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August 03, 2007

Sixty children on the bus. Sixty children alive.

James Lileks writes about the Minneapolis bridge collapse.

10:21 PM I’m listening to a story on the news about a man who survived the fall – then ran to help the kids on the bus. I’d guess the fellow never considered what he might do in such a situation. Never thought about it much. Who would? But then you find yourself on a bridge that’s crashed down into the Mississippi, and you’re struggling with the seat belt buckle. It works , but your hands feel thick. You’re alive – which doesn’t seem that odd, really, you’ve always been alive, so this is just different, but you have strange thoughts about insurance and a mad swirl of panic and there’s blood in your hair but you can stand – and then you see a school bus. So you go to the bus. Of course you go the bus.

Posted by Ghost of a flea at August 3, 2007 08:23 AM


You know, I heard about that guy on cbc yesterday and I thought "I should write that guy a letter". People like him deserve praise and heroic awards that are often given to dougheads that simply get off their asses once a year and ride around on a charity big bike. That guy is a real true hero.

I am sick to death of being angry every few days when I read about worthless scumbags who are arrested after doing horrible things to kidsfor years. These "people" should be ground up into dogfood but instead will serve a couple of years in the pen then released.

This was nice to hear about.

Posted by: Gorthos [TypeKey Profile Page] at August 3, 2007 09:23 AM

Major dittos. I especially like the dogfood plan.

This piece also reminded me what a good guy Lileks is to assume the best in people. I hope he is most often right.

Posted by: Ghost of a flea [TypeKey Profile Page] at August 3, 2007 04:08 PM

Lileks is a good guy. We've emailed a few times and he is intelligent, approachable and funny. In fact I emailed him last week because I found a Crisco Cookbook in a box of things that detailed how at least a tablespoon of the god-given white paste should be added to all recipes from soups to dessert.. yum

I think I will look the guy up. People who do such great things need praise and people need to know he received it and where to send it.

Posted by: Gorthos [TypeKey Profile Page] at August 3, 2007 07:39 PM