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littlebluedog
littlebluedog
Tim
Thursday, February 14th, 2008 10:05 am
time to hang up my little tin star

I am getting too old for some things.

It's not an age thing, it's just realizations from time to time that I don't want to (or shouldn't) deal with certain stuff any more, or deal with certain stuff in a certain way. Maybe I see that little good comes from following a habit I usually follow, so I make an effort to change it. I think I am making progress and evolving and a human, but I guess only time will tell on that.

I'm not getting too old to play drinking games, though. I was at Erin's place recently with a bunch of friends, playing Kings. One of the rules allows a certain player to be "thumb master," who can put his thumb on the table at any time. As other players see this, they follow suit, and the last person to thumb up has to drink.

Betsy was to my right, and I noticed that even though she wasn't thumb master, she kept her thumb on the table preemptively, so I started harrassing her about it, which launched a round of escalating name-calling and insults, all good-natured and slurred through a haze of inebriation. But for some stupid reason it bugged me a bit. Drunkenly self-righteous, I informed her that such behavior was not sportsmanlike. Of course, she continued to do it throughout the evening just to goad me, like any friend would.

I have a tendency to play thumb sheriff elsewhere, always the same circumstances: situations in which I have no business and no authority, and usually no effect. I used to do it a lot more often when I was a kid, when it was more important to me, imperative even, that everyone follow same rules. Who knows why, maybe it was because I wasn't clever enough to think of a way around the rules or to use them to my advantage, maybe I was honor-bound by the idealistic childhood concept of "fair."

These days, when I play thumb sheriff it's usually while I'm driving, which is stupid, as if it's worth endangering lives to demonstrate to someone that he's driving like an idiot. I am too old for this. As with small bikes, there are other options. Time to hang it up.

Thumb it, Teabag. :)



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plaidomatic
plaidomatic
Plaid
Thursday, February 14th, 2008 07:21 pm (UTC)

Stupid people are my small bike, and I should do well to remember that it's a choice, as well.


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littlebluedog
littlebluedog
Tim
Friday, February 15th, 2008 04:07 pm (UTC)

It can be tough to remember. :)

Happy birthday!


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plaidomatic
plaidomatic
Plaid
Friday, February 15th, 2008 10:06 pm (UTC)

Thanks!


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dreamlogic
dreamlogic
min
Thursday, February 14th, 2008 07:25 pm (UTC)

Perhaps she has a low drinking tolerance? I can't drink at the same rate as the guys, and I would either opt out or cheat like she did just so I'm not wasted while everyone else is still getting a buzz on. Just a thought -- your priority there seemed to be 'fairness', but someone else's may be 'not puking on my friends'.


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littlebluedog
littlebluedog
Tim
Thursday, February 14th, 2008 07:37 pm (UTC)

Sure, could be. :) Either way, I guess my point was that there's no need for me to get riled.


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kosmicseer
kosmicseer
kosmicseer
Thursday, February 14th, 2008 07:44 pm (UTC)

You seem like a really fair guy.

Dont worry-everyone makes an ass of themselves sometimes when drinking. Cut yourself some slack. :)


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noss
noss
redheads not warheads
Thursday, February 14th, 2008 08:16 pm (UTC)

endangering lives to demonstrate to someone that he's driving like an idiot

Would slamming on the brakes and praying the asshole's front bumper crumples against my Explorer's gigantic impervious metal ass like tissue paper fall under that category?


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littlebluedog
littlebluedog
Tim
Friday, February 15th, 2008 04:10 pm (UTC)

Praying? Nope.


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drjeff
drjeff
Raoul Duke
Thursday, February 14th, 2008 09:47 pm (UTC)

I love this post. Love.

It's so very hard to let things go. Especially the so-called arbitrary stuff that is actually a deeply ingrained trait that sprouted for no good reason and then hung on forever.


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luvsammy
luvsammy
Samalamity
Friday, February 15th, 2008 07:35 am (UTC)

heh. I noticed your riled-ness and it intrigued me.


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littlebluedog
littlebluedog
Tim
Friday, February 15th, 2008 04:04 pm (UTC)

If you see it again, and if you feel like it, please feel free to call me on it. Shouting "THUMB SHERIFF IN THE HAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAWSE!", for example, would be entirely appropriate. :)


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luvsammy
luvsammy
Samalamity
Friday, February 15th, 2008 04:49 pm (UTC)

but...that in turn would make me a RILED SHERIFF!


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littlebluedog
littlebluedog
Tim
Friday, February 15th, 2008 05:06 pm (UTC)

Then just don't get riled, or I'll have to call YOU on it, and it'll turn into an infinite regression, and those are so untidy.


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