Tuesday, May 31, 2011

127 Hours

After a few comments on Facebook, I felt compelled to finally watch this movie. Right off the bat, I can tell you that as a film, not so great - I just don't think it was an effective adaptation and probably because it's tough to fill an hour and a half with this story. However, James Franco did give an incredible performance, certainly worthy of the Oscar nomination and the few cringe worthy moments this film had to offer did not disappoint those who live for cringe worthy moments in film.
The more I watch movies, the more I crave originality. I think that screen play writers must be a dying breed because there is just so much rehash and rework that it seems hard to find original ideas anymore. I did survive the whole hour and a half but after all was said and done, I wish I had half that time back.

Monday, May 30, 2011

Her Name Was Lisa (Not that Lisa, this Lisa)

As I typed the name of this post, it occurred to me how certain names have come up more frequently than others as people that I've crossed paths with in life. There have been what seem to be a larger quantity of Lisa's and Jennifer's that I've known (and/or know) and I wonder if that is coincidence or if there is a correlation with the popularity of those specific names during the time periods where relevant during my life.
Back in the summer of 1993, I went to see The Kinks with the late John Eugenio at the Jones Beach Theater in Long Island, NY. Crap, I just realized this was the third time I've seen the Kinds (the other two were at the Capitol Theater in Passaic, NJ) and elsewhere on this blog, I've written that I've only seen them twice; I've short changed the Kinks - Sorry guys! Anyway, the real story here is this girl in my row, a few seats over on the right.

Everytime I peeked over to the right, there she was, big giant smile and looking over at..me? Really? Okay, I'll take that....After a few times of looking over to see her gazing, at what appeared to be me (I looked to my left to see if there was anyone else that she might be fawning over and wasn't convinced there was) I kinda did that seemingly dorky as I type it wink think along with the nod and semi-smile thing.

When the show ended, we hooked up to chat and since we were with other friends and driving situations, we exchanged phone numbers. Soon after, we had our first date, a simple dinner and a chat and yeah, a little of this and a little of that but not the whole shebang - settle down now.

We spoke on the phone a few times over the next week and planned our second date. I went over to her house, which was a bit of a trek - I lived in Brooklyn and she was in Rockville Centre but hey, what the heck, I wasn't exactly a dating machine and she seemed kinda cool. It was that second date though that kinda put me off to her. We were hanging out at her house and chatting and then she kind of told me about how her and her husband had recently split and that's where things got kind of creepy-ish. So, instead of being forward and bailing as I should have, I just kinds of made things a bit tougher on her - not a good move but I was naive and right or wrong, it's how I handled it. That was that, the last I saw of her.

I did manage to pluck a poem from that experience, though far, very far some might say, from a true literary materpiece, it does express part of what was and part of what might have been but wasn't; even a bit of projecting.

Chance Meeting on a Summer Night of 1993


I thought I’d write this poem
To help you understand
Although I am human
I’m no ordinary man

I’m not afraid of feelings
I’m not ashamed to cry
I’m not afraid to let you see
There’s nothing here to hide

It was fate that introduced us
And I’m happy now to say
You’ve been in my thoughts
Since that magical day

‘Twas the 30th of July
at the Kinks show when we met
That night that we came dancing
I never will forget

Sunday, May 29, 2011

Podcast: Catching up With CD in May 2011

Just a bit of chit chat on what's going on in the here and now:

Saturday, May 28, 2011

The Cutest Animal Behavior Video I've ever Seen

I'm not sure anything has ever more appropriately been deemed "cute" as it relates to animal behavior.

The Boob Apron

This is a funny parody of a infomercial for an already odd product. Sense of humor required :)

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Thoughts on Oprah

If I had to guesstimate, I'd say that in 25 years, I've watched a total of a couple of hours of Oprah and even that figure may be an overestimation. However, I couldn't help but be drawn to watch her last three days; and I am not sure why but my assumption is that I was just curious.

Beyond the commercial machine and the cheese factor, I have to admit there was something touching about the whole thing. I almost believe that Oprah may actually give a shit, at least to some degree; at least I think so.

Whatever, I'd say I wish her well but I'm guessing she'll be just fine.

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Your New American Idol Is...

He'll need to learn how to hold a microphone properly, and sooner rather than later, Scotty McCreary has taken the prize as this year's American Idol. He's young and a bit rough around the edges, he's not my first choice for superstardom of the top group this year (that would be James in a landslide) but I think that Scotty has a good shot at becoming a popular country music artist and carving a career out for himself.

