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Godzilla comes to the Gulf Coast?

This morning, Friday the 7th of December, there were reports of a “huge shooting star-like object in the sky around 6:45 a.m.” 

SciGuy, in his blog, has a few pictures that people took of the mysterious object and their reports about what they saw.  Some are Facebook comments of people who saw it, others are comemnts on his blog.  Some people are taking it seriously, like Bamalan who said, “I was on I10 west bound somewhere between the state line and Beaumont. Saw a brilliant blue-green flash and trail of white. Appearred about 45-60 degrees above the horizon moving from NE to SW. Awesome sight to behold!” and others, not so seriously, like Cletus Ray Carson, who said, “Well I was grabbing a beer out of my fridge this morning and as I looked out the winda…there it was- a huge green fireball! I ran out my trailer and this huge round thing was hovering over New Caney out here, they flashed a bright light awn me like da powleece do, then they was gawn! It was something like right out dem movies!” 

It wouldn’t be as disturbing if there hadn’t been another news item, this one covered by CNN this morning stating that “A powerful earthquake struck off the northeast coast of Japan on Friday evening, rattling buildings in Tokyo and setting off a small tsunami.

Mix that with the fact that December 21 is quickly approaching and I think you all know what we get.  Godzilla is coming to Texas!  Run for your lives!

Kurihama Hana-no-Kuni Flower World Godzilla by Mizunoumi, CC-SA, via Wikimedia Commons
Kurihama Hana-no-Kuni Flower World Godzilla by Mizunoumi, CC-SA, via Wikimedia Commons

 

 

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Special-est Olympics

Simon bowling at the Special Olympics Tournament, December 1, 2012
Simon bowling at the Special Olympics Tournament, December 1, 2012

So…the Special Olympics Bowling Tournament came and went – and I did get a call back on the Thursday before from the woman in question from the local group.  She partially back-tracked and partially denied what she had said in the email.

She held firm to the idea that some athletes may be asked to stop bowling but clarified that this applied to those who were a danger to themselves or others, citing that in years past, there had been incidents of some athletes throwing bowling balls at each other.  Fair enough.  And she did specify that they’d still receive a participation ribbon; they’d just be removed from the actual bowling, which is not what it sounded like in the original email where it said that they would be asked to leave.

However, she also stated that students who were disruptive shouldn’t be there – that they
“weren’t ready” for the tournament and would distract the other athletes.  So while it would be okay that Simon would talk repetitively with his “tv talk” as well call it (echolalia), if he yelled, then he might be asked to stop playing.  And she said that she never wrote anything about some kids not belonging there – and I didn’t have the email in front of me to quote it back to her because she had called me while I was out at lunch.  And she never really made me feel good about her original comment about the looseness of the term “intolerable behavior.”

Still, the tournament itself went well for us.  Simon brought home the gold for his lane, and he had a good time until the end when he had to wait.  I’m sure he had some “intolerable behaviors” then, but no one talked to us about it or seemed to be paying any attention to it.

But…I managed to hear gossip while I was there.  And I have no idea of its veracity, especially since it is gossip, but it concerned me nonetheless.  I was told that the local Special Olympics rep was a great person but that she might have had a grudge against our coach due to some late paperwork and that someone (it wasn’t clear who, exactly) might have suggested that one of the older athletes who liked to hop and move around a lot was unwelcome at the tournament.  Are the rumors true?  I don’t know.  But they are disturbing, and because of that, I do hope they are false because it would be very upsetting to think that personal vendettas and intolerance of disabilities was ruining an experience for kids who would really benefit from it.

Hopefully there will be no confusion or fighting next year.  I’d hate to have to call a dozen numbers again, trying to look for fairness and equality at an event that is meant to be just that, fair and equitable.

Simon awarded the Gold Medal for his lane, Special Olympics Bowling Tournament, December 1, 2012
Simon awarded the Gold Medal for his lane, Special Olympics Bowling Tournament, December 1, 2012