"The mark of an educated man is the ability to entertain an idea without accepting it." -Aristotle
On Thursday as I sat flanked by two dudes with advanced degrees in fields I know relatively little about, I thought about how nice it would be to have a job. But then in the true spirit of the Dude Squad, I felt grateful for the awesome insights offered by so many well-educated dudes. And greater still, I would add, was my gratitude for the insights into Leo's pedigree. I've spent the bulk of my waking hours since then trying to wrap my mind around it. Truly impressive, Leo, may you have many sons.
And speaking of pedigrees, I'd like to thank Bret for magnifying his role as host with the new "Fuhrer" look. The resemblance was striking. Also thanks go out to Wendy who made her signature cookies and some delightful mushroom puffs. Discussion of Maus was thought provoking and cathartic (at least for me) in that we sincerely confronted a colossal nightmare from the not-so-distant past. Dude Squad can and must go deep and dark if it is ever to appreciate the flip side... and that brings us to Scott's choice for January. Three Cups of Tea by Greg Mortenson and David Oliver Relin looks to be full of adventure, struggle, triumph and tea. More information will be forthcoming on discussion time and place.
Finally, I'd like to thank Sam Gilstrap for spear-heading the Dude Squad outing to Invictus, a movie about rugby and forgiveness. A good time was had by all 9 dudes that showed up including 2 junior dudes Ryan Gilstrap and Gage Renfroe. And of course I'd like to recognize for the record the dudes in attendance on December 10th for Maus discussion: Bret Prawitt, Sam Gilstrap, Scott Silva, Trevor Beck, Leo Bunting, Tyler Wilson, John Root, and Troy Thorup.
And so in the spirit of being a dude, I'd like to leave you with a quote from one of my favorite tyrants from history.
"Never interrupt your enemy when he is making a mistake." -Napoleon Bonaparte