This has been one heck of a week for both potential winners and possible Bungles. Folks were vying hard for their argument on both ends. Starting with Mark Ciavarella. He's the juvenile court judge in Pennsylvania who was recently convicted for a "kids for cash" scam. He had sentenced hundreds of kids to private juvenile detention centers so he could get paid on the back end from those centers. One mom justifiably told him to "rot in hell" as he was leaving the courtroom because his sentencing of her son sent his life spiralling until he eventually committed suicide. It's a pretty safe bet that hell definitely has a seat reserved for Ciavarella. But that wasn't good enough to get him the post.
Then there was 34-year-old Tiffany Nealous of Michigan. She was involved in a auto accident that resulted in her undriveable vehicle being towed an auto repair shop. When she went there to pick it up and found out that the tow bill was $200 she went OFF! She violently trashed the place in protest. In front of her boyfriend who was pleading for her to stop. In front of her elementary-age son who was bawling watching his mom act a fool. Now she faces fines and responsible for damages that are several times the amount of the tow bill. Nevermind that though...the fact that she did that with her son watching was enough to qualify her. However, not good enough for me to give her the nod.
I wanted to go the positive route instead so the story of the Domino's Pizza delivery driver who saved a woman's life caught my eye. Delivery driver Susan Guy noticed that one of her loyal customers, Jean Wilson, hadn't ordered a pizza in three days, so she started to worry. Wilson, an elderly woman living alone, had ordered a large pepperoni pizza everyday for the past three years. Susan went to her home to check on her. Sure enough...she was injured from a fall and couldn't get to the phone to call form help. If it wasn't for Susan, who knows how long Wilson would have been there?
Although it was a valiant effort on Susan's part, she didn't get it either. However, there were a couple of noticeable things about this story. There's a lot to be said about a woman that's been ordering a LARGE pizza EVERY single day for THREE years. I know I'm not the only one thinking that it's no wonder she couldn't get up. And one reason I couldn't give Susan the title is because she may have saved Wilson's life, but by delivering that to her EVERY single day for THREE years, she also contributed to how she got that way.
Anyway...the person who gets the shout out this week's winner is no other than my own son: G! Has he gotten it before? Probably so, but that doesn't matter. If Allen Iverson can be a repeat recipient then of course G can be. Plus it's for scholastic achievement which makes it even more appropriate that he get it again.
I was at work stressing over yet another busy day when I got a random e-mail from G's teacher. Now the good thing about e-mails from his teacher is it's never anything bad. G knows how to behave in school so we never have to worry about negative communication from the school. But I was thinking it would just be something about an upcoming assignment, field trip or something like that that his teacher wanted to make sure got put on the radar.
Instead, the email was to inform me that G won his classroom tryouts for the school Spelling Bee. She also made it a point to say that the tryouts were strictly voluntary. That's the part that really got me. G is known to be a little shy when it comes to his schoolwork. He does good in school but is definitely not the kind to stand out. He just wants to do his work, do good and not make waves. So for him to volunteer for that AND win was great news.
I casually informed G tht it meant he was a chip off the old block. I was about his age when I started excelling at spelling and decided to compete in the school Spelling Bee. Ours wasn't as formal as classroom tryouts though. It was just a competition open to the entire school. Don't get me wrong...it's not like I ever won it. I could never get past my best friend Michael Peterson or our mutual friend Michelle Grandstaff. But I was able to place 3rd once. Not too shabby for that to be out of the entire school.
It's rather ironic that I should be getting the news this week when I had just chosen "Akeelah and the Bee" as this week's Vault Pick. Now G finds himself in a similar position where he'll be competing against the entire school. If he does well enough it would be just a matter of time before it's on to Regionals then Washington DC! At least I think that's the progression for the Spelling Bee rounds. Then the next thing you know it's "G and the Bee"! Way to go, Son!