Accident demonstrates good in all [UPDATED]Published 4:34am Tuesday, September 3, 2013 Updated 6:37am Tuesday, September 3, 2013
As reporters, we are trained to look for great stories, and stay out of the action.
As a newspaper guy who for the past decade has been more involved running the business than writing stories, the killer instinct has maybe gone out of me a bit.
It certainly did on Wednesday.
I actually had heard it while sitting at my desk — a loud smash that I had thought was due to our press people dropping a big piece of equipment (which happens on occasion.)
I had always wondered what an accident sounded like. I now know – disturbing.
It was about a minute later when I walked out of The Journal office for an appointment and witnessed the aftermath: two extremely-damaged cars, a young man in shock and bleeding from his head, another victim bleeding from his arm, and a handful of people doing what they could to help before police and emergency personnel arrived.
My primary duty was to call 9-1-1, because no one else had been able to get through. While the dispatcher knew of the accident, he did not know that people had been hurt.
My next job was to find some towels for one of the victims who was bleeding from his arm. All he had at that point was a napkin. I placed the towel over the napkin, assuming that pulling the napkin off the wound would make it worse.
At that point, the ambulance and police arrived, and I knew that I would simply be a gawker from there on.
A few days later, I can say that, based on the extent of the damage, the three people involved in the accident were lucky to get out with as few injuries as they did. I also can say that, without fail, when tragedy happens, people don’t think twice about helping the victims. There were passersby who did far more than I did, comforting a victim and helping him treat his wounds.
Frankly, the situation was so confusing and scary that it would be forgivable if a passerby simply moved on and let the professionals handle it. No one ever does.
That has to say something about the human race.
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When the Vikings picked up three first-round draft picks and top-flight receiver Greg Jennings in free agency, I couldn’t help but be pumped.
After four underwhelming preseason games, my interest has already waned.
When Adrian Peterson – working on becoming the best running back ever – is not playing, the Vikings’ offense is, well, boring. I know it’s preseason, but it seems clear Christian Ponder is not yet the next coming of Brett Favre or Joe Montana.
Maybe low expectations are good. Vikings fans have been sold hope too long. This year, let’s hope low hopes and high results become the reality.
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Good luck to all of my fellow competitors in this year’s Pot ‘O Gold and Labor Day Classic. As one of my competitors once said, “I always think it’s funny that we’re all just schmucks who hit the ball all over the place, and take this tournament so seriously.”
Yep, with the exception of maybe one player in the field, dreams of the PGA Tour dreams have long passed us. This is the one tournament we can shine, and then go back to our regular jobs on Tuesday.
That said, it’s always a kick to see fans, so come on out if you can.
Joel Myhre is The Journal’s Publisher. Email him at firstname.lastname@example.org