You’ll Blow a Finger Off


Long, long ago, I can remember buying bottle rockets by the dozen. We would hide in bushes by the road and shoot them at passing cars. The tiny little rockets had a range of maybe about 300 ft and then they would blow up. With a little practice, you could learn to drop the rocket into a coke bottle, light the fuse and then quickly aim.

Of course, bottle rockets weren’t made to be used that way. They were made to launch straight up from a stationary bottle, but boys being boys back in ’62, well, we found a more exciting use. This we thought was great fun, especially the running from those poor folks who took our actions personally. What we did was wrong, but we were boys and we could not resist. I guess God’s angels were with us… none of us ever got hurt. Funny how that use to work. Back then.

These days I feel very sad for childen, especially boys. We mostly treat them like delicate tropical plants but too often they are not given a chance to bloom. We wonder why they wilt when they get away from home. It’s a shock to them when they don’t get a trophy just for showing up.

*Feature image credit: @kberbel

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Texas native. Conservative small businessman with 31 years experience. Government should roll back the nanny state. No country can tax its way to prosperity. The question isn't who will let me but who will stop me?

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Lady Penquin
December 31, 2012 9:28 am

Leftist, utopian thinking is that all human behavior can be regulated and controlled. Robots. They’ve been working on it for decades and obviously have achieved some measure of success as they’ve practically destroyed a couple of generations of men. I’m certain that the psychotrophic drugs Big Pharm has pushed into society has enabled this to take place to greater degrees than the Lefties could have hoped for. Suits their agenda perfectly; controlling the populace.

Zombie behavior is acceptable so people don’t think or feel or act for themselves.

December 31, 2012 10:07 am

Ritalin was invented to make the law against being male more enforceable…just saying…

December 31, 2012 1:44 pm

Tried to send this earlier with a comment.