A Day Of Dougie:
Introverts, Crackers & Dodge Ball
November 19, 2018
Greetings and welcome to another Day of Dougie. By the way, this is my 1300th post here at my site, DougMaynard.com. And no one thought I could last, did they? It all started with answering an ad about needing a recapper for Sunday Night Heat way back in 2002 for a website called WrestlingInformer.net, owned by a man named Brad Casey and over sixteen years later and many thousands of posts and columns at assorted websites all over the internet, this is where we are now. Here’s to 1300 down and about 5000 more (at least) in the months and years to come. My thanks to everyone who reads, comments, questions and supports my writing and this site, as well as the affiliated sites, SMFCyberspace.com and PWBTS.com. And it’s just the beginning. Believe that!
And now, let’s get to the meat of the matter and that’s what I’m here for now. I was thinking about writing about the Survivor Series show that just went off the air a few minutes ago on the WWE Network. I watched it all except for the Kickoff Show and it was a pretty wild event. As a finish, the match with Rousey and Charlotte sucked, but as a story, it’s going to be good. Super Shane? Oh vey! And the last part of that match between Brock and Daniel Bryan was the best Lesnar match in probably the past several years. RAW sweeped the event with the exception of the tag team elimination match on the Kick-Off show so look for lots of Stephanie McMahon tomorrow on RAW. I think I’ll wait and watch it on InDemand and that way I can skip those parts. And Shane will be whining and crying and blaming everyone else on Smackdown come Tuesday night. I think I’ll skip that show entirely. But that’s for tomorrow night and Tuesday night. Now, let’s close the chatter about the wrestling and move on to why I’m here. It’s a Day of Dougie. Let’s get this party started now.
As per the usual when I do a “Day Of Dougie” column, I have no idea what the topics of discussion will be. That’s what makes this so cool. I have what I call the “Magic Bag” and it’s filled with hundreds of scraps of paper with different words and topics written on each piece. I reach into the bag, pull out two or three pieces and that’s the agenda for today. No chance to prepare or research, but just pull out the topic and go for it. It’s totally random and a good exercise to keep me on my toes. And it’s fun too. That’s the most important part. So let’s get the bag, shake it up and figure out what’s what.
The topics for discussion tonight are: Introverts, Crackers & Dodge Ball. Three rather diverse topics to be sure. Well, let me a take a sip of Dew and let’s do this. And away we go…
What is an introvert? The definition, according to Webster is: a reserved or shy person who enjoys spending time alone. And for the most part, that’s true. I know that, speaking for myself, that with the exception of maybe a couple of people, I’m definitely reserved and prefer to be alone, not because I’m shy so much, but because dealing with people is exhausting and difficult, why even bother? I deal with people every day at work and since it’s retail and customer service, you can just imagine the kind of people and some of the personalities. And I’m good with that. I don’t mind being at work and I don’t mind doing the other things I have to do. Most people are pretty decent and cool, but then there are those few who make it bad for the others and stress me out. So when I’m given the chance to be alone, I take it and relish in it. And I find that, especially for a creative minded person, being alone without the distractions of others is far better as well. There are some people I know that are never alone and I feel for them. They’re so smart and creative and have so much inside them waiting to get out, but it seems that every time they try to tap into those abilities and that magic, there are always others there to distract and impede. But then again, not everyone is a loner or introvert or whatever term you might choose to use.
The hard thing for me personally is that people who do not choose to live outside the box (or inside the box as the case may be) don’t always get it and think that if a person is alone, they’re miserable or unhappy or seeking company because that’s how that person is. Some people need people around them all the time. And some people only need themselves. I need people. I like people (just don’t tell anyone I said that!) The time I spend with the people I care for the most, my brother and his son mainly, are some of the best times of my life. But I also love to be alone, to be able to sit around in my boxers if I want to, to turn up the stereo and get lost in the music, maybe even singing along, to sit and write as I’m doing right now. I have others who live here at the house and I generally have to wait for them to leave or go to bed to be able to relax even the slightest and let myself go into the zone and be able to write. And I’m getting way off the topic, aren’t I?
I guess I’ll sum this up and then move on. I’m an introvert, not because I don’t like people. I do (some of them anyway). But because I love myself and have to look after my needs too. And part of my needs include seclusion, isolation and time alone to think, reflect, create and observe. It’s not a good thing and it’s not a bad thing. It’s my thing and there you go. Let’s move on.
The “C” word. It’s so vile and disgusting and racist. We are not “Crackers”. The correct term is “Saltine Americans”. Get it right!
Ah yes, the great memories of being a kid and getting slammed in the head by a red rubber ball. Kids today will never be able to cherish and enjoy that feeling and experience. It’s violent and vicious and people can be hurt. It’s used to pick on the kids who are slower, unpopular, less athletic. That’s what people say now about dodge ball and why it’s not around anymore. And maybe all of that is true, but we were kids and didn’t care. You threw a big red rubber ball at the other kids and if they couldn’t dodge it and were hit, they were eliminated, kind of like how real life goes. Life throws things at you every single day and you either dodge it and handle things or else you get whacked and you’re out of action. Is it fair? Nope! Did people use that ball as a way to bully and assault other kids? Yep! Should kids today be allowed to play dodge ball and other games like it in school? Well, we did and it didn’t hurt anyone. Of course, we also stood for the Pledge Of Allegience to the flag, were respectful to adults and teachers, settled our differences with fist fights, making up and being cool twenty minutes later, etc. We didn’t have school shootings or 90% of the craziness and insanity that kids today and schools today have to deal with. We just slammed big red balls into each other before school and during P.E. class. We could get slammed, take the bump, laugh it off, vow revenge and it wasn’t a big deal. It was just part of the daily routine. Hell, if you slammed a red rubber ball into the face of a kid now, they’d cry, threaten to sue the school, crawl into their safe space needing counseling and then come back later with a semi-automatic rifle and try to shoot the people who threw the ball at them (and everyone else as well). They’d be the victim and feel wronged because that’s what they’re being taught now and what kid’s today are supposed to believe. Not deal with life, shrug it off and move on as my generation was, but play the victim, blame everyone else and throw a tantrum if you don’t get your way, feel imposed upon or can’t do well at a physical game with the other kids. Oh vey! We are so screwed up.
And I think I’ve totally gone off the subject now, but you get the point, right ? There are worse things in life than playing games and getting whalloped by a flying red rubber ball. It doens’t really hurt all that much and teaches a lesson in life, that if something big and hard is coming at you, move and weave and get out of the way. In other words, dodge it. Think about it.
And with that, I’m closing this up. Time fo get to bed and get some sleep so I can be up bright and early in the AM to spend the next 11 hours getting people liquored up as they prepare for the holidays later this week. I’ll be back before then, but Happy Thanksgiving friends. And to my brother and his mini-me, I love you guys. Any thoughts, comments, questions, etc, drop me a line either here at the site or at my e-mail of Doug28352@yahoo.com. Have a great one and I’ll see you later.