So I've been away for much longer than usual. Exhaustion, work, sinus infections and some serious insomnia (so bad that, despite a lifetime with the issue, I had to take a sick day for it for the first time), but I'm plugging along. Here are a few quick considerations in the meantime:
--From the Sick World File, as per my last blog entry about this sick, crazy world, I offer you the story of three teens who beat to death a father of 12, grandfather of 23, while he was collecting cans in an alley for some money (which you would need with 12 children and 23 grandchildren). As if that weren't horrible enough, it turns out that one of them filmed it on his cellphone, and then uploaded it to his Facebook page. The reason? Same as the one other teens gave when they shot a college ballplayer a few weeks ago: they were bored.
Filming a murder. Laughing during the filming. Posting a murder to Facebook. Killing...for fun.
What the hell is going on?!? Read it for yourself here.
--Speaking of which, the teens who beat to death the World War II vet in his 80s in Washington state recently pled not guilty today. Although they, and the beating, were videotaped by security cameras.
--And one of them said the man was trying to cheat them in a crack deal. I couldn't make that up.
--This past Sunday night, a neighbor and I met in the street while I put my barrels out. We talked about the Patriots game, the Sox game, and the tennis match, that we coincidentally both watched. Then I went back in and started yet another three-hour night of sleep. He went to bed early, as usual. And did not wake up.
--I'll miss meeting up with you at the mailbox and talking sports, my old friend. Shine on.
--It can happen just that suddenly.
--And not just to my neighbor, who was in his 80s. The guy murdered in Washington state was in his 80s, and the guy in the alley probably was, too.
--If I'd known that the Sox would make beards like those the Seven Dwarfs had the new big thing, I would have kept mine. It wasn't in Mike Napoli's range, but it got very full and gnarly when I just didn't give a damn about shaving.
--The Patriots are a very ugly 2-0. But as a co-worker said today, a win's a win.
--Putin isn't making Obama look bad. That's a whole lot of nothin' right there. Putin's the same guy who has recently sung bad songs to celebrities, who poses without his shirt, and who does many other things to increase his own visibility. The surprising thing here is that he did a relatively restrained thing, like write a commentary for the New York Times.
--Though he's certainly not as popular and well-loved by the world as he was six years ago, Obama is still very well-liked and well-respected. Nobody could have kept up his past level of world love. But to say he's now unliked by the world is ridiculous. You're talking about Obama's predecessor there.
--Up next: a blog entry about the evils of ebay.