Monday, December 26, 2011

Goodness Outweighed By Cynicism At Every Turn

Here's a happy story about how good people are. I'm just going to present it here, almost without comment...

Except to say, why is it so shocking when something good happens? And I really think the Taiwanese Consulate or whoever needs to look into this, no matter how it turned out.

Ultimately the real downer here is carelessness? You loan this kid a nice axe and she's as spaced as Ace Frehley after a night in Detroit.

"Hey wha hey I forgot my stuff man hey. Yeah another seven and seven."

This could just as easily have triggered an entry about people grabbing whatever they could lay their hands on. It's all a roll of the dice.
Christmas came early for a Boston music student who was reunited with the $170,000 violin she forgot in the overhead compartment of a regional commuter bus she rode last week, police said.

Muchen Hsieh, a student at the New England Conservatory in Boston, had traveled to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, arriving at roughly 11 p.m. on Tuesday.

Christine O'Brien, a spokeswoman for the Philadelphia police, who helped Hsieh track down the missing instrument, said then came a moment of sheer panic for the student.

O'Brien said Hsieh realized she had forgotten the instrument after she was picked up from the bus station. She blamed her absent-mindedness on travel fatigue.

Hsieh called the bus company, Megabus, roughly 30 minutes after she arrived but the bus had already left the Philadelphia station, O'Brien said. Hsieh also notified police, making a plea for the instrument's recovery, O'Brien said.

The 176-year-old instrument, on loan to Hsieh from a Taiwanese cultural foundation, was found by bus cleaners in the same compartment in which Hsieh left it. They put it in storage, and police returned it to Hsieh on Friday.


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