It took me a few days to get to this because I didn’t feel like I had anything original or thought provoking to say. However, it dawned on me this morning why this event had such a different feel than many national tradgedies — it happened on a Saturday. That may seem odd, but when thinking back (no actual research was done) I could recall very few national tragedies occuring during the weekend. The Columbia disaster didn’t have many of the standard cliches of a horiffic event — people finding out at work and huddling into the confernce room to watch television, then leaving their jobs to rush over to the school to pull their children out of class and tell them. And because of all of this, people had to deal with the Columbia explosion in a more personal way, at their homes, with their families. It’s a smaller support group, fewer people to grieve with, share emotion, thoughts and fears with. And for those of us that live alone, just sitting their like a zombie flipping from news channel to news channel, network to network, soaking it all in. Feeling the emotions, but also feeling kinda awkward about calling someone at 10 AM on Saturday to talk about it. And the news coverage, there was another effect of a major weekend story. On Saturday morning, most station don’t have their ace reporters and anchors in the studio. When the story was breaking, you could definately tell the JV squad was doing the coverage as they rushed their all-stars to the studios and locations. Here’s hoping you and your have come to grips with this event in your own personal way.
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