I was talking to C.I. and she said, "Ann, you did a month. That's enough." In March, I'll be grabbing a new show. I just can't stand Talk of the Nation. I can't stand listening to it. I can't stand it.
I can't stand that women are brought on for 'soft' topics. And that they're so rarely brought on. I can't stand how the show repeatedly sends a message on Fridays that women and girls can't do science. And, as an African-American woman, I'm bothered by how few African-Americans make it onto the show and how, when we do make it on, we're only on to talk about Black events in the past.
The thought of following that show for one more episode, let along tracking it for six months or a year, is too depressing.
So when March starts up, I'll be tracking a new NPR show. I'll promise to do it a month. I may end up extending that. I may not and my switch to following another program.
I am very committed to noting the gender imbalance in radio. A lot of you e-mailing are asking about that. I'm not going to drop that. But with work being crazy (all those lay offs) and with other things (hey, we're moving, hold on for that), I just cannot bring myself to listen to that show, life's hard enough.
C.I.'s going to be irritated with me for this paragraph but I don't care. Cedric and I have been house hunting the last two weeks on top of everything else going on. Our plan was to save up for a few years until we could afford it -- and we have been doing that. We'd need another year at least to have a good size down payment. You may remember the guy trying to break down my neighbor's door and threatening her. I wrote about that here. Some of you wondered if Cedric was mad about that. No. He was upset that he hadn't been home and he was determined that we were moving. The day after that, he contacted various realtors and I guess gave information because we weren't going to pass the credit check, he was informed. He called C.I. to see if she knew someone at some bank who could go ahead and do the loan and she said, "Don't be silly. You're going to take the money from me as a gift." Cedric said he'd pay it back and she said no. And she means no. We're very thankful for the money. We've found the house we want and signed everything. The man in it vacates it at the start of the month so we move in probably March 2nd.
I haven't written about the house hunting which has also been consuming a lot of time because I know how C.I. is about not wanting credit for anything she does (and she does so many generous things for so many people). But I'm writing about next month (which is almost here) and next month we move into a new house so I want to at least once say publicly "thank you" to C.I.
This is C.I.'s "Iraq snapshot:"