C.C. Bridgewater – In Memoriam

ccbridgewaterJudge C. C. Bridgewater died July 20, 2014.

We will miss him.

He was a philosopher, a statesman, a husband, a father, a grandfather, a family man. He was my friend. We will miss his kindness, his opinions, his thoughtful observations on life.

We will miss his love of people, his grin, his love of life.

We will miss him.

Current Reading

Assholes: A Theory (2012)

By Aaron James

Page 5:

[t]he asshole:

(1)    allows himself to enjoy special advantages and does so systematically;

(2)    does this out of an entrenched sense of entitlement; and

(3)    is immunized by his sense of entitlement against the complaints of other people.

So there.

Lost: The TV Series – The Constant (S 4, E 5)

Lost: The TV Series

Season 4, Episode 5: “The Constant”

In 1991 Julie and I began dating, and our courtship involved a weekly commitment to the X-Files. X-Files reached its zenith in season three with “Clyde Bruckman’s Final Repose,” broadcast on October 13, 1995. There was–and still is–something magical and brilliant about Final Repose.

The killer asks why it is that he does what he does. And Clyde Bruckman says, “You do the things you do because you’re a homicidal maniac.”

Julie and I began watching Lost  about a month ago on Netflix, commercial free. I guess we’re a little late on the Lost bandwagon, since the series ended in 2010. It has been a fun ride so far.

Season 4, Episode 5: “The Constant”. For those of you who gave up halfway through season two, Lost is a bandwagon well worth rejoining. For those of you who road the bandwagon all the way to its final destination, I hope you remember and appreciate this episode as much as we did.

The Absolute at Large, by Karel Čapek, 176 pages (1922)

This is a satire by Czech writer Karel Čapek. An invention creates unlimited resources, except food, and a byproduct of religious devotion to it by all within its grasp. After most of the world is destroyed because of religious fervor arising out of each community’s belief in the righteousness of its own absolute as opposed to competing absolutes, well, you’ll have to read the rest of this to find out.

The Third Reich at War, by Richard J. Evans, 926 pages (2008)

This is the final book in the trilogy of book by Richard J. Evans about the Third Reich. The human hatred. The destructiveness. The suffering and needless deaths. The senseless war. The downfall of Hitler and his sick cohorts. Inglorious Basterds is the way it should have ended, but the reality for the Third Reich was less dramatic, more sobering. And painful beyond measure for the people whose lives and families were destroyed. Highly recommended read.

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