Va. like some other states, requires a yearly safety inspection, which covers much that the 定期的 rip off, er 車検 covers, but at a much lower price. Knew I was going to need front brake pads (the start & stop stuff here is hard on the brake pads), but was told the rotors too were worn down beyond what is safe, so $350 more to keep the Quaalude running.
Now with one car logistics/transportation is a problem. We have neighbors who use the same shop and whenever, we always dropped what we were doing to give whoever a lift. Not for me this time. Called yesterday and was told no way. So, a 2.5 hike each way. With the humidity, I will need a bath tonight!
Now on the way, I spotted this off in the distance.
Came closer and a Virginia Tech U. flag caught the eye, moved a bit closer and saw what it was, a small memorial for one of those murdered at the Virginia Tech shooting , Mary Read.
My guess it was erected in her memory partly by her family. They, the surviving family that is, had fashioned a small makeshift shrine of sorts along the same road, but facing the cul-de-sac where she had lived, until I suppose this was built. I had had no idea the family lived close by either, perhaps a 10 minute walk from the house. I only knew of this when on the day many of those murdered in the shooting were laid to rest. I had pulled in to the road leading to our house and spotted a cluster of neighbors standing along the road. Asked why and was told the funeral procession would pass by shortly and they wanted to pay their respects.
When the hearse (which passed by the cul-de-sac first) passed by, I'll have to admit to a chill running down the spine. I remember too her procession was long- think I gave up counting after 40 or so cars had passed by and they still came.
Feel it odd to see this now as a couple of days ago, the medical records of the killer were made public. Also seemed a bit forlorn as her photograph has greatly faded (don't know if it means anything, but everything faces east) Felt too of waste, the kid probably had great potential, which will never ever be realized, for one has to be bright to get into Virginia Tech, even if in-state and the intellectually lazy will not last there long enough to get a diploma.
I haven't gone to where it is one can access the killer's medical records, but from what has been reported, it does appear the kid did indeed fall through he cracks and probably should not have been at Virginia Tech to begin with. This does help my somewhat less-than-rosy view of government-paid counseling services, or government-run anything for that matter.
Its a nice small memorial, I wonder if the shrubbery was chose as its leaves are close to the Virginia Tech colors. Sad to though that it is at the intersection of 2 very busy roads and those in their cars probably haven't the faintest of what is there.