I'd Rather Be Rafting

He's alive!

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Yes it's true. I know I've been away from blogging for a while, but with the cold weather season nearly upon us, I'm back in action. Work and family and whitewater have been consuming most of my free time in addition to a couple of new projects I've been working on so I haven't had much time to blog. But recent events compel me to return to blogging: Foley, North Korea, Columbine-style shootings, Russian Journalist assassinations.....

I know many of you have spoken on these topics far more articulately than I intend to here; however, I just gotta add my own take.

What is wrong with this world we live in?

Is it television and video games that are spurring this violence? Is it the moral depravity of our elected leaders whom none of us really trust or believe in? Is it the lack of control parents have in raising their offspring? Is it the lack of authority of teachers in the schools? Is it easy access to info and pornography and news of all kinds on the internet that have lead to a proliferation of moral depravity akin to the nuclear proliferation that will soon follow if the international community can not contain North Korea?

I don't have any answers, but I sure have many questions. And opinions. And fortunately, the escape into the wild that is Whitewater Rafting in West Virginia every September and October. Next week I'm on vacation for the first time since January and my trip to Alaska. I'll be spending it with my friends on the river. And just for the hell of it, I'll pick up a copy of Walden by Henry David Theroux. I think there might be some appropriate commentary and advice thare that is applicable to what our country and world faces.

I think it's time we all need a gut check and a reexamination of the values that we hold dear. As for me, I'd rather be rafting. Check out this picture and the smile on my face. Life doesn't get any purer than this.

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Thanks for reading.

7 comments:

CyberCelt said...

Welcome back! Missed your adventures.

I wish I had the answers to your questions. I think overpopulation and the urbanization of our countryside has a lot to do it.

There are as many good people as bad, we just do not hear about the good ones. Look for them, they are there.

Put a bid in on renting your blog.

October 10, 2006 7:24 PM
michele said...

Hey Matt saw you in botb,i was
surprised. A lot of things have
changed.I no longer blog,just
sell records now.But i do still
vote in the battles and surf on
blogmad.

I want to keep my blog visable.

Mr. Fab has blown up big time,
he's having technical problems
today.

Glad you're back in the saddle again.

October 10, 2006 8:09 PM
Tracy said...

Nice to see you back in action!!!!

October 10, 2006 8:32 PM
Evolution of gina said...

I just wanted to leave a note to tell you that, though I did not accept your bid for my blog, please consider bidding in the future because recent repeat bidders usually get dibs!

October 11, 2006 1:13 AM
Tricia said...

He's Back! Took ya long enough. :) I hope you had a great time with all of your whitewater adventures. You'll have to tell us about it.

Yep the world is crazy but I'm not sure that it's any crazier than it was a few months ago.

Good to see you back.

October 11, 2006 11:44 PM
dolphinfan said...

Good to see you back!

October 12, 2006 12:21 AM
SunKingpoet said...

Welcome back, bruh. You've been missed.

October 16, 2006 11:56 AM

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