Most of the finale show was painful but the highlights that were worth watching:

  • James Durbin rocking it with Judas Priest.
  • J-Lo shaking her money maker.
  • Beyonce shaking her money maker.
  • Of the finalists, the right one winning.
  • Seeing the stunning Sara Underwood from Fox Boston covering the event afterward.
This post was not written by a 12 year old, though I bet you couldn't tell.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Proust 13

I googled the word questionnaire today and came across an interesting set of questions asked of French novelist Marcel Proust, when he was just 13 yeasrs old. In addition to the questions and my answers to them (at my tender age of 46), I've also added Proust's responses from the year 1884 (or so, when he was 13):

What do you regard as the lowest depth of misery?
Proust at 13: To be separated from Mama
Me at 46: Loneliness is quite miserable. There are times, though rare, where I feel so very alone even though I may not be in the grand scheme of things and for me, these are amongst the toughest moments to bear.

 Where would you like to live?
Proust at 13: In the country of the Ideal, or, rather, of my ideal
Me at 46: Ideally, I’d like to live right where I live. However, I have grown ashamed of my homeland and discouraged by so many of its inhabitants. The ruination of this country has come at the hand of politics. The wealthy and sadly, the hyper-religious; I can only hold out hope for change.

 What is your idea of earthly happiness?
Proust at 13: To live in contact with those I love, with the beauties of nature, with a quantity of books and music, and to have, within easy distance, a French theater
Me at 46: Not unlike that of Proust at 13. I don’t know if the French theater makes it to my list though I do enjoy a good show. Mostly, the idea of being surrounded by friends, family, music, the arts in general and nature are all quite appealing but add to that, some semblance of peace and harmony and now we are talking.

 To what faults do you feel most indulgent?
Proust at 13: To a life deprived of the works of genius
Me at 46: I am far to materialistic and while I sometimes hate myself for it, I just am.

 Who are your favorite heroes of fiction?
Proust at 13: Those of romance and poetry, those who are the expression of an ideal rather than an imitation of the real
Me at 46: This may be really silly but Lindsay Boxer is a fictional character that I’ve always labeled as heroic. Not only are her actions pure and selfless in most cases but she’s a strong woman who does not surrender her femininity or her own values and identity to be who she is and she is aware of her own faults and isn’t afraid to confront them.

 Who are your favorite characters in history?
Proust at 13: A mixture of Socrates, Pericles, Mahomet, Pliny the Younger and Augustin Thierry
Me at 46: I am quite the fan of Benjamin Franklin, such an interesting character.

 Who are your favorite heroines in real life?
Proust at 13: A woman of genius leading an ordinary life
Me at 46:  My friend Tori is as much a hero as anyone I’ve ever known.

 Who are your favorite heroines of fiction?
Proust at 13: Those who are more than women without ceasing to be womanly; everything that is tender, poetic, pure and in every way beautiful
Me at 46: I didn’t read this ahead to see that the questionnaire distinguished between a hero and a heroine by gender. I think heroes are heroes regardless of gender so see my answer 3 questions above this one.

Your favorite painter?
Proust at 13: Meissonier
Me at 46: I haven’t studied art enough to state a favorite painter. There are a couple of modern artists whose work I’ve spent a bit more time looking at and sifting through my head and therefore, have had an impact: one is Peter Max, the other is the controversial  Mark Kostabi and to a more minor point, Jackson Pollock. However, more than ability as a painter, I am more drawn into the form of expressionism and storytelling these artists, who happen to use paint as their storytelling medium, utilize.

 Your favorite musician?
Proust at 13: Mozart
Me at 46: Music is such a large part of how I choose to live in this world that it’s a tough question to answer in such broad strokes. However, Bruce Springsteen as a musical artist has had significant impact on me.

The quality you most admire in a man?
Proust at 13: Intelligence, moral sense
Me at 46: I see again they distinguish by gender. I think from a moral and/or civil perspective, the qualities of any person should be similar. In distinguishing the things that make men and woman different, I don’t know that I can adequately respond to this – I admire strength, confidence, wisdom, but mostly just a  good person who treats themselves and others with dignity and respect.

 The quality you most admire in a woman?
Proust at 13: Gentleness, naturalness, intelligence
Me at 46: See previous question.

