Old Guys Rule

Old Timer
A banker saw his old friend Tom, an eighty-year old rancher, in town Tom had lost his wife a year or so before; and rumor had it that he was marrying a ‘mail order’ bride.

Being a good friend, the banker asked Tom if the rumor was true.

Tom assured him that it was.

The banker then asked Tom the age of his new bride to be.

Tom proudly said, ‘She’ll be twenty-one in November.’

Now the banker, being the wise man that he was, could see that the sexual appetite of a young woman could not be satisfied by an eighty-year-old man.

Wanting his old friend’s remaining years to be happy the banker tactfully suggested that Tom should consider getting a hired hand to help him out on the ranch, knowing nature would take its own course.

Tom thought this was a good idea and said he would look for one that afternoon.

About four months later, the banker ran into Tom in town again. ‘How’s the new wife?’, asked the banker.

Tom proudly said, ‘Good – she’s pregnant.’

The banker, happy that his sage advice had worked out, continued, ‘And how’s the hired hand?’

Tom said, ‘She’s pregnant too.’

Don’t ever underestimate us old guys.

Mind Numbing State

My story begins long after Obama begins to transform America, and his successor Hillary completes his father’s dream during her first term. She finalizes America into the totally mind numbing state of socialism predicted by Ayn Rand in Atlas Shrugged. Moving forward Hillary initiates a new movement she believes is smarter and stronger than socialism, she calls it factionalism. It is her premise that all members of society fit into one of five factions of personality. They are: 1.  Abnegation for the selfless who renounce or reject all things. 2. Amity for the peaceful who believe all relationships are friendly. 3. Candor for those people who are honest and open in expression. 4. Dauntless for the brave, fearless, and determined.  5. Erudite for the intelligent who show great knowledge or learning.

Hillary’s term ends before she has completed the factional transformation, and her successor continues with the plan. The successor uncovers a bug in the philosophy of factionalism, i.e. what happens to people who don’t fit in any of the five factions, she labels them divergent. They can think outside the box and reject being pigeon-holed into any of the factions. A Divergent is dangerous to Factionalism. There is only one way to deal with a Divergent, and that is to kill him.

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The narrative above is my attempt to presage the real story of “Divergent” written by Veronica Roth as a children’s story. Divergent is the current movie rage that had me on the edge of my seat throughout. It also started my mind spinning into the possibilities of reaching that point in civilization where such a scenario becomes real. The setting is Chicago, and the scene of the abandoned buildings on either side of a dry Chicago River bed gave it real meaning. This story theme reminded me of Hunger Games and its spin on what the world will become in the future. Each film is entertaining, but Hunger Games seemed more entertaining than Divergent. Perhaps it is because Divergent tells the story of a plebe seeking entry into Dauntless through a rigorous and brutal training program. Whereas, the Hunger Games was a more adventure filled, problem solving competition with no punches barred. Each film has merit and each tells a good story. Both are worth watching.

Normally, Peggy and I don’t go for the sci-fi, fantasy, and comic book themed stories of the future, but this one had both of us riveted.

 

Dana Did It To Me Again

A Must ReadMy grand-daughter did it to me again. I often ask what she is reading, and that is where I go wrong, I read what she reads. The latest is “Hunger Games.” I hadn’t heard of this story until the movie came out and splashed the headlines with the ginormous money it took in at the box office. How can that be? Am I so out of touch with reality as to miss such a popular book until a movie comes out about it? I guess I am because quite frankly, I didn’t even know there was a book until the movie.

I watched a trailer on Hunger Games which did not tell me anything about the plot. Another fantasy story, I told myself. That explains why Dana is so excited about it.

I downloaded the book to the Kindle and started the read. Ten hours later I put the damn thing away. I was in total awe. The story line is a natural for a movie. The setting reminded me of the Planet of the Apes. North America has been re-invented by horrible events, and the country does not resemble the USA in any way. Instead it is now a primitive totalitarian state called Panem divided into eleven Districts. The government instituted games to make life more interesting. The premise of the games is definitely savage, and the winner is the last man standing.

The number of characters in the story are all necessary to tell the story. Author Suzanne Collins makes a bunch of unbelievable characters very believable, but she must have sipped some hallucinogenic tea to come up with story. Now, I must go to the movie just to see how Hollywood uses modern technology to convey the far out advanced concepts used in the narrative.

Hunger Games is the first of three books needed to tell the entire story. I have already loaded the second one “Catching the Fire,” to the Kindle for more reading pleasure.

Thanks Dana for another great read.

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