Coffee, The Naked Truth

Is it Friday already? And I haven’t ranted once. I can take care of that and I will but first, there’s finally a verdict in the Erick Williamson naked coffee case. I’ve been waiting and waiting for this. (I also realized I’ve been spelling his name wrong.)  He was acquitted on Wednesdayof his indecent exposure charge. It took the jury, one member of which said she had to keep from laughing during some of the testimony, less than 20 minutes to deliberate and declare him not guilty because a charge like that requires proof of intent and the prosecutor didn’t do so. His accuser, Yvette Dean testified that she made eye contact with Williamson while he was in his doorway, (which, if I recall from the original article was early no an October morning when it was still dark out and she was walking her young son to the school bus stop–so how could eye contact be possible?)  gave him the finger and threw her coat over her son so he would not see the naked man and she has since refused to talk to the press.  Williamson will try to have the case expunged so he can have a clean record and now he’ll have to deal with the issues of unemployment and child custody the charge created. So, the sanctity of the home has been preserved. I just wish he hadn’t said that now he’ll be more careful around the house.  I don’t see that he did anything wrong. If you ask me, it’s busybody peeping Toms like this woman who that feel they have to right the “wrongs” in the world that should be on trial. She was the one invading this man’s privacy, continuing to watch the interior of his home rather than looking away and not making an issue of it. And rather than get all “flustered” and throwing her coat over her kid’s head to shield his eyes from such a spectacle, direct his attention to something else. And anyway, doesn’t this little kid have a father he might have glimped at least once in the nude? Stop trying to dictate how other people should live.  And one last note,  were guns really necessary?  A bit extreme, don’t you think? Why couldn’t the cops, since they had to get involved, just go to the door and suggest to him that perhaps he should draw his curtains or put on, at the very least, hold his coffee cup a little lower?

Well, maybe that was a little ranty, but a rant in a good way. Myintended rant? Oh, I was just gonna go on and on about how  you can now pay for your mocha latte choca wackadoddle doo at Starbucks with a downloadable app on your iPhone. I was going to follow that up with a “Really? Are we that isolated and self-consumed rushed society that we can’t even take a few seconds to put the phone down, reach into our pockets and have a little actual human interaction and saying “thank you, have a nice day” even though the cashier probably wouldn’t realize you’re alive rather than be tethered to our iPods?”

But it’s Friday and I have a great weekend coming up so I decided not to rant–I know, cosmic alignment is now all out of whack, what can I tell you?  Tonight we’re going out to look for paint for the new bathroom. Tomorrow, besides being our weigh-ins, we have a night out with a group of friends and Sunday we have a lunch date with an old friend of Ariel’s who he recently reconnected with. I have a very special McGinty installment coming your way on Monday, one that’s very dear to me. 

And with that, you all have a great weekend

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