Rock thieves

The wife and I went on vacation not long ago. Costa Rica is a spectacular place and we had a wonderful time. We were also glad to get “Back home in Indiana” even if it was a lot colder here than in Central America. So it was that we resumed the day to day rejuvenated by our time in the warm climate that is Costa Rica. We were not, however, prepared for the disaster we would find on our return.

Some two weeks after our reinstatement into daily life, I was putting out the garbage as is my habit on Thursday mornings before going to my day job. Having stopped to examine our front yard after a recent snow fall, it seemed as though something was not quite right. I noticed some mud along the sidewalk that had come from the garden bordering the driveway. That should not be there I said to myself. The landscape stones along the driveway should prevent that. Wait. Where are the landscape rocks?! They were GONE!! I discovered, to my dismay, all of the landscape rocks that bordered the driveway were gone!! It is estimated that some thirty rocks were absconded with. Some gang of hooligans had taken advantage of our absence to help themselves to rocks that I myself had scrounged some years ago. Rage swelled within me.

In righteous indignation, I rushed inside to inform the wife of this treachery against us. She was still asleep and I did not have the heart to wake her with this horrible news. I bore this burden alone to work.

As my anger and desire for justice rose, it was decided to take action and file a report with the local constabulary. The report was filed on-line and an officer called within the hour to begin the investigation that would, it was hoped, result in the arrest of this malevolent gang of rock thieves. The officer was the very soul of professionalism as he took the information that he needed to help bring the rock thugs to justice. It was at the end of the interview when he asked what the rocks were worth. I did not know (and told him as much) as I had scrounged them from a construction site (with permission!!) some time ago. The interview ended with his promise that local law enforcement would be keeping a sharp look out for any hot rocks in the area.

Having returned home later in the day to break the news to the wife, it was with full expectation that she would join me in righteous indignation. Instead, she reminded me that I had expressed a desire to get rid of the stones, being difficult to mow around. Oh. I had forgotten.

I wonder if they will come back and get the rest.

The Election

Yes, I know. It has been a long time since I posted anything here and this is not a story typical for this blog. It is, however, from my heart’s deep concern for my country.

This is election year. As is normal (or so it seems to have become), the rhetoric is loud and shallow.I am already tired of the shenanigans, sophomoric antics, and silliness. Now…I want to think this process through and make sure I have done all the necessary due diligence so that  my vote is cast in a manner that will allow me to sleep at night. No easy feat.

The long  and short of the election is choosing the “right” person and that choice (in my humble opinion) has to be made based on character.Regardless of the office, be it Dog Catcher or President, we the people are, in the end, responsible for our collective votes and the results of that choice. The character of the person who seeks our vote must be of such standard that we can cast our vote in the full knowledge that the winner will carry out the affairs of office with the highest skill and integrity. Ah! INTEGRITY.

Integrity. That is the final and absolute ingredient needed to earn our votes and trust. If you cannot say in your heart of hearts that a particular seeker of elected office is a person of the highest integrity, YOU have the sacred responsibility to NOT vote for that person. To do otherwise, well, an examination of history shows the results.

Nuff said….