Sunday, 1 July 2012

July 2nd - bad for a US President - raining crocs!



The assassination of President James A. Garfield took place in Washington, D.C. on July 2, 1881. Garfield was shot by Charles J Guiteau at 9:30 am, less than four months into Garfield's term as the 20th President of the United States. Garfield died eleven weeks later on September 19, 1881.

A sad occurrence and he survived so long after the shooting. The effect on his family as well as the country must have been devastating.

1994

Again on July 2nd yet another shooting. Who would be a Colombian footballer? 

Andres Escobar Saldarriaga scored through his own goal causing his country to exit the World Cup. For his pains a fan shot him dead.

Weather Report 02/07/1843

During a heavy thunderstorm on this day an alligator fell in Anson Street, Charleston, S Carolina.

The point of these examples is that in every case they follow Newton's 2nd Law of Motion - 'for every action there is an equal and opposite reaction'
In the case of Garfield he tackled political corruption, we could do with the likes of him in the world today, and it may be that action produced the ultimate consequence.
From the point of view of the footballer all I can say is that it is just as well that not all football fans carry weapons!
The alligator story is similar to raining frogs and fish in the UK. Quite often the unfortunate creatures are sucked up by the storm and deposited elsewhere.
The point is that when we write and have an action in mind there always will be consequences and it is how we handle those consequences that determines the progress of our stories. Beware of trying to include all reactions as it can bore the pants off your readers but including the odd side issue can introduce alternative outcomes and tantalising unexplained issues that intrigues your audience.

God Bless