Archive for November, 2013

I am a Bit Different Than You Folks

Friday, November 15th, 2013

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I belong to a gym. This gym is in a nice area in a nice town. This gym is pretty affordable. The folks there are pretty nice. The folks there are pretty middle class. The folks there are pretty white.

I live in a nice area of a nice town. I value affordability. I am pretty nice. I am pretty middle class. I am, in fact, quite white.

That said… I’m a little bit different…

I submitted my paperwork to quit a few weeks ago. Not because I’m different, but because Planet Fitness fits my schedule and my routine a lot better. When I was asked by the guy at the front desk why I was going to leave I told him just that, then the conversation went a bit like this:

“Oh, Planet Fitness. You know the closest one is in Souderton, right?”

“Yeah, but I join the Black Card and use all the different locations. I work in Philly most of the time.”

“Aren’t most of the Philly gyms they have in bad neighborhoods?”

“I guess. Some are, some aren’t.”

“I was reading about how homeless people are joining because for just $10 per month they can get access to showers and 24 hour shelter.”

“Oh wow. Yeah, that makes sense. That’s really cool.”

“Well, I’m not sure if it’s cool. It’s horrible for business. I couldn’t imagine dirty, smelly guys walking around my gym.”

“So… where do I sign?”

Sowing Seeds

Friday, November 8th, 2013

Absolute Power Corrupts Absolutely

Thursday, November 7th, 2013

This story has me really screwed up right now. In short, it’s about a dad who was pissed that his work van got taken by his son after they had a fight… so, he called the cops. The cops chased down his son and ultimately shot and killed him. Icing on the cake, the asshole cop who shot him is getting paid leave during the investigation.

I’d bet all of my money the cop ends up with no jail time and I wouldn’t at all be surprised if he even retains his job. THIS is what’s wrong with being given God-like power. You make decisions hastily because you don’t fear the consequences. Nevermind that we are taught as society to trust the police to serve and protect… nevermind that the dad was just trying (perhaps quite stupidly) to show tough love… nevermind the other details of the story… let’s just realize this: A TEENAGE BOY IS NEEDLESSLY DEAD and the man who shot him is on a paid vacation.