Saturday, Nov. 20, 2004
Ack... Make that a second entry. I was on the run earlier tonight and when I got back, somewhere around the time I went in to edit in paragraph breaks (gee, can you tell I was in a hurry?) someone anonymous paid for a gold membership for me.
Whoever it was... Thank you! I am flabbergasted. It was a sweet, wonderful gift and entirely unexpected.
This is now TWICE someone from Diaryland has stepped up and given me something, all in the space of maybe a month. One person sent me a copy of DaVinci Code. Now the gold membership. I am very thankful, don't get me wrong, but it makes me wonder if I should censor myself. I will now hesitate to say I want or should get something, because I never know who will think I'm begging, when that wasn't my intent at all. I am just yammering on here, using this as a personal sounding board. I'm not starving. If you have any doubt of that, back up a few entries and look at my pictures!
Okay... change of topic before I insert my foot any deeper into my mouth.
One of the local elementary schools dismissed classes today because overnight, someone broke in and wreaked havoc on the cafeteria and the classrooms. This particular school sits about a block and a half away from me, directly down the hill. And a pair of delinquents decided it would be fun to trash the place just for kicks, and for what they could steal.
There was a delivery truck that drove up at 3:45am to deliver milk for the kids. He walked into the cafeteria and it was, in the words of one of the investigators, destroyed. They said there were dishes and food thrown everywhere, windows broken, and who knows what all else. The driver called the sheriff's office and the deputy arrived in time to interrupt the culprits as they were trying to make off with about $400 cash and $1000 worth of unspecified goods.
Unfortunately the kids took off just as the officer showed up, and they managed to elude a subsequent search.
These two kids managed to do about $6000 worth of damage to the school. It was bad enough that classes had to be cancelled. I hope that they're caught and given the maximum penalty that they can be given, which admittedly isn't a heck of a lot. Right now, unless a kid has killed someone or at least attempted to kill someone, police can't even restrain them. If police are interrogating a kid at the police station and the kid elects to get up and walk out, the police are now forced to let it happen.
I understand the laws that were meant to protect juveniles originally, but when those laws were enacted, we were talking about Junior swiping a pack of gum and learning his lesson when his parents took over where the police left off. Now we're talking ten-year-old hardened criminals, some of them addicts and God knows what else.
Another change of topic... This one a bit different, I think. For this week's Friday Find (courtesy of sunnflower,) I discovered that the oldest living man died at the age of 113. He's not the oldest ever to have lived, even if you discount the Biblical Methuselah; the oldest documented in modern times lived to be 114. Women lived even longer. The oldest woman was a Frenchwoman who lived to the age of 122.
Ah, c'est la vie. In this case, a long life.
Before - After
In the grander scheme of things, no soul can truly be replaced. Each one of us has a place in the universal tapestry. We each contribute our own color and texture. When one thread is snipped too soon, it distorts all the threads around it. Other lives can unravel and tear. If the wrong thread is ripped away, the whole fabric of life becomes dangerously fragile.
- LeiLani, aka Radiogurl aka Bright Opal (1957 - )