I’m Going To Continue Where I Left-Off With My Last Editorial . . . But Before I Do . . . Understand This:
We’ve Raised Several Generations Of Really Bad Citizens. And That’s On Us. But We Also Raised Some Great Progeny.
Anne & I Have Had . . . And still Have Animals in our Family, which Included Cats, Dogs & Horses. We still Have a Dog (The German Shepherd Puppy Tavor) & Three Horses . . . Two Large Quarter Horses & One Rescued Pony.
And What all of our Animals Had (And Have) in Common, with the Exception of our Unconditional (Anne & My) Love, Was & Is their Knowledge of Self . . . And Respect for all they Needed & Need to Respect . . . Which Included & Still Includes Following Instructions, Respect for People, Premises & Place.
Animals Have Certain Restraints People Don’t Have . . . but Even at That, our Animals know that What we Say is What they Have to Do. They Know that they Can’t Bite, Bark, Kick, Jump-On People – Etc.
When we Take our Dog Shopping, Touring or Eating at an Outdoor Café . . . Our Dog Must be Calm, Quiet & Patient. And when it Comes to Property, whether it be Furniture, Clothing – Etc, if it’s Not Theirs & Allowable – They Don’t Touch-It.
More Than Once . . . Several Times Actually, While Dining at a Family Restaurant where Adults (Parents) Allowed their Children to Behave like Savages, I was Never Shy to Stand-Up, Confront the Guardians (Parents Or Whomever) and Say To Them Straight-Out . . . “What’s Wrong With You? My Animals Are Better Behaved Than Your Children”.
It’s Very Important To Think Of The Following Paragraph To Understand The Solution Before Us.
Several Times . . . One or More of the Adults would Take to their Feet to Defend the Indefensible. Yet Every Time they Feigned to Go Mano A Mano Against me Because they were Insulted by what I said, they Rethought their Position when they Realized . . . I Was More Than Willing & Prepared To Go To Fist-City, and then they Caved like the Little Pussies they Really were.
Imagine The Impression Of Watching Their Bully-Parents Back-Down – That Was Made On Their Ill-Behaved Children?
As A Child . . . I Was Fortunate To Have Always Been Surrounded By Parental Love, But if I were to Get out of Line in a Public Place, or be Rude to an Adult, or Ignore a Direct “Order” from my Parents, I Faced Immediate & Very Unpleasant Consequences. I Never Got Out Of Line Twice.
My Parents Were Always Pleased To Show-Off Their Well Behaved Children & We Were Proud To Be With Them Everywhere.
There Was No Where, Where Stryker, Our Hundred Pound German Shepherd Was Never Invited Back.
We Took Stryker Everywhere . . . We Visited the Alamo, Walked Throughout the Houston Space Center, Climbed the Stairs of the Space Shuttle, Walked Down the Aisle of the 747 that Carried the Shuttle. Went to Banquets, Rode with Hundreds of Bikers, Danced at Luckenbach, Shopped with Anne & Myself at Cabela’s, Bass Pro, Home Depot, Lowes & Far Too Many other Great Venues to List. And Wherever Stryker Went, Stryker was ALWAYS Mobbed by People who Just Wanted to Touch, Rub & Kiss Him.
How Proud Do You Think That Made Us Of Stryker & Ourselves?
Now That We Have Our Beautiful German Shepherd Puppy Tavor. . . We Spend Every Day . . . 24/7 To Make Tavor All That He Could & Should Be. We Hug Him, Kiss Him, Rub Him-Up, Talk to Him & Tell Tavor how Much we Love Him More Times every Day than I Can Remember to Count.
We Want Tavor to be as Good and as Embraced as Stryker Was . . . and we Waste No Time or Effort Teaching, Training & Disciplining Tavor, so that in a Few Months, When Tavor Will Be 100-Pounds Or Close To It . . . Tavor Will Be A Welcomed Gentleman Wherever We Go.
When People Will Meet Tavor & And Will Want To Give Him Hugs & Kisses, It Won’t Be Because Anne & I Got Lucky . . . It Will be Because we Loved & Cared Enough For this Little German Shepherd Dog, to Invest Everything Needed to Give Him the Chance to be a Superstar.
If Your Children Turn Out To Be Not-So-Good . . . Look In The Mirror To See Why.
Anne & I Used to Go to the Movies at Least Once a Week . . . And Inevitably, there were People in the Audience who Wouldn’t Shut-Up, and just as Inevitably, I Would Ask the People Talking . . . Not-To.
Then One Evening, there were Two Well-Dressed Yuppie Couples Seated One Row in Front of Anne & Myself, who Thought Theirs Didn’t Stink, who also Seemed to Believe that this Public Theater was their Own Private Viewing Room . . . Who Wouldn’t Shut-Up.
And When I Finally Said . . . Would You Please Be Quiet, the Husband of One of the Couples Looked at his Wife and Angrily said to Her . . . “WHAT’D HE SAY TO YOU”? as He and the Other Yuppie-Dressed-Husband Took to their Feet, Turned Around to Face Me, Looking Like they Wanted to Fight . . . And In A Second, I Too Was On My Feet . . . Taking off my Jacket, my Glasses and my Watch . . . But More Surprisingly – Anne, Who in her Whole Life Never had a Physical Confrontation with Anyone, was also Standing at My Side, Ready, Willing And Able (Maybe) to Rumble.
It Took Only A Few Seconds For One Of The Yuppies To Tell The Other . . . It’s Not Worth It. The Other Said To Me . . . “This Is Your Lucky Day” as he turned to get Back in his Seat.
I Responded To Him Thusly . . . “Yeah, I’m Feeling Real Lucky. I’ll See You Two Outside When The Movie’s Over”.
There Was Not Another Peep From These Yuppie “Self-Privileged” Punks During The Rest Of The Entire Movie . . . And Just as the Movie Ended, Before the Credits even Began to Roll, the Four of them Actually Ran out of the Theater.
When Anne & I Left the Theater, I asked Anne if She was Really Going to Fight? To Which Anne Answered, “I Wasn’t Going To Let You Fight All Of Them By Yourself”.
Here’s The Brunt Of All The Preceding . . . Those Screwing-Us Over Are Nothing More Than Loud Mouthed Cowards Who Don’t Deserve Our Silence.
We Have No Reason To Fear Them. But They Should Have Plenty Of Reason To Fear-Us.
Best Regards . . . Howard Galganov