I was catching up on some household chores and thinking about a topic for the next column. A song came on the radio, U2's "Beautiful Day." I knew in a fraction of a second what the topic would be and could see the sentences developing in my mind with each chord change; like putting together a puzzle, it was a perfect fit. I didn't think it was a beautiful day. I wanted to wear shorts and see green grass. I wouldn't mind putzing around in the garage and listening to the Twins' game. The Twins weren';t going to play, though.
Sue Goblirsch walked up to Chris Blasius' city work desk 17 years ago and asked her if she'd like to enter a team in River Falls' Relay For Life (raising research money for the American Cancer Society). "Being I'm a 'don't know how to say no' person," said Blasius, "that's where the adventure began. My grandma passed away from cancer right after my daughter was born and it saddened me to know my children never had the chance to meet her." Little did Goblirsch know she was recruiting what would become "The Beatles" of Relay For Life fundraising.
River Falls Journal sports reporter/photographer Bob Burrows likes pizza, but he does NOT like it cut into squares. Bob likes his pizza by the slice. Big slices. New York style. Other than his geometric pizza preference and his New York accent now in second gear, Burrows is as "River Falls" as it gets. During a recent Wildcat boys basketball game, the Cat's Den student section started yelling, "Bah-ahb Burr-ows! Bah-ahb Burr-ows!" There stood Bob, camera in-hand, off in the corner of the gym, just shaking his head with a smile.
I hear people trying to be "right" every single day; health care; tax plans; stand up; kneel down! Many of us spend more energy than a hydrogen bomb trying to prove ourselves "right" and the last time I checked, there's no hall of fame for wins and losses in life's National Fracas League. For in life, the most ingenious solutions are usually the most simple, rarely bickered. R.J. Palacio, author of "Wonder" (now made into a movie), writes, "When given the choice between being right or being kind, choose kind."
It's not because you have to; it's because you get to. When I was 10 years old, there were certain friends on our block that would fight like rabid honey badgers when we were together playing football. I'm talking about knock down, drag-out backyard brawls on a daily basis. Our "neighborhood team" would tear up more skin than blades of grass. My mom would yell, "Boys, get off the new sod!" Many of these roughneck rituals usually happened at 703 Revere Ave. where my mom would remind us saying, "We just put that sod down!"
"Star Trek" was set in a the year 2265 and beyond. Captain James T. Kirk and Mr. Spock predicted real-life "facetime" and video communication over 50 years ago. The futuristic USS Enterprise faced many antagonists, including bee-hive hairdos and politically incorrect workplace mini-skirt uniforms, however, the crew never had to encounter the use of passwords or pin numbers.