Let me apologize for my year-plus hiatus. Good. I'm glad we were able to get over that.
Last Monday night, 3 taggers were struck and killed by an Amtrak train in Commerce, CA.
On Facebook the next night, I made a comment about the Universe taking care of itself when these assholes were eliminated from our society. By no means did I state that the death penalty was overkill (pun intended) for tagging, but I did think it was nice that these guys suffered the ultimate consequence for their actions. The Facebook debate lasted about a day, to (big shock here) mixed reviews about my stance. Unfortunately, for some reason, this is still on my mind, so I've brought it here to LWJ.co (PLUG)
The Sunday before the Monday these guys were killed, I attended church. I know, I know, LWJ probably doesn't appreciate the whole church thing because it takes away from other things, but since the cancer and now with the adoption, church has been a great support for us. The sermon was about pre-judging people and how that has an impact on your future opinions of them. Our Pastor spoke about God not pre-judging people, but instead being a compassionate entity. He spoke of our arrival at the Pearly Gates and how it would probably look if we felt more compassion for our fellow man instead of forming opinions about them based on their actions.
So, I'm torn. Did I commit the sin of sizing up these individuals because of the statement I made about being happy for the Universe? I honestly don't know. What I do know is this: I'm making a more concerted effort to not judge my students and to give them a second chance whenever I can. I'll try not to be mad when complete strangers cut me off or upset me. I'll do my best to make this world a better place.
On a much lighter note, this has got to be the feel-good story of the year.
A grad student suited up for an NHL game. Are you kidding? This kid was getting his haircut when his cell phone rang and he ignored the call. Luckily, he returned the call and then had to haul ass to get to MSG in time for the warm-up skate. I think it was a nice gesture that the 'Yotes let him keep the uniform.
As I mentioned, Rachel and I are adopting a baby in about 4 weeks (I'm already the Father of the Year...about five minutes ago I broke a tie string off of the bumper that goes around the crib). We're very excited and I'm sure I will have many more opportunities to contribute here as I jump into the wonderful world of fatherhood.
It's a good question...the major thing religion taught me was to feel guilty about everything, whether it be for something good or bad so I'm probably not the right guy for this!