Episode 30 - Petty Violence

Officially out of our twenties and already feeling more introspective, Buck has to bring in his first retraction, and we follow that up with tales of toy destruction before bringing in the following issues:

-Drum Solos
-Petty Theft
-Glorifying Violence
-Differing Legal Ages

Man, there's not much better in life than having a favorite band and going to see them perform live!  The back-and-forth of energy between the crowd and the musicians on stage is a thing of beauty, and it forms a feedback loop that propels the excitement even higher . . . that is, until the drummer goes on a long, boring drum solo.  Don't get me wrong, both of us appreciate skill and musicianship, but there's a thin line between delivering a top notch performance to your fans and jerking your ego on stage for five to ten minutes while your band mates go for a smoke.  It's enough to make you want to walk up on stage and snatch those drumsticks right out of the drummer's hands, but then that would lead to another issue . . .

If there's one thing I can't stand, it's a thief.  I've had to many things stolen from me, whether it be at work or church or anywhere, big or small, I hate having something of mine whisked away by some sticky-fingered prick.  But what's especially baffling to me is when the item stolen wasn't really worth stealing in the first place.  Petty theft is an idiot's answer to risk vs. reward.  You wanna steal a candy bar from the store?  Sure, go ahead, but if you get caught shoplifting, some divorced night manager with a lust for revenge is going to take out his power lust on you, and you're gonna get crucified, figuratively speaking.  Or, if you steal from work, you could lose your job.  Back in the olden days, if you caught someone stealing from you, you'd just beat them senseless, but maybe it's best that I don't suggest that . . .

Unless you've lived under a rock, you've seen that countless acts of political violence taking place in the U.S. and around the world.  But where are these people getting the idea that physical harm is the appropriate punishment for wrong-think?  Well, I'd wager that they saw it on tv or in a movie, or maybe even from a celebrity on the internet.  There's a fine line between freedom of speech and expression and inciting real people to real violence against other real people, and Tab argues that the line is being crossed a lot as of late.  Some (specifically Buck) would recommend that you buy a gun to protect yourself, but you'll have to meet an arbitrary requirement before you can . . .

Did you know that in many states, you can legally get married at 16 with your parents' written permission?  As a guy who's been married twice, I can tell you that it's not a decision to be taken lightly.  Nor is the one that often comes directly afterwards, which is to have children.  But, according to pretty much every state in the union, you can be trusted to make this decision on your own at age 18.  But there's no way in H E double-hockey-sticks that you could be trusted to, oh say, buy a gun.  Or drink a beer.  But, hey, have fun putting up with that nagging spouse and crying child sober, yeah?  Oh, and, don't forget to pay your taxes and register for the draft, because if you don't do those things at 18, you're going to jail!
Several folks chimed in with their opinions on last week's air compressor debate.  Whose side did they take?  Listen to this week's episode to find out!