This weekend we did our first 'mentoring' at church of our sex offender. Basically, the duty consisted (and consists of) escorting the offender into and out of the building, sitting with him during the service, and generally making he stays where we can see him and ensuring he doesn't go to where the kids are. It went, as things like this go, well. He's a bit of a yakker-admitted to 'being stupid'. Fondling three girls? His statement might make 'Understatement of the Year' for 2010. One thing I've learned in my time on this earth is that everyone has a story. You. Me. Everybody.
He seems willing to play by whatever rules we put out for him. The church has a child protection policy, which no one bothered to contact him and inform him of. The leader of Children's Ministries is supposed to do this. She is a very nice person who frankly couldn't draw up a plan to make a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. We can't drop the ball when dealing with someone like this. Parents there are a bit skittish right now as it is. Can't say as I blame them.
Most of you that come here aren't into organized religion. You're better off. On a personal level, we're chucking or scaling back a lot of activities there this year. It's too much of a drain on time.
I have a headache tonight in the megaton range. Today at work, the fab crew was painting a beam out back. No one bothered to vent the fumes, which permeated the whole plant and the office. Nice job, guys. I don't get the 'high' from paint fumes-just the pounding in the skull. I didn't even get the pleasure of drinking myself to this condition.
Oh, and we're in the beginnings of a snowstorm here. There's supposed to be, according to the forecast this morning, anywhere from 1 to 7 inches of snow. Talk about covering your ass either way. Thanks mightily, Kreskin. The weather people don't want to say 'Looks like about an inch on the way', then 10 inches falls. Far better to predict a Snowpocalypse and get flurries because they'll always come back with 'Whew! Dodged a bullet on that one!'
I'm in the wrong line of work.
Ah, well. Pitchers and catchers report for spring training in a couple of weeks. The new owners of the Cubs have a stated vow to make the Cubs 'a world-class organization'. We'll see.
Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey is 'a world-class organization'. It's still a circus, though. I don't think I'll be getting in line for my playoff tickets. And don't get me started on the Bears.
Moving crabbily along...