Also, ignorance is bliss. I had a wonderful time visiting the fam, in part because I shunned the news. No Fox or CNN, no Glenn or Rush*. Newspapers? P'shaw! I only checked out the haps for weather and sports info. It's amazing how great life can be when you aren't bombarded with bad news.
*Ok, so I watched one WWBT evening news broadcast, but that was just to check out the Dream Team (Gene, Sabrina, Jim, and Ben). It's a nostalgia thing, as they've been together since I was a wee lad.