Tuesday, March 9, 2010

It Was Funny “till an Eye Got Put Out”

I remember one time when I was young, my younger brother and I and a few neighbors were having a Bottle rocket war. We were aiming and shooting bottle rockets at each other and having a blast, no pun intended. My mother came out and after a few choice words she demanded we stop shooting bottle rockets at each other before someone got an eye put out. We complied, it was that or suffer the consequences, and I don’t mean standing in a corner for 10 minutes with no toys. Our consequences were real and showed real results.

The next day, mothers at work, we decided to have a BB gun fight. Now, most men my age have done this. That isn’t to say it was smart but we were all John Wayne wanna be’s at one time. About 30 minutes or so into the fight someone got hit, near the eye. It’s been so long ago now, I don‘t even remember who, but the BB was actually embedded into the skin and we had to remove it before our mothers got home from work. No doctors, no Emergency room, no DCFS worker arresting anyone and taking us to a foster home, none of that, but it was fun until an eye nearly got put out.

The best I can tell, there may have been two similar incidents over the weekend. The first one I’ll mention is Carl Edwards in NASCAR purposely wrecking Brad Keselowski after Keselowski seemingly caused Edwards to wreck and destroy an otherwise good chance at a win. Edwards, after his team repaired his ride well enough to get back onto the track and finish the race, purposely waited until Keselowski got near him and without thinking of all the possible outcomes, bumped Keselowski in the left rear ¼ panel area, Keselowski went air born and came down on the driver’s side roof area. Potentially, a very dangerous way to land, luckily, a safe landing and probably a good lesson learned for Keselowski. Now, right or wrong, Edwards couldn’t have known the outcome of his actions, but at 195 mph, anything can happen. It’s kinda like shooting at you neighbors with a BB gun. Somebody is gonna get an eye put out if the horseplay continues.

The second incident involves Congressman Massa from New York. Massa was all about playing the political games, switching parties, giving and getting what he wanted or needed until he was poked in or near the eye. Now I don’t have any idea what happened as far as his votes or his sexual innuendos towards male staffers, or whatever, but my guess is that both sides were playing pretty rough. It certainly appears, on the surface that when he nearly got his eye put out, the game was no longer fun. It was funny ‘till an eye got put out.

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