One thing we didn’t get to in this podcast was the South. The pathetic state of affairs we are at with turning kids into pussies is only an issue with middle class whites in the North and on the coasts. In the South, it’s still fun being a kid.
I interviewed some kids in South Carolina for one of my many failed pilots and they were so cool, I wanted to quit my job and go hang out with them. They were at a family reunion that filled up a gigantic house and they were all around 12-years-old. One had a cast on his foot and when I asked him what happened, he shrugged and said, “I rolled a golf cart on myself.” When I asked if they ride those a lot they said no and told me they stick to 4-wheelers and motorbikes. Apparently, these lucky bastards tear through the woods with 22s on their backs, shooting rabbits and going over jumps. They only go home to refill the gas tanks.
I asked them if kids still fight and they said, “All the time.” I wanted to clarify that they weren’t bullies who randomly punch other kids in the head and one kid goes, “Oh no. Not at all. I’d only do it if they did something really bad like say something about your mom.” When this happens they schedule a fight at a nearby baseball park after school. They told me it usually ends pretty fast because the other kids break it up when there’s a clear winner. One kid added, “I like to go until they say they’re sorry.”
It may be like living in a microwave for 6 months a year, but the South is still a helluva place to raise a kid.
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