• Annie Dear: Audacity abounds, and it's right in front of us

  • Is it an age thing, I wonder, that causes me more and more to drop my jaw in amazement at the temerity with which some people conduct their lives?

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  • Is it an age thing, I wonder, that causes me more and more to drop my jaw in amazement at the temerity with which some people conduct their lives?
    Or is it that more and more people these days conduct themselves with far less honor than I’m used to be expecting of the human race as a whole?
    Take for instance the now no doubt famous string of emails doing the traps showing pictures of the latest horrors at Wal-Mart. I got one yesterday, and you just can’t help chuckling amid the groans as photo after photo depict the seriously deluded people of the area.
    The guy in the high heeled thigh boots; the woman in the ultra-short shorts, rear view, being the perfect shot for the “before” in a cellulite commercial; the woman with shall we say a breathlessly careless attitude to undergarments of a supportive nature; the vision in gold lame who would be far better off in a large kaftan, and preferably at home; all blissfully and no doubt delightedly unaware of how frightful they look.
    There is one thing you can say for all of them, however – at least they’re not breaking any laws, right?
    Now take the basketball coach who was employed on a trial basis for the not to be sneezed at sum of $275,000 at ABC College. The College was very pleased with said coach, and so offered him a 10-year contract at $12.5 million with a $500,000 signing bonus.
    Nice, one would think! The coach readily accepted, signed his John Hancock on the dotted line, and merrily banked his half-mil.
    A week later he gets a call from XYZ College who has been covertly watching him. So impressed were the powers that be at the College, they offered said coach a 10-year contract at $25 million.
    What does said coach do? Why, he gleefully tears up the current contract and jumps ship to sign up with the pirating collage and when the dust settled, grudgingly agreed to pay back half of the signing bonus to his original employer.
    Does anyone see the immorality of that, or is it just me? Not to mention the fact that a contract was signed ? by definition “an agreement between two or more parties, especially one that is written and enforceable by law.”
    If I had a tall athletic son aiming at a basketball scholarship I would have absolutely no hesitation whatsoever in dissuading sonny boy from even remotely thinking of XYZ College. What message does this coach’s behavior send to impressionable kids? That it’s perfectly OK to make a commitment and then decide to blithely change your mind and damn the consequences seems to be the only message this guy is capable of.
    Page 2 of 2 - To quote the fabulous Yogi Berra – “an oral agreement is not worth the paper it is written on.” Evidently neither is a paper one.
    Annie Dear lives in Lee’s Summit. Email her at anniedearkc@hotmail.com.

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