Chapter 24, Blog 3
By Chuck Wells As Told To Ray Hochgesang
“Yeah, so I have a few issues to deal with. Who doesn’t? But you’re not helping by interrogating me,” I said as my growing agitation began to show. “If you mean, did I feel old and stupid and out of step – no pun intended – the answer is ‘yes, I did.’ ”
Harry pushed the foot rest down and sat up.
“My question is do you feel the need to continue?”
A cold draft wafted over me as if someone had opened a window. I shivered.
“Yes,” said Harry. “Do you want to continue? It is not a difficult question, even for you.”
“Are we still in the tearing-down stage? Are you always this nasty to your athletes?”
“I do what I think is best for each one. You, sir, need a good boot in the posterior. Now that you participated in that meaningless event and incurred further mental damage, you will need … ”
“A kick in the head? Right? Where do you get this malarkey?”
“Malarkey? I swear. You and your peers are some of the most narcissistic in the history of the world,” said Harry, waving his right index finger like a band leader. “Why do I need to explain anything? In my day, sir, we did what we were told. No questions asked.”
“So we did not feel a neurotic need to ask a basketful of simplistic questions every five minutes,” he said.
“Is it my fault we’re not sheep?”
I made a face.
“BBBBAAAAHHH!” I bleated.
Harry made a face.
“Enough of your childish sarcasm. Woe is the day that a baby boomer takes responsibility for anything.”
… here we go again …
“Your generation truly confounds me. I suppose you could blame your malaise on the acceleration of change during the past 40 years,” he said, rubbing his eyes again. “You boomers are probably the most technologically stressed of all time. And it shows.”
“Say what?” I was lost.
“See? said Harry, pacing a circle around me. “Space travel, computers, cellphones, iPods. No wonder you ask questions. It’s a flawed stalling tactic designed to keep you from falling further behind.”
“What’s the point, Harry?”
“And you have no patience either. Instant this, instant that, instant gratification always.”
“What’s your damned point?”
“And always skipping to the bottom line with no interest in how one gets there.”
“The point, if you please.”
“I saw your races.”
“I know the coach at Georgia Tech. He recorded your races and emailed them to me. They’re on your computer. You were beat before you ran the first step.”
“You were spying on me?”
“You boomers know what your problem is, Charlie?”
… who is this Charlie …
“You think too much.”
Copyright © 2012 by Chuck H. Wells/Ray Hochgesang