Dec 232008

The city of Brighton, Michigan has passed an ordinance making it illegal to annoy another person.  Now they’re denying that’s what the ordinance says.  Here is an excerpt from a PDF found at the city’s web site last week:

“It shall be unlawful for a person to engage in a course of conduct or repeatedly commit acts that alarm or seriously annoy another person and that serve no legitimate purpose.”

Well, certainly malcontents standing around waiting to be offended have to be delighted by this news.  Ditto rules fetishists everywhere; no longer must you stop at homeowners’ associations!  Your city has arrived.  (Y’all better pack up and move there before they defang your law.)  And how could you not be fully engorged thinking of all the people you could sue?

 Posted by at 6:51 pm
Dec 222008

I went whitewater rafting 10 or 12 times in my younger years.  The first and only time I ever fell out was on the first trip I decided I was “experienced.”

I believe I received a similar emotional correction this year.  I guess everyone gets too close to someone sometime.  But I think I had some sort of fundamental filter failure in 2008, because it happened to me a bunch.  Multiple judicious applications of an “arm’s length” philosophy would have saved me substantial anger and disappointment.

Perhaps time will provide clarity as to how reasonable or illogical my expectations were.

For now I’m grateful, to both God and my inner circle, for the ability to see myself as the constant in these failures.  Increased self-awareness is a good thing, even if what I’m increasingly self-aware of is that I need to be more self-aware.

 Posted by at 11:03 pm