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Of gasoline and golf balls

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By John Pawlak

At the gas station, the customer tried to squeeze a few more drops into his tank and in doing so, some gas spurted out onto the pavement. And a little onto his pants.
He screwed the gas cap back on, patted down his pants, and then demonstrated why there should be a test given to people before letting them vote.  He lit up a cigarette.
I readied my cell phone for video mode. You know, just in case the police asked about the ball of fire running down the road. Either that, or to make a few bucks by selling the video to CNN.
Yeah, you guessed it. I’m talking once more about the epidemic of stupid in this country.
But who am I to hurl the S-word around so casually? Believe me, I’ve done some pretty not-so-intelligent things in my life. For instance, I can say with absolute certainty that one should never punch a window when one is mad. Yes, I’m pretty sure that I can testify that this would be what one might call stupid.
Well, in my own self defense, I have learned from my mistakes.
Really, I have. It’s been months since I’ve punched any windows.
The question is, why don’t some people ever learn?


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