 Your favorite virtue?
Proust at 13: All virtues that are not limited to a sect: the universal virtues
Me at 46: Friendliness, humbleness and humor are up there (full disclosure: I googled “List of Virtues” to answer this)

 Your favorite occupation?
Proust at 13: Reading, dreaming, and writing verse
Me at 46: I’m not certain that the word “occupation” in the 19th century was as closely associated with “job” as it is today. Therefore, I am going to translate the word “occupation’ as meaning, “an activity on which time is spent (Encarta Dictionary).” Of the things I spend time doing, the one that fulfills to gratification physically, mentally, and spiritually are the activities in which I am closest with nature. Now I am no Euell Gibbons, but I love to be on the water (as opposed to being in the water) and one of my favorite places it Walden Pond – just a simple hike through the woods is inspiring and renewing.

 Who would you have liked to be?
Proust at 13: Since the question does not arise, I prefer not to answer it. All the same, I should very much have liked to be Pliny the Younger.
Me at 46: I’m not sure I understand what is being asked nor could I even figure out how to answer this question from any angle. I think the only rational response I can offer is “the best me I can be.”

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Five New Haiku

You're never alone
Though miles may separate us
I'm always right here
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You've endured so much
Yet you shine on like the sun
An inspiration
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I hear your heartbeat
In my dreams,I can feel you
Touch me, touch my soul
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Your spirit is pure
In you, I've seen miracles
Selfless and loving
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You've made your choices
You've lived the consequences
Time for redemption

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Caught Up In the Rapture

The Anita Baker song was in my head today on several occasions as all the rage, real and comedic all, was focused on "the rapture". Is the world supposed to end on east or west coast time? This is important because it's creeply close to midnight as I type this on the east coast and I wonder if I should pound one out for last times sake or crash and sleep through it.

I know, but thanks for telling me how funny I am. Did you see my hilariously mediocre tweets this morning? You should be able to read them over on the right side of this blog, just a bit further south.

I need to go to bed but can't seem to fall asleep yet...be well bloggie peeps.

Friday, May 20, 2011

R.I.P. Randy "Macho Man" Savage

Randy "Macho Man" Savage was a larger than life figure from the mid-1980's through the mid-1990's. His colorful ring attire, wrestling attitude and style, and for me, his dynamic skills on the "stick" (that's microphone) made him one of the most entertaining athletic performers in the history of professional wrestling.

I'm not ashamed to say how big a fan of wrestling I was and in fact, on rare occasions, I'll still take a peek at the shows to see what's going on. Unfortunately, alot of the show has really gone down hill. In the old days, the storytelling was much better and the performers were more solid not only in their athletic ability, but in their storytelling and acting the part they were playing.

Randy Savage was a rare breed who whether he was playing the fan favorite or the "heel", there was still an incredible allure about him and you couldn't help but be captivated with his performance and even applaud it, even if he was the "bad" guy. Rest in peace "Macho Man" - OOOHHHH YEEEEEEEAH!!!

Thursday, May 19, 2011

When There is Honor in Not Winning

Before I get to the relevance of the title of this post, a few things:
  • The ever amazing Tori had some oral surgery today - let's all send some good thoughts to a quick healing and recovery.
  • Comment received from someone who attended one of my professional day workshops, "thank you, finally something I sat through at a professional day that I'll actually get to use in my everyday work." That's what I like to hear!
  • At the risk of repeating myself, I'm not nearly as prepped as I'd like to be considering my summer session I class starts on Monday - going to need to play catch up this weekend.
  • I can't get over how freaking amazing Adele is - bother her CD's are just phenomenal!
Now, onto the title story. Today was our annual Employee Recognition event at work. I was honored to once again be nominated for an award, I've lost track at the number of nominations I have (and am humbled by) over the years but I have had the honor of winning the "Extra Mile Award" on two occasions.

While I am humbled to be recognized by my peers, I also know how hard I work at the things I do and I'd be flat out lying if I didn't say that I felt deserving of it. And, in some years, after seeing the nomination pool, I'd be lying if I didn't tell you that I deserved to win it in some of the years I didn't. I know it may seem arrogant but it isn't. I know the work I put out there and I know the work some of the others did (or really didn't). Anyway, while I didn't win this year, it was truly an honor to be nominated beside the person that did. We'll refer to her as WINNER. WINNER has been with the college for years and regardless of which office she's worked in, who was her boss, or what interaction you had with her, WINNER is always professional and a model employee but not in a snooty or brown nosy kind of way, in a sweet, pleasant, cool, and awesome kind of way. Being nominated next to WINNER elevates what it means to be nominated in that category and certainly gives reason to step up the game. Congrats to WINNER!

