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Sunday, August 4, 2013

"Random Acts Of Stupidity..." (Bettejo Dux) (Monday Surprise, more of Bettejo!))

Bettejo Dux has lived on the "Cosmic Garden Island"
of Kaua'i over 30 years. She is an animal lover, people lover and lover of life.
Today Bettejo blogs about stupidity & obesity.? Bettejo's blogs are
so popular we decided to run them more often than just
 on Wednesday's as we have done in the past. Enjoy!
Bettejo will be 83 years young in two weeks and is still active in life and community.
You can order a copy of her Novella "The Scam "below.www.bettejodux.com


This is actually a continuation from Bettejo's last blog;"Obesity."

As we grow older, we recognize them. They stand out in the territory of being human.

The debate as to whom is responsible for these acts is gaining momentum. The arguments are sincere and often passionate but the truth is we cannot assume the responsibility for all of them. I remember- years ago- my husband and I on a beach on Oahu witnessed, swaggering out of the brush and onto the beach, some young sailors off Bill's sub. One of the guys, , the biggest, the leader of the pack, had a heavy Aqualung strapped on his back, black flippers attached to both feet, a mask  and a breathing tube stuck in his mouth. 

With great courage, and utter stupidity, he strode out into a heavy surf, his friends, tagging along behind, cheering him on. Bill and I took off running, waving and shouting, trying to head him off. The first wave he encountered picked him up like a flounder in a tsunami and planted him so deep in the sand we despaired we'd ever be able to dig him out. All of us got busy, risking our lives as the waves crashed on top of us to haul the guy out. If he hadn't had the hose stuffed in his face he'd probably have died of suffocation.

Who's to blame?  The publisher who printed the ad about Aqualungs in the paper? The guy who sold him the lung? He no doubt had to take a course, maybe in a pool, on how to use the thing, but who, in his right mind, would think the kid would try to walk out into crashing surf with the thing strapped to his back?

Bill was an excellent sailor, a yachtsman, and, after he died, I sailed with guys on their fancy yachts. I saw dollar signs instead of seamanship.  I  admired their yachts and assumed they knew what they were doing. How could I know, until I got out there, they didn't know a halyard from a sheet, the bow from the stern, a jibe from a tack or starboard from port? Should I have sued them for putting my life at risk? I don't think so. My answer :I think I'll stay ashore and watch from the bar to see if you make it out the harbor.

Today's fuss about obesity and diet is almost as stupid as the people who indulge in the fat feast. Maybe we should sue every four star hotel for those all- you –can- eat buffets.  Some of the plates their diners carry are heaped so high with calories one could suffer a heart attack just looking at them. With some people  the fat around their middle seem to match the fat inside their heads. They seem to think these  elegant  gastronomic events are nothing but pig outs.

It's a sadness in our country that people have become so stupid. Who shall we blame? Who shall we sue?

I looked up my family tree and found out I was the sap.

..................................... Rodney Dangerfield

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KimoRosen said...

This reminds me of the person who sued McDonalds because the coffee was to hot and it spilled on their croch and injured them...Even on Kaua'i when visitors fall while hiking they all want to sue the county of Kaua'i, people need to heed responsibility and use common sense.

Harmony Bentosino said...

BettyJo, referring back to your earlier blog about religion, I checked & learned there is no Unitarian Church on Kauai. So I guess you & Kimo can come to Oahu to visit the 1st Unitarian Church of Honolulu.

KimoRosen said...

looking forward...