Thin. Lizzy. Different.
They still let me work at the Mercury.
After having gone back a few times I'm officially into this place. It's never fair to pass judgment on a single experience.
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Hey there anon,
I am the head of distribution here at the Mercury. If you wouldn't mind can you send me an email and give me any and all details from this exchange? That is unless these are all the details. My email address is jwilliams at portlandmercury.com
I want to know who they are.
This last week I had to do a lot of work as a motorist to insure people weren't walking out in front of my moving vehicle. I am mobile in a van for my job and the number of texting cyclists and mouth breathing smart phone drool fests I see on a daily basis is staggering. I always assumed it was a Portland thing because something in the Kool Aid dissolves your sense of self preservation. Walking in middle of busy streets expecting cars to stop, cyclists running stop signs, motorists texting while driving, and of course the not looking up from your phone while walking downtown and walking into traffic. It hurts. I don't know what's next for the digital culture but I'm excited to see the analog revolt.
I has a confused. If our mayor can't fire a police officer, who can?
Adam Richman (sp?) of Man vs. Food fame named them the best sandwich in the Pac NW either last night or the night before.
I was actually going to write the guy back after getting my 999,999th email from him. He really seems to think the Mercury likes knobs. Especially knobs with dead people on them. If he did a Stalin knob or a Vlad the Impaler knob? TIGHT. SUPER TIGHT!
I just had a long talk with a therapist friend about morally justifying having compassion for criminals, specifically pedophiles. The idea of having compassion for a damaged human but having no compassion for what they do is hard to grab a hold of. It's learned behavior. He was a child once too. Someone took that innocence from him in a horrific manner. It's awful, sad, and infuriating.
There is a line in the sand that he crossed. Regardless of what circumstance led to the moment he justified this act, he crossed the line and is no longer allowed the privilege of society.
I have compassion for the man even though he doesn't deserve it. It goes without saying that I have much more compassion for the child he harmed. No one deserves that regardless of the why, the lack of funding, the loopholes, the flukes.
Having a keen understanding of cause and effect that leads a man down that path makes it hard to not feel sorry for the man. I wonder what he was like as an innocent child...
No one is making you do anything. You are choosing to compare yourself to that person.
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