Here's another one of my infamous "too soon" takes on a recent news story. So, if you're easily offended, run away from this blog.
Yesterday, in Lincoln City, Oregon, 42-year-old Richard Swanson was run over by a pick up truck and killed. Sad story. Swanson was an unemployed guy with no mortgage or kids living at home. He wanted to attend the World Cup soccer tournament in Sao Paulo, Brazil next summer and decided he'd WALK the 6,700 miles from his hometown of Seattle to Brazil, a la Forrest Gump, but slower.
Swanson decided to dribble a soccer ball during his trek to honor the One World Futbol Project, asking followers to donate to the program if they wanted. One World helps distribute virtually undestructible soccer balls to kids, mostly in third-world countries. Unfortunately, his 6,700 trip ended yesterday, just 250 miles in. So... I was trying to find the moral in this story and came up with:
No good deed goes unpunished.
Who knew soccer was so dangerous.
Even with the added risk of a fatality, soccer is still dull.
Like most unemployed guys, he should've been busy blaming Obama.
Even my 4-year-old grand kid knows not to play ball in the street.
I could go on... Any way, his quest may live on thanks to his soccer ball, which was recovered after the accident, according to the Facebook page he set up, Breakaway Brazil. Some of his followers would like to see the blue soccer ball deliver to the World Cup and honored in some way. If this happens, Swanson's soccer ball will become the most famous ball since Wilson in another Tom Hanks film, "Castaway."
Below is his introductory video, explaining who he was and why he was doing this walk.