A Little Insult and Injury

Yesterday might have been Good Friday, but starting about 4 p.m. it seemed more like a mild dose of Friday the 13th.

Lucy Lou went tearing after a couple of rascally squirrels and bounded, proudly, back into the house with a bloody foot.  This is the curse of the 3-legged dog:  when you’re already missing one foot, you can’t afford to get an infection in another.  It was a minor cut but it kept bleeding, so off we sped to the vet (before they closed for the weekend!) for a proper wound cleaning and bandage.

After the bloody-paw-scramble, I checked my e-mail and got a jolt.  Someone needing “a favor.”  I was so shocked to see this person’s name in my inbox that I — literally — stood up and paced around before opening the message.  Turns out it was one of those favor requests you get after someone has treated you horribly, has humiliated you, but months later decides you might be an asset.  It took everything I had not to respond with, “You’re joking, right?” but I took the other road and pressed delete.  Delete, delete, delete.

For $2.99, I downloaded to my iPad the Jon Krakauer investigation of Greg Mortenson’s charity (the Central Asia Institute),THREE CUPS OF TEA, and STONES INTO SCHOOLS.  You should read this.  I barreled through the 75 pages in one sitting, getting angrier by the minute.  The extent of the fictionalizations, the promises not kept, his lies about Pakistanis and Afghanis who protected him and treated him like a distinguished guest only to be betrayed, his arrogant and dismissive attitude in dealing with his board of directors, …. the list goes on and on.  Has Mortenson done some good work?  Sure.  But if Krakauer is on-point — and I have to believe he is — Mortenson’s good deeds will not come close to balancing out the mismanagement, the lies upon lies, and the millions of dollars NOT SPENT on schools.  I was left disgusted.

And then:  how about that tornado at the St. Louis Airport?!  Growing up in Missouri, we spent many weather-scary evenings in the basement with a radio.  I’d barely finished the Krakauer book, and was ready for bed, when the news flashed with pictures of a ripped-apart terminal at Lambert Field.  Thankfully it appears that injuries were minor.

I’m glad it’s Saturday.  Wake up and start over.  Lucy Lou is glad, too, but hobbling about on 2 legs is tough on a pup.  She’s holding out for Monday — and bandage-removal.

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7 thoughts on “A Little Insult and Injury

  1. amyg

    good for you!

    proper and prompt use of the delete button is the mark of a emotionally mature individual. Carl Jung said that.

    how great is the title? three cups of deceipt!

    poor st. louis. the videos on msnbc right now look awful. we have all our candles/flashlights/snacks ready to go to the basement should we have to make a dash for it.

  2. MacDougal Street Baby

    Poor puppy! Lucky for her she has such an attentive and loving mommy.

    Kudos to you for pruning the insanity out of your life. It means you’re healthy.

    Mother Nature. She can be awfully scary when she wants.

    Finally, I’m so disappointed to hear about Greg Mortenson. I really believed him to be a hero. He should be ashamed.

  3. lisahgolden

    1. I’m so sorry about Lucy Lou and I hope she’s doing better today.
    2. That delete button can be such a powerful thing.
    3. I didn’t read any of the Greg Mortenson stuff either way – when he was riding the wave or the come down, but it makes me sad the lengths people will go for aggrandizement and riches.
    4. I just heard about St. Louis. Yes, I’ve been under a rock. That’s the stuff my nightmares are made of. Nighttime tornadoes. Thank goodness no one was seriously injured.

  4. Jennifer

    “Tea” and “Waking” came out at exactly the same time. How sad that all that money went into selfish and fraudulent ventures, as we struggled for years to make our honest book and non-profit do good in the world. Yuck!

    1. Teri Post author

      But you had the best book launch party! That’s worth something, right? “Waking” remains, to this day, the biggest and best release fandango I’ve seen.

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