New York Times, Oct. 7, 2008
Filed at 5:02 p.m. ET
“GREAT BEND, Kan. (AP) — A Kansas man whose girlfriend was physically stuck to the toilet in their home wins $20,000 in the state Lottery, for the second time this year.
Kory McFarren cashed in his winning $2 Bonus Crossword ticket in Great Bend Monday. On July 29, the 37-year-old received six months of probation after pleading no contest to misdemeanor mistreatment of a dependent adult.
McFarren called deputies in February to report that his girlfriend, Pam Babcock, had refused to come out of the bathroom for two years. Authorities found her stuck to the toilet.
Medical personnel estimated Babcock had been on the toilet for at least a month and said the seat had adhered to sores on her body. She was released from a Wichita hospital after several months of treatment.”
Where does one begin? My brother’s violin teacher won the Rhode Island State Lottery twice–for more than a million both times.
When I was teaching there was a story going around the departments about a veteran teacher. Despite more-than-ambivalent feelings about the job (as we all had), he’d stuck to it for the full thirty years, waiting and waiting and working towards that full pension and retirement at 55. He made it, but was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Disease that first summer, and only lived a few more months.
When I try to interpret the possibilities of my future, weighing the slow, unripe fruits of diligence against the spastic and hair-raising unnamed foods of pursuing a greater euphoria, stories like these always seem to come up. You become a poor violin teacher and win two million dollars. You stick it out on behalf of a comfortable retirement and you’re dead the next month.
Where does one begin?