I finally have the whole morning to work on libmemcached functions! This is great because I really need to kick ass on this thing. The publisher finally sent me answers to four queries. I’m thrilled because now I can just fix stuff instead of wondering whether I understand it correctly and querying everything, which is a waste of time.

I also have a swirl of distractions in my head. I am attempting to banish them by making a list:

* An old friend who is a cop in Oakland just lost five cop friends in one incident with a guy with a gun. But "guns don’t kill people … "
* Baby Liam is still in NICU. This is day 14.
* My not quite-SIL sent me her nursing school application essay to edit again. She’s coming tomorrow afternoon to entertain the kids.
* My DE work needs me today too. Can’t find a way to do both tasks at once.
* My house keeps breaking: light fixtures, garage doors, etc.
* SPRING! My tulips are starting to bloom. My weeping cherry is gorgeous.
* I need a date. BAD.

2 Responses to “Distractions”

  • amaniellen
    March 26, 2009 at 1:54 pm

    with due respect, guns don’t kill people. This kid who did the killing was a repeat felon offender, first time he was arrested on assault was at age 13. He was recently out on parole. His DNA was tied to a rape committed a week before the shootings. He was a bad seed, victim of the system, from a shitty home, whatever you want to say, but it wasn’t guns that made him do any of this.
    The loss in Oakland is tremendous, don’t get me wrong. Believe me, I’m faced with it every day. I am certain, beyond a shadow of a doubt that if guns were not available to anyone here in Oakland, that a similar amount of violent crime would be committed with baseball bats, knives, shoes, rocks, you name it.
    I just have to stand up for the right to keep and bear arms.


  • sarabellae
    March 26, 2009 at 2:16 pm

    Typically, I do, too. I come from a long line of gun enthusiasts and own a gun myself. However, I am not always at ease on this issue. I think it’s important to constantly question it while we navigate the realities of our society.

    I don’t know much about the Oakland cop killing story, except that I worried about my friend and was relieved to hear he wasn’t one of the officers killed. It’s a terrible, terrible thing, no matter how you slice it. I’m very sorry for my friend and for the families of those dead officers.


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