Gut Rumbles

February 11, 2005


I don't admire many people in this world. In fact, you gotta show me some serious wherewithall to even earn my RESPECT, let alone my admiration. But I'll tell you how to do that.

*Display courage. I'm not talking about crazy-assed, attack that hill, show veins in your teeth, John Wayne bullshit. Being fearless is different from being courageous. A courageous person feels fear, tingles with it and overcomes that feeling because he is determined to do the right thing. THAT'S the person who will stand when everybody else kneels or who will NOT sacrifice a belief for political correctness or personal safety. That's a Tall Dog.

*Be honest. Even when the truth hurts, tell it, straight-up. Lies are easy. That's the refuge of a coward. I still believe that a man's word is his bond and I don't need no goddam lawyer to tell me who I can trust. If you make a deal with an honest person, you don't need a signed contract. A handshake is good enough.

*Be willin.' Say what you mean and mean what you say. Back it up with spine. Face trouble head-on and and don't try to weasel yourself out of it if things start going badly. Win the fight, or go down fighting.

*Walk Tall. I am a small man, but size doesn't matter when you walk tall. It's an attitude that comes from everything I posted above. I would rather die on my feet than live on my knees and I've never asked for a hand-out in my life. I never will, either. If I can't get it on my own, I don't deserve it.

*Don't Quit. There's a big difference between losing and being whipped. You may lose a lot in life, but never let ANYTHING whip you.

*Take no shit. Look around this country today. Is it just ME seeing flashbacks from the the drugs I ingested in the 60s, or are we becoming a nation of sheeple, who don't know how to stand up and say, "I'm not gonna take this crap!" Got-Dam!!! If enough people grew a set of balls and yelled "WE ain't gonna take this crap!" the crap would go away. The only way that crap gets served to you is because you don't bitch about it. If you eat it, you deserve the meal you get.

That's MY humble opinion, which is why I admire Teddy Roosevelt.


I'd say those are pretty much spot on expectations, but on that last one I do believe that we did have just enough people say "WE ain't gonna take this crap!" and won an election. Teddy would have been proud.

Here's my Teddy R. story:

His niece, who he apparently was very fond of and visited occasionally, lived for many years in a house not far from me. A few years ago her very old, decaying and now vacant house was burned down by the local fire department. But not before a friend of mine removed all of the windows (he was paid to) and brought them home and turned each of them into an exquisite framed mirror complete with the original grids. They were very cool and he gave me one of his creations. I just think it's fascinating when I look at it to have that old window that I can say with a high degree of certainty that at some point during his presidency, Teddy Roosevelt peered through it too.

Posted by: marcl on February 11, 2005 08:08 PM

Well stated Acidman!
I could write a five page essay on your thoughts, opinions ( which I totally agree with). You are SO right!

Posted by: murry on February 13, 2005 04:52 AM

Philosophy for life:
Hear no SHIT, Speak no SHIT, Take no SHIT.

Here's to ya Acidman, Keep up the good work

Posted by: your mama on April 4, 2005 06:27 PM
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