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

19+21=Awesome

The other day, I acquired both of Adele's albums and have since been overwhelmed with awesomeness. What an extraordinary talent this young lady is, I hope that this is just the beginning of what she has to offer and silly shit like the politics of corruption and/or drugs don't get in the way of what could be an phenomenal career.
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In other news:
  • Tomorrow is professional day, I am presenting, twice.
  • Tomorrow is also the Employee Recognition event, I've been nominated for an award, I hope I win it.
  • A new President for our college has been selected...I believe he comes on board officially at the end of June.
  • Keep my friend Tori in your thoughts and prayers.
  • My Uncle Tony suffered a stroke recently - some good thoughts for him would also be appreciated.
  • I'm frantically prepping for my summer courses which begin Monday.

Monday, May 16, 2011

220: Bragging Rights

This won't be a very long post but it will be one where I do a bit of well deserved bragging. Today was the 220th consecutive day of exercise for me-no less than 30 minutes per day and most days, at 5 am.

I hate getting up early but it's the only time of day that I can't make an excuse that I have something else I need to do. I don't love exercising while I am deep into it because it frigging hurts - but I do m best to convince myself it's wort it.

The good news is that so far, there've been a lot of positive results that help motivate me to continue. I've lost more than 26 pounds, more than half of m body fat, got my cholesterol down enough for my doctor to reduce my prescription and most important and sashaying of all, I've had so many people approach me telling me how good I look.

That's it for today, a little bit of me in the moment...thank for indulging me.

[NOTE: I blame all typo on the cRapple iPad.]

Sunday, May 15, 2011

"Boston" Rob

I've been watching Survivor since season one and somehow, it for the most part manages to hold my interest and throw some new twists and turns. Rob Mariano has had the chance to play the game 4 times and at some point along the way, I kind of became a fan.

His journey has been an interesting one and as he finally won the game, and the million dollar prize, his story has come full circle and in my opinion, developed not a rally interesting human interest story.

He met his wife in the game, he became a father, twice over, had is wedding televised and infamously, was the runner up the year he met his wife Amber, who won that season. This was an interesting season and the game he played was masterful, as perfect as it can be played along with just the right amount of luck exactly when it was necessary.

Congratulations and best of luck "Boston" Rob and family.

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Saturday Six - Random Questions Edition

  1. Tea or Coffee? Coffee for sure. I like tea, particularly herbal teas but when the choice lumps all teas with all coffees, I am going for the coffees.
  2. Summer or Winter? This is not nearly as easy as it seems, I hate the snow and while I do enjoy winter to a point, it grow old fast. However, the same can be said of summer as I am not a major fan of the hot blazing sun nor sweating profusely.
  3. Flight or Fancy? Between the two, I would say flight, it's far more impressive and requires physics (no disrespect intended to the lovely fancy).
  4. Biscuits or cakes? Tougher than it may seem it should be, I am going for cake as the term is more universal than biscuit, which in some parts of the world means cookie and others, it means biscuit.
  5. Mac or PC? PC for sure.
  6. Grizzly Bear or Cuddly Bear? (NOTE:Not sure what that odd stuff was - I'm fixing this) The answer for me is Cuddly Bear - I am a cuddler and love to cuddle. Grizzly is an adjective that is heavily negative and not for me.

Friday, May 13, 2011

Wrap It Up

Another week goes into the history books - funny how quickly they seem to pass, even when they seem like they went by slowly.

I know it seems silly to care that James Durbin was eliminated on idol and I sense that his talent will take him farther than most, if not all of the other contestants he competed against but it just seems so strange that there are som many people voting for Haley, who I really see as talentless.

I'm sad at the flooding situation in Mississippi.

The great baseball legend announced that he is surrendering his battle with cancer and beginning hospice care.

I'm disappointed at the Yankees thus far this year. I still have very little faith in Joe Gerardi as a manager and as has been true for the last few yeas, their pitching is not reliable.

Everybody please send good thoughts, prayers and positive energy to my friend Tori.

Finally, if you shop on Amazon or plan to do so, please get there with the link over on the right side of the blog. It's a simple referral link that takes you to the same Amazon you are used to but tells them that I referred you and as a reward, I get a small commission (which would be a great help).

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Podcast: Questions to Ponder

Here are my answers to the questions I posed yesterday.

