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This page is for the people who have actually read some of my literature before. This portion of the intro is where I'll tell you how I came up with the Stupid Rules. But since the MD Warnings came first, I'd like to introduce the
Excerpt from Burning Down House
Back in 1995-98 when I was writing my hand written journals there were times in the local grocery store and heard people talking about the things I had written. When I heard a lady say to another line, "It's was good for the kids," I was quite surprised. I contemplated watering down some of the subject matter because I felt some of it wasn't appropriate for children. All of a sudden I realized I had a dilemma on my hand. I felt I needed to cater to all age groups, but I still wanted to be a good influence for the kids. If I only wrote material that was only suited for children, the material could become too soft and corny for adult readers and I didn't want to loose them.
The pages were written in the spur of the moment and I never knew when something would be inappropriate for children until it was an after the fact, so on July 20th, of 1998, on page 159, I came up with the idea for Mom & Dad Warnings.
I introduced it in a really cute way by writing a spiff:
I'm going to have Mom & Dad Warnings.
Drop what you're doing and get your folks.
M-D Warning is the Cue.
It's like a Safety Rope and Help’s on the way.
Since topics of interest I wrote about were spontaneous and could change at any given moment, I'd turn back to the previous page before mature oriented material and write in the margin with a red pin, "M-D Warning." I thought if my journal was being posted on an Internet web sight, a parent would be able to look over their child's shoulder every once in awhile -- see the warning -- then distract the child away from the screen while they check out the nature of the material on the next page before letting their children view it. Many times instead of writing an inappropriate word, I'd just draw a line with a letter within it as a hint as to what the word would be. It was a way of showing kids I was aware that some of my literature wasn't proper.
There was a time I was in the local grocery store and I overheard a couple women talking about the things I’d been writing about. Then one said, "He should come up with some rules."
I thought: I bet I could come up with some rules, but theirs got to be something special about them.
I wanted to make the rules easy to remember so I matched them up with numbers in significant ways. Coming up with a name for the rules wasn't very difficult because it only came naturally.
Now days when I look back on all those hand written journal entries, I can’t help but crack up at some of the outrageous things I jotted down. It got to the point where if I wrote something down that might require a Stupid Rule, my readers were sure to let me know that it called for one. It became a game and my followers knew the numbers better than I did.
Just for Belly Achers
I would go through and change some of the words I've used in this site, but then it wouldn't be honest. The way I look at it, dirty words have never hurt anyone. I feel it's the way in which words can be used that can hurt people. If I offend anyone please understand that it is in no way a well polished site. To be honest with you, some of the material you'll read here may be only first or second draft, and out of all the material I've written I'm not really sure what is actually on this site. I'm actually trying to save some of my material for my books, so don't be surprised if you are left with some unanswered questions
Excuse me for any ill valued remarks I might have used. They should only be considered as figments of speech. Just as a few of the statements in this book will amuse some people; there are a few statements that may offend others. I feel if I'm going to have to write this lousy website I'm going to write it as I see fit; so you'll just have to live with it.
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