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McAbee: It takes all kinds

Jeff McAbee

They say that there are two types of people in the world: those who rinse their dishes before putting them in the dishwasher and those who eat off of dirty dishes.

There are also those who get down to Michael Jackson and those who can’t stand the man. Rest his soul.

There are those who believe everyone is a child of God and those in the audience of the Tea Party Express Republican presidential debate who screamed “let him die!” when Wolf Blitzer posed the hypothetical question about a 30-year-old who decided to save money by not carrying insurance, secure in his good health. Suddenly and tragically, the man is stricken with a disease that requires six months of intensive care. He cannot afford the treatments. Wolf asked “Who pays?” jViva la muerte!

There are those who act with no regrets and those who feel the need to regress from the main point to explain their actions. Here, I am the latter. So, in case you are wondering why I was watching the tea party debates, I was only checking to see if former New Mexico governor Gary Johnson was a participant.

I read an article about him this week and learned that he climbed Mount Everest and competed in the Leadville 100 mountain bike race. I wondered if this was a politician to whom I could relate or at least admire. As it turns out, he favors the legalization of marijuana for practical reasons, and he was not invited to the tea party debate. Go figure.

There are those who rise and those who fall, those who are living and those who are dying. There are those for whom modesty and decorum still have a place in the world and those who let their teenaged daughters go to school dressed like they are attending a taping of “Spring Break Babes – live from South Padre Island.” Seriously people, please. Short-shorts and abundant cleavage have no place in a high school.

There are skiers and snowboarders. There are those who give and those who take. There are those who would see a chairlift to every peak in the Tenmile Range with villages at the bottom of each one and those who think corporate lackeys should be skewered and roasted on an open fire made from the trees that would need to be cut down to make the new ski runs. We’re talking beetle kill trees of course, not “legacy trees.”

There are those who do and those who don’t, those who will and those who won’t. There are those who indicate the possessive in a singular noun ending in ‘s’ with ‘s as in Mr. Jones’s truck and those who just use the s’ like Mr. Jones’ skateboard.

There are those who go to college and those who go to work, those who dream and those who go after their dreams and make them a reality. There are those who are rich and those who are poor and sometimes we call them those who have and those who have not.

There are those who are high and those who are low, those who care and those who couldn’t care less. There are herbivores and carnivores and carnivores who, after being an herbivore all weekend grill a steak when their herbivore girlfriend goes home.

There are those who take the ol’ road less traveled by and enter at the narrow gate and those who use the broad way, the interstate highway really, that would lead somewhere except for the traffic. It’s jammed with people stuck in purgatory.

There are those who are saved and those who are lost and those who judge and those who leave it to a higher authority.

There is black and white, up and down, left and right, urban and rural, tall and short, big and small, right and wrong, good and evil, wise and foolish, north and south, east and west, those who know a Manichean bifurcation when they see one and those who don’t.

And then there is you, who every time I try to label you and put you into some category, you find a new way to defy, surprise, amaze and humble me.

Jeff McAbee lives in Breckenridge. He’s a campus supervisor at Summit High School. Contact him at jjmcabee@yahoo.com or via Twitter @Jeff_McAbee.


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