Dearly Detested

Once I knew this couple; he was a charming, handsome, successful attorney and she -despite a horrid perm- was an intelligent, assertive, sexy blonde. It was the 80s. If you looked at them with no context at all, you’d think “These two make a great couple.” And they did, for a weekend, until he decided to end the “fling” and she killed his daughter’s bunny. Fatal Attraction. If Facebook had existed back then, all that unpleasantness could've been avoided. It’s a good example of a relationship that was doomed from the start.

Since today is Valentine’s Day, I can’t help but think about the deteriorating nature of most relationships. And I don't refer only to those between people, but also between people and employers. This week has been all about how badly a work relationship can end if the wrong person is selected for the job.

Although it’s the first time in 600 years that a Pope resigns, to be honest, I wasn’t completely surprised. After all, this is a Pope who helped conceal child rape. There’s no way of putting it mildly. I wonder what the College of Cardinals was thinking when they chose him to lead the Church of Christ. Upon announcing the name of Joseph Ratzinger 7 years ago, I thought I heard a collective “Really?” It was an odd match. Old age? Guilt? The Butler? I just hope this time they pair the crumbling Catholic Church with a younger, moderate, less encumbered candidate. I’d love to see Ghana's Cardinal Peter Turkson become Pope, just because I’d get a kick out of watching my grandma  hold on to her rosary as if her life depended on it, while going on about End of Days prophecies.

I was tired of scrolling through hundreds of messages from either side of the Pope issue: camp “Burn in Hell” and camp “Sanctification. Now!”, when the LAPD started shooting at Toyota trucks. I felt sorry for the networks trying to figure out what story would snag better ratings: the State of the Union or a log cabin on fire. The Dorner vs. LAPD reality show. Couldn’t the LAPD figure out when they recruited this guy that he was psycho material? Was Dorner unaware that he was applying to the police department with the worst reputation in the country? There has to be some sort of due diligence when entering any relationship. When the shit hits the fan, it's already too late.

And just when I thought the news couldn't get any weirder, “Blade Runner” Oscar Pistorius, the celebrated paralympic runner, shoots his girlfriend!

Relationships: Some are doomed from the beginning. Others devolve. Few survive.

Til' Death Do Us Part

 
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