It was a rainy morning as I was taxied to my local Metra Station. My driver was lazy not even getting out of his taxi (guess he didn't want to get wet) to help me with my luggage. But despite that I gave him an extra buck since he was extra early at my place.
After getting my Metra ticket from an extra humorous attendant, I sat down in the bench and waited for the train that would whisk me to Union Station and my Amtrak train which was scheduled to leave at 7:20 AM.
As I sat waiting I couldn't help but overhear the various conversations going on around me. The most riveting one was between the attendant himself and another lady who I only knew was a teacher.
The big discussion was on whether teachers should be allowed to have firearms in the classroom. The debate of course is going on everywhere in light of the Newton, CT school shooting tragedy that happened last Friday. The teacher was against the measure imagining a trigger happy teacher that may decide to shoot an irate student. The humorous attendant was leaning the same way.
It's interesting though because whenever tragedies like the one in Newton, CT happens, that debate always seem to come up. And as usual I can see both sides of the debate.
There is talk of banning semi-automatic weapons is in full swing. I would support a ban of these weapons as I don't understand why regular folks would need a semi-automatic weapon. But unfortunately even banning it won't completely eliminate the problem. Just like with drugs, if folks want them, they will find ways to get them. Also coming up with a banning takes time which would give those who want a semi plenty of time to stock up before the ban takes effect.
In the meantime I'm thinking as long as a teacher or whomever in the school administration has proper training on handling a regular gun (with required annual re-certification), there shouldn't be a reason for not having some kind of protection available. As long as risk is mitigated (unfortunately you can't truly eliminate it) against a student or anyone with nefarious intentions stealing said weapon, I'm thinking that allowing handguns for protection isn't a bad option. But yeah that's definitely a debate of the ages.
So Hemingway my Metra train arrived and I reached Union Station just in time to hop on the big long line boarding Amtrak. As usual some folks had to be slick trying to cut the line. It's a wonder there isn't more fights at the station.
Thankfully I got my own row once boarded. Typically I wind up having to share a row as more passengers are picked up along the way. But thankfully this year I had my own row the entire 7 1/2 hour trip. It's funny how Amtrak from Chicago to Detroit is always late when it comes to arriving in Detroit. This year was no exception with a 49 minute late arrival.
My Dad picked me up from the station within twenty minutes. I'll be remaining in the city till the 28th.
So in the meantime it's time to me to reveal Truth #1 in my "Two Truths and a Lie" game.
Without further adieu, Truth #1 is:
"I hired a man to clean my house in the nude."
Besides the nice views of watching him clean, he offered a rate that was $20 cheaper and an hour longer than my current Merry Maids. Plus since there is no middle man, he gets the entire amount of cash, so I don't necessarily have to tip extra though I will actually give him a gift card in addition to his rate when he comes over next time.
He's helped me so much in the time I've had him. In addition to cleaning he's helped me install a replacement toilet (including picking up the new toilet at Home Depot...and yes he was clothed in public...*LOL*), replace a faucet, install a new light fixture, flip a mattress, and help put together a giant 36 X 48 frame I bought for a blow up of one of my skydiving pics.
I really appreciate having him actually. He told me that he just enjoys the freedom of being naked around the house. I think he allows his clients to touch him or what not but I've actually pretty much kept things hands off except for an occasional shoulder tap.
It turned out too that he bowls at a gay bowling league that I joined a few years back. It's a once a month league that meets on the first Saturday of the month. So we get to socialize briefly at the alley as well. And since I don't know if everyone knows about his extracurricular activities, I don't discuss that with him.
So yeah that's the first truth. I'll reveal the other truth in another post.