Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Ten things to do besides arguing about politics by Kate Johns

With the presidential election coming up this November (finally), people have been arguing about politics for what seems like four really long years now. Arguments abound in numerous forums everywhere: on TV news talk shows, on radio stations, on the Internet and even between kids younger than 18 on social networking sites. Adults have been telling each other who to vote for getting into heated arguments.

Even if we reach  that uncomfortable, we have nothing to talk about moment at a party, event, get together, or a family reunion, it's not worth it, to upset an older relative by asking, "So who are you going to vote for in November?"

That's why I came up with a list of of ten things to do besides arguing about politics:

1. Do not watch TV---the political ads are everywhere. They are very one sided, and will have you yelling at the TV. Read a book instead----but not one about politics.

2.Go for a walk. I suggest a long walk, to clear your head.

3. Work two jobs instead of just one. If you aren't already working two or three jobs to make ends meet in this lousy economy, with gas and food prices increasing daily, then get another job so you are so busy you can't possibly have the time to argue about politics.

4. At  social gatherings avoid talking about Mitt Romney and President Obama. Instead choose a neutral topic----like the weather, who the new judges will be on American Idol, cute kittens, puppies, or the seriously funny TV show----Big Bang Theory.

5.  Avoid arguing about politics by starting a new hobby like painting craft items, reading books.

6. Watch TV shows by buying DVD series of your favorite TV series such as----"The Sopranos", "Star Trek", "Star Wars". Buy, rent or view your favorite movies and TV shows on the Internet--- ad free!

7. This is the best time to start a new exercise program. Yoga, water workouts, walking or jogging can be done for low prices at your local YMCA. Dance at home to music you adore. Lift heavy books. Walk around the block---all alternatives to more expensive workout programs.

8. Besides arguing about politics, play a board game like Monopoly, word games, crossword puzzles, video games, or start a new game at home with family and friends.

9. Volunteer your time for organizations that need a helping hand such as your local pet shelter, church, Meals on Wheels, orphans, local hospitals. Volunteering for an organization, business may lead to a better job, and certainly will help to create a better resume.

10. Join online groups that make you happy. Join non-political groups, or Internet groups that are more narrowly focused!

Hoisting a few drinks isn't the only way you can stop arguing about politics. Divert your attention elsewhere such as talking to friends and relatives, read a book or two, listen to new music, or workout.

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