Gut Rumbles

October 15, 2003

Bearding the lion

I am not a big man. I am 5' 7" tall and I weigh about 150 pounds now. I was an inch taller and 30 pounds heavier two years ago, when I lifted weights and farmed a lot. I thought that I was a pretty rugged dude. I don't feel as rugged as I once did.

I believe that I am SMARTER now than I ever was, up to a point. My daddy once told me that I was "sharp," but I would never be "smart" until I had lived long enough to understand the difference between the two. He also told me that I had a real problem with authority figures, because I liked to "beard the lion in his den," and that shit would catch up with me some day.

I thought that he was wrong. I believed that my willingness to "beard the lion" was a feature, not a bug. I suppose that some of my attitude comes from a "little man" complex, but a lot of it comes from never wanting to be second-best. When you're small and you aren't blessed with the physical assets other people possess, you just have to TRY HARDER than they do. I've done that all my life. I was raised on hard work.

My son is not going to be a big boy in size. Who cares?

Do you know what makes you small? THINK SMALL and you always will be. Think BIG and you CAN be. And if you think big, you must be willing to beard the lion in his den. Otherwise, you're a politician, not a doer.

Some people can't tell the difference.


Amen to the comment about politicians and doer. I won't tell you my political persuasion, but I will say a lean strongly to one side. However I do not care much for politicians of either party. Sometimes I can tell which side of the political spectrum they are on. They say one thing, but their actions say another.

They are sure seem to be less concerned with solving a problem then with staying in office.

Posted by: Al Frick on October 15, 2003 03:05 PM

Not fer nuthin'...but you're 10 feet tall and damn near bullett-proof to me, Dude.
I would never in a million years have guessed that you're my size...damn.

One question, tho: I get the jist of it, but what DOES 'beard the lion' mean? I've not heard that before.

Posted by: Stevie on October 15, 2003 04:55 PM

You are correct, it is all in the attitude. I am the same 5' 7", and I have never considered myself short. Oddly enough, YOUR attitude had me convinced you were about 6' 2". I suppose I was right.

Posted by: Squirrel on October 15, 2003 06:01 PM

Tall men suck, or at the very least, have their own issues. Anything over 6'2" and they're worthless. I prefer the little guys. (course I'm 5'9", so they often do not prefer me.)

Posted by: Ang on October 15, 2003 06:38 PM

My daddy used to "beard" me. That means letting about a day's worth of stubble grow on your face, then raking your beard over someone's tender cheeks.

My daddy always impressed me when he did that. I liked being "bearded."

Posted by: Acidman on October 15, 2003 07:32 PM

Well said. There's nothing anyone can't do. The only limitation is the willingness to do the degree of work required to achieve a given thing.

But the real trick isn't to beard the lion, it's to be the lion. Mwaha. :)

Posted by: Mr. Lion on October 15, 2003 08:15 PM

Please put your shirt on.

And I invented the internet

Posted by: Al Gore on October 15, 2003 10:33 PM

Please put your shirt on.

And I invented the internet

Posted by: Al Gore on October 15, 2003 10:33 PM

Please put your shirt on.

And I invented the internet

Posted by: Al Gore on October 15, 2003 10:33 PM

Please put your shirt on.

And I invented the internet

Posted by: Al Gore on October 15, 2003 10:33 PM

I'm really ssorry about the repeat posts, especially in light of all the blog ddos's occuring. Don't worry, that was no attack, just my own browser not working right, and me hitting F5 a bunch of times.

Posted by: "al gore" on October 15, 2003 10:36 PM once accused me of lopping you off at the knees and making you a midget. You claimed to be 5'8" at the time and I said I thought you were closer to 5'6"....well, now you say you're 5'7"......this isn't MY doing. I just want that on the record.

Quinton will be a Tall Dog and a Smart Dog because that's the example you've given him. He'll learn from you to think quickly and move even faster because that's what he knows you expect and what he's seen you do.

There are a million things we teach our kids through our actions and our words. Quinton respects and loves you and all your lessons will be heeded. I've seen how that boy looks at you and he's gathering it all.

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