Will Someone Pick Up The Phone?

ABC – Pennington’s proven himself to be a pro at public apologies. He’s already churned out the obligatory “I’m sorry” to, well, basically everyone. He admitted he made a mistake, called it a wake-up call and expressed his thankfulness that no one was hurt. He went on, I also want to apologize to my fans, ABC Television and my design team for my lapse in judgment and the embarrassment I have caused.”

HBO – In a message sent by email to all HBO employees at about 3:45 p.m., Mr. Albrecht said he was “deeply sorry for what occurred in Las Vegas this weekend” and that it represented “a wake-up call to me of a weakness I thought I had overcome long ago.”

COMEDY – Mel Gibson ‘s DUI arrest was a “big wake-up call” for Robin Williams , the funnyman tells Access Hollywood in an interview scheduled to air Monday. “If you’re violating your standards faster than you can lower them, time to go away,” he said. Williams, 55, announced that he was seeking treatment for alcoholism less than two weeks after Gibson’s high-profile arrest in late July. “Well, if (rehab) was good enough for him, I’ll go,” Williams said. “I just think it was kind of like, well, he’s in, let’s go now.” Williams said he had been sober for 20 years when he started drinking again.

Bottom line: If you ask me, and no one has, there is a huge difference between receiving a “wake up call”, and dragging your sorry ass out of bed, into the shower and changing your habits for good. I suggest we all stop using this trite phrase and keep it real… How about something a bit more sincere, like “I fucked up and got caught and have to pay the price for my actions.”

That would work for me.

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