Trending: Britney, Kati Kim, and #IDontUnderstandWhy

Trending this past week were several things I found interesting. On twitter, the top two trends did not include Egypt, Justin Bieber, or the Super Bowl. The top trend on twitter this week was Britney Spears.

Britney Spears announced her 7th studio album will be titled Femme Fatale. It will be released on March 29, 2011 and her fans are very excited, creating a trend that stayed in Twitter’s Top 10 for 7 days. Britney now describes herself now as a‚ “just a quiet ‘homebody”. “I’m really just a boring homebody who loves staying home with my kids and that’s where I’m the happiest,” the Daily Mail quoted her as saying to fans during a live Twitter interview from her house in Calabassas, California.

Following Britney on twitter this week was the hashtag #IDontUnderstandWhy. People are tweeting about the things that they don’t understand. Some tweets were introspective and thought provoking, such as “#idontunderstandwhy the best of people get taken from the world and cruel evil people are still among us” and some were trivial, like this tweet: “#idontunderstandwhy i havent gotten anymore tattoos yet, im slacking !”

In the news cycle, Egypt ruled the headlines, but an interesting set of articles popped up about Kati Kim.

After spending the 2006 Thanksgiving holiday in Seattle, Washington, the Kims (James, Kati, and their two daughters, Penelope and Sabine) set out for their home in San Francisco, California. On Saturday, November 25, 2006, having left Portland, Oregon on their way to Tu Tu Tun Lodge, a resort located near Gold Beach, Oregon, the Kims missed a turnoff from Interstate 5 to Oregon Route 42, a main route to the Oregon Coast. Instead of returning to the exit, they consulted a highway map and picked a secondary route that skirted the Wild Rogue Wilderness, a remote area of southwestern Oregon.

After encountering heavy snow at high elevation on Bear Camp Road, they turned, by mistake, onto one of hundreds of unpaved logging roads loosely supervised by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM). A road gate which was supposed to prevent such mistakes was open in spite of BLM rules requiring that it be closed. Media outlets reported that vandals had cut a lock on the gate, but a subsequent investigation showed that BLM employees had left it open to avoid trapping local hunters and others who might have ventured past it.

Early on the morning of November 26, the family stopped due to fatigue and bad weather. As more snow fell around their immobilized Saab 9-2X station wagon, the Kims kept warm by running its engine. When the vehicle ran out of fuel, they made a campfire of dried wood and magazines. Later, they burned their car’s tires to signal rescuers. Search efforts began shortly after November 30, when coworkers of Kim filed a missing persons report with the San Francisco Police Department. After investigators learned that the Kims used their credit card at a local restaurant, search and rescue teams, including local and state police, more than 80 civilian volunteers, the Oregon Army National Guard and several helicopters hired by Mr. Kim’s father¢â‚¬”Spencer Kim¢â‚¬”spent several days looking for the family along area highways and roads, to no avail.

On December 2, James Kim left his family to look for help, wearing tennis shoes, a jacket, and light clothing. He believed the nearest town (Galice) was located four miles away after studying a map with his wife. ‚ He promised his wife he would turn back the same day if he failed to find anyone, but he did not return. Source: Wikipedia

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On the Friday,‚ February‚ 11, 2011 edition of ABC’s 20/20 program, Kati Kim told her story for the first time since the incident.Kati Kim lives in Portland, Oregon with her two daughters and is now speaking out to clear up questions about the 2006 tragedy that claimed her husband’s life. “Wrong Turn: The Kati Kim Story” is scheduled to air as a two-hour documentary recounting “every twist and turn” in the family’s ordeal.

Part of the interview is below. If you cannot view the video in your reader, go here.

David has been a systems thinker most of his life. He has started three businesses as well as designed and developed systems and processes in existing organizations. He has a Doctorate in Leadership and has also done additional post-graduate work in communications.

He has also pastored 3 churches and loves to think about, write about and podcast about scripture, theology, and leadership.

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