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Yeah, But You Broke My Sunglasses

December 30, 2011

Somewhere in last evening’s College Bowl marathon* there was a clip from a news conference that has haunted me.  But not in a good way.

It happened at the annual Beef Bowl, a banquet before The Rose Bowl.

Mark Asper, an Oregon Ducks lineman and a former Eagle Scout, jumped up and performed the Heimlich Maneuver on a man at another table choking on steak.

“He ate smaller bites after that,” a laughing Asper said.

What  caught my attention was what the man said to his literal life-saver:  “He told me I’d broken his sunglasses.”

Kidding, right?

But then, what have you and I done?  When disaster is avoided, are we quicker to complain about incidentals or to be grateful for another moment?

Glance back over 2011.  Do you have more Heimlich moments or broken sunglasses?

Me too.

Let’s try and remember that as we move into 2012.

Today might be a good day to get rid of those broken sunglasses.

[*By the way: How about FL State in the fourth quarter? And then that entirely staggering high-scoring, offense-dominated Washington-Baylor game?!]

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