So, apropos of nothing, one of my favorite writers, Chris Jones, has been Tweeting out photos of the expedition to Antarctica he’s on. I thought the one above was particularly beautiful, and it reminded me how awesome the movie “March of the Penguins” was.
An old newspaperman once said “all news is local,” and I don’t know if that’s true. But for those of us in New York, there’s only one major local story right now, and I’m not sure how big it is where you live, but it’s all over the news here.
On a quiet Sunday morning two days ago, a MetroNorth train was going way too fast through a section of the Bronx in New York City and derailed, killing four people and critically injuring dozens more.
Monday we learned that the train was moving at a speed of 82 miles per hour, when the curved part of the tracks it was going around at the time of the accident had a speed limit of 30 miles per hour. We don’t know yet if it was a mechanical error, or if the engineer was driving too fast, or if he was drunk, or what.
Monday I was trying to imagine what those final moments were like for the people on the train, which I always considered the safest form of travel. Especially for those of us in big cities, train and subway travel is an everyday fact of life, not at all something to worry about.
But Sunday morning, those passengers were all riding somewhere and not thinking one second about it possibly being the last moments of their life. Maybe they were on their way home from Thanksgiving weekend celebrations, or on their way to work, or to see a friend. They had plenty of life still in front of them.
Just an awful, awful tragedy. When it hits this close to home, it scares you a little more, doesn’t it?
**It’s wonderful to say this, but it’s starting to become more routine when top athletes in the prime of their careers announce that they’re gay.
Monday, the top British Olympic diver Tom Daley put together this kinda beautiful YouTube video announcing that he’s come out of the closet.
“I met someone, and he’s a guy.” Simple words from Daley. He’s happy, he’s in love, and wanted to tell the world about it, just like all of us do when we fall in love.
Take a few minutes and watch; I really think it’s a beautiful way to tell the world your feelings.
**And finally, kind of a cool video that I saw on the great site upworthy.com, about just where our food comes from. Not literally, but how many people touch everything we eat, and how little they get paid for what they do.