Have you ever seen that FRIENDS episode? You know the one where Joey decides to buy one encyclopedia because he is tired of his friends having conversations that he doesn’t know anything about? He can’t afford the entire set so he buys just the V book. So now he is up to date on subjects like the Vietnam War, violins, and Van Gogh but knows nothing else. I find this episode (season 4, episode 3) so funny because I can relate! This is how I generally am when talking about current events.
Growing up I didn’t watch the news, mainly because I didn’t care. Gasp! Imagine a kid/self centered teenager caring about anything other than her curfew or allowance….it’s hard to imagine! Then as I got older, I started to care, but every time I watched the news I was depressed…so I stopped. Which brings me back to identifying with Joey in FRIENDS. At work, with friends, or in other situations when the topic of current events came up I seemed to always be asking, “now what are you talking about” or “when did that happen”? To which I always got a look that says, “I can’t believe you don’t know…”. So instead of informing myself I stopped asking questions.
I find it hard to believe that I am the only person in this position or with these feelings…which is why I wanted to introduce to The Skimm as my top pick Tuesday post! My sister sent me a random text one morning that said this, “subscribe to The Skimm”. Nothing else just those 4 words. I took her up on it and have been hooked ever since.
The Skimm was started by two girls who have a passion for current events, breaking news and telling people about them both. In their own words, “theSkimm is the daily e-mail newsletter that gives you everything you need to start your day. We do the reading for you – across subject lines and party lines – and break it down with fresh editorial content”. All you have to do is subscribe and they will start emailing you every day to keep you in the know. It’s amazingly entertaining yet informative, they have funny and catchy headlines, and frequently make references to the best show ever…FRIENDS…all while telling you about current events.
I walked into work the other day and a coworker made a joke about Hilary Clinton’s emails and I laughed…like for real laughed because I understood. That to me sealed the deal. I’m a skimmer forever.
You may be reading this thinking, “I already watch the news I don’t need to subscribe to this newsletter”; but I encourage you to still subscribe! It really is great and something I look forward to reading every morning. Try it and let us know what you think!