Donkey butts

Let's declare our independence from the tyranny of donkey butts.
Let’s declare our independence from the tyranny of donkey butts.

I’m thinking of all the times I’ve confronted what I consider to be rude behavior and how little good it’s probably done. The over-loud cell phone conversations I’ve interrupted, the smokers I’ve asked not to smoke in non-smoking areas, the parents I’ve asked to calm their crying infants in movie theaters and restaurants. While I do more often than not accomplish short-term local change, I doubt seriously that I’ve made the world a better place for anybody but me, and then only for a few minutes or hours. Still, as automatically as I’d straighten a picture frame hanging crooked on the wall, I’ll rise from my chair to cross a room where I’ll hear myself begin, “Excuse me, but …” and the knot tightens  in anticipation of the rebuttal or the blank stare.

      Donkey butts

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