For some reason, a number of recent posts here are reminding me of an odd and unresolved problem I have had. It may carry information about a particular region. After all, it’s Texas, where our governor tries to get the whole state to pray on one day for rain and, when the rain does not appear, still regards himself as God’s favored son. In addition to not believing in evolution and global warming. And right now he’ front runner for the Republican nomination to run for POTUS.
I sometimes play dominos with a group of women whom I like a great deal. I’m not a regular member, though, and so in a way I don’t see myself as setting or changing policy.
A few times there I have encountered a person who seems intentionally to want to give the impression of being a very sweet woman. She is, she told me, a Jew for Jesus, and in that American way (as I think of it) her religion can take odd and unexpected turns. For example, it turns out that a lot of things can really lower her spirits, as she puts it, and so she makes some effort to avoid them. For example, she has special software for playing movies that omits scenes of violence and, apparently, sex, particularly same-sex sex. For the record, I’m the same about reports of cruelty to animals and I will tell people I don’t want to hear them. However, the fact that same-sex sex is considered on a par with bloody murder lowered my sympathy a lot.
Still, none of this was affecting my behavior, until it turned out that she had asked that no one swear while playing dominos. It does lower her spirits. And swearing includes “damn” in addition to everything else you might imagine. And everyone was trying to meet her request, despite some being women with robust vocabularies for some occasions.
I sort of wish I had just said, “You can’t be serious; this isn’t even good for you.” On the other hand, Houston, where I live, often takes some pride in performing the (selective) Southern gentle manners, and I doubt anyone at the table would have wanted me to liberate them from the constrainst she proposed.
I still think the request outrageous. What would you have done?