A baseball tournament without a runs per inning rule is cruel and disheartening when a team can't pitch well. I boycotted the concessions stand out of spite and bit my tongue when the umpire kept his skinny (and inconsistent) strike zone while Mr. B's team lost 20-0. Seriously, dude? SERIOUSLY?
I bit my tongue again that day at a party where a self-proclaimed home-schooler of her 5 children declared her outrage at having to pay taxes for public schools. During her rant I learned how much I take exception to that extreme libertarian streak. Frankly, I'd also love to opt out of taxes for stuff I don't use ... For example, why should a cyclist have to pay for highways? Why should a non-reader pay for public libraries (libraries I've no doubt this home-schooling mother of 5 uses on the communal dime)? If I'm a pacifist, why should I have to contribute to a military (I noticed this woman's National Guard bumper sticker...yes, a tax-funded organization)? Tax exemption's a slippery slope, no? I studied my plate of potato salad and didn't chime in with my own perspectives about the cost of an uneducated populace or the benefits of that particular expenditure--like a literate society able to behave productively and responsibly and further contribute to the greater good. I didn't point out the dreadful consequence of making education available only to those who can afford it or the questionable moral position of denying education to an entire community while only focusing on your own brood. No, reader, I was a well-behaved party guest and excused myself from the table just as quickly as I could swallow my jello salad and push back my folding chair.
I learned that if you don't use a double-jointed thumb, over the years it becomes painful and difficult to slide back and forth.
I've never eaten mulberries. This realization came upon me when reading In the Coop yesterday. That got me to thinking about other berries I've never eaten--all I could come up with was huckleberries, but I'm sure there are more.
Spill it, reader. What have you recently learned?