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Places and Spaces I’ll never see

Like any other couple closing in on their retirement, my wife and I have contemplated travel in our later years.  But for a while at my house, we’ve thought long and hard not so much about faraway safaris and adventures on global or American lands but rather about states and countries whose soil we’ll never step foot on.

The idea first took hold with the disappearance of Natalie Holloway.  The subsequent non-investigation that followed made up our minds that we wouldn’t be going to Aruba any damn time soon and the years-later prosecution and conviction of Joran Van der Sloot for another murder did nothing to calm our fears of traveling there.

Next is Texas because, as Tater Salad (Ron White) once proclaimed, they have an express lane to the death penalty.  My problem is that as final as the death penalty is I don’t see them making a lot of strides in ensuring they execute the correct person.  Even when faced with evidence of innocence years later, Texas is still reluctant to recognize a mistake.  Besides that, Texas is a “packing” stand your ground state.

Another thing, if you do find yourself in Texas, don’t drive.

Colorado gets honorable mention on this short list.  It seems even doobies aren’t enough to calm those folks down.  Again, they too are a stand your ground state.  In addition, they’re the state that gave us AOL and if there’s anyone out there who’s tried in the past to unsubscribe from that service, they know what I’m talking about.

Matter of fact, all stand your ground states are honorable mention on my list; peeps being too quick to draw on someone for any and every perceived indignity.

Which brings me to my A number one selection of places and spaces I’ll never see: Florida.

I knew something was askew in Florida when they acquitted George Zimmerman in the murder of Trayvon Martin.  You know it’s bad where you are when a grown man can stalk and kill an unarmed teen and get away with it.  That these types of killings seem able to crisscross all sorts of demographics doesn’t make me feel any more secure or regret my decision to stay the hell away from there.  And this latest movie house shooting is very, very troubling.

Maybe it’s me but the fact that a retired policeman would do such a thing boggles the mind.  It not only bears the question of how he performed his job while on active duty-the decisions he made as well as his temperament- but it also calls into question the choices the state has made and is continuing to make where it concerns those citizens it chooses to enforce its laws and carry guns while doing so.

Does it surprise anyone that the defense attorney will attempt to turn a bag of popcorn into a deadly weapon?

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On the other hand, Affluenza…

Affluenza is a disease of privilege, wealth and class.  It’s a cause-and-effect virus; one where the behavior of the person afflicted can have an extremely dire effect on others.  It’s always been with us; since ancient times, I think, evident in the way we’ve interacted with our fellowmen throughout history.

The disease in America probably got its start in the early south; its effect causing the subjugation of one entire race of people before mutating and scattering its hardship through other segments of society.  It may not be where it all began but it was where it was allowed to fester and spread.

And once it shot its tentacles through the south and other parts of the country, it was only a matter of time-and history can be so short-before the effect of the virus became even more prevalent to endanger other, seemingly marginalized citizens.  And so it still is today, as the virus continues to mutate and reach additional parts of the country and globe, all the while upsetting different parts of the population.

Before found mostly in the families of royalty and other like lineages, these days the virus can be found in all walks of life but almost always in places or pockets of affluence.

Celebrities, professional athletes, politicians and corporate types are the most likely to contract the nasty bug and as the desire for status among peers has grown over the years along with some incomes, so to has the disease’s occurrence in what was before considered segments of society that were untouched.

While drugs combating the virus in its early years were virtually non-existent, today we have a small but viable arsenal against the spread of the contamination.  First and foremost in our repertoire is Accountability.  Accountability zaps the fight right out of the virus Affluenza.

Of course, more than one dose may have to be applied and you might have to increase the dosage with each new application. But rest assured, with proper adherence to dosage levels of the drug along with adequate in-patient and out-patient therapy, individuals who have the dubious misfortune of contracting the disease can be healed.

In addition to accountability, other therapeutic drugs can be utilized to alleviate symptoms of the disease.  Doctors are having success with tolerance and there’s always justice as a mainstay, like aspirin, to fall back on.  Also, there’s been a lot of buzz being generated by the compounds empathy and compassion but, even after all these years, they’re still in the experimental stage and aren’t quite ready for public consumption.

Still, with judicious use of the drug accountability, anyone suffering from the disease Affluenza can be cured in a relatively short period of time.


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We All Should Be So Lucky

Is there a particular part of the country I should be going to in order to contract this Affluenza?  Truthfully, I didn’t even know it existed until a couple of hours ago, so I’m not too up on what I should be doing in order to stay clear of it.  Thing is, from the way it sounds, I don’t think I want to stay clear of it, rather I would die for a case of it.  In fact, we all should be so lucky as to have had a case or two of Affluenza in our lives.

Finally, we have a disease that doesn’t kill us.  It rewards us; providing us with a virtually unlimited access to the good life.  Like an inoculation, it affords us protection from the rigorous stresses of modern society and gives us peace of mind, knowing that it’s always there, like your first tetanus shot, to shield you from any perceived harm.

Sounds great, I know but there’s always a down side.

I mean, now that we have a new disease, there has to be a new drug.  It’ll go through testing before being made available for consumers.  Hopefully such delays will give more and more of us an opportunity to contract the alement.  But eventually it’ll go public and the expected adverse reactions will occur.  After which, we’ll be subjected to television commercials soliciting attorney services for anyone who’d contracted Affluenza and taken the drug whatever and had afterwards almost died.

I can see it coming already.  We’re man and we know how to louse up a good thing.

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