I’m not sure why, but I seem to be a magnet for Kung Fu attacks. There must be something about me.
Recently a young coworker felt the urge to demonstrate a spinning backkick on me. As I’ve done the dozen or so times someone starts with an impromptu demonstration, I stand very still.
The foot came very close to hitting me in the face, a lot closer than the young man intended with his demonstration of prowess.
It angered me to be endangered by such ill-advised incompetance, but I did nothing. The mood was jocular, and the guy was clearly chagrined.
“Ohmygod! I’m sorry. That was really close. I didn’t mean to get that close.” He had his hands covering his face in embarassment. “What would you have done if I had hit you?” He asked.
“I guess I would have accepted your apology,” I said.
Now lest you think I am acting superior I will freely confess that I engaged in my own share of idiotlike kung fu practice on unwilling participants during my youth. Most notable of these incidents, was when my girlfriend (now wife,) didn’t think it was funny any more and taught me a lesson almost breaking my arm.
But, I do not understand what it is that drives me and other men to demonstrate Kung Fu in innapropriate circumstances.
What’s wrong with us? Why the hell do we do this?
Can we stop, already?