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June 25, 2011

Mike Pound: Age means not being shamed into doing something

JOPLIN, Mo. — I refuse to be shamed into doing something I don’t want to do.

At some point you get to an age when you say, “The heck you say. I don’t want to do that and I’m not going to.”

Of course, you never get to the point where you say that to your wife.

Hey, I’m getting older, not dumber.

As most veteran husbands know, you never tell your wife that you don’t want to do something. What you do is nod your head when she asks you to do something and then, later, forget to do whatever it is she asked you to do.

It’s a lose the battle, win the war deal.

Only, you never, ever suggest to your wife that you have ever won anything when dealing with her. First of all, as all veteran husbands know (wink, wink), living with our wives is not some sort of contest. Living with our wives (wink wink) is a sharing of both feelings and ideas. Living with our wives is also a beautiful give-and-take experience.

We give. They take.

Ha. That’s just a veteran husband joke.

So, no, I don’t tell my wife that I don’t want to do something and, because I don’t want to do something, then refuse to do that something.

I reserve that for other people and other times.

One of those times was last Tuesday night. We were at a Michael Buble concert in Springfield.

I’m man enough to admit that I like Michael Buble. Since I’ve long been a fan of the likes of Sinatra, Bennett and Torme, I like Buble’s style. And, this may come as a shock to some, but Michael is actually funny and his concerts are entertaining.

That doesn’t mean, however, that I wanted to go to his concert on Tuesday night. My wife, Emma and I went to a Michael Buble concert last summer in Kansas City. The way I see it, once should have been enough. The only person I really want to see every year is Jimmy Buffett.

The main reason, however, that I didn’t want to go the Michael Buble concert Tuesday night is because — follow me here — it was on Tuesday night. Going to a concert on a weeknight is a pain in the tornado. You get home late, you’re tired the next day and really, all you want to do is stay home, drink beer, and watch baseball.

And when I say, “All you want to do,” I, of course, mean me.

But as I’ve been told many times by my wife, it’s not always about me. So I went to the concert with my wife and Emma.

At one point, early in the concert, Michael told the crowd that if anyone wanted to stand up and dance and clap their hands while he sang, they could. He also told them if they wanted to sing along with him that they could. He told the people in the crowd not to worry about what people around them thought of them because “you’ll never see them again anyway.”

I don’t like it when people around me sing along with the person I paid money to see. The way I see it, since I paid money to see and hear Michael Buble sing, I want to hear him sing and not somebody next to me whom I’ve never met and will never see again.

I also don’t like to stand up and clap my hands at concerts. I used to, but now I don’t. I paid for a seat, so I don’t see why I need to stand. If I had just paid for a spot on the floor and not a seat, I could see why I would have to stand. But I didn’t, so I don’t.

At one point during the concert, Michael asked everyone to stand up and clap and sing. Everyone around me, including my wife and Emma, did just that. I didn’t. I sat in my seat and watched the concert on the big video screen.

And do you know why I didn’t stand up and clap and sing? Because I refuse to be shamed. Because I’m old. And because I didn’t want to.

And because my wife wasn’t the one who told me to.

Hey, I may be old, but I’m not stupid.

Do you have an idea for Mike Pound’s column? Call him at 417-623-3480, ext. 7259, or email him at mpound@joplinglobe.com.

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