Sunday, December 17, 2006

Social Responsibility

When I was in CA last weekend, Aimee and I witnessed a horrendous car accident. We were stopped at a red light when a car traveling at a high rate of speed went around us and the car next to us, went into the left turn lane, and entered the intersection going straight ahead on the red light. He hit a young man approximately 20 years old broadside causing the kid's car to do a 360 before sliding into a fence. The kid was knocked unconscious and had to be cut from his car.
What is amazing to me is that Aimee and I were the ONLY car that remained at the scene of the accident and gave statements to the police. No one else who witnessed the accident seemed to care enough to stick around. I know that being a witness to an accident can be a hassle, but what if it were me or one of my loved ones in that car? Wouldn't I want someone to take the time to make sure I was okay? Someone to stand up and tell the truth about what had happened? The driver of the other car was trying to spin the story to make it look like the kid was in the wrong. Hopefully because we stayed around to tell the police what we witnessed, we will have saved the kid, who did nothing wrong, from further injury.

Friday, December 01, 2006

Historic Faribault

Last Sunday we went to Faribault to watch the Vikings games with Erik. After the game, Erik, Aimee and I wandered the grounds of the old school where Erik's apartment is located. We think the main building of the school was built around 1874 and I'm sure the beautiful chapel was built about the same time. The building where Erik lives was built in 1962 and is very typical of buildings built during that era. There is also gorgeous separate home which we assume was built for the headmaster, but not sure. We discovered a rabbit cage next to the home. There was also a small building which, of course, Aimee and Erik had to open and found that it contained hay. I found a smaller door entering this builing and determined that this was an old chicken coop. We also figured out that cows and possibly horses had been maintained there, which would make sense for a school built in the late 1800s. They probably would have raised much of their own food. I have done a bit of research to find out who built this school, but so far haven't found anything. It was owned by Shattuck-St. Mary's in the past but was sold. It was Covenant Academy of Minnesota for many years, but they ceased to exist 2 years ago. It was also used as a school for troubled teens at one point (hence all the cameras located around the campus) but was closed when the headmaster was discovered to be a pediophile.