Survivor Starts Tonight ("Season 13")

Thursday, September 14, 2006
Foster Parent’s Plan
As some of you may (or may not) know, since November of last year, I’ve been sponsoring a young girl and her family through Foster Parent’s Plan (FPP). Her name is Maliya, 8 or 9 years old, and she lives in the tiny country of Togo (Africa). She’s the most adorable little girl you’ve ever seen. Well, I finally (!) got around to writing her and her family today. That only took 10 months…

Now, I don’t have a lot of money. In fact I have almost no “free” money – meaning money that’s not been set aside for bills, rent or groceries. Sure I could use that extra $35 in my pocket each month but I figured she can probably use it much more than I. So I don’t go out to a movie or have dinner out with friends. It’s a small sacrifice to make in order to help someone less fortunate.

CIBC Run for the Cure
Speaking of helping others, I’d like to thank everyone who donated money to the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation. Together we managed to raise $255 so far! Not too bad! The 50/50 draw my friend is throwing has been extended another week as she’s only been able to sell a handful of tickets this week – therefore I can’t get the total amount to you until next weekend. Hopefully through her fantastic saleslady skills, she’ll whip up another $25 – 30 to help this great cause.

I was a bit disappointed that there was no response to my idea for a coffee-free Wednesday but as Kaybee pointed out in her comment, it would be easier to convince most people to give up their first born than have to give up their large double doubles for even one morning. Just remember there are still 2 squares left if you’d like to get in on the “Finish Time” pool and I’m going to give you a deal. One single $5 donation will get BOTH squares. You can donate here. Once I receive confirmation of your donation, I’ll get in touch with you. Note that NONE of this money comes to me. I receive no percentage or portion of the money raised whatsoever. All of the money goes directly to the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation.

School Shooting in Montreal
As most people have by now heard, a 25 year old gunman entered Dawson College in Montreal yesterday morning and started shooting, apparently at random. Last time I checked, there was one person confirmed killed and 19 wounded, many critically or in extreme critical condition.According to CNN, the gunman (Kimverr Gill) wanted to die in a “hail of gunfire” and wrote that “work sucks, school sucks, life sucks…vengeance is coming”. He hated authority figures and was bullied by “jocks” in high school. Hmm, let me see…you hate your life, don’t like people telling you what to do and were picked on in school? Sounds like 95% of teenagers throughout history, including me. I didn’t go home, break into my father’s gun cabinet and then wreak my vengeance in the halls of my school. 99.999999% of teenagers don’t do that.

What is it about our society today that makes people think violence is the answer? You want to die in a blaze of gunfire? Go out in a field somewhere and shoot yourself in the head. Don’t try to kill innocent people who had nothing to do with your problems or even knew who you were. Save everyone else a lot of grief, pain and mourning for their loved ones. You’re not going to become famous, popular or loved by taking someone else’s life. I know that sounds harsh and some would say I should suggest the troubled man get counseling but this pisses me off.

Also, what is it about Montreal? This is the third “school shooting” in that city since 1989. That year, a man entered Ecole Polytechnique and murdered 14 women. The next was a Concordia University professor who killed four of his colleagues. Now this. There was an incident in Taber (here in Alberta) a couple of years ago a week after Columbine – a former student shot two students, killing one. There were a number of reports of murder plots, student hit lists and the like following the Columbine. It’s sickening. What are we teaching our children that they think these are acceptable actions to resolve their problems? I’m glad I’m not planning on becoming a parent.


Wandering Coyote said...

I just weighed in on the shooting myself. There's no accounting for psychiatric illnesses or personality disorders that frequently go undetected and untreated. The expert the CBC interviewed addressed your question about what it is about Montreal. He theorizes there's something cultural going on there but he didn't know what. All in all, a shitty, shitty deal.

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