A Ticking Time Bomb

The Parkland, Florida school massacre perpetrated by Nikolas Cruz is a classic story of “where there’s smoke, there’s usually fire”.  As this SunSentinel article reviews, there were numerous signs that this was a troubled individual.  What responsibility does society have for ignoring these warning signs?  What you’re about to hear in this seven minute interview with the attorney representing the family that took Nikolas Cruz into their home three months ago may shock you.  The reporter on the scene certainly found it incredulous if not irresponsible that Cruz was allowed to bring his A-15 rifle into the home, and it was stored in a lock box to which only he had the key.

As this Arizona Central op-ed piece states the case, Nikolas Cruz was a ticking time bomb.    I raise this issue because we recently had the misfortune of being exposed (literally) to a similarly troubled young man.  This individual resides in a rental unit in our small condo association.  Our bylaws stipulate that dogs are not allowed on the premises, and our property manager had recently seen dog droppings in common areas.  Spotting a dog on the back lawn last weekend, we approached it to determine its ownership, phone in hand to photo-document.  At that moment a young man emerged and said: “That’s my brother’s dog.”  When he was advised that there are no dogs allowed on the property he replied: “I’m gonna knock that fu**ing phone out of your hand.  You want to take photos, take a photo of this.”

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And so we did, and good thing at that.  We called the police and related the incident, together with this photo which became part of their report, and he was issued a summons for indecent public exposure.  As we readied to leave for the afternoon, in the pouring rain, I noticed this on the door handle of our car:

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That’s right.  At some point after the police left, dog feces was smeared in and around the driver’s side car handle.  We went straight to the police station for this incident to be added to the report.  Upon returning to our Unit, we noticed dog feces smeared on one of our screen doors visible only from the deck outside.

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I don’t know what will become of this troubled young man, but we do hope that he gets the help that he needs to turn his life around.  It all begins with individuals speaking up when someone in their midst behaves in a frighteningly anti-social manner.  We then need a system that works in taking appropriate and effective measures to de-fuse ticking time bombs.

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Nature Evocative of an Escher Spiral

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At first these clouds appeared like a DNA helical pattern in the sky.

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And then by the time I pulled over to capture their beauty, they unravelled to appear more like a tantalizing Escher spiral.  In any event, life imitating art after the artist has imitated life.

Escher Spiral

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Congrats to Kayla Goldstein and the Bruriah Lightning!

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Kayla’s fan club was in place to watch #42 and her Bruriah Lightning teammates begin their playoff run for girls high school basketball.

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The first quarter was a defensive lockdown battle, with Bruriah taking the early lead and finishing up 5-1 on Kayla’s basket to end the quarter.  Watch this clip of Kayla (#42) being active on both sides of the ball, punctuated by her offensive put-back that has the coach and bench and home crowd erupting for joy!

The scoring in the second quarter opened up a bit, with Bruriah being up at much as 17-4, but Flatbush closed the gap to 17-8 at the half on two easy layups in the last minute.  Early foul trouble put Kayla on the bench, but when she got back into the game in the third quarter she made the most of her playing time playing tight defense and rebounding.  Particularly impressive was this sharp bounce pass she made from the pivot to a teammate for an open shot from the corner.

And then, after Flatbush tried to stage a furious rally in the fourth quarter, Bruriah held on to finish strong with a hard-earned 46-37 victory in this quarter-final matchup to advance to the semi-finals.  Go Kayla, and Go Lightning!

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A Bright Afterglow

Still basking in the Eagles’ improbable run to Super Bowl LII Victory after Wentzylvania reverted to Folesadelphia.  Barnes & Noble in Brick, NJ (and I suspect in all their locations with perhaps New England as an exception) has a nice table display lauding our new champeens.

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And my favorite item, the February 12 issue of S.I., sporting the Philly Special on its cover – with key plays of the game featured in between the covers.

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The Agony of Defeat and the Thrill of Victory

THE AGONY OF DEFEAT

“It’s disappointing.”

“Losing sucks.”

“A Burr up his …”

Waaaahhhh …

… AND THE THRILL OF VICTORY: E-A-G-L-E-S – EAGLES!

Confident fans on the way to the game:

Victory vindicates the Jaws of Defeat:

Lady Luck and Lord Victory indeed shined upon thee:

And so there was a parade today, celebrating the Eagles’ artistry.

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Oh yes … and a Vince Papale sighting!

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The celebration culminating in an epic rant from Jason Kelce, the center of attention, in a costume that was a cross between Sgt. Pepper and Rowdy Roddy Piper.

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Be Legendary: Philly Special

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Anticipation

I recall being in Jacksonville with Dan for SuperBowl XXXIX, and the anticipation building until game time.  Then it was different, waiting in a long line to catch the ferry from the NFL Fan Experience and the sea of green back across the  St. Johns River to the Stadium.  Now only a few minutes to game time, in front of a TV, I suspect I’m at least if not more nervous than the players.  The experts are all over the place on this game.  The USA Today pundit are all in on the Patriots.

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On the other hand, the Star Ledger (of NJ) had four of its six reporters weighing in on the Eagles, and a fifth (Steve Politi) who picks the Birds in a blowout, 31-17!

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As the Star-Ledger notes, for Eagles diehard fans, this is a moment long-waited for — since 2005 actually, when we had our previous chance to beat the Pay—-tree-oats.

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FLY EAGLES FLY!!!

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