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Dirty Tricks

No one appreciates dirty tricks yet both young and older people do them to others.  I think it is hurtful.  For example, In “The Goldbergs,” Adam was desperate to be voted the class clown in his yearbook.  He was jealous of the other boys who were nominated.  He thought he was funny, but in reality he was not.  He found a hat box, frosted it with real frosting, then gave it to his teacher.  The teacher was delighted.   When he tried to cut into it he realized it was just cardboard. No one thought it was funny and everyone felt it was a dirty trick to play on the teacher.  In “The Brady Bunch,” Marsha is invited by the star football play, basically the big man on campus, to a dance on a Saturday night.  She, of course, said yes and then later remembered she had a date with a nice guy, Charlie.  So cancelled the date with Charlie who took it in stride.  Then, the following day, her brothers were playing football and the ball hit her square in the nose.  She was not happy.  The next day she tried to hide her swollen nose but the big man on campus saw it and promptly cancelled their date.  Two days went by and she woke up one morning and her nose was back to normal. While she was walking to class with her brother, Greg, the big man on campus saw her and realized her nose had healed.  He asked out for another date but she gave him the same excuse he had given her.  Greg was proud of her.  She then found Charlie and told him she had played a dirty trick on him.  He, of course, being the nice guy, forgave her and they did go out on a date that Saturday. There are often videos on Facebook with what some people consider a practical joke but they are frequently just dirty tricks.  Do you think that dribble glasses, cushions that make a gas sound, making sound effects that are annoying and more are acceptable or just dirty tricks? The Good Gus Series is available online at Kindle, Nook and Waterstones. Hard copies, personally autographed, are available through our website along with past blogs for your reading enjoyment. Now available audio and videos for the Good Gus series on YouTube! Digitizing for all the books are available now on YouTube! “Misplaced Trust” is now available on Amazon in e-book form. It is also available digitally at If you are thinking of a Will or a Living Trust, “Misplaced Trust” will give you the information you need to make an informed decision.

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