On Thursday, August 4th, we will be attending a hearing at the United States 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals in New York City. I have mentioned our dear friend Woody many times, including quite recently. As some of you know, he was shot and killed (read "murdered") by the Brattleboro, Vermont police in 2001 and his case has been whitewashed, covered up, and otherwise thwarted since that terrible day. His parents' suit against the Town of Brattleboro was thrown out of federal district court in 2004 and we have been waiting to see if an appeal would occur. Well, on August 4th, the lawyers for both sides will have 12 minutes each to present their case---for or against a civil trial taking place---before a panel of judges from the 2nd Circuit. (For those of you who are not familiar with the justice system, the Circuit Court of Appeals is the last stop in the federal system before the Supreme Court.)
Much hinges on the outcome of those 24 minutes of legal argument, and based upon our experience since December 2nd, 2001, we are rather pessimistic that the 2nd Circuit will allow a civil trial by jury, but we will reserve our judgement and hope for the best. Thoughts of this trip to New York City are clouding my mind this morning and I will attempt wholeheartedly to embrace this beautiful weekend and lay worries about Thursday to rest.
Now, that said, there are blue skies outside, dogs to walk, and a home to attend to, not to mention a bicycle begging to be ridden. I will remind you all later this week to think about us on Thursday morning at 10am.
Enjoy whatever is on your plate today, and tell your friends and family that you love them. I'm so glad my last interaction with Woody was a loving one, and the loss of his physical presence on this Earth reminds me to express my love and appreciation readily whenever I am moved to do so. After all, our lives are indeed transient notions in the universal continuum.