In recent weeks, we have watched the hurricanes, flooding and desperation for hours on end, and when we've had enough, we simply change the channel.
It's easy to think of these tragedies as simply another "program," and I've been as guilty as the next guy when it comes to watch, watch, watch -- and forget.
My thinking on this changed recently, and the reason why is included in this installment of "Five and Five" -- five things I care about, and five other items that are not going to cause me to lose any sleep:
º A day or so after Puerto Rico was all but destroyed by Hurricane Maria, I was watching a baseball game between the Angels and Indians. The camera had a close-up of Angels catcher Martin Maldonado, who had written on his facemask in small letters "Pray for Puerto Rico."
A subsequent interview with Indians shortstop Frankie Lindor, like Maldonado a Puerto Rico native, was highly emotional. Lindor and numerous other Major League Baseball players had family and friends caught in the flooding and accompanying devastation back in their native land.
The emotion in Lindor's voice, coupled with Maldonado's prayer request, made me realize those tragedies were more than just must-see TV.
º Speaking of baseball, my picks for MVP are Jose Altuve of the Astros in the American League and Paul Goldschmidt of the Diamondbacks in the National League. For the Cy Young award, I'm leaning toward Corey Kluber of the Indians in the AL and Clayton Kershaw of the Dodgers in the NL.
º OK, one more baseball item. My gut feeling is we'll see the Indians and Dodgers in the World Series.
º The last couple of weeks I have been binging "Blue Bloods." The character I have enjoyed watching develop the most has been young Jamie Reagan, portrayed by Will Estes.
º ABBA has always been one of my favorite groups (just so you know, I can hear you laughing). But I never knew the group first recorded on the late Hugh Hefner's Playboy Records label.
º I have not watched five minutes of any NFL game this season. I'm not sure if it's all the political side stories or if I'm just bored with it.
º The latest college basketball scandal makes me care even less about that sport.
º I never understand those who pine for the "good ole days." I prefer living in the age of the internet, cellphones and HDTV.
º I have never understood those who wait in line for days for tickets to a movie premier or to buy a new phone or video game on the day of its release. All of that stuff will be there on day two, when you can walk right into the store or up to the ticket window and plunk down your cash without having to wait in a line for hours, days or weeks.
º Pumpkin spice this. Pumpkin spice that. I just don't get it.