I was interviewed yesterday by NPR…so make sure to listen today during the morning and afternoon news for a short report on my Year of Giving by the talented journalist Rebecca Sheir. Click here to listen online.
On day 83 I found myself heading over to the Caribou Coffee shop on 14th Street near Logan Circle to meet my friend David who was in the play The Foreigner with me. On the way I ran into Ron from Day 24. He was talkative and we chatted for a few blocks as we walked the same direction. We walked past Bob from Day 72…he was at his usual place shooting baskets. I would have asked him what he ended up using his $10 for but I had several things to do and was running a little behind, so I decided to follow up with him another day.
While I was at Caribou Coffee I met Brad. The 27-year-old was working on his computer when I met him…turns out he has a blog called A Jersey Kid…definitely worth checking out.
Brad was born in Connecticut but grew up in New Jersey. He moved to DC to go to George Washington University where he did both his undergraduate studies as well as law degree. I know what you are thinking…wow, you found a lawyer in DC…what a shocker. Well, Brad is not a lawyer.
After graduating from law school he realized he didn’t want to practice law…so he joined an IT firm doing project management. He also writes regularly on his blog and hopes to make writing a more integral part of his life. For now he says, “You either do what you love, or do what allows you to do what you love.”
We spoke about all kinds of things. If you want a good person to just discuss the interesting facets of life, you should seek out Brad and have a chat with him.
On this day he was particularly bothered by some comments made recently by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s niece, Alveda King. She was quoted as saying, “Abortion is a racist, genocidal act.” Brad disagreed with her using such inflammatory language. Regardless of your views on abortion he says, a statement like this does not encourage educated debate on the subject. I have to agree. I wonder what the late Dr. King would have thought about his niece’s views.
I ended up getting a phone call and had to leave, so our discussion got cut short. Brad says he will give the money to someone else. I look forward to hearing his story about regiving the $10!