Last summer I got married
for health-insurance-acquisition purposes, and last weekend--joy of joys!--I got to use some of that insurance for the first time. So I was all set to post a reasonably funny snark-fest about my visit to the urgent-care center, but then a tornado destroyed Moore, Oklahoma and killed many people therein and .... yeah, suddenly complaints about hurting my bare foot via dropping a can of potatoes on it sound pretty damned petty.
But at least I'm not petty (or stupid) enough to run around telling tornado victims who've just lost everything "You've got to thank the Lord," as CNN's Wolf Blitzer did
to an Oklahoma woman who turned out to be a fellow atheist. That said: although I am less petty than Wolf Blitzer I am much
pettier than that Oklahoma tornado survivor, because she was very polite and good-natured about Blitzer's asinine question whereas I, most likely, would have snapped, "Hey, Lord, thanks for trashing my house and everything I own and my whole neighborhood, and
especially thanks for letting those little kids drown in the basement of
their wrecked school. Hope you at least
the decency to strike the poor children unconscious before drowning
them, although I doubt it. But at least you spared me, so you can't be
ALL bad, right? Thanks for valuing my
life so much more than the lives of
the dead, even though you did
let that can of potatoes make my foot swell up so badly I literally couldn't wear shoes for several days."