I have officially slacked off at slacking off. I knew I wasn't posting and reading here as much lately as normal, but how does the whole Tom Casale outing occur without me even noticing for 3 days? I hats off to all those that did the Sherlock Holmes thing... I'm not worthy! I am also impressed by the way the moderators and the ever classy Ian handled things when he did finally fess up. I, too, think he should be given another chance. One of the hardest things I have ever done was apologize to Airman Oddell for engaging in talking behind his back. Everyone was doing it... his actions had invited it - after all. Imagine everyone's suprise when Oddell walked right by the door and overheard us much of the hurtfull things we had said. He walked away... probably profoundly hurt. A dead silence filled the room. Most went back to work or tried to justify their earlier remarks. Later that night I saw Oddell. I began to talk to him and it was clear he wanted to pretend that it had never happenned. Do you know how easy it would have been for me too... to do just pretend it never happened. I wanted to with every ounce of my being. But Oddell deserved more than that. I admitted to taking part in it and told him that I was wrong for doing it. He didn't deserve it and it was a reflection upon my own shortcomings, not his. I asked him for his forgiveness. I could see that what I said meant a great deal to him. All he said was "I forgive you. This, not what happened earlier, shows what kind of character you have." I will never forget that moment in my life. We all make mistakes, but we don't always own up to our mistakes. Some have suggested that Tom is only sorry because he got caught. Well, I got caught too. I could have chosen the easy route but didn't and it meant a lot to Oddell that I didn't. Tom Casale could have chosen the easy route too (other have outlined how he could have taken the easy route). ...but he didn't take the easy route. Do we have the kind of character that Oddell had? Can we forgive even if the person may not deserve it? I hope so.