Monday, June 10, 2013
RIP Cal Bowman
This is a sad blog post to write.
If you live in Las Vegas, you know how damn hot it's been this week. It really bothers me when people complain about the heat here - I mean - YOU LIVE IN THE DESERT, what do you expect?
(I complain about it too - and yes, that is stupid. It's a bad habit I am trying to break.)
It's easy to forget how dangerous this heat can be. Forget that your dog is in the car and it will die. Same with kids in cars. Every year, there are tragic stories about someone dying in a hot car.
So yesterday, when I heard that some Boy Scouts and their Scout leaders had run into trouble while hiking out by Lake Mead, I thought - who would take kids out on a day when the temps were going to reach over 110 degrees? It's so easy to criticize or think something cruel about that, when the truth is - it was just an accident. No one would have ever scheduled something like that, knowing what the outcome would be.
That's why it's called an accident. We'd all do things differently if we could go back in time and change things - right?
Sadly enough - the scout leader who died during that hike was a student of mine at the school. Cal was a good guy - quick with a smile, or a kind word. Smart. Busy. Energetic. Wanted to build a ton of furniture.
He was a member of the Sin City Woodworkers group, and at our last holiday party, he'd won a tool in our raffle, which is still sitting in my office. A month or two ago, he emailed me to say he'd be by shortly - for he was in the process of setting up his woodshop and needed the tool he'd won. Sad.
So - please - before you make a mean comment or a judgement about this tragedy, stop and think about this. These comments are mean spirited and unnecessary. At various times in our lives, we've all encountered dicey situations, like narrowly avoiding car crashes, or luckily - leaving the scene of a disaster, moments before it occurs.
By some twist of fate or luck, we manage to stay safe. Lucky us. Be a better person, and instead of judging this situation, offer up a bit of thanks that you're still around. And - maybe a little prayer (if you're the praying type) for Cal.