Monday, May 21, 2007

Tragedy Hits Close to Home

I had a very surreal weekend. As some of you know, I went up to the University of Idaho for a reunion with a bunch of my fraternity brothers. U of I is located in Moscow, and you may have heard the news that a gunman killed four people there over the weekend. My friends and I were about two blocks away from where this happened, and about a block away from where the guy was drinking before he did what he did. It was very unsettling receiving a phone call from Mrs. Shife telling me that there was a sniper running loose in Moscow. The guy shot over 120 bullets, and I really don’t think any of us were in any immediate danger but it is disturbing knowing how close we were to this unimaginable tragedy. I am not sure if I have properly processed all my emotions but right now the world seems a little crueler. It is events like this that make you realize that nobody is guaranteed a tomorrow and that you should treat every day as a gift.

16 comments:

The Duck said...

Well holy cow Shife. I didn't even hear about that way over here among the hokies, but that's crazy. Glad you made it out okay, even if Batman Begins is your favorite Batman movie. You're forgiven for that since you were almost killed by a stray bullet. That wins you one pass in my book.

So does this mean we don't get any hilarious stories about various parts of the male anatomy being drawn on sleeping drunkards? Because I would be sad if this was the case. We need to life live one day at a time, and if drawing dicks on people's faces is a part of that, so be it.

Mr. Shife said...

Oh I have some stories but I think I will save those for Friday. But sadly there was no visit from the dick-faced fairy.

The Egg said...

Wow-I'm glad that you are okay! I'd be shaken too. Thanks for that reminder. Looking forward to the funny stories!

angel, jr. said...

Holy crap. I'm so glad that you are okay.
I don't think that the world is crueler, I just think that there are some people who don't know how to deal with their emotions in a changing world.
I'm so sad for those who became victims of this tragedy, but is it selfish to say a prayer of thanks that you are alright?

The Duck said...

life live. nice job duck. sheesh...

cher said...

you've got to be kidding me.
i mean about this comment above me, not that you were almost killed.

you should know, that me and my team of super heros would avenge your death at no cost. take no mercy.

i can't imagine what mrs.shife felt hearing this news. you guys deserve a nice long walk on a beach together just appreciating life and for the love of all things holy, please wear a bullet proof vest.

ps, i really hope that if something horrible did ever happen to you, mrs shife would at least let us, your loyal fans know. we would definately need closure.

Mr. Shife said...

No Cher is not crazy or mean. The comment she is referring to has been removed by me because it was not really relevant to my blog.

Nutz said...

There's violence in Idaho? Wow. I'm so glad you and your buddies were okay. People are nuts I tell you. Crazy world now.

the rube said...

humans are a violent species. sorry to hear you were so close to extra violent human.

where's walter sobchak when you need him?

Mr. Shife said...

Rube that is eerie that you mentioned Walter Sobchak because I was wearing my Lebowski Fest t-shirt that says "Do you see what happens, Larry."

Jon said...

Unbelievable. Mr Shife, I'm glad you're okay.

KnitTech said...

Glad you're okay. It is a big scary world out there.

About fifteen years ago, they caught a serial rapist, the news crews was out in force. They showed the cops running around with guns and all. You could see our house in the footage. Not as heart pounding as your experience, but just as frightening.

T. Leach said...

You're still alive, I see. Stop yer bitching.

Seriously, it's nice to see you.

Edmund Dantes said...

I'm very, very happy to hear you are OK. It seemed so far away, but to read about your experience, it brought it a whole lot closer to home.

So glad to have you back & looking forward to hearing some frat party stories :)

Design Goddess said...

As everyone else has said, glad to hear you're ok! I'm not sure what's going on in the world these days where people feel they have to use guns to "solve" their problems or what have you. It's coming up on one year that one of my friends was killed by a stray bullet while delivering the mail. All b/c 20 yr old punks felt they had a right to claim parts of the town as theirs. And now, all of a sudden, they're "innocent." Go fig!

Ok, so that was a pretty long comment just to say that I'm glad you're ok and the world is crazy these days.

pandave said...

yeah, wow, mr shife. missing disaster by a hair's breadth is rather traumatic. sorry you had to go through it. i hope you were able to find an alcoholic beverage to help you deal.