Tuesday, April 17, 2007

So .... the bad thing about going back to the gym ...

... is the morning after. Owwwwww. We have our first appt with our trainer on Thursday. I am a little afraid.

In other news ... be sure to check out Real Fusion.
A family that is very important to us is being featured this week. It's something you don't want to miss!!!

I am working on getting the photos from Drew's national tournament up, but I've been super swamped. They'll be here soon!

And as far as VA Tech is concerned, I wanted to share the following, taken from Townhall.com:

Tuesday, April 17, 2007
Tragedy at Virginia Tech
Posted by: Dean Barnett at 8:25 AM

Friends, what an unspeakably awful day.

I was traveling up from Boston yesterday to pinch-hit for Hugh. I was taking the train from Boston so I could broadcast live from the Empire State Building. On the train, people began whispering about something happening at Virginia Tech. Working our cell phones, we found out something incredibly, unbelievably terrible had occurred. Getting the full report was like taking a kick to the gut. So many young people dying so senselessly…

Last night on Hugh’s show, I spent the whole three hours talking about Virginia Tech and taking phone calls on it. Some people viewed it through a prism that probably dominated their worldview long before yesterday’s tragedy. One caller said we had brought this upon ourselves because college kids were doing too much shacking up. One emailer said that we had turned our kids into a bunch of wusses, and that if we brought back things like Dodgeball, things would get better.

A lot of people questioned the response of the Virginia Tech police department. The first two murders occurred at 7:15 in the morning. The next thirty murders happened at 9:40. A lot of people wanted to know why, with a murderer on the loose, Virginia Tech didn’t put the campus into lockdown.

That position didn’t make much sense to me. Virginia Tech has a student population of almost 30,000. Adding in the staff members, faculty, etc., the Virginia Tech community numbers over 35,000 people. If there was an unsolved murder in a city of 35,000, would the city go into lockdown mode until the crime was solved? Would the city authorities even consider going into lockdown mode? Given the facts that the authorities yesterday understood the motive for the initial killings and there was absolutely no reason to believe a mass murderer was on the loose, shutting down the campus would have been a bizarre reaction to the initial tragedies.

Still, it would be satisfying if we could somehow make sense out of this senseless act. If we could find someone in authority who performed less than adequately, that would explain things. Even if the root cause was something more obscure like the fact that our kids don’t play bombardment anymore, at least we’d know where we went wrong and how we could begin to fix it.

What makes tragedies like this one so gut-wrenching, though, is precisely their inexplicable nature. They are truly, literally senseless.

And yet it’s in our nature to try to make sense of the things we don’t or even can’t understand. But I’ll tell you something: Searches for reasons and explanations here are going to bring us up empty. The painful fact is that terrible things happen. There are evil people who do evil things. There’s nothing more to it than that. There’s no policy prescription that can make things like this never happen again.

But still, we try. We try to read larger patterns into what was essentially a random act of madness. I heard Jack Cafferty on CNN yesterday saying that such things only happen in America and they only happen in our schools. Both of those things aren’t true. Now I understand what Cafferty’s trying to do (beyond being his typical imbecilic self) – he’s trying to identify a problem so we can then attack it with logic and common sense. But situations like this? That doesn’t work.

Horrible things like this happen. If we can take anything from this, maybe we can use it as a reminder of how truly fragile life is. Ultimately, tomorrow is guaranteed to no one. The best we can do is cherish every day and most especially the people we love who bless our lives.

To the Virginia Tech community and especially those who lost ones dear to them – the thoughts and prayers of the nation are with you.

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