Friday, March 04, 2005

Another Reason to Visit Vegas

As soon as I saw this I had to share it. There's apparently some controversy over the mayor of Las Vegas telling a fourth grade class that one of his hobbies was drinking. When asked what one thing he would bring with him on a desert island, he answered "gin". People are apparently pissed off because they think he's endorsing drinking. A quote from the associate HR superintendent of the school district regarding what would happen if a teacher made those comments:

"It might be a written or a verbal warning but we would make it clear that kind of comment is absolutely unacceptable," Rice said. "We would remind the individual that employees are not supposed to share personal opinions in that manner, particularly when it's something that has the potential to offend a great many people."

Personally, I don't see the problem with it. Other than the fact that drinking gin on a desert island would end up dehydrating you faster. Drinking is legal, and I suppose one could consider it a legitimate hobby. After all, it certainly is "An activity or interest pursued outside one's regular occupation and engaged in primarily for pleasure."(Dictionary.com) That is, unless he gets paid to drink. Personally, I find it refreshing that he doesn't seem to be backing down from the pressure. Provided he doesn't back down at some later time, he's earned my respect.

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