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Questions to Ponder

  1. "If I said you had a beautiful body would you hold it against me?"
  2. If you had no choice but to give up pizza forever or television forever, which would you choose to give up?
  3. Would you leave your family forever, without the chance to say goodbye or ever contact them again if you were assured that they would all live long, healthy lives with no chance of major illness?
  4. You find a backpack in a public park with $100,000 cash in it  - do you keep it?
  5. If you had the change to go back in time 10 years and get a redo OR skip ahead 5 years in time but still remain the same age, which option would you take?
  6. If you had the chance to become fluent in any one language overnight, which language would you pick and why?
  7. If you had to surrender one of your 5 senses, which would it be?

Monday, May 09, 2011

When the Youth Set Good Examples

This evening a had the pleasure to listen to a dynamic group of teens pitch a service project that filled me with emotion and pride. The confirmation class attended our vestry (the lay leadership of the church) meeting tonight to pitch their service project and it was just an amazing thing to witness.

The kids are developing an adult education session and an awareness campaign for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. The idea came from two of the kids (siblings) whose cousin was diagnosed with the disease at the age of 2 and perished as a result at the age of 19.

The courage and maturity I saw in these kids literally had me welling up with tears. What a beautiful thing to witness and I can't wait to see them carry this out to fruition.

Sunday, May 08, 2011

Mother's Day Rolls by Once More

Mother's day is another day during the year that I reflect on my Mom. Mom passed away in September of 1996 so it's been quite some time but funny thing is, when you no longer have parents, you tend to miss them a lot more.

There's a part of me that gets a little jealous at all the people around me with their mom's. I know, maybe it seems silly to refer to this as jealousy but in its purest form, that's what it is.

On the other hand, one of the things I find repulsive about mother's day is that it isn't a real holiday but rather one that was made up my "Hallmark" and other corporations and industries in the bowels of capitalism (a is father's day). Good parents should be celebrated year round, every day but what the heck - maybe that's partly the jealousy I spoke of talking.

SO as to not appear all sad and/or negative - I do genuinely wish all of you out there who are loving, caring mothers a joyous and hearty round of applause.

Saturday, May 07, 2011

Remembering Things from the Old Days Back in Brooklyn

Just reconnected with an old friend from Brooklyn which got me nostalgic about some things:
    C&C Cola (and other flavors such as Black Cherry, Cream and Root Beer). I'll have to stop by Thrify Beverage next time I'm in Brooklyn to see if they still sell that stuff.
Brennan & Carr - the best Roast Beef sandwich there is.

Dolly's - Awesome Italian Ices.

Capri Bakery - The best Rainbow cookies.

G&S Pork Store - Rice balls to die for.

Tottone-Pizza like you've never had before.

Friday, May 06, 2011

What I Was Going to Do...

...was rant on crApple. iTunes is such a piece of junk with so much potential but they choose to invest in this Ping stupidity - a waste of time and a total failure. Why is it that crApple still hasn't added a backup iTunes function that allows you to save to external disc?  Oh, and they got a giant, 27" iMac at work - it comes with this tiny, piece of crApple bluetooth keyboard, god forbid they spend the extra 11 cents to manufacture the rest of it so that it's comfortable to type on but heck, who needs functionality when they offer such style? But, I won't rant here, at least not now.

...was perhaps finish off my thoughts on "Mob Rules" mentality - like how a bunch of people all have some conspiracy theory working on Bin Laden. But I don't wish to go down that road either.

...was going to talk a little about how I actually find a little joy that the Red Sox are in last place for the moment, but I know better than that, so I won't do it.

...was going to talk about how I think the whole space program, past, present, and future seems to me to be a giant waste of a ridiculous amount of money - but I won't do that either.

What I will do instead is wish you all peace, prosperity and happiness.

Thursday, May 05, 2011

Sugar is Sweet - Not So Much

This is a short (I think) tale of frustration. If you read my post yesterday, you know I deposited a blood sample for lab work in advance of my physical on Monday. Surprising, I received an email with the result earlier today.

The good news, which is really, great news - my cholesterol numbers are outstanding and my triglycerides went down from 189 (high) last October to 65 (quite good) now. I'm very proud of this accomplishment.

The bad news, which I really should refer to or get worked up over until I actually discuss with the doctor as I really don't understand the full deal but back in October, my fasting blood glucose was a 102 and after a number of higher reading, my doctor told me this was an indication that is am "pre-diabetic". So I was motivated at that time to take much better care of myself and have not missed a day of exercise since and also have drastically changed my diet virtually giving up sugar and have lost 26 pounds and a considerably lowered my body fat. Sadly, my fasting blood sugar yesterday was 105, three points higher from a time when I was eating candy bars pretty much every day along with ice cream and other sugary items - this saddens and depresses me.

