the warmth and generosity that I've seen in the past week. And I hope for a speedy recovery for all those affected.