May 22, 2004

Thought for the Day

"Time you've enjoyed wasting hasn't been time wasted at all"
(John Lennon)

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May 16, 2004

On a Lighter Note... (Wedding Registries)

On a lighter note...

I've decided that I like this whole wedding gift registry thing. I went to Macy's and got the gift mailed directly to the bride's apartment (so I don't even have to carry it), and was done in about 10 minutes... Now only if I knew exactly what it was that I got them (I never saw the product).

On a more somber note...
I still think about Nick at least once a day - it gets harder when the more I learn about the him, the more I wish that I had gotten to know him better...

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May 11, 2004

Nicholas Berg

I don't know what words I can say to describe a person who I only really knew for the span of a week in 1996. I also don't know what thoughts I can commit to writing that can describe my feelings of sorrow, despair, and sadness over the loss of his life.

Nick and I met while biking on a pre-college orientation trip known as Wilderness Reflections. For seven days, the 10 of us, plus two guides biked around the Finger Lakes region of Upstate New York. They say that you can categorize the people that you meet in this world into several fixed categories. To this day, eight years later, the only category that I can put Nick into is the one labeled "Nick."

How does one describe a person, who takes time off from his own schooling to travel to Africa to help people learn how to make bricks from clay?

How does one describe a person, who once rode his road bicycle from his home in PA to Savanah, GA?

How does one describe a person, who spent the very last night of the biking trip creating a "boat" out of two plastic barrels, and some rope he found left on a dock -> and then wakes up before dawn to "sail" it.

To be honest, I didn't know Nick that well. and to be honest, I feel horrible because I didn't try my hardest to get to know him. It is so rare in life that you meet someone like Nick, who rather than the "Teen Angst" rockers that you are likely to find on MTV try their hardest to avoid being normal - just never really cared about what other people defined as normal. I should have known that the person who always shouldered the most group gear on our trip - who rode the entire trip without the use of his lowest gears - would be someoone worth getting to know a lot better.

I don't want to write about the unjust war that we are fighting in Iraq, or who's fault it was that Nick is no longer with us. Because, to a certain extent, I want to remember Nick as the person who would go to Iraq, in an earnest effort to help people, and in complete disregard for his own personal safety. The Nick I want to remember marched to his own beat - and conflict or no conflict, so long as he saw people that he could reach out and help, he would definately have been there in a heart beat.

I am going to miss you Nick Berg, and the world will be a darker place without you.

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