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Maude McDaniel - Living

November 5, 2011

The older she gets, the less tolerant she is

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Oh, and remember how I used to hate bullfights? They were one of the few things I used to allow myself to actually use the word “hate” for, since my mother, you remember, instructed me that you never hate people, you just get to hate things. Well, bullfights won that word from the start, but now I am getting beyond hate for bullfights.
A little while ago I read that the latest in bullfighting is to attach something flammable between the horns of the bull and then light it up at some given moment. It is impossible for me to express how much beyond hating I am for this “sport” and, oops, for the people who think it is all-great -fun-let’s-do-it-again.
Much wickedness happens in the name of sport. Although, can you believe that with all its violence and danger, I still like a good football game, when I have a favorite in the contest? I can hardly accept that myself. I suuggest that the rules be changed though, so that when a brain-scrambling collision appears to be imminent, the tackler should shoot off a marshmallow gun into the face mask of the ball carrier. Three marshmallows caught in the facemask equals a tackle.
I believe in the Arab Spring, but I hate the mindless gunfire that seems to go off there at all hours of the day and night — you see it on TV all the time - just nice young guys at their favorite sport, ratchetting away with the old machine gun at whatever goes by. It’s just one more thing for which my tolerance is non-existent.
And, here’s another — high old times at college. It costs a fortune to send kids there these days. If I were a parent and even suspected they were spending any of their time partying and drinking themselves into oblivion or worse - they wouldn’t be in college past last Thursday.

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