Tuesday, April 24, 2007

Charity Begins At (Your 3,000 Square Foot) Home....

A South End couple ran the Boston Marathon last week and raised almost $29,000 for Children's Hospital. I applaud them (although I will not mention their names not so much as to protect their privacy as so that they don't have to suffer the ignominy of being associated with this blog). That's what the spirit of charity is all about, i.e., giving to others for the benefit of others.

This is the opposite of, say, donating money for a plaque depicting your deceased dog so that you (and your "rebound" dog) and other yuppie dog owners can mingle (owners) and run freely (dogs, presumably). In the former paragraph, we have selfless people raising money for others (unmet children) and in the latter we have people raising money for their own benefit (and secondarily, the benefit of other yuppie dog owners). Notice the subtle difference.

Of course the dog-owners, like the Hurley School "parking-entitled" will try to come up with any plausible explanation - "the children benefit from a well-appointed dog park," (of course the children have no safe and clean portion of the park) "the dog park people are a diverse cross section of the South End," (yes: wealthy gays, wealthy straights, wealthy old, wealthy young, wealthy black, wealthy white). I don't buy it. Donating money to a dog park when there are homeless people fighting for shelter space one block away is repugnant to me. Monies spent on a "doggie walk of fame," when kids in this same area haven't a place to play as safe and clean as neighborhood dogs is a shame.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

I dare you to write a more assinine post.

You're a idiot.

April 24, 2007 at 8:37:00 PM PDT  
Blogger thesouthender said...

You need an therapist or a anger management course.

April 24, 2007 at 9:00:00 PM PDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hmm...I might note he or she also needs a remedial spelling lesson...

April 25, 2007 at 7:01:00 AM PDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think anger, disgust and dismay are some of the emotions that people should express when it comes to a park dedicated to something that likes to eat their own, as well as other's feces.

Parent's need a safe place for their overweight children to play. In a few years when all the new mommies and daddies in the south end need a place for their children to play perhaps things will change. Fido will then get kicked to the curb.

Until then, I think I'm going to start a doggie boot camp for about $100 a session. I might as well exploit these people who love their dogs so much.

April 30, 2007 at 10:37:00 AM PDT  
Anonymous meganandsean said...

C'mon, the warm weather must have provided you with some new subject matter...dog owners dining with their precious pets on restaurant patios; women trading in their Uggs for flip-flops; yuppies grilling on their roofdecks with reckless abandon...let's hear it!

May 10, 2007 at 9:59:00 AM PDT  
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