Sunday, November 6, 2011

Of Sanctity and Bullsh*t

Here's to hoping that if you live in a part of the United States that resides on the Standard side of the "Standard Time/Daylight Savings Time" fault line this time of year, you remembered to set your clock back an hour before you went to sleep last night. If you did not and right now you are standing around somewhere wondering aloud, "Where the hell is everybody?" take my advice: wait someplace warm. They will be along soon. Actually, in about 57 minutes or so.

This morning the Missus and I are off to Parsippany - because spending six days a week there on average inevitably leaves me wanting for more. Actually we are taking part in an event called PurpleStride New Jersey 2011, which this year includes both a 5K walk and a 5K run. This is the 2nd annual edition. Last year it was solely a walk so Margaret was the lone participant from our household. Having added a 5K race to the "things to do" list, I am catching a ride with her this time around.

This event grew - as so many of these laudable endeavors do - out of a terrible one. A friend of Margaret's from work lost her husband to pancreatic cancer in the summer of '09 at or about the same time that Suzy B. died. Rather than be irreversibly crushed by his death, Steve and Dolores' daughter Stephanie decided to do all she could do to raise awareness of this quick-striking, relentless form of cancer, including working hard to get increased funding for early testing and detection programs. An amazing young woman actually.

It is our pleasure - and we are of course going to be joined by Gidg on this morning's adventure - to give a bit of time to help advance the cause of something so worthwhile. If your early Sunday morning is free and/or you live anywhere near Parsippany, New Jersey it is not too late to participate, provided that you read this at some point before 9:00 a.m. That is Eastern Standard Time of course. Standard time or Daylight Savings Time - either way it is time well spent.

And it is nice to know that one can count on one of my all-time favorite actors/directors/movie star types to remind us in his not-too-subtle way just how important it is to spend our time on worthy pursuits. For anyone who may not be aware of his personal politics, Clint Eastwood is a fairly staunchly conservative individual. Once upon a lifetime ago, he served a couple of terms as mayor of Carmel, California, a beautiful little beach enclave so firmly entrenched on the Republican side of the aisle that there are no "left sides" of the street in Carmel. No, there are instead the "right" and the "far right". I just made that up but it might actually be true.

Eastwood, in an interview in the October issue of GQ, my copy of which - parenthetically speaking - has yet to make it to our mailbox, which is not in and of itself too surprising as NO issue of that magazine has ever made it to our mailbox, described himself as having initially been an "Eisenhower Republican" way back when he was 21. He then continued by noting that the philosophy of the party that had attracted him to it in the first place was something it had lost touch with over time. Eastwood now uses the term "social Libertarian" to describe himself.

My favorite part of the interview (in the interests of full disclosure that should read, "my favorite part of the excerpts of the interview I have read") is Eastwood's position on gay marriage. With the possible exception his outlaw Josey Wales' decree that, "Dying ain't much of a living boy" it might be his truest utterance ever.

I mention it here - and now - because I think it is important for all of us to not let the euphoria associated with having one extra hour to play with today go to our heads. Time has always been a precious commodity. Never more so than it is presently with all of the actual substantive issues confronting us in our day-to-day.

Well said Mr. Eastwood. Well said indeed.


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