Funerals.
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War, poverty, wealth, high school, fake news, piano lessons, birthday presents, proms, holiday greetings, jeans that don’t fit, hair gel, frozen pizza, holiday/Christmas coffee cups, ignorance, real news, sweet-sixteens, gifts, college applications, college costs, friends, neighbors, co-workers, new math, tiny back yards, no-walking-on-the-grass signs, weddings, wedding cake vendors, buy-us-a-house gift registries, perms, hair relaxer, Democrats, Republicans, Libertarians, partisan politics, bi-partisan politics, political scandals, nursery school applications, retirement, death, corruption, work interviews, work, helicopter parents, class sizes, elbow room, Medicaid, Medicare, health insurance....

single-payer healthcare, big pharma, baby aspirin, disease, cures, bankruptcy, anniversaries, the military, nukes, PTSD, body bags, suicides, gun control, bump stocks, mass murders, violence, mental illness, narcissism, religion, secularism, wishful thinking, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, Reddit, Snapchat, food photos, texting while driving, texting while walking, sexting, start-ups, non-profits, market share, overpriced stocks, unions, union-busting, summer movies, art house movies, hate, sexual harassment, misogyny, rape, xenophobia, bullying, immigration, travel bans, border walls, illegal drugs, legal marijuana, police killing unarmed people, electoral college, Congress, speed limits, public transportation, K-Cups, smartphones, selfies, gyms, people in the store in their pajamas, gluten-free, fidget spinners, gossip, bad coffee, the tragedy in food markets called French bread, gasoline prices, gluttony, salt, sugar, soulmates, being alone, drinking alone, having your milkshake taken, moving, friends who don’t help moving, moving because of friends, greatest-biggest-longest, laws, the KKK, nazis, racism, homophobia, anti-semitism, hate-crimes, transphobia, bullies, Zionism, Christians, Jews, Muslims, Catholics, liberal media, conservative media, alt-right, climate change, urban, suburban, rural, office parks, big box stores, strip malls, holiday sweaters, holiday sweater family photos, take your shoes off before you enter the house, leave your shoes on in the house, small talk, bill boards, left side highway entrances and exits, boy bands, rock ’n’ roll is dead, homeschooling, religious schools, public schools, private schools, monogrammed stationary, monogrammed shirt cuffs or bodies or turtle necks, income tax, estate tax, sales tax, high taxes, low taxes, capital gain taxes, off-shore accounts, Jesus, Muhammad, God, beards, goatees, mutton chops, long hair, man buns, crew cuts, bloggers, used car salespeople, lobbyists, politicians, presidential candidates, friendly reminder emails, being the designated driver, fashionable, rosé, box wine, cheap booze, expensive restaurants, small portions, titanic portions, fast food, organic, pesticides, frankenfood, tipping, waiters checking in, customer service, second opinions, air conditioning, wall heaters, flip flops at work, spam, phone marketers, rationalizing, change, minimum wage, CEO pay, downsizing, layoffs, homelessness, college sports, pro sports, competition, stem cell research, no sense of boundaries, hazing, binging, drunkenness, abstinence, left, right, pro-life, pro-choice, blue states, red states, nationalism, terrorism, political correctness, man caves, spelling, grammar, competitive conversation culture, lust, gluttony, greed, sloth, wrath, envy, pride, empathy, apathy, taking a knee during anthem, buying beer and hotdogs during anthem, not standing at home during anthem, civil liberties that are not working for all, fake American pride, real American pride, fake outrage, real outrage, pettiness, culture wars, intolerance, insincerity, liberal, conservative, gay, lesbian, trans, hate, same sex marriage, interracial marriage, polygamy, monogamy, lawsuits, stereotypes, feminism, freedom, patriotism, heritage, nationalism, facts, logic, common sense, love, ignorance, and truth.

David Ross is a father, husband, writer, and curious thinker living in the greater Seattle area.