Friday, April 20, 2007

My bad

Okay, so I've been pretty bad about my neglect of this blog for the month of April. I've had to make some choices with my time and if it comes down to sleep, chef or blog, I've chosen the first two for the month. But hopefully I'm back in the loop now.

Tuesday morning I had a weird moment with a stranger. I took my car into the Jiffy Lube (although I would've preferred Mr. Lubie because that name just rocks). I was sitting in the waiting area perusing the USA Today and half-listening to Fox News playing in the background. Obviously it was running the full story on the tragedy at Virginia Tech this week. I had obviously heard what happened, but I hadn't really known details about the gunman. Across from me was an Asian man who spoke with a heavy accent. As we both looked up at the news report and details of the gunman came pouring out including the very Fox-like details of his residency status, I noticed that the man across from me was looking at me for my reaction. Without saying anything I could see in his eyes the anguish of the consequences of this news and felt very weird.

It got me to thinking about how as a white person, I don't normally think of my race. I don't have any strong nationality in my background, more like a mutt, but because I'm white, I don't have it constantly on my mind that I'm white. In fact, the only time I think about my race is when something happens that divides the races. It just seemed odd to me. A weird revelation.

Anyway, I hope to be back on more often now, but I'm not making any promises.


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