Looking For a Fight

When I was younger it was not unusual for my temper to get me in trouble. Not unlike other young men I was full of piss and vinegar and sometimes succumbed to a lack of judgement. There were times that I went looking for trouble and times when it came looking for me.

The saddest part about this is that generally when the two sides met there was more than a hullaballoo. Those that know me know that there are times when you would swear that a hurricane follows me because there is a whirlwind of activity and more trouble than you really want to be involved in. Simple is not a good description because sometimes simple got crumpled up, kicked in the mouth and pushed to the side.

As a slightly older and I think somewhat wiser man I have managed to avoid many of the stupid problems of the past. I ignore them or walk away or deal with them in a manner that prevents my having to contend with issues that in the past would have dogged me.

However there are moments when you can see flashes of the guy I used to be and sometimes people are surprised because even though it is infrequent there are flashes of that temper.

Typically if it manifests itself now it is because I am frustrated at the lack of understanding/response to a given subject. And if you catch me/confront me during these moments you may find that I am not real receptive to a quiet conversation. You may find that there is fire coming out of my nose but I have walked away so as to maintain a civil tongue.

If you choose to try and engage me during one of these moments consider yourself warned in advance that I may try to skin you alive and will eat you uncooked or charbroiled.

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  1. Jack's Shack September 19, 2005 at 7:40 pm

    Hi Anonymous,

    Nope, not a metaphor at all. Just a comment to those who needed to hear it. Some people are fairly dense, so much so that they think that detroit and cleveland are nice places to live.

  2. Stacey September 19, 2005 at 7:38 pm

    Good question, anonymous! And don’t forget Jack’s over-the-top outburst over “The Sound of Music.”

  3. Anonymous September 19, 2005 at 7:35 pm

    Might this be a metaphor for your outburst against midwest cities and their inhabitants

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