Country Roads SILM September/October 2011 : Page 2

Editor’s Letter “Another possible source of guidance for teenagers is television, but television’s message has always been that the need for truth, wisdom, and world peace pales in comparison with the need for a toothpaste that offers whiter teeth and fresher breath..” -DAVE BARRY ou’ll not find a piece of furniture on the face of the earth that is so beloved and so hated at the same time: the television. Ray Bradbury once referred to it as “that insidious beast, that Medusa which freezes a billion people to stone every night, staring fixedly, that Siren which called and sang and promised so much and gave, after all, so little.” I can’t say that I agree with Mr. Bradbury 100%, but maybe about 40%. Perhaps Ray caught a glimpse of the future and saw “Jersey Shore” on MTV or an old re-run of Jerry Springer. These are the shows that make America cringe. And honestly, it’s a running diatribe of torture for my bank account as my children constantly scream “I want that! Tell Santa!” at the next big toy on the screen, and then silently refuse to eat anything on their dinner plate later that evening that wasn’t dancing up on the screen earlier. However, I personally was raised by Mr. and Mrs. Brady and the Happy Days cast, so I can’t say that I’m completely against the ol’ telly. In fact, it’s my go-to ELIZABETH GIST when I want to relax, when I want to unwind or, honestly when I want to feel better Designing Editor about my life (Real Housewives of New York, anyone?). I don’t think I could live without HBO’s various series and I learn things I never realized I wanted to know via TLC on shows like Extreme Couponing and Toddlers and Tiaras (and what I learn from this show is that I NEVER, EVER want to be THAT parent). Shows like Hoarders on A&E send me into a cleaning frenzy, so when I need a little inspiration to deep clean my bathtub with a toothbrush, this is where I turn. I go to the Food Network when I’m hungry and burnt out on the same ol’ same ol’ for dinner, but this usually backfires because instead of finding recipes to add to my menu, I find a lot of things that look mouthwatering but that I can’t even pronounce, or would probably burn down the house trying to deep fry (thanks Paula Deen and Guy Fieri). But mostly, when I watch TV, I get a little irritated at the fact that people like the cast of Jersey Shore are up there, parading like a gaggle of idiots, and I think to myself, “I know people who are FAR more interesting that these dummies.” And honestly, don’t we all? We all know people who have survived something horrific and lived to tell about it. We all know people who were THERE when THAT happened, who make a difference, who perform some extraordinary feat every day just because it’s their job, or who definitely belong on a documentary, but just haven’t been discovered yet. This issue of Country Roads is dedicated to those folks. Everyone has a story to tell, and while this magazine is no plasma screen TV, hopefully you will be able to find some inspiration and maybe learn a thing or two that you didn’t know before about your neighbors, or about locations in your community, while taking a break from Dr. Phil and flipping through these pages. Enjoy! Y COUNTRY ROADS / SEPTEMBER -OCTOBER 2011 02

Editor’s Letter

ELIZABETH GIST Designing Editor

<i>“Another possible source of guidance for teenagers is television, but television’s message has always been that the need for truth, wisdom, and world peace pales in comparison with the need for a toothpaste that offers whiter teeth and fresher breath..”</i><br /> <br /> <br /> You’ll not find a piece of furniture on the face of the earth that is so beloved and so hated at the same time: the television. Ray Bradbury once referred to it as “that insidious beast, that Medusa which freezes a billion people to stone every night, staring fixedly, that Siren which called and sang and promised so much and gave, after all, so little.” <br /> <br /> I can’t say that I agree with Mr. Bradbury 100%, but maybe about 40%. Perhaps Ray caught a glimpse of the future and saw “Jersey Shore” on MTV or an old rerun of Jerry Springer. These are the shows that make America cringe. And honestly, it’s a running diatribe of torture for my bank account as my children constantly scream “I want that! Tell Santa!” at the next big toy on the screen, and then silently refuse to eat anything on their dinner plate later that evening that wasn’t dancing up on the screen earlier.<br /> <br /> However, I personally was raised by Mr. and Mrs. Brady and the Happy Days cast, so I can’t say that I’m completely against the ol’ telly. In fact, it’s my go-to when I want to relax,when I want to unwind or, honestly when I want to feel better about my life (Real Housewives of New York, anyone?). I don’t think I could live without HBO’s various series and I learn things I never realized I wanted to know via TLC on shows like Extreme Couponing and Toddlers and Tiaras (and what I learn from this show is that I NEVER, EVER want to be THAT parent). Shows like Hoarders on A&E send me into a cleaning frenzy, so when I need a little inspiration to deep clean my bathtub with a toothbrush, this is where I turn. I go to the Food Network when I’m hungry and burnt out on the same ol’ same ol’ for dinner, but this usually backfires because instead of finding recipes to add to my menu, I find a lot of things that look mouthwatering but that I can’t even pronounce, or would probably burn down the house trying to deep fry (thanks Paula Deen and Guy Fieri).<br /> <br /> But mostly,when I watch TV, I get a little irritated at the fact that people like the cast of Jersey Shore are up there, parading like a gaggle of idiots, and I think to myself,“I know people who are FAR more interesting that these dummies.” And honestly, don’t we all? We all know people who have survived something horrific and lived to tell about it.We all know people who were THERE when THAT happened,who make a difference, who perform some extraordinary feat every day just because it’s their job, or who definitely belong on a documentary, but just haven’t been discovered yet.<br /> <br /> This issue of Country Roads is dedicated to those folks. Everyone has a story to tell, and while this magazine is no plasma screen TV, hopefully you will be able to find some inspiration and maybe learn a thing or two that you didn’t know before about your neighbors, or about locations in your community,while taking a break from Dr. Phil and flipping through these pages. Enjoy!

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