Also, my HCT (hematocrit) is a bit low. I'm hoping that my current eating habits are the cause of this "anemia" and the simple solution is to have an occasional burger - I'll try to stay positive and keep working hard.

Wednesday, May 04, 2011

Blood Funny

If you came to read part 2 of yesterday's post, sorry - I just don't have it in me right now. It will come when it comes. I was at the doctor's office today, actually the lad for a blood draw in advance of my physical Monday. While waiting, I joked with the surrounding crowd also waiting for a blood draw, "They make us wait after telling us not to eat for 12 hours, they should have a nice buffet waiting for us when we come out." You know what, I got laughs! Of course, the laughs were enough for me to improv some follow-up material, "they put together a nice spread, before long, people will come from all over to give blood. People will ask, Hey, where you going? Oh, I'm off to get some bloddwork done. Why, you sick. No, but the buffet is to die for!" Guess what, more laughs! I stopped there - always leave them wanting more.

Tuesday, May 03, 2011

Current Events, "Mob Rules Mentality" and Attempting to Make Sense:Part 1

I’m going to start with two quotes:
  1.  “I only wish it was me who got the kill, the bounty was pretty sweet. Never have I been so glad at the news of a death.”
  2.  “…would appreciate that we get on with our lives, take the darn flag off the profile pic and put your dog or some embarrassing photo from years ago - let's just get back to the normal goofiness of FB.”
I said both of them, the first, early the morning that the world found out that Osama Bin Laden was killed and the second, far later in the day – after reading hundreds of posts related to the topic and noticing a mass of people changing their profile picture to the American Flag. The last two days have been highly emotional for many and so much has been said, felt, and thought. I think there’s been a bit of controversy, misunderstanding and some misperception. I have no intention to try and clear any of that up, I am not Dr. Phil and heck, I occasionally am at the center of controversy. I think in the end, rational people will come to terms with all that has been said and be able to understand what’s really been said and they will either agree or agree to disagree and be able to shake hands in the end and be civil.

Events of this magnitude do however increase the likelihood of where judgments and opinions which often lead to behaviors and actions, often harsh ones result simply because packs of people latch onto an idea or belief with no real rhyme or reason other than it is what everyone else is doing. In the very specific case of Osama Bin Laden’s execution, I don’t necessarily believe the mere action of “celebration” is wrong or the fact that large groups of people are “celebrating” the event is necessarily a result of this “mob rules mentality” as the events of 9/11 while nearly a decade old are as fresh in the hearts and minds of many as they were on that fateful day. New York City was my home and those towers were a significant part of the fabric of my home town. I have a photograph of the towers that I took myself less than two months before they were destroyed, I look at that photo every day and see the entire replay of events. A dear friend formerly in the NYFD retired after his 9/11 experience having lost almost all of his colleagues and suffered health and mental injuries that plague him to this day and will for the rest of his life. I heard a statistic that 20% of all Americans know someone who was involved or affected by the events of 9/11! For me, I understand the need to rejoice in the slaying of this beast who not only took all those lives that day, but so many more lives were lost over the last decade as a result of his reign of terror. I know it isn’t Christian to rejoice in the death of another human but I personally don’t consider Osama human and I don’t and will never believe him to be a child of God.

I do want to hit on some basic example of where I’ve seen the “mob rules mentality”, or at least where I’ve perceived this mentality to drive actions and/or behaviors. However, I want the beginning part of this to sit for a day because it’s a lot for me to process and I’ve been awake since 3:30am (its 8pm now) and I am exhausted and wish to at least attempt to remain coherent. Therefore, I will conclude this piece tomorrow…

Monday, May 02, 2011

There Will Be No (Other) Mentions of Osama Bin Laden in This Post

  • I'm surprised a little at how much I like the Bruno Mars "Doo-Wops & Hooligans" CD.
  • Adele is more amazing than I originallyy thought.Other than "That's What Friend's Are For", can you think of a song that begins with the word "and"?
  • I've never used the word "doppelgänger" in a sentence; until now.
  • While I am likely the worst basketball player in history, I still have the distinction of making the most legendary basket in the history of the college I work for.
  • Twitter and Facebook make DVR'ing things a but difficult. People seem to insist on Tweeting and/or FB'ing things in real time so it's possible to inadvertently be exposed to a spoiler before getting to it on the DVR.