Monday, April 16, 2007

leapin lizards

The second thing I have to post about is completely different. It’s this: as I came home today I had to stop by the store to get cat litter and find something for dinner, knowing we were so sad as to even be out of elbow macaroni, so I went to the Food Lion that’s right up the street and as I walked across the parking lot I thought the guy that was standing in front of the store greeting people looked mighty familiar, and he said,
“Hi, I’m Joe Morrissey.”
And I said, “Yes, you are.”

I see I am slow to hear things these days. Style was all over this last week. (It has been a heinous year, people. I’ll get back to speed soon.)

New to town? Missing the history? Read this, if only to see the word “contumacious” used appropriately.

He was handing out flyers. I got one. He’s considering running in the June Democratic Primary for the House of Delegates, against (most likely) former Richmond City Councilwoman Jackie Jackson, Former Delegate Floyd H. Miles Sr., and David Lambert, who is the son of Sen. Benjamin Lambert.

And they say eternal return is just a theory. Obviously “they” have never been to Richmond.

Va Tech

I was not going to begin posting again until after I defend my dissertation, which will be next Friday 4/27 (coincidentally exactly one year after my last post).
But I see the need to make two very different posts today.
First, I want to say my heart goes out to everyone touched by today’s shootings at VA Tech. Many members of my family are Hokies; my brother went there, and various cousins and uncles and whatnot. My brother was such a proud alum; this would have broken his heart.

What a beautiful school, what a great institution, what a horrible tragedy today.

This is not the time to score political points or to try to second-guess the day’s events; time for all that later. This is just a day to feel sorrow for the students and staff and their families, and to say as many other people already have, that the Tech community is strong enough to withstand this.