This might be the craziest thing to ever have happened to me. On December 8th, I was woken up at 5 am by my landlord (my mother’s beau, Craig), telling me to come to the door because the police needed to speak with us. Yikes! They told us that our neighbor had killed someone at a Walmart across town (he shot and then ran over a UPS driver with his car) and was now on the loose in our neighborhood. SWAT was called in and helicopters were circling overhead. We had the option to either stay locked down or go to a hotel. We chose to stay and it was a crazy few hours. It was totally surreal to see live news reports coming from your front lawn. For most of the day, I couldn’t go to work and everyone was contacting me from inside my prison. Eventually, after about 8 hours, my neighbor peacefully turned himself in. I guess, he believed that he had shot Donald Trump in that Walmart parking lot. Now what’s the chance that Donald Trump would even be at a Walmart? 0%. And at one in Ithaca? -100%. It’s a really sad story but it was certainly an exciting change of pace for our household. I was even interviewed by a local paper so I unfortunately experienced my 15 minutes of fame in the worst possible way.
Winning the potholder passing game at the Parasitology holiday party. I never win anything and the competition was cutthroat.
Singing karaoke with my work crew (and former intern Elyse) at the K-House. I sing like a songbird…a dying one but it’s still a songbird.
Enjoying two delicious meals at my boss’s house. He and his wife are from Southern India and they make the most tasty food…spicy curries and chutneys galore! I really enjoy spending time with them and learning about their culture and customs.
The next time you hear from me it will be 2017! I will be excited to leave 2016 in the dust. The Grim Reaper had a hay day this year. I lost a lot of friends and heroes…I think we all did. (As I wrote this, George Michael died of heart failure. RIP.) And the election was an absolute soul stealer. I will keep my chin up and I hope you do the same. Moving ahead, we can’t let ourselves be divided. We need compassion and community more than ever.