I only just read the story -- Delavan! That's where I did my student teaching, I know a lot of people there.
The comunity has been outstanding, charity-wise. Everywhere you go there are Help-Boxes and what not to add to the funds begun at the local banks. The area restaurants donated a pretty decent buffet for after the services today. A Chicago Brokerage firm made a 5 figure donation that should go a long way towards burial and hospital expenses. The who's who of the town's government paid their respects in person as well. At the rate the charities are going, the amazing baby Jasmine shouldn't have to worry about college tuition. She's been released from the hospital and is in good shape.
The Press deserves an ass-kicking... and I very nearly got an opportunity to deliver one today. Two of the bastards tried to sneak into the viewing, but Steve fingered them as being among the A-holes that have been hanging around his house (WTMJ); and asked me to remove them. They complied without resistance. A-holes.
I did get a chance to reminisce with old friends that are not so near but very dear to me and that was nice and interesting. It's time to catch up on sleep. Turned out, my Aunt returned to Florida Thursday, with my cousin and her kids in tow. I rarely get to see them, so needless to say a few hours were spent there as well. So, It wound up being 40+ hour day, finishing with a 24 hour drive, and the 3 hours sleep I earned by driving straight through were plenty to get me through the day; but I'm taking tonight off.
Thanks for all the kind words you guys.