Although the shootings at Virginia Tech grabbed the world stage for the last few days I found myself wanting to withdraw from the news coverage of it. So much of the media descended on this college town that many crews couldn’t make it to the scene in a timely way. Instead of ‘missing the opportunity’ they just pulled over to the side of the highways, setup their satellite equipment and broadcast authoritatively about the carnage, citing sketchy information from other news wires. All of this reminded me of the 80’s hit song “Dirty Laundry” by Don Henley (member of the Eagles, his is the voice on Hotel California). For me at least, it was more than I cared to view, I tuned out.
Last evening I was supposed to head into Seattle to work on a website for a friend and her man. I’ll refer to her as ‘Betty’, that’s not her real name. She was the woman I was starting to date after my divorce started nearly two years ago until I met Erin, whom occupied my time for the next eight months. ‘Betty’and I always remained friends despite her angst at being dumped. She refers to me affectionately as Foxworthy, I call her Russo. She met a nice man about six months ago and is very happy. Since I hadn’t heard from ‘Betty’ I went home with a new piece of recording equipment I’d ordered, I didn’t pay much attention to the fact she hadn’t provided directions to their home.
‘Betty’ came online (I use Yahoo Messenger) about 7 PM last night and said hello. Curiously, her lively writing style was subdued, it was then she told me her lovely niece was one of the victims. My heart sank, tears came to my eyes as I expressed my sympathy for her loss. Even when trying to avoid being effected by this terribly event I find myself deeply touched by it now.
‘Betty’ is on my 360 Friends list. She was the fourth person I added to my list. Words are not sufficient to express anything meaningful, sometimes just listening is best. I told her I’d keep her and her extended family in my prayers. I believe it makes a difference.
In closing let me add, our wonderful country is under attack by people that hate our way of life. We haven’t done as much as the world press lays at our feet, and we further get taken for granted at our generosity as a country. It’s such a scape goat to hear people say they ‘Support our troops’ when they are really masking their distain for our position on the world stage. I ‘Support our country’, that includes the troops too and the naive ‘peace-niks’ who can speak their minds without recrimination because we are so free. God bless America I say, may she stand tall and proud.
Websites and new recording equipment don’t seem so important at the moment.
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