"How can you say that you're not responsible?

What does it have to do with me?

What is my reaction, what should it be?

Confronted by this latest atrocity"

"Driven To Tears"

~ The Police ~

Every once in a while, saints and sinners, when my mind is as restless as my attitude is, and I'll do some Internet surfing. Now, before anyone gets the wrong idea, I leave that type of surfing when I'm at the library, so I can rock the foundations of those adorable people who go "hush" at the library.

The surfing I'm talking about that is PG-13 involves clicking onto everyone's favorite flea market, eBay. I've done my share of shopping on eBay, and have purchased some truly off-the-wall items, including baseball cards and wrestling memorabilia.

For those who aren't in the know, you can basically find anything on eBay. People have sold such items as cars, boats, clothing, jewelry, collectibles and even used breast implants.

However, the one item I never thought I'd see on eBay, and it took me by surprise, to say the least, was someone was selling their virginity. You read me correctly, I'm referring to their virginity, their purity, their decency, their virtuousness. We're talking about the sacred goodies being offered for profit.

Of course, it would take someone from Britain to come up with such an idea. A 19-year-old British student put his virginity up on eBay for a set amount of $15,790.

The student, who is a media studies undergraduate at Bournemouth University, England, had about 7,000 hits on eBay before the site removed the auction just recently. The auction had attracted offers as far away as Australia, Canada and the United States.

Unbeknownst to yours truly, this fellow is not the first person to have this idea. There was a Bristol University female student who offered her virginity as well on eBay. Her auction actually went below the radar, the winning bidder was a 44-year-old man, who paid the sum of $22,100 for the privilege, reports say.

When I first came upon this, I'll admit that I snickered that evil laugh of mine. However, I got to thinking about it, and found it somewhat disturbing. Like I said, we're talking about virginity here, not a velvet painting of dogs shooting pool.

So where am I going with this? Well, as I step upon my soapbox, let me say that someone's virginity isn't something that should be bought and sold on the Internet. It is a virtue bestowed upon ourselves that should be given when worthy, and handled with care. Unfortunately, it's become something that has been taken for granted like a lot of other liberties that've been presented to us.

I actually know a few people that're keeping the faith and holding back the favors until matrimony arrives. I say to them "God bless you." Of course, I have to tease them as well, but it's all in good fun. It's my way of showing respect to them for having the will to not give freely of themselves.

At least not in an auction on eBay.

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I would like to say "congratulations" to the Phoenixville Area Senior High School Class of 2004, and all of the speeches that were read the other evening during graduation were simply awesome! A special thanks to those graduates who took the time to speak with me afterwards (when you wanted to really to do was have fun and celebrate), and to Principal Richard Kaskey for his support and good nature. I also have to mention that Linda Langdon is the latest entry amongst my saints. Welcome aboard, and thanks for reading!

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Until then, some final words of wisdom to "write-off" to - I warned those fine folks in the customer service profession that myself and some friends were looking for you. Well, after a two-week study, check yourselves back into this space next week, and find out how some of our local customer service representatives rate in our little survey. Trust me, saints and sinners, you don't want to miss this one. Now go out and soak up some sun!

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Dennis J. Wright can be reached at dwright@phoenixvillenews.com.

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