October 5, 2001
I just want my regular life back
A Shattered Ntion Needs to Care About Stupid Bullshit
THE ONION, October 3, 2001 -- Were this an ordinary Tuesday night, Wendy
Vance would return home from her receptionist job at a Springfield chiropractor's
office and spend the evening engaged in any number of empty, meaningless
diversions: watching old, taped episodes of Friends, browsing the new issue
of Cosmopolitan, or driving to Center Square Mall to browse for shoes.
Tonight, however, the 29-year-old is unable to bring herself to turn
on the TV or even half-heartedly flip through the new Pottery Barn catalog.
Instead, she has decided to visit her grandmother in nearby Mountain Grove.
"If none of this had happened, right now I'd probably be watching
that stupid Journey VH1 Behind The Music episode for the 40,000th time.
Or talking to my friend Kerri about the Gap skirt I want," said Vance,
holding her grandmother's frail, time-worn hand. "Now, all I can think
about is how precious life is, and how important it is to spend quality
time with the people who matter to you, because everything could change
in an instant."
Added Vance: "I just want my regular life back." >>>
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