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Prejudice Doesn’t Pay

The last two evenings have closed with me watching the famed Leeroy Jenkins battle on YouTube and laughing.  Before yesterday, I didn’t even know who Leeroy Jenkins was. 

How did I miss such an old and wide-spread Internet phenomenon?  Prejudice!  I’m biased against video games, thanks to their habit of sucking entire days of my life away.  It’s been almost a decade, but I still feel the sting with how fleeting my reign on the Wetrix Top Ten Board was in our apartment.  I spent days taking the entire list over.  Ryan Schutt eradicated me within a few hours and didn’t even break a sweat.  That memory of my own futility was so persistant that even when Discover Magazine pointed out the benefits of video games, my stereotypes stood firm.

And so, I’m certain when Leeroy Jenkins first found his way to me, I took one look at all those players strategizing, rolled my eyes and thought, “What the hell is this crap?!?” before closing the window.

And look at what laughter my bigoted ways deprived me.

At least I have chicken.

October 15, 2007 at 11:33 pm 9 comments

Virginia Tech Massacre: Hate Group Keeps Wounds Fresh

Earlier this week, on a seemingly idle Monday, we got to witness the worst of mankind.  And then through that heartache, we got to see the best of mankind– a teacher sacrificing himself for his students, a strong father recounting his daughter’s memory with love, the prayers and outreach of countless rivals and strangers.  And now, we once again get to see the worst of mankind:

 The Westboro Baptist Church, based out of Topeka Kansas, is planning on picketing Ryan Clark’s funeral tomorrow in Georgia, presumably to show us that “God is punishing America for her sodomite sins…”  Clint alerted me to this disturbing news via a blog post of his.

I have heard many remarkable things about Ryan Clark the last few days.   The item I will remember the most in the coming decades is a snippet someone wrote on one of the memorials on the Virginia Tech Drillfield.  The author talked about how helpful and happy and uplifting Ryan Clark was and then the author said (possibly paraphrased), “I can not think of a better angel than you.”

Ryan Clark, this angel, does NOT deserve what the Westboro Baptist Church intends. is organizing Hokies and Hokie Supporters to “block these monsters” from the funerals of all 32 victims, including Ryan Clark.  If you are interested in participating, they have contact information listed on their site.  It is too late to save the victims from their untimely deaths, but hopefully there is still time to save the dignity of their services.

April 20, 2007 at 8:25 pm 3 comments

Prejudice By Pitbull?

Yesterday at the height of our “winter event”, an unfamiliar dog was wandering in the neighborhood.  My neighbor Cherie and I spotted it at the same time.  It certainly was no time for a dog to be lost, so when it came to my yard, I tried to check its tags.  The dog was a pitbull, a beautiful animal, but it may have revealed a dark side of my perception. 

I was somewhat fearful of getting bit, but that wasn’t because of the dog’s breed.  He was skitish.  He seemed friendly enough, but when you got close he’d retreat.  A skitish dog, regardless of breed, can easily become a biter.  This dance continued on my slick slanted yard for a few minutes.  Meanwhile, Cherie’s two boys were cheering from across the street.  They believed I was trying to catch my brand new pet, so it was a celebration to them.

My prejudice came when I could get close enough to read the phone number.  Before I even dialed the number, I knew, “This is a trailer park dog.”

In this particular case, my assumption turned out the be correct– The dog did indeed originate from the trailer park.  But, still, I really don’t know why I thought that.  All the pitbulls I’ve known in the past were from the more upper scale homes or belonged to college students.  This dog was neutered and a lot of the male trailer park dogs I’ve seen are not.  The dog had his 2007 Montgomery County registration tag which the trailer park dogs do tend to be missing.  Was it the dog’s spiked collar?  Was it the fact that this was a dog roaming at large?  Was it the fact that I already know every dog in our neighborhood? I just don’t know.  Is it worse, that I’m saying I should not have thought it was trailer park dog because he was neutered and registered?  Does that reveal more prejudice than my original suspicion?  That’s quite possible.

This story does have a happy ending.  The dedicated owner had been walking out in the winter weather for an hour looking for the dog.  “I’m so cold,” the owner said, “I can’t move my face.”  He was overjoyed and relieved that “Maximus” had been located.  He and I both walked in the wintery mix to meet up halfway between our two homes (Carolyn, does this remind you of the rescue mission we performed in the Blizzard of 96?).  With a couple of clicks Maximus was transferred from my leash to his.  The owner thanked me profusely numerous times and offered me money (I declined– The outing was a good excuse for exercise).

I did note, however, that he never once used the word “miracle” to describe my efforts.  😉

January 22, 2007 at 11:12 am 5 comments

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