The view from my apartment on Capitol Hill. The Supreme Court and Capitol are just beyond those buildings.
This is Part II of a two-part post. To read Part I, click here.
In many ways, my escape from ORU in spring of 2011 turned out to be a Pyrrhic victory. Over Fall Break in 2010, I had gone on a university-led educational trip to Washington, D.C., which included a guided tour of the U.S. Capitol by noted pseudo-historian David Barton, a tour of Fox News’ D.C. bureau facilitated by Kelly Wright, and, of course, a visit to the Family Research Council. Don’t get me wrong, it was interesting. I’ll never forget standing with Barton in the middle of Statuary Hall awkwardly singing “God Bless America,” or seeing Charles Krauthammer whisk by in his wheelchair at Fox en route to pontificate for Special Report, or meeting Juan Williams a few days before he got fired from NPR. It’s just that the irony of it being called an “educational” trip didn’t dawn on me until some time later.
Buffets–take what you want and leave the rest. (Photo: public domain)
I swore to myself I would never do this, but I’ve decided to commit to a regular, bi-weekly post–at least for a trial period. I’ve been hesitant toward that approach to blogging simply because it seems those types of blogs tend to evolve–or devolve–in the long-term into self-absorbed gushes about the mundane trivialities of everyday life. Puke. The thing is, people generally don’t care how extraordinarily ordinary other people’s lives are and while they might give that kind of diaristic regurgitation a courtesy read at the beginning, inevitably they come to dread seeing links to it.
What I have noticed, though, is that I tend to have a few thoughts bouncing about my skull about various and sundry things that don’t seem worth the effort of individual posts. Ultimately, that means I talk myself out of writing anything, which creates another thing I loathe: a personal blog that isn’t maintained. Maybe (nah, probably) it’s just me, but I hate clicking on a link to someone’s site and finding that they only have five posts and the most recent one is from 2009. YOU CAN STOP ADVERTISING IT ALREADY. I promise future posts in this genre will be less self-referential and self-effacing; I just needed to introduce the whole concept, ya know? So, anyway, without further ado, the following are the ruminations I’d like to share with you…