Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Les bois

I had to put something else up. Too tired to find a poem (much less write one or write an essay/post) on solipsism (not the philosophical theory...the selfish bit). It's been a horrible time in our Silver Spring neighborhood (the Discovery Channel hostage situation).

10 comments:

Giulia said...

No one, but no one better leave a message of "thank goodness the gunman was killed." I was one of a few people in the neighborhood who tried to get this man help for a few years. So I'm glad that the hostages are alive; but I am sad that he died.

Susan

Joan@anythinggoeshere said...

It made the news here, of course, but I understand it is over. Who would be glad, and, I know you told me that you knew him!!!!!!!

All of it is SAD, SAD, SAD. Joan@anythinggoeshere

The Clever Pup said...

Sorry to hear that. Gun violence is creeping closer and closer to my neighbourhood. I hate it.

Toronto cops shot a guy on a bus 3 times last week. What happened to the good old billy club?

Sorry to be glib. I don't know Washington geography and I thought about you all afternoon.

Giulia said...

Hi Joan & Hazel

The police had to kill him to save the three hostages. They did. A billy club doesn't stack up against the weaponry he had. What I'm upset about, beyond any death, is that he needed help & did not receive it in the years prior to this.

The other thing that really upset me is that many friends/family know exactly where I live & that I go into that lobby (there are little exhibits, etc.) I walk by there all of the time...I was no more than 20 steps from him as he went in the lobby. The only people to get in touch were two friends; one estranged but she was worried anyway. (As I would be about her, of course.)

About DC geography...a mile from DC it's not. Well, maybe. But I'm at the end of a short block right next to the line. Anyway, it's not suburb-suburb as many thought. The network cameras made the buildings & stuff made it look very sterile & high-rise-y from the air. It's not nearly that tall, there's a lot more green space, etc. I barely recognized it...except of course the huge Discovery Building.

He was mentally ill...but this country doesn't handle that well at all. You might remember that I was at the Holocaust Museum last June for a meeting when one of the guards was shot by a card-carrying Nazi maniac. So I'm sort of wondering what's going to happen when I go to the White House farmer's market tomorrow. Criminy.

xo

Mary-Laure said...

Enchanting deer......

simon said...

is Solipsism the same as monty pythons " I drink therefore I am??" :o)

Giulia said...

M-L - yes, isn't she/he? I put faun but not sure...

Simon--lol

Michelle | Bleeding Espresso said...

I had no idea you were so close! What a terrible tragedy; a life lost is never a good thing even if it saves others :(

Jen said...

We really don't handle mental illness at all here in the U.S. The whole situation was tragic. I'm relieved you were not one of the hostages, though.

Giulia said...

Michelle & Jen: agreed & I'm glad, too. It's the jokes that people are making (& not nervous joking, that I totally understand) that are sickening. xx