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American terrorists

3 Apr

I don’t know if this makes me a sensationalist journalist or not, but whenever there’s a report of a shooting somewhere (as there is with YouTube as I write) , I feel drawn to watch coverage, spread news and information, all because of three events relative to violence and suspects on the run that have personally touched my life or that of my family in the past ten years.

Ten years ago in March, University of North Carolina student body president Eve Carson was shot and killed in the city of Chapel Hill, after first serving as the senior class president at Clarke Central High School here in Athens. The men later convicted of her murder were each arrested a week later. I sat with Jace as he mourned for his friend.

Nine years ago this month, a University of Georgia professor shot and killed his estranged wife and two others at a picnic for the Town and Gown Players here in Athens. Jace had been a member of Town and Gown, he was particularly close to one of the victims but had met them all, and he quite by accident became a face beamed across the city and country in the hours after the shooting, as he and I stood vigil as the police and emergency services did their work. The murderer went on the run after the shooting, and our community stood transfixed for days as law enforcement here and throughout the world looked for the man in question. He was found two weeks later, having shot himself after buried himself in a shallow grave near an elementary school here in town.

And seven years ago in March, two Athens-Clarke County Police officers were shot, one dying of his wounds. Again in this case, the suspect was on the run, being captured three days later. Again, the community was paralyzed, looking for the man, as reported sightings, police activity, lockdowns of schools and businesses, all became reality that week.

We don’t know who the shooter at YouTube is yet, whether they’ve been captured or still alive, etc. We do know that whomever this is has once again brought terror and confusion to one of OUR communities. People are again transfixed. Is anyone hurt or dead? Are they someone I know? Is the shooter alive or dead? Is he now out in my community, searching for another victim.

People are reticent to call people who shoot other people “terrorists,” well, unless of course they have brown skin, a Muslim name… The men who carried out the three attacks I mentioned earlier were all born and bred Americans. But you cannot tell me they didn’t bring terror to their communities, weren’t terrorists…as they went on their run to freedom, which in reality landed one of them dead and the other three in prison.

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Coming back

31 May

It’s been a while.

I miss writing.  I’ll be back more regularly soon.

We will cure this dirty old disease

2 Nov

For those of you who follow me on Facebook, you know that Jace and I have a friend and ex-roommate who has been battling cancer since April.

We lost Kenny last night.

Cancer is such a dirty, horrible thing.  It makes me ill that sometime in the next week or two, we will bury a man who died three days short of his 31st birthday.  Cancer has had its impacts on my family.  My grandmother is a breast cancer survivor.  So is my mother.  One of my grandfathers had lung cancer, the other melanoma.  In 2009, I lost a dear family friend to melanoma at the age of 39.  I will never understand how such a horrible thing can touch innocent people.

Now, a mother and father must bury their son.  A man of not quite 22 will bury his partner.  Kenny will continue to live on in our hearts forever though.

When Kenny got sick, Jace and I created a Facebook page to raise awareness for Kenny’s cause.  He and his partner started a GoFundMe page to raise money to help with Kenny’s medical expenses.  Together, Kenny’s friends, family, and total strangers donated more than $6,000 to help Kenny and his family.  The power of social media really shined in Kenny’s case.  Feel free to peruse either of those pages to learn more about Kenny and why we all love him so very much.  Also, please keep Kenny, his partner Chris, and all of Kenny’s friends and family (Jace and I included) in your thoughts and prayers.

Novel?

27 Apr

It was recently suggested to me by a trusted friend that I write a novel.  The novel will be presented as a series of “short stories” intended to mark milestones in my development as a gay man.

The blog you are currently reading is intended to be a professional blog with a largely G rating.  As you might imagine, some of the stories of my gay evolution are not particularly G rated, so I am separating them from this blog.

You can find these stories on my new DeviantArt page, here.

NaBloPoMo Day 1: Brief note

1 Nov

It’s National Blog Posting Month and I’m participating again this year.  I will post more thoughtful entries in future days but I have to be at work in about an hour, so this is all you get today.

Have a great day!

Hypothetical situation in a hypothetical place

5 Dec

Before we begin, I want to preface this discussion with the following:  I am gainfully employed at one of the number of grocery store chains that operate in Athens.  A controversy has arisen recently involving the potential development of a new location for another “big box” store operated by another grocery and superstore chain, to be opened in downtown Athens.  As a responsible blogger who often looks for local topical issues to discuss, I feel this story can’t be ignored.  However, as an employee at a competing store, I will deal primarily in hypotheticals for the purpose of this blog’s discussion.  Now that we have a clear understanding of the rules, let’s get down to business, shall we?

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