I started today’s post hours ago with a rant that even I wouldn’t want to read. I decided to be kind to myself and just let it go. It’s not like I’m on salary to get it done, in which case I’d drop everything else until an entertaining installment was ready and waiting. There’s no penalty if the only things bugging me are big-time life issues that I’m not skilled enough to find the humor in and would rather not write about otherwise.
But a funny thing happened on the way to getting a few chores done. I had the Today show on in the background, and some correspondent I’ve never seen or heard before was reporting on the recent Brangelina engagement. I really don’t care. At this point I’m more into news, weather reports, health stories or at least political gossip, but when I’m running around, I’m not going to keep changing the channel. Anyway, I remember a whole lot of this seven year love story because it was
fun interesting to watch so much soap opera going on in the lives of the rich and famous, especially a great-looking nice woman who didn’t seem seem to deserve it at all being dissed in a very public a manner by a couple who seemed so clueless about what they were doing. But I digress.
The first thing I noticed during this morning’s story was the reporter explaining how interesting it is that Brad Pitt designed Angelina Jolie’s engagement ring. It must have been my old gossip reflex that made me wait for her to mention that he designed the one he gave Jennifer Anniston, too. But she didn’t say a word about it. I just happen to remember it — but didn’t this reporter do any research? Then she went on about the couple’s previous marriages — Angelina’s past two, including the one to Billy Bob Thornton (man, was that one fun to follow!) and Brad’s to the afore-mentioned Ms. Anniston — but the reporter states that Brangelina started dating after his divorce from Jennifer. WTF! I wish I had this reporter’s name to call her out. There wouldn’t have been any soap opera if the two had begun to date after a formal separation! The juicy part was all about how the happily married Jen seemed to find out she wasn’t, pretty much when we did!
Okay, although most of you probably knew this stuff, too, you may be able to tell that I used to be really up on Hollywood gossip. I used to be somewhat of a savant on the subject, if I do say so myself. So here’s where I do a good deed instead of just rant. If the Today show is having so much trouble with its gossip fact-checking (maybe their computers were down or something) they can feel free to call me. Anything from seven years ago and back, and I’m sure I’ll have the info they need tucked away somewhere in my little brain. They don’t even have to pay me. They can just mention my name.
I mean, come on. If they can’t even get the simple gossip right, how am I supposed to trust their hard news?