We know people don’t like us to stray too far beyond the boundaries of the 24/680 but we’ll admit the potential of one nation invading another and the possible ripple effect of that action gives us pause.
See, wars and invasions are inherently bad, with explosives and projectiles and stuff in use and proven to have adverse affects on humans – and this isn’t the first time we’ve rolled down the Russo-Ukrainian highway.
So we’ve dragged out some old maps and looked back to 2014 for hints of what routes may be taken as Vlad The Lad and the Russian Bear flex their claws and look hungrily at their Ukrainian neighbors, and how the rest of the world is likely to respond.
Why? Because the world has rolled down that road before, too – and perhaps one in ten Americans can tell you what happened in 1914 and 1939. More should be able to recount what happened in those cataclysmic years but as we’ve said before America is largely a nation of amnesiacs and wars tend to distract us from bass fishing and football.
The locals do appear ready and willing to address the more mundane matters of the age: wayfaring pups, high school sports, locally-generated Jeopardy whizzes – that kinda thing. It’s safer conversational faire. Scanning social media we’ve gleaned that local kids continue to push the capacity of their nasal cavities – carefully working marbles, coins, and balloons into their nasal passages – giving parents a fright and emergency crews something to do between more serious calls.
We still remember the tyke who – patiently at first and then with the enthusiasm of a coke-starved Disco Queen – systematically snorted a line of red pepper flakes at a popular local restaurant, touching off a hydrous display rivaling that of the Bellagio. Mom Screams. Kid Panic. A line of pepper flakes leading to where our Intrepid Explorer has taken refuge in the restaurant bathroom – paramedics shaking their heads and topping their mental list of Nasal Munitions kids are likely to experiment with.
Less innocent is our recently trending willingness to inflict the death penalty on our neighbor or random interloper – people yelling all kinds of apparently rehearsed lines of lethality at boat ramp line-jumpers, Costco space violators, O Early Thirty Mow-and-Blo crews and garbage can rattlers.
Apparently, “I’ll Kill You” or “I’ll Shoot You” has replaced “Do you want to step outside and settle this?” as our chosen tagline for conflict resolution and, while this might be chalked up to the prevalence of geared up, double-tap warriors in tacticool apparel gracing our small screens of late, people appear willing to back up the threat.
The morning of Febr. 14 a truck driver stopped at a red light in Concord when a Chevrolet Tahoe pulled up alongside – the driver yelling obscenities at the truck driver for stopping at the signal. Tahoe Man then allegedly produced a black semi-automatic handgun and began yelling that people “get shot for driving like that” while waving the gun around in the air.
The truck driver was able to provide a description of his volunteer Driving Education Instructor and, after an attempt to elude police, officers eventually stopped the Tahoe and detained the driver. They found a black handgun behind the rear seat of the vehicle and an additional .38 caliber pistol in the bed.
CPD said the driver was a convicted felon. He was positively identified, arrested, booked and transported to the Martinez Detention Facility but, yeah… still.
We don’t know about you but we’ve got weightier issues on our minds – like Ukraine and those red pepper flakes – than to have to spend time worrying about whether we’re going to have to pick lead out of our liver because we opted to stop at a traffic signal.
Perhaps putting things in their proper perspective would help, choosing to consider global affairs and other issues before us and then indulging in a little bass fishing or football, and not treating every possible life occurrence as precursor to a gunfight – would also be a help.