How is it that the lameness quotient of my fellow Americans seems to be ever-increasing? A couple of weeks ago, Darla and I were bowling with some friends (power outage, no AC, it was hot, etc.), and we noticed that the majority of our fellow bowlers were using bumpers.
And almost all of these folks were adults. Worse yet, they would celebrate when they hit a few pens, even after bouncing the ball off the damned bumpers.
That’s just seriously lame.
On Sunday, we went to play some mini-golf. We had a great time ( I used to love playing Putt-Putt golf when I was a lad, though Darla soundly crushed me), but we noticed that we were surrounded by people who weren’t trying at all.
Wait, I did see a couple of kids that cared enough about "winning" to cheat.
Look, I am not being That Guyâ„¢ who obsessives about his bowling or his golf (I obsess about other things). I am not looking down on people who can’t putt well, or who can’t bowl, either; [the lack of] god(s) know(s) that I suck at both. It makes me sick, however, to see people high-fiving each other after moving the ball on the putting green, or getting a strike with a bank shot off the bowling bumpers.
Few people have any pride in what they do, and fewer still want any sort of a real challenge.
Why is that?
I’ll blame the forces of political correctness, and whatever umbrella housing the folks who forbid teachers from giving a failing grade to students lest it hurt their self-esteem.
Bah, that’s a longer post for another time, I think.