I play pool every Thursday. I’ve lost track of the number of years that I’ve been playing pool every Thursday .
I got a call yesterday from one of the pool guys , another Dan . He’s attending a lecture this Thursday at a canyon place called Nature Friends. He was discussing the event with another one of the pool guys , Bill . Bill will attend the lecture , too . And Willie ? Well , they’ll ask Willie . I was apologized to first , and then invited to the lecture . The invitation was a consolation prize , because only the four of us play ( every Thursday ) and now the game is off .
The lecture topic is : Are We In A Drought ? Two and a half hours of Are We In A Drought ? Refreshments will be served .
I declined . Well , I asked that my pool buddies give me a report after the lecture . Are we in a drought ? Please , no synopsis . Just give me a yes or a no answer . I’ll be satisfied with that . I’ll save some time that way .
I know the answer already . We all know the answer . No mystery . Maybe my pool buddies will get some stats to convince unbelievers that California is in a drought . Maybe the evening will break down into a guilt trip session with suggestions how to save water . That might be informative , but a disappointment I would think . Maybe they’ll talk about the disgrace of watering lawns instead of planting native grasses . Worst scenario: A salesman from an artificial lawn company shows up to speak about the advantages of fake grass . He’ll have samples .
I was a teacher . I should admire education . I should admire the fact that a couple of my pool group buddies want to learn whether or not we’re in a drought . I should .
But , unfortunately , I suspect that I’m a reformed educator in the same way some people are reformed smokers , or reformed drinkers . I’m glad I got out when I did ; glad I’m out of it ; don’t want to be involved in no more education if I can avoid it . I’m not education-free , but I’m working on it . It will be a lifelong struggle , I know , to avoid education . But I’m working on it .
I’m not putting my friends down for attending the lecture at Nature Friends . I will say , nevertheless , that there is a value to tradition , too , to consistency and steadfastidy . Pool should be played every Thursday , lecture or no lecture . There are , after all , priorities in life .
I got an invitation, too , a couple of days ago to an important lecture . Something about how to make a fortune at real estate and put no money down . A real estate agent invited me . Or was it a lawyer ? It’s a beautiful printed invitation and the agent, or the lawyer , seems to really want me to attend . I’ll be sorry if I miss it , she says .
I didn’t check whether or not the real estate lecture , my key to future success , will be held on a Thursday or not . If I had any intention of considering going , the first thing I’d do is check whether or not it’s on a Thursday . If it’s a Thursday , then no way . I might make millions as a result of the lecture , but , on the other hand , I’d miss pool night . Couldn’t do that . There are , after all , priorities in life .
Besides , I’m trying to avoid learning anything new . If I don’t know whatever it is by now , I guess that I haven’t been paying attention . How about that ? How does that grab you ? I’ll consider all of my opinions and prejudices as facts . When I listen to others parrot what I already believe , I’ll consider that to be an education about whatever it is . That way I’ll fit right in to modern America .