Imponderable #27: Olympia Washington

16 Dec

December 16, 2011

Stop right there, this story had me at the headline.

In order to discipline his daughter, a man made his 16 year-old girl to put on medieval armor and engage him in a two-hour sword fight.


I can’t help but think that if the man were a stamp collector the worst his daughter would had was a dry tongue after a marathon session of licking stamps.

The Father of The Year of 1608 was booked on “suspicion of second-degree assault with a deadly weapon.” I’d say that’s an open and shut case.

But aside from the horrible battle/abuse, what is up with all the Renaissance Fair love? Ever been to one? Lots of people saying “thou” and “m’Lord.” People with stupid leather mugs. And OK, maybe the jousting is fun, but you watch it, not perform it. On the other hand, most people are just there to drink beer. And I like going to Medieval Times once every year or two, but would you make every day a visit to a time when the Black Plaque competed with horse manure to see which one was more plentiful?

My only worry is how do we punish that guy? Put him in jail? The guy is a gladiator. He’d love the prison lifestyle. I say we put him in a pink room with stuffed bunnies and force him to have a tea party with a bunch of adult babies.

3 Responses to “Imponderable #27: Olympia Washington”

  1. Mac of BIOnighT December 16, 2011 at 12:41 am #


    1 – funny how whenever a parent is involved in something nobody ever says what the kid did to drive him/her mad (yes, this is going to be a very unpopular comment, but I don’t care, I watch today’s kids and with the majority of them I wouldn’t use a sword, I’d use a bazooka – and NO, I’m not trying to justify child abuse at all, I’m just pointing out the fact that one never knows what they did, only what the parents did. How can anybody tell what was justified and what wasn’t?)

    2 – tv news and newspaper are just a cheap circus by idiots for idiots, the focus should have been on the beating, not on the sword fight.

    3 – they fought for two hours? Then either the girl was a hell of a swordswoman, or the father was a totally inept warrior. Or, as is probably the case, he never intended to hurt her during the fight. Is beating up a child a good way to teach her a lesson? No, not to the extent of turning it into violence (still, there’s no information as to the extent of the bruises in this case – not spectacular enough for the news morons). Is a (fake) sword fight (actually some sort of battle of wills, a way to imprint a lesson in a relatively harmless way) a good way to discipline a rebellious child? Well, yes, why not? What’s wrong with it? That’s certainly fine with me, if the child’s actions and the potential dangers she could expose herself to justify it.

    I’m ready for the insults now 😉


  2. Thomas Stazyk December 16, 2011 at 12:56 am #

    Sounds like he should just have let her run away.


  3. The Hook December 23, 2011 at 10:30 am #

    What a great post for the holiday season! Nice job!


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