I'm a Victoria native, and I've lived in the county for the majority of my 47 years. I enjoy it for the most part, so I think I'll stick around. I pretty much keep to myself, my girlfriend, and her kids. Unfortunately, we've seen a lot of ugliness, and it's taken its toll on us. Like Louie Armstrong once said, it's a Wonderful World, but some people are not so.
I work at one of the local chemical plants, enjoy quiet times with my girlfriend and her kids, going to flea markets, outdoor festivals, and also buying old items and trinkets at garage sales and putting them up for sale on eBay.
My girlfriend is practically a saint, and I'd protect her and the kids with my life. We know the Lord, and thank him often for the good He has done. There are those that deny His existence, and all we can do is offer our reason for believing, and move on. Nowadays, most people simply do not have the patience or will to listen.
I debate issues less than I have in the past. Reason being, I'm more selective about what I debate and support now. I find that people tend to argue just about anything in these VA pages.
I see a need for more heroes, role models, and Good Samaritans. I think it should be a requirement for grade school students to watch the movie Pay It Forward, and again for graduating seniors. We should be more compassionate, not selfish; more giving, not materialistic; more respectful, not rude.
In the Advocate online forums I see an awful lot of comments that sound like they're coming from people inside beer joints. But I realize I shouldn't blame it all on alcohol, as some people are just plain silly, even when sober. These comments mostly come from regulars in the forums, and I can name a few of them right here, but they know who they are. They're prone to attacking people, insulting, and slamming, without provocation. It doesn't anger me, but I do pity them, for if that's how they react to mere discussion, then I feel very sorry for them, and I hope they don't pass it on to their children.