Watch for Skinny Bob in the Debate on Health Care Reform

I was participating in an online forum the other day explaining why government run health care is a bad idea and what’s in HR3200 being rushed through the Congress. 

 People were participating back and forth. Some had read the bill, others had not. Talking about the specifics and how crazy it was, all of a sudden from out of nowhere a guy chimes in, “Oh sure, if Bush would have done this you wouldn’t have cared”.  I thought where the heck is this guy coming from? Then it occurred to me – it might be Bob.

 About twenty years ago my brother had a messy haired, skinny roommate named Bob who would like to mess with people – just to mess with them.  An area he would like to do this was driving.

 If someone was trying to merge onto the highway – Bob would speed up so they couldn’t merge or he’d pull into the fast lane and slow down to block a guy from passing – if the guy would ride his bumper – he would slow down more, if they’d flash their lights – he’d tap his brakes.  If Bob saw someone with a fish symbol on their bumper he would especially love that – he would do what ever he could to try and get them to be mad because he believed Christians believed they could not get angry (wrong assumption).

 He would come home from work and report to my brother his “successes” – “got two fish and a merger today” or “got flipped off by a fish guy today” and he would laugh…

 He’d mess with other people as well – he’d call into the local talk radio show and tell the call screener his on topic message and then when he got on the air, he’d talk about something completely different or try to embarrass the host. He did this one time while my brother was in the other room listening to the radio and my brother too got a big kick out of it.

 My brother told me about embarrassing the radio host and I didn’t think it was funny and couldn’t believe my brother would be a part of it. For the next couple years my brother started messing with people too and he became a different person. He just didn’t seem to care as much about people anymore. Then one day I was riding in his car and he actually slowed down to let someone merge. I was shocked and asked him, “Why didn’t you speed up and mess with them?” and he said, “I don’t do that anymore” and when I asked why he said, “It just doesn’t feel good.” 

 My brother went back to school and got an engineering degree and a good job.  Years later he ran into skinny Bob who’d lost some hair but not much else had changed – it was like he was stuck in time – he complained about the same dead end job, hung out at the same places and still had the same attitude that – people owed him something.

When my brother asked if he was still messing with people he said, “Yeah but I haven’t done it while driving in a while (seems he ticked off the wrong guy in a pickup truck) – now I do it online – there I can be anyone but the goal is the same…

I remember hearing the phrase, “there are only three jerks in the whole world but the problem is – they move around a lot”. Bob is one of those jerks. So whether you’re driving or having a serious discussion about the government take over of health care, remember not to take it too personally – it just might be Bob. 

If you meet Bob while driving why not wave but this time in a polite way – with all your fingers up, together and with you thumb in your palm – that’s the deaf sign for a “B” and he’ll get the message.  If you’re online and find yourself trying to talk with a loon – it just might be Bob. Why not ask, “Bob is that you?” or just “bob?” or just say hi in the most appropriate way – he may not reply and he may continue – but for him, his game will be a little less fun.

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