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Sun, Aug 28 2005

Exposure Of Exposure

(Please Note! This post contains a link to a story and photo that grownups should preview before allowing kids access.)

There's a story circulating online that has gotten increasing attention from print and other news outlets. From what I can understand in the matter a man boarded a train and, after a certain amount of attempt at eye contact, proceeded to expose himself to another rider. The story goes on to say that the offended rider reached for a cell phone camera and snapped the fellow's picture. The photo was later posted on Flickr and the hunt was on to find the accused man in the picture and prevent further similar incidences.

Comments posted beneath the photo and story range from being completely supportive of the offended person to being hostile. Many wrote that they had experienced similar encounters. Some didn't believe the person. Some who did believe felt sorry for the one exposing himself. Some thought it was funny. Some thought it was nothing worth reporting to police. Some suggested physical violence against the accused exposer. Some suggested physical violence against the one who took the photo. Some wrote that the one who posted the photo and story was seeking attention.

I have an opinion about the story and its veracity, but that doesn't matter. What I find most fascinating are the comments collecting beneath the photo and story. Those varied reactions say more about the mixed quality of life on earth than the photo and story could ever tell.

posted at: 16:48 | category: /Miscellaneous | link to this entry

A Sign Of The Moment

Someone near and dear to me recently moved within a few blocks of the oceanfront in Biloxi, Mississippi and has been keeping me updated on the placement of the guitar sign at the Hard Rock Biloxi Hotel/Casino. The claims are that the sign was built to withstand 180-mph winds. There may be a test of that special construction a whole lot sooner than anyone thought, now that Hurricane Katrina is bearing down on the area. The Hard Rock construction cam looks a bit spooky this morning with all activity at a standstill. Everyone has fled the area and with good reason. This is definitely no time to gamble.

posted at: 08:34 | category: /Miscellaneous | link to this entry

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