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The Win

08 Nov

The old man shook his head, wiped the tear that was forming at the corner of his left eye, and turned the key.  He had built his this little guesthouse, and had put much of his energies into it for nearly a decade.  He had gotten to know many of his customers, and liked almost all.

At times, the boisterous group would talk politics, and these were always lively discussions.  All sides had their well-spoken champions.  He had his own feelings, and wasn’t shy about throwing in his two francs.

With the Germans invasion of Poland, the political discussions had heated up, considerably.  He was always surprised at the number of his fellow Frenchmen who seemed not only not worried about the German aggression, but seemed even to embrace much of the Nazi party line.  Not surprising, actually given the spread of socialist thinking.  But, little of this had anything to do with the day to day lives of himself, or those who frequented his place.

Then came the day when the Germans marched into his City of Lights.

The old friends whom he had known for years, whom he had liked well enough before, even though he didn’t agree with their support of the Germans, now embraced their new German “Partners”, and brought them to his place to relax, and revel in their successes, and plan for the future.  But, the Germans were not his friends.  They were the enemy of his country, and thus, enemy of his.  His old friends had made their choices.  They were his friends, and yet they had become his enemies.

He had been struggling with the thought of “friends” being “enemies” for  some time.  Half of the people he came into contact on a daily basis were in his mind on the side of the enemy.  There was no way to know which were which of the nameless strangers al around.  The people he knew was a different story.  Some of them he knew were trusted friends of both his, and his country’s.  Some he knew weren’t.  What was even worse, he had family members, people he loved dearly, in both of those same two groups.

The family was simply family.  At this point, he wasn’t ready to disown those with whom he found traitorous.  He would simply have as little to do with them as necessary.  That was an unbelievably painful decision.  His friends he would have to look at differently.  Rather than try and sort through them, and measure their varying shades of trustworthyness, he simply decided that he was an old man, and it might just be much easier to fade away.

He knew there would be those who disgreed with his decisions.  The Germans and their supporters would be a steady source of interesting reactions to the closing of the guesthouse.  Their favorite was the, “A bit of an overreaction, wouldn’t you say?”  Somehow, the idea that someone would be disgusted by the thought of rubbing shoulders with the masters who were busy enslaving the same people kissing their rings, eluded them.  But he couldn’t stand at the door, allowing some and turning others away.  There was no sense talking about it.  Those who shared his feelings were most likely feeling much the same way.  Those who were on the other side would simply cry “Sour grapes!” All of the talking had been done.  It was over. So.  Time for the old man to go home.

He thought about the chants of “We won!” that had been shouted by many of his friends as the Germans had installed the “new” government that one day.

They had won.

 
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  1. dude_miner

    November 8, 2012 at 11:12 pm

    The Den is missed, kyyote. The other Miners sites don’t cut it for me and other Denizens. Take as much time as you need, but please seriously consider re-establishing the board, my friend. If you choose not to, I thank you for the seven years we did have to gather and “shoot the shit” at Kyyote’s Den.

     
  2. m12345678u

    November 8, 2012 at 11:52 pm

    Farewell!!
    Take care!!!
    Be Well!!!
    Fight the good Fight!!!

     
  3. liebestraum

    November 9, 2012 at 12:21 am

    Well, OK, Ky.

    Your ball; your game.

    If I come back to El Paso some day, I hope I can still see you.

    Mark

     
  4. Joe

    November 9, 2012 at 12:30 am

    In the imortal words of Sgt. Hulka “Lighten up Francis.”

     
  5. Minermaestro

    November 9, 2012 at 3:51 am

    If I can read between the lines, since the majority of the board turned on the CMP ‘regime’, rather than continue to allow the mob to rule, you just simply ‘shut ‘er down’ so to speak. Not sure if this was done for the sake of the staff, players, recruits, all of the above, or simply to make yourself feel better, I suppose in the end it doesn’t matter. It’s your site and it’s free and you can do whatever you want. I can’t say that I agree with your reasoning, if I’m so presumptuous to say that I’m correct, but I have no qualms about you doing so either. Fair winds and calm seas amigo and we’ll see each other on the other side. Peace!

     
  6. Guest

    November 9, 2012 at 5:56 am

    What are you saying? Are you equating Obama supporters with Nazis?

     
  7. Alaska Miner

    November 9, 2012 at 7:30 pm

    I get it.
    I too, wept at the suicide my country committed of their own free will the other night. Stay strong for when it all crashes down.
    Well done, Ky… Well done.

     
  8. kyyote

    November 9, 2012 at 8:46 pm

    Elections have consequences. I want Denizens to understand that I have invested more than anyone in the Den, and no one is hurt more by the closing than I. A recent poll asked if you could be friends with your political opponent. Ask a Jew. Is country more important than friendships?
    lieb, I know that is how you see it. I understand. I just don’t think you understand.
    Fiddle, Joe.
    maestro, thank you for the wishes.
    Guest, why do you ask? Are you?
    AK, indeed, you do. It will take longer than I have to live, I figure.

     
  9. jobu

    November 10, 2012 at 1:43 am

    I’ll echo Dude’s comments. I’m not sure I completely understand your reasoning (maybe I missed some inflammatory posts in recent days), but it’s your site to do with what you please.

    Be well, amigo, and don’t be a stranger on Digs or whatever succeeds the Den.

     
  10. Dawgma

    November 10, 2012 at 7:18 am

    Man I love history. Inglorious Basterds was the latest great spoof on the war…but we should be posting about an incredible display of Miner basketball tonight…guess I’ll go elsewhere….seig heil….

     
  11. Dawgma

    November 10, 2012 at 7:18 am

    Man I love history. Inglorious Basterds was the latest great spoof on the war…but we should be posting about an incredible display of Miner basketball tonight…guess I’ll go elsewhere….seig heil….

     
  12. Alan Folsom (MINER63)

    November 10, 2012 at 8:12 am

    Sorry to see you go. I’ll miss the Den and its freewheeling commentary, although I don’t agree with your politics.

     
  13. Austintacious

    November 10, 2012 at 2:29 pm

    Ky, thanks for the years of running the Den.

     
  14. The Watcher

    November 10, 2012 at 11:03 pm

    Craig, the truth was staring you in the face and you had to confront it sooner or later. Just took a while for ya. The reality is the Den does not wash its own laundry – it was just getting dirtier. You’re right Craig, time for the old man to go.

     
  15. Whoa.

    November 11, 2012 at 12:39 am

    What a baby. Go riddance. Please take your bbf mike price with you.

    Wahh! Wahh! Little baby.

    Now I know why people call you CRYote.

     
  16. jobu

    November 11, 2012 at 7:08 pm

    Have enough balls to at least use your “real” fake name if you’re going to be such a dick, “Whoa.” You coward.

     
  17. Miner factor

    November 12, 2012 at 3:59 pm

    Gracias amigo it was fun while it lasted

     
  18. AnotherMiner

    November 28, 2012 at 3:44 am

    Thanks, Kyyote