When I started this blog, I wanted to have a place where I could put my technical rantings. If you knew me in person, you’d realize that I’m rather passionate (in a “meet my little friend” beat people to death with a baseball bat and bury the remains in the back yard under the flowers sort of way) about quality software development.
This is a completely different rant.
I have a friend, an elder gentleman who was in the process of having all of his savings squirreled away by an unscrupulous fellow who served as his “power of attorney” and was going to ship my friend off to a hell-hole in some God-forsaken part of the country to die.
And so I stepped up to help.
Not to go into the details, but we’re slowly unraveling the problems he had in his life, and we’re in the process of putting his life back together. My wife is going to help clean up his apartment; we’ll get him a new television set and a new bed, get everything organized, just the way he wants it–so when he goes back home, everything is just perfect.
Bottom line–and I cannot possibly feel more strongly about this: If you are unwilling to be an advocate for someone who finds themselves in trouble, then you have absolutely no business asking for an advocate when you find yourself in trouble.