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    Bullfighting in the age of social distancing?

    Sirs, I feel compelled to write in with a quandary. This requirement towards social distancing is defiling the very integrity of man. To invigorate the masculine soul, nothing (legal) quite matches an afternoon in the plaza, the smell of blood mixed with hot sand, a thousand comrades imbibed on absinthe yelling with bloodthirst as the torero mounts a fine veronica on a bull racked with equal anger. Perhaps a spirited fisticuffs with a jovial neighbor against whom you've lost a bet, and whom seeks a settlement beyond the cowardly paying of the dividend. I would give a thousand pesos for such an outing.

    Alas, I am forced to placate myself at home, pouring from an ample supply of sherry while I hurl axes, bare-chested and blindfolded, at the oak in the backyard. The greatest excitement has come only from an errant throw nicking the siding of a neighbor's garage, and the row that ensues in debate over who shall make the repair. I have used this time to fine means, yes, having finally put pen to paper on memoirs of my time precipitating a coup d'état in the Seychelles, and of rescuing a deposed prime minister from a brothel in Calcutta. Fine tales, both. And this forced rest has finally given my ribs time to heal from the jutting a bull rhino gave them in a midnight bout in Zanzibar in the fall. But, with no present adventure being lived, the temptation is to mire my soul in the written tradition of the troubadour.

    Perhaps others feel similarly, and would like to get on one of these Zoom conferences to play a round of roulette in the Russian tradition while keeping the distance required to avoid the rout of this devilish viral plague.
    "We're in the eye of a shiticane here Julian, and Ricky's a low shit system!" - Jim Lahey, RIP

    Former Managing Editor @ TGR, forever mag.

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    Were you supposed to post this with the Hemingway alias?

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    Probably Fitzgerald or Dos Pasos drunk posting

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    Quote Originally Posted by TahoeJ View Post
    Were you supposed to post this with the Hemingway alias?
    Quote Originally Posted by mcski View Post
    Probably Fitzgerald or Dos Pasos drunk posting
    This is a sorry excuse for an exchange of conversation, sirs. Find some brandy and give it another whack.
    "We're in the eye of a shiticane here Julian, and Ricky's a low shit system!" - Jim Lahey, RIP

    Former Managing Editor @ TGR, forever mag.

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    One of the virtues of the matador that is not so often touted, is patience. Once I was complaining to Ernest of a bout of the winter infections that had left me unable to engage in vigorous snow-sliding endeavors, and he not so gently reminded me that he had driven a field ambulance during the War, and seen many men who survived the fighting taken by the influenza in squalid camps and hospitals. Living to fight again is not heroic to those who only read the dispatches in newspapers, but to the fighter it is another thing entirely.

    He also was of the firm opinion that Russian roulette is a game of chance and not of sport. I have pondered this in light of his exit, but have never settled my thoughts and likely never will.

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