Where were you when…Michael Jackson died?

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Even though I was not a huge Michael Jackson fan, it is still strange to know that he is dead.

Lots of people called him the “King of Pop” and an iconic legend.

For me, I just remember him as being the most popular music singer when I was in grade school.  In fact, when I was in 5th grade I can remember my little brother playing his tape with the songs “Billie Jean” and “Beat It” CONSTANTLY 🙂  I think he even in fact wore out one tape and had to get another one!

I know there was lots of controversy with how Michael Jackson lived his life…the color of his skin (how did he get so white?), his interactions with kids (abuse?), his fairy-tale house (roller coasters and rooms filled with toys?).  I didn’t really follow all of that.  All I know is that when you mention Michael Jackson, there probably aren’t many people who don’t have some kind of opinion on him and his music.  In my mind, that does make him notorious.

Now, when people say things like…”Where were you when John Kennedy was shot?” or “Where were you when Princess Diana was killed in the car accident?,” I can chime in with, “Where were you when you heard that Michael Jackson died?”

So…where were you?

I was sitting on my couch in the living room.  My iphone was on the coffee table.  All of a sudden it buzzed, signaling a text message.  It was a message from one of my co-workers stating, “It’s true Michael Jackson is dead.”  I immediately googled Michael Jackson since I was on my computer and sure enough…there were already lots of stories.  Then Kimm and I turned on the TV and it was non-stop information.

The only thing that REALLY sucks, is that Farrah Fawcett also died the same day as Michael Jackson.  Her death was not unexpected, but unfortunately, now all the attention is on Michael.  Maybe Farrah’s family will prefer it that way, so they can mourn in private.  But I do think that it’s kind of sad that we rate the importance of different peoples deaths.  I mean, really, we are all people.

By the way, I did find out from Michael’s death what the difference was between cardiac arrest and a heart attack! Pretty sad when you are a nurse and you didn’t really know that one 🙂

Also, I just want to say…WHAT A DIFFERENCE A DAY MAKES.  My night at work yesterday was 100% different (read, BETTER) than the frustrating one I had the night before.  That’s one of the good/bad things about nursing.  You never know what your night will be like.  It can be easy and rewarding, or tough and frustrating.  I was just glad that my second night was better–I needed that.

Almost time for bed.  I made a wonderful smelling banana bread tonight because our real estate agent Peter is coming over tomorrow to see the house!  We’re both so excited!  We haven’t seen him since he did a little treat (free movie night) back in winter for all the people that he’s helped buy houses.   And since we’ve been in the house for almost 6 months (!!!) he hasn’t seen any of the improvements we’ve made.  So he’s coming tomorrow to see us, the place, and have some coffee.  So I thought it was the perfect opportunity to make a little treat to go with it!  And since I had about 6 bananas getting very ripe, I thought of the banana bread.  I won’t post the recipe unless I like how it tastes after baking…but if the batter is any indication, it’s going to be awesome!

Hope everyone has a wonderful night.

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