Friday, February 27, 2009

Buzz Kill, Douche Bags and Buttroys

One of my favorite stories about Road Rage occurred in Houston, maybe last year. I may have a few details wrong because I got the story from my mother and don't have enough information to find the original news article in the paper's archives, but really, what's a few details?

Not long ago, a grandma aged woman was driving on the freeway in Houston and some asshole to exception took her driving. Maybe she cut him off; maybe she was too slow. Who knows? But he was so pissed off about her driving that when she got off the freeway, he followed her down the exit ramp, down the feeder road to the stop light where he got out of his car and proceeded to bang on her window and holler at her.

She shot him. I don't know if she shot him graveyard dead, but she shot him fair and square. While most everyone was outraged when Mr. Horn of Pasadena, Texas shot the unarmed Latinos in his yard, no one questioned this grandma at all because the bastard was out of control and needed shooting.

This attitude of justifiable homicide is pervasive in Texas. I believe it's why there are fewer garden variety douche bags. The douche bags are colossal douche bags like George W. Bush or the uncles and grandpas who think it's okay to fuck their relatives because, as white men, everything in their homes is their property to use as they choose. Most of the time, when a kid acts like a douche bag, somebody at school kicks the shit out of him and doesn't get in trouble.

I am aware that plenty of colossal assholes bully and beat up on innocent kids - like those football players in Dazed and Confused, and that behavior is so socially acceptable that it leads to reprehensible behavior like hazing deaths. Again, I would argue that those frat boys and sorority girls are colossal assholes not garden variety assholes. And some people are CFC (DSM-VI diagnosis Completely Fucking Crazy) like that woman who killed the little girl who was competing against her daughter in cheer leading.

The reason I'm on this topic today is that Buzz Kill is on my last nerve. Coincidentally, one of Velvet's friends has proved to be such a dumb ass that Velvet won't even smoke the kid's weed anymore. When a high school kid won't smoke free weed because somebody is a douche bag, that's a big douche bag. I'm proud that Velvet came to this conclusion on his own and it just goes to prove my theory that if you allow your child a certain amount of freedom in a controlled environment, s/he will likely be able to make better choices in the dorm at college where everything is completely beyond your control.

To be continued . . .


Blogger Kitty said...

Sorry to hear about Buzz Kill, but pleased that Velvet's powers of judgement are shaping up well. I'll consider my parenting a reasonable success if my two can make such judgements.


February 27, 2009 at 8:44 AM  
Blogger Comrade Kevin said...

It seems as though few parents strike the balance between enough freedom for their kids to make their own decisions for themselves and form their own identities---or too restrictive and thus prone to rebel.

It's often either too much or not enough.

My parents erred on the side of being too strict and I went through a period of time whereby I disregarded everything sacred to them.

February 27, 2009 at 8:52 AM  
Blogger Gail said...

Hi there-

I so get the delicate balance of parenting. I encouraged my son's 'freedom of personal creative expression' and he still will tell me how much that meant to him in a good way. With my girls,I was less likely to give them free reign. Perhaps because they are girls or perhaps because there is an eleven year gap between my oldest girl and youngest boy. By the time the third one came along I was older and much more relaxed. :-)
Good stuff to think about.
Love Gail

February 27, 2009 at 10:42 AM  
Blogger Life As I Know It Now said...

luv it, luv it, luv it! I'm glad that Granny decided to off that fucker's ass for being the out of control douche bag that he was!

February 27, 2009 at 4:24 PM  
Blogger PENolan said...

Overall, I'd say I feel "so far so good" with Velvet. Buzz Kill deserves some of the credit, though, much as I dislike admitting that today. It's funny - all this time with No Man in my life and I feel less isolated than I ever did in active memory. A big part of that has been finding so much friendly, thoughtful support out here with all y'all in blogland.

February 27, 2009 at 9:29 PM  
Blogger yellowdoggranny said...

in houston?...probably my aunt..she's in her late 70s drives a 2008 red mustang and packs a gun...and isn't afraid to use it.

February 27, 2009 at 9:32 PM  
Blogger yellowdoggranny said...

i love the buttroys reference..thanks..
have you googled buttroy yet?'s becoming popular.

February 27, 2009 at 9:33 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Did some woman really kill the girl who was competing against her daughter? Wow. Texas must be crazy.

February 27, 2009 at 10:44 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I sense some pent up hostility in this post..please do not buy a gun... I would hate to cross you at the moment!

February 28, 2009 at 7:17 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I just found your blog and my first impression is how much your style reminds me of George Carlin's written work. I love it! Keep on keepin' on....

February 28, 2009 at 10:26 AM  
Blogger PENolan said...

What a nice compliment, JDHays. Are you married?

February 28, 2009 at 3:58 PM  

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