Callahan chronicals

After reading the Callahan Chronicals I have come to realize

that there are many things to be learned in life. This book captured

my attention by trying to figure out just what it is that Spider Robinson

is trying to pass on to the reader. I have come to the conclusion that

the author is trying to portray real life situations with a little twist to

keep the reader interested. There is a lesson to be learned from

each story. Each visitor that passes through Mike Callahan\'s bar is

teaching the people who are already there a lesson and there is

much to be learned.

In the Centipede\'s Dilemma I learned that apperance really

dosen\'t matter. Dink Fogerty led the whole bar to believe that he was

incapable of even throwing a dart but then he, dispite his image, used

telekinesis (mind over matter) to project the darts into the dartboard

with tremendus accuracy. You cannot just sleep on your opponents

in real life situations. You must look beyond your opponents

apparent capabilities to be a contender in any game, espically the

game of life. If you don\'t you will surely get stepped on throughout

your life. If the people at Callahan\'s didn\'t catch on to Dink\'s attribute

then he would have walked out of that place knowing that he screwed

over the entire bar. I have learned to look for things like this now and

will not get decieved eaisly in my lifetime. Fogerty wasn\'t all that bad

though, any bird that can keep their glass filled with gin all the time

would be a good companion for mostly anyone.

Just Dessert was a good story on how people do not like to be

made a fool of. This story\'s focus was on practical jokers. The

message I received from this writing was that people don\'t like

practical jokers even if their motifs are just for fun. You also must be

careful because that joke can turn foul and hit you right back in the

face. That is exactly what happened to the men who tried to pull one

over on Mike and the Doc. The men planned to drink heavily and pull

the old fake vomit gag. This one was more complex though because

the guy who puked had his two friends dig into the gross mess with

spoons to sicken the crowd. The vomit was just beef stew to make it

look real. The funny part is that the Doc slipped some "serum of

ipecac" into the stew before the man\'s friends dug in. Who do you

think got the last laugh in the end? Well, I know for sure that the

jokers will not be playing that gag again in the future. This goes for

me as well. I will not be playing any joke like that in the future

because now I can see what possible outcomes there can be. I

wouldn\'t like it done to me so I will stick to the golden rule.

When the tall guy with the eyes walked through Callahan\'s door

there was a feeling of uncertainty among Jake Stonebender. He

had seen a man like this before and he ended up blasting four men

with a gun. To make a long story short this guy was sent by his

master to destroy the world but he had a conscience and couldn\'t

kill everyone. Mickey Finn realized that love and feelings do exist

among humans and he couldn\'t destroy them. He let everyone

know that all they had to do was kill him and they would all be saved.

The people at Callahan\'s did no such thing though. They got him

trashed instead and talked it through. They even dragged him to the

back room where Mike keeps a cot and laid him down to sleep. This

taught me that it is best to talk things out in a bad situation. All you

have to do in certain situations is kill them with kindness.

There was a guy in this book who possessed fivesight. It is

when you can see things that are going to happen in the future.

Unfortunately for this guy he could only see the bad things that were

going to happen. He married a women