June 16th, 2003

buzzed, B&W

Stupid truck drivers

So, on the way home today, I saw this semi that had tried to go under an overpass, and it had torn up the top of it's trailer since it was too tall to get through. The passage was marked at 11'6", and looking at the semi while I passed it, it was taller than a standard semi . . . looked like it was 14' or so. It was a female truck driver too . . . begin the sexist jokes now . . .
buzzed, B&W

Morals and Ethics and Machiavelli

So, some of you probably know that I'm very acting within Destination Imagination (DI) a non-profit group that is similar to Odyssey of the Mind. DI is a creative problem solving program. I'm involved with the program both locally, but also at the DI, Inc level, assisting with many things. Most recently, it has come to light, that the recent election for the Board was flawed. The Board apparently decided not to count the votes from MO. Now, I probably could have let this slide, but it seems that some of the Board members knew the election results before this decision was made. And all the paper ballots were opened in house in the office, rather than through a third party. Just way too many things that make this election tainted.

I keep thinking I should do the right thing, that I should just walk away from the program, but I grew up in this program, and I honestly believe that my involvement in the program has helped me become the man I am today. When I volunteer for this organization, I do it knowing that I'm helping kids, hopefully encouraging them to grow, to realize that rules are meant to be broken, and limits are meant to be pushed. In fact, even as I write this now, my eyes are tearing up slightly, as I consider how much this program means to me.

The Machiavellian part of me says I should stick it out, even though the organization is morally flawed, that at the local level, the impact I have upon the future is huge. The part that really gets me though is this organization was formed four years ago, and one of the main reasons it split off from Odyssey of the Mind was because of how unresponsive and entrenched the leadership was. This seems to still be the case. The organization was founded upon the idea of a phoenix rising from the ashes, that Odyssey had become so stagnant and the leadership so entrenched, that a new program be formed. Hence DI was formed by the members, and it was supposed to be for the members . . . I am sorely disappointed that this hasn't proven true.
buzzed, B&W

I've got diarhea of the mouth tonight . . .

So, I'm babbling tonight, mainly since I've had a lot of thoughts, and I want to write.

I met this girl today at one of the sites I volunteer at. She's half-Korean, and has had an interesting life apparently. She's grown up military, and is Air Force ROTC, and apparently was in NY recently as part of a reality show. Of course she's signed the standard confidentiality agreements, so I guess she wasn't even supposed to say where she disappeared to while she was there, and she won't say what she did or what the show was like while she was there. She interests me because she's had this experience (not to mention she is rather attractive), and also seems like she's intelligent. We had a few conversations today. I was a little surprised as to how she got on the show. (Apparently someone approached her at a dance club.) We also discussed a bit about ethnicity and backgrounds. (I had her do the quiz at www.alllooksame.com, and she mentioned how growing up she hated the fact that she was Korean, and not the standard white kid.)

Which brings up a question in my mind. Why do many minorities identify themselves as "Something-Americans?" i.e. African American, Asian American, etc. Why isn't it American-Korean? Like personally, I feel more American than Korean, and while I recognize and value my background, I also realize that my growing up in America has probably had more influence upon me than my ethnicity. So many other issues I could bring up but I don't think anyone wants to read them . . .