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Saturday, May 14, 2005

Pets or Meat (Chilean Barbecue Style)

Another story from the childhood of our friend Alex: when Alex was about 3 years old, his parents were presented with a gift of three rabbits--two females and a male. As might be expected, a few months later the family boasted six children and thirty rabbits. Mom and Dad realized it was time for some rabbit family planning. Which doesn't involve little bunny-sized condoms, if you get my meaning.

So little Alex one day opened the door to the family barn and discovered his father in the act of humanely dispatching one of the males, named (we kid you not) Macho, with a lead pipe to the neck, sort of like in Clue. Little Alex apparently said nothing, and walked away quite calmly. But for some time after that, he could be found making a swift karate motion with his hand and muttering to himself, "Macho: Chop!"

Alex has grown up to be an unusually gentle 32-year-old man who gets along fine with his father. That this story came out on our blog and not in an episode of 48 Hours is a testament to the strength of Alex's upbringing.

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