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TlalocW Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Sep-13-08 02:34 PM
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1. I first ran into this attitude in high school
During one summer, I spent a month at the University of Kansas taking part in a college program for high school juniors and seniors, and we stayed in a dorm on the north side of campus. My roomie was from a rich, conservative suburb of Kansas City, and one day, I woke up to see him cutting out a picture of Pat and Richard Nixon from the newspaper and tacking it on the room's bulletin board. I asked him why, and he just started going off about what a great guy Richard Nixon was. I mentioned the whole resigning from office in disgrace thing, the bugging of Watergate, etc., and he got quite upset and excused it by loudly proclaiming you do what you have to to win.

At that point, he had picked up his tennis racket because he was leaving to meet someone to play a game, and I asked him if I could see it. He wanted to know why, and I said, "Well, I want to loosen the strings and maybe bend your racket because I've got a bet on your game that your opponent will win, and I want to do what I have to to win."

He never really talked to me all that much for the rest of the program after that.

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