Thursday, May 22, 2008

las vegas - diversity day - day 2

So after work we all got together for dinner - had some good food. I think we went to the park and Jordyn wanted to play freeze tag. So all the adults are recruited. It was actually pretty fun. She begged us to play one more time so after we catch our breath we start to play. Halfway through the game we look around and realize -- "NONE OF THE KIDS ARE PLAYING!!" I was sure the neighbors thought it was pretty strange to look out the window and see 5 kids sliding down slides and 6 adults playing freeze tag in the grass.

The day before at lunch we were all laughing because Jon had to attend a real "Diversity Day" at corporate. We were so excited for him we wanted to hear all the stories when he got back. (I think we might have watched Idol but I'm not sure) and then we busted out Diversity Day - The Office - Episode 2. Classic. We could not believe that was written and produced just on Episode 2!! So we are obviously all laughing and jolly -- and Jon's talking about his diversity day. He mentions they watched a video called "A Class Divided". (From, "It is one of the most requested programs in FRONTLINE's history. It is about an Iowa schoolteacher who, the day after Martin Luther King Jr. was murdered in 1968, gave her third-grade students a first-hand experience in the meaning of discrimination. This is the story of what she taught the children, and the impact that lesson had on their lives.") The video is available on (click here). Then click on the box "watch the full program". Chapters one and two are the ones we watched. They're just a few minutes long - but it is amazing to watch. Again another must see tv item.

So after watching that at like 10 pm we actually turn the discussion to serious and philosophical matters and analyze our own positions and feelings about discrimination, racism, Rev. Wright, Obama, Hispanics and Immigration, and yes -- even homophobia. We must have been talking for a LONG time because it was past midnight when they left. Usually when our fam is together it's spent reminiscing about the good old days or playing games and just having a good time. It's kind of refreshing to have intellectual debates and discussions. It was fun.

p.s. This night I think I stayed up until 330 am talking to Kim again.

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