This was originally a very shitty blog about the intersection of sports, politics and El Paso. I tried to remove the sports and politics which was 75% of it. Hopefully it’s less shitty now.
People getting shot based on the color of their skin. In 2019. In the United States of America. It’s heartbreaking.
I’m a heartbroken white man in El Paso, Tx. I’ve lived here happily for four years. Why? One reason is because it’s the sunniest place in the USA that has an average July high temperature that’s only double-digits.
Another reason is despite reports that the middle class is getting squeezed, the middle class is alive, well and arguably thriving in El Paso and throughout Texas.
I have no idea how to fix what’s happening and feel absolutely powerless. It sucks.
So what am I going to do? I’m going to try to remember how I felt Saturday evening when I went out foraging for some grub.
The grocery store was closed because of the shootings and the fast food establishments were open, but only for drive-in service. The lines were as long as the lines for donating blood earlier in the day.
Normally, that would’ve precipitated a lot of “What is this fucking bullshit!?” grumbling on my part, but not Saturday night.
I found an empty pizza place that was open but I was behind ~30 minutes of smarter El Pasoans who’d ordered ahead online. The staff was outstandingly gracious and for a change, so was I.
I sat there patiently for the half hour trying not to cry. It’s the best I’ve behaved in a long time.
I’m going to try to behave like that all the time.