The Big Game

Chuckle. I just opened some spam in my “inbox”. It was an ad from Wal-mart, entitled, “Prepare for the Big Game”. I use a lot of zoom so my instinct was to extrapolate that as Big Game Hunt, feast, whatever, something to do with hunting. Of course, it’s about football or basketball or some silly game played by overgrown kids…

I think about hunting almost every day. Previous hunts, last year’s hunt, next year’s hunt, techniques, lessons learned, ammunition, rifles, “the perfect ammunition” etc. are near top of mind. I haven’t lusted over a sporting competition played by teams or individuals chasing a ball or puck for decades. Sorry. I just can’t relate to that. Sometimes, while switching channels, if there’s absolutely nothing that comes to mind to watch on TV or read on the ‘net, I might dwell on some game on TV but I rarely stay or even care who wins. Even in my prime I preferred to go for a long distance run in the tranquility of the country than doing circles in some stadium. It’s just not who I am.

When I was teaching, I was fired up every day to do the best for my students, school, community but today I’m tired and retired and something has to hold my attention for days to penetrate. A few seconds of excitement in a game where for three hours people stand around waiting for something to happen… Oh, that’s football. Hockey is a little better but I hate the idea that big brutes banging into each other is interesting. The ladies play a better game. At least they do something with the puck. No. I’ll stick to hunting big and little game, the web, IT, my own thoughts and ambitions. Thank you very much, Wal-mart.

About Robert Pogson

I am a retired teacher in Canada. I taught in the subject areas where I have worked for almost forty years: maths, physics, chemistry and computers. I love hunting, fishing, picking berries and mushrooms, too.
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