Escape the Clinton-Lewinsky drone. Tune to a Seattle radio station that has declared itself a Clinton-free zone. Read a news release stamped "100% Monica-Free." Pick up a newspaper from Portugal, where news organizations are voluntarily censoring coverage of the president's private life.
Even Monica Free, a homemaker from Waterloo, Iowa, hopes the news will soon reflect her name."It's a mess. People are weary of it all," Free says. "I don't like it at all."
At isolated spots around the country and the world, the plea is being heard.
In Seattle, KJR 95.7 FM, a classic hits station, has banned the word "Clinton" from the air. When a caller or disc jockey slips, a game-show buzzer sounds, a cash register clanks "cha-ching" and the radio station drops $10 into a children's charity fund. The balance is $370.
"We're going to do it until he's out of office," said program director Gary Bryan.
"We just decided that everybody knows what's going on about the story so let's just be the one place in the world where people can go and not hear about it."
Sometimes, the Monica-free zone is unintentional.
Bob Brewin, a writer for Federal Computer Week, didn't mention the affair for six months. But then in June, he wrote that the Le-win-sky hoopla had delayed the nomination and confirmation of a senior Pentagon official.
"Ahh, I finally managed to get her name into this newspaper, which has, until now, been one of the few Monica-free zones on the planet," he wrote.
Lewinsky's notoriety may even be leading new parents to establish Monica-free zones at home.
Last year, 103 baby girls born in New Jersey were named Monica, compared with 49 during the first seven months of this year, a statewide count of birth certificates showed. That would be a drop of 18 percent if the same pace held up through the end of the year.
"Obviously, you can draw an inference," said state registrar Don Lipira.
America's preoccupation with the Lewinsky-Clinton affair so frustrated the Washington-based Alliance for Better Campaigns that it stamped "100% Monica-Free" in red ink on the front of envelopes in which it sent out a recent news release.
"There are many who are frustrated that they can't get their agenda on the nation's agenda or the media's agenda," said Paul Taylor, director of the alliance. "This was a lark at the last minute - a way to tweak members of the tribe, as the press is called."
Sympathetic to Monica-weary readers, The State Journal-Register in Springfield, Ill., gave readers a Monica-free day. That was back in February when the story was just a month old. The paper didn't even run a "Doonesbury" comic that would have violated the one-day blackout.