Zane is feeling a lot better today. Yesterday, in the late afternoon, he came downstairs and sat in the sun, then wolfed down his dinner. By the time we were about to have our dinner, he was back to his old self, begging for scraps. We’re going to take him to the local vet today, because we already had an appointment scheduled. I think he’s on the mend, though. For now, at least.
A couple of days ago, I read an amusing story out of Bedford County in Virginia. Well… maybe it’s not so amusing, considering two people were seriously injured. I mean, we laugh about it because it’s ridiculous, but it’s not so funny if you’re the one in the emergency room.
Anyway, last week Mark Edward Turner of Bedford County was enjoying some libations during a family dinner with his girlfriend and her grown son. Apparently, Turner and his girlfriend’s son got into an argument over which car is better, Chevy or Ford. The argument became so heated that Mr. Turner produced a knife and a handgun. He shot his girlfriend five times and her son once. Both mother and son were seriously injured and Mr. Turner was arrested. Evidently, at the time of his arrest, Turner was “heavily intoxicated.” Gee… ya think?
One of my college friends says Mr. Turner and his girlfriend are the neighbors of one of her other friends. She says her friend has many colorful stories about these folks who argue over the merits of American car manufacturers to the point of shooting and stabbing. I can just hear the argument in my head. Maybe something along the lines of this…
In fact, perhaps Mr. Turner was enjoying Miller Lite before the fight broke out.
I have family from Bedford County. It’s not too far from Rockbridge County, which is where my dad’s people come from (guess that makes them my people, too). It’s a fairly rural place, with lots of salt of the earth type folks who drive American, vote Republican, and drink bad beer. I’m not so surprised to read about this incident, nor am I surprised by the picture of the guy who allegedly did the deed of shooting his girlfriend and her son over Ford vs. Chevy. Maybe I’m a little sad that this is funny… I mean, it IS kind of funny because it’s total nonsense that some one would seriously injure two people over an argument involving American cars. But it’s also not funny because this man apparently has some major problems with anger and alcohol and he nearly killed two people while expressing himself.
In any case, I hope Turner’s victims heal quickly and completely, just as Zane apparently has. He’s currently lying behind me, looking kind of whimsical and amused. It’s hard to believe a couple of days ago, I was afraid he might be a goner. I also hope Turner’s girlfriend dumps him and finds someone less temperamental and less bearded.