Monday, September 8, 2008

Random Thoughts In A Minor Key

*There's been a lot of talk lately about lowering the legal drinking age to 18...mostly by people who are 18 and really, really want to drink. The members of this demographic who get on the news seem to be responsible, mature college students who make very compelling arguments, but they leave out the fact that lowering the drinking age means that all 18 year olds get to drink. I'm 39 and cranky and am pretty much resigned to the fact that most 18 year olds are morons who should barely be allowed out in public, much less be allowed access to alcohol.
But, a valid point can be made for the fact that if you are old enough to serve and die for your country, you should be allowed to have a beer. So, here is my solution: 18 year olds can legally drink if they are in the armed forces. You want that Appletini? Then enlist. A valid military ID will get you as many shots as you want at 18. A fraternity sweatshirt will get you jack squat.

*It was pointed out to me by Sainted Wife that I had left a few artists that I had seen multiple times in concert out of a recent blog. It was a sin of omission, not comission but just to set the record completely straight here is an addendum to that list...
  1. Poison
  2. Fleetwood Mac
  3. Robert Earl Keen
Many thanks to Sainted Wife for keeping me honest, if not humble.

*It amuses me no end when hearing people referring to abstinence as a choice. Speaking as a former teenage boy, I never consciously "chose" abstinence as much as I had abstinence thrust upon me. If the truth be told, the overriding goal of any adolescent boy between the ages of 13 and 20 is to find a way out of abstinence.

*I neglected to make my Funnybook Of The Week pick last week...for the none of you who missed it, here it is:

SECRET SIX #1 by Gail Simone & Nicola Scott

Spinning off from two successful miniseries, the Secret Six return in their own regular title. Part Dirty (half) Dozen, part Wild Bunch, Gail Simone's mismatched group of rogues begin a new journey with new members, new surprises and the same blend of wicked humor and action. I loved this book. I could count on the fingers of one ear the chances of me caring about a title that features Catman (yeah, really, Catman), Ragdoll and Bane, but Simone did it. The Butch and Sundance friendship between Deadshot and Catman is worth the price of admission alone.

3 comments:

Casey and Amy Bough said...

Too much information about the abstinence. You can keep that to yourself.

Chris Ayers said...

You takes your chances when you reads the post.

katiekeenan said...

I know this is a much older post, so hopefully you'll get this comment - there was an article in The Onion today that related to this that I wanted people to see: http://www.theonion.com/content/news/congress_lowers_drinking_age_to_17