Saturday, October 8, 2011

Don't Go There

I am amazed, simply amazed, at the self-centeredness of so many people. The cluelessness. The oblivion. The doe in the headlights idiocy. Seriously, what is wrong with you people when someone influential and famous dies? Do you have NO concept of basic mourning protocol? Apparently not. Let me go through some basics.

First of all, I'm obviously talking about the hoopla surrounding the death of the beloved Steve Jobs. While I personally do not quite understand the whole shrine building practice, it has become quite popular. I guess because people really want to feel like they've made some sort of a connection or an expression of themselves or something. I'm not sure what and I don't get it. But I do know this. You people that are going to Steve Jobs' house are out of line.

Are the people who are pilgrimaging to his home aware of the fact that his family including his three children (who seem to be 20, 16 and 13) still live in that home? Do these moronic pilgrims think that somehow their standing outside of the home in which he likely died is going to be of some comfort to the family? Why are they there? I cannot think of anything more inappropriate. Let's take a quick gander at the statement that the family made. Hmmm...oh, there's this part: "We know many of you will mourn with us, and we ask that you respect our privacy during our time of grief." Respecting their privacy does not mean drawing apples in chalk (or worse, leaving real apples) on the sidewalk in front of their house!

His kids just lost their father, for cryin' out loud. They don't give a crap how much you love your iPod. Maybe one day they will (give a crap). But right now, their dad just died.
Let me just tell you that my dad wasn't some great, big famous guy to anyone but me. And when he died, it was all I could do to deal with the delivery people who brought by flowers that people had sent. I cannot imagine what it would have been like if there were a bunch of jackass strangers standing in my front yard during that time. (While I cannot imagine, I can speculate and let me tell you that it would not have gone down well.) Get the hell out of his yard. Now.

Some people seem to think that the building of a shrine outside the home where family members of the deceased are still residing is an appropriate show of grief and sympathy. Those people are known as insensitive idiots. Please do not encourage that sort of behavior should you encounter it in the wild. Really, the only appropriate reaction would be to run those people over.

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