Gut Rumbles
 

November 21, 2003

my answers

1) Have you ever done anything in your life that you REALLY wished you could take back? If so, what was it?

I have several of those crossroads in my life where I turned the wrong way. I look back now and I realize that maybe everything worked out well in spite of my poor choices. My gut instinct is to answer this question by saying that I would have thrown Jennifer's phone number away the day she gave it to me and NEVER called her if I knew then where that relationship would lead. But if I had done that, I wouldn't have Quinton today. I wouldn't be retired at the age of 51. She fucked me over like a pro, but I came out of it okay. I have no regrets other than not spending more time with my father before he died.

2) Have you ever been in a situation where you had to choose between your principles and your income? How did you handle that decision?

I stuck with my beliefs every time. That hard-headed attitude has cost me a lot over the years, but that's just the way I am. I will not whore myself for anyone, and lost money is a small price to pay for being able to look at myself in the mirror every day and feel no shame.

3) Did you ever do something knowing full well at the time that it was wrong? If so, why did you do it?

I put an M-80 firecracker in a mailbox one night when I was drinking beer with friends. I KNEW that I was committing an act of vandalism at the time, but I did it anyway. I wanted to impress my friends with my derring-do. I have regretted that act ever since.

4) Name a movie that made you cry (and if you say "I never cried over a movie, you should be dragged off and shot, you heartless shit!)

Good grief. Acidman hates to confess this fact, but I am notorious for weeping over sappy movies. October Sky got me. So did Saving Private Ryan. I still cry when I see Shane or Old Yeller. I don't want to talk about this shit any more. I need to go blow my nose.

5) Name three things in your life that you feel OBLIGATED to do that you WOULD NOT DO if you didn't feel that sense of obligation.

I pay child support to a woman who does not use the money to support my child. I HATE paying her for being a bloodless cunt.

I pay taxes that the government pisses away. I HATE paying a government that seems to be intent on taking away my freedom while using MY MONEY to accomplish the task.

I once awoke at 4:00 in the morning every day and went to work. I did that NOT because I wanted to, but because I felt OBLIGATED to do it. I see now where that sense of obligation got me. Fuck it. I'm not doing that any more.

Okay, you have my answers.

Comments

I can't say I did the same as you in regards to question #2. I am not ashamed and I can still look myself in the mirror every morning. I did what I did because other people depended on me. We had a house, 2 cars, 4 kids, and a dog. Putting food on the table and paying the bills were a higher priority than my principles. I didn't kill anyone, and I didn't steal, but I sold a whole lot of furniture to a lot of people that I knew couldn't afford it and would probably ruin their credit before we ended up repossessing it. My gut and my heart told me it was wrong, but I needed that paycheck.

Posted by: wanda on November 21, 2003 11:02 PM

I loved "October Sky", but it didn't move me to tears because I resolved all my differences with my father 2 decades ago. He and I are friends now, much to my great joy.

I didn't think about paying taxes as an "obligation". Even though I don't agree with how they are spent, I think of paying my share as a civic duty, regardless of how painful it is.

Posted by: Jack on November 21, 2003 11:06 PM

I friggin' knew it.

Posted by: Stevie on November 22, 2003 07:16 AM

(Re: #1...not you, Jack. Sorry, I shoulda been more clear...)

Posted by: Stevie on November 22, 2003 07:17 AM

Acidman, do you cry during sad movies with a female beside you? How about you other men, out there? I cry, a sad movie, sad parts of books, etc., and I don't cry "pretty." Red nose, red swollen eyelids, blotchy face, down right ugly when crying. Yep, Fido's Ass when I cry.

I've had my suspicions that woman who don't get red noses and don't look like Fido's ass when they cry are really faking it, just like they do the big O.

Oh, oh, probably stepped on some pretty red toenails out there with that last statement!

Posted by: Ms Anna on November 22, 2003 09:07 AM

The most frustrating thing about the taxes is that no matter how much damn money they take, they still take more, and borrow more on top of that. The $87Billion rebuild in Iraq? Yep, much of it's being "borrowed" from the Social Security fund... the word "security" in that phrase has always been something of a misnomer, but now it's just propaganda.

Posted by: Brian on November 23, 2003 03:47 AM

Hi...Im just surfed in and want to say hello!
Regards George


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