Early in the week, I traveled out of town to help my elderly mother, who was having cataract surgery. She likes to listen to the 7:00 am and 11:00 pm network news, and she has it loud, because she lives by herself and is hard of hearing. So at 7:00 am, I wake up to the newscaster talking about “no end to sight to the the partial Government shutdown”. It is very weird to be living the top news story. It isn’t happening to some people over there — it’s about you and your livelihood that’s on the news.