Coming out of school, you’d like to hold on to this idea of working at something you love, or at least like. Then you get a job and you continue to hold on to this idea of growth and mentoring that you experienced with your professors.
And then it hits you. When push comes to shove, you truly are just a pawn. And why shouldn’t you be? Nobody owes you anything, and nobody is going to be looking out for you. It makes total sense. It still sucks to realize that you’re one of the many people go through life working a job that merely pays the bills yet fulfill no dreams, no passions, no excitement. I always had an idea that this was the norm, but I wanted to be the exception. Always trying to be the exception seems to lead to a lifetime of disappointment.
Who knows what 2009 has in store. If I knew what I wanted out of it, I could tell you how it can get better or worst. But I don’t know what I want out of the next 12 months. Ideally, I would be living in Venice (Italy, not California, though I’m sure it’s lovely there too) making a living out of eating bread, cheese and gelato, taking photos and/or listening to music. I could go on, but you don’t come here for my writing, so here’s someone else’s (sorry, no photos, I was just posting so you see I’m alive).
It’s an interesting article about a subject I never thought an article needed writing about. It talks about what has happened, or will happen, to the identified remains of some of the 9/11 hijackers. Here’s an excerpt…
In June 2002, Miller, the Pennsylvania coroner, received a 4 a.m. phone call from a man in Lebanon who claimed he was the uncle of one of the hijackers. The man wanted to know why his nephew’s remains hadn’t been returned. “And I said, ‘Well, we’re not sure which one’s which’,” Miller recalls. “If he had any DNA material he could send me, I could cross-match like we did for the passengers and crew. Then I pointed out the FBI had custody of the remains—and that was the end of it.” Would Miller have made the effort? He says the FBI has the final say, but as for him: “Absolutely,” he says. “They are human beings that have passed away in the commonwealth just like my great granddad. I can’t arbitrarily say who I will apply the law to … The Good Lord will sort out their deeds.”
And on a final note. I helped my dad get a blog like this, so he can post his travel photos from years past. He’s still working on his computer skills, so wish him well! His site is at www.domingolapadula.com.