Since so many of you were interested in the subject of the last blog and, since Your Humble Narrator had a nasty virus, we shall pick up where we left off – with poor, pissed-on Wankie and his appearance on the ‘friends’ pages of the same people who stole his car, poisoned him and pissed on his noggin.
First, you will notice that today’s photo is one of a public library. This is not the library I grew up with…this is just a library I happen to have a picture of. It is the Reading, Pa., Public Library in the center of the city. I have the photo because it is the first time I ever held a protest sign. That is me, behind the sign with the Converse Chuck Taylors sticking out from beneath it. I had two libraries as a child, a great one in Whitesboro, NY, which used to be an Underground Railroad station which had secret tunnels for hiding slaves; my other library in Whitehall, PA, was an excellent one, too, since it was a brand new building and had tons of new material and a huge kid’s section. This was the library where Your Narrator first threw up as a result of nicotine overload at age ten.
When vomiting, you are pretty helpless. Locked in that bright, well-lit library lavatory, spewing the broth with the librarian rap, rap, rapping on that door, the puking was private until the door was opened by my ghostly form, sweaty and white as sun-dried bone. It is best to be left alone in one’s misery. Do Unto Others, as they say.
So, that being said, mostly by way of ADHD-fueled diversion, it was never my pleasure to see anybody suffer, aside from siblings when growing up. My old man was a boxer in the US Marine Corps divisional matches. My brother was a master of martial arts, Black Belt in Judo, Karate and Martial Arts Weaponry, all. Much of this writer’s childhood was spent hiding from some bigger, older kids who were always rumored to be ‘after him’. The urge to hurt others never took seed in me. On the other hand, my father and brother never got laid very much (judging by their childlike unfamiliarity with the sex act) and it is better to be a lover than a fighter, anyway.
The kids who chased me were usually two or three years older, in high school and short…short as in sawed-off, as in runt. Over six feet tall going into the seventh grade, the target was on my back. The library was devoid of this type of juvenile as well as most all the kids who went to school with me. None of them cared much about reading. Even in high school, only one or two were anywhere near approaching the state of ‘book smart’. The library was sanctuary. The outsider behaviour came early to me. My friends were books and my dog, the ever-faithful Gus.
But that is okay, since being an outsider kept me away from most scenes like the one described in the previous blog. However, let us revisit that behaviour and ponder a few things.
What real joy do we get from pushing somebody to the limits, using the most uncivilized behaviour? Worse yet, how do we still find joy in incidents which openly point to our own depravity? How do you find joy in what would be dubbed ‘torture’ if it were performed in Gitmo Bay? We all do irresponsible things as youths but isn’t it a bit sick to revel in them forty years later when, as adults, we should own our actions in the name of either Karma, Christ or culpability?
Worst of all, how do you ‘friend’ a person who has poisoned you and urinated on your shag hair cut? How do you see the faces of people who stole your car, your weed, fed you treefrogs while hungover, laughed the whole time – how do you send a message to ask them to be your ‘friend’? Of course, we have always let bygones be bygones but some things are too warped to be bygoned. Is it short memory? Is it a desperate attempt to hold onto your school days? Is it proof that the drugs in the 1970s were really that good and so such incidents are seen through a warm and dreamy haze of comfortability?
When queried as to why Wankie appears on the ‘friends page’ of these guys, they patently denied it…which was stupid since he was right there on the screen, in alphabetical order. When it was pointed out that they had to manually accept him as a ‘friend’ for his profile to show up there, it always seems to have been an accident. “How did he get in there,’ they ask aloud.
Many of these guys married early, made homes, got taken by their ex-wives and are starting over. Some of them hate women because of the grief caused by premature marriages which gutted any hope of an exciting future and bank accounts gutted by exes who got tired of coming home to hear the strains of Genesis drifting out of the windows.
Can you get therapy for things like this? Certainly if you are the pissee as opposed to the pisser, the need for therapy is probably a personal thing that begs to be answered in the recesses of the mind of the put-upon. What kind of therapy do you give adults who still find this sort of stuff to be funny? That is the real question.
These days, ‘bullying’ is a big issue. Considering the way kids acted when we grew up, the ‘bullying’ of today is small potatoes. Kids need a certain amount of denigration to put them in place. It toughens them up for the world of Facebook.