Thursday, August 23, 2007

In spite of the late-summer posting doldrums...
I found something to post about...

Can I really be the same person, who less than a year ago, was rabidly posting like the proverbial bat out of hell, sometimes 3 or 4 times a day? Well, I admit it...I'm in something of a dry spell right now. I'm tired of hearing about the War that everyone knows we shouldn't be fighting; I'm sick of the President, and of the guy who probably really runs this country, the Vice President, who is on record as saying back in the '90s, that any U.S. involvement in Iraq would be the wrong thing to be doing.

I'm beginning to weary of my Seattle Mariners' inconsistent pitching woes; just when things are looking good, and they're starting to go somewhere, one of their pitchers, who's been winning convincingly suddenly loses big-time, in a season which Seattle will most-likely be runnerup to the wild-card team who loses the big playoff game, resulting in still another team going to the division championships. So, I am trying to think of a subject to post about that is fresh, vital and exciting. I've been reading the papers as I always do, but not a whole lot sticks right now...

Well, I have been paying attention to the incident in Utah in which several miners are still trapped deep underground, in which several other people who died trying to rescue them. And there are those in that local mining community who question the decision of the mine's owner to suspend search efforts. It's gotta be hard for both sides; the families who need closure and the mine owner who is trying to keep further lives from being lost in futile rescue attempts. The miners who were first trapped in that mine have been down there a long time now. Things don't look good.

Evidently the geology in that area isn't very stable. And, the logical side of me says, "stop the search now". Even though I know there are miners trapped down there, deep underground. My Dad was in the mining business, and he knew many of the miners who died in the 1972 Sunshine Mine disaster. Tragedies such as these are far-reaching. And my prayers are with the miners' families. I certainly don't want to make judgments; I don't know much of anything about mining and I have never worked in a mine, although I've been in one; I was only 70 feet underground, as opposed to those Utah miners who were some 1500 feet down. And if those miners are never found, I hope that their families can find a way to carry on; what else can one do?


And so, there ya go. Even in a largely nonsensical blog like this one, the real world manages to creep in once in a while. And sometimes the real world's not such a nice place.


Blogger Dogwalkmusings said...

If the news is the indicator, more often than not the world is no longer so nice.

12:28 PM  
Blogger Idaho Escapee said...

Maybe we just notice it more, Mari...more people, more bad things happening...proportionately speaking, maybe things have always been this way. Still...there's alotta doom and gloom out there these days.

5:32 AM  

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