The biggest problem I face as Superman…


Most people probably think it would be cool to be Superman. They don’t have a clue. It’s not easy. There are many reasons that I have found being Superman difficult. Here are just a few: 

  1. It’s difficult to do things like finger-rolls in basketball. The ball just shoots off my hand and shatters not just the backboard, but the rim;
  2. It’s hard to do anything with eggs that aren’t hard-boiled because they crush so easily;
  3. It’s impossible to make fragile things, like paper-mache flowers or origami;
  4. You have to always be on the lookout for kryptonite and bad guys who are out to get you;
  5. When I am traveling incognito, I hate going through metal detectors at the airport because of my abs of steel. I guess I may just have to give up on flying on planes.

At least the folks at Clean Eatz seem to understand the difficulties I face. 

ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY: in 1879, Little Wolf, often called “the greatest of the fighting Cheyenne,” surrendered to his friend Lieutenant W. P. Clark.

Little Wolf was the chief of the Bowstring Soldiers, an elite Cheyenne military society. From early youth, Little Wolf had demonstrated rare bravery and a brilliant understanding of battle tactics. First in conflicts with other Indians like the Kiowa and then in disputes with the U.S. Army, Little Wolf led or assisted in dozens of important Cheyenne victories.

Historians believe Little Wolf was probably involved in the disastrous Fetterman Massacre of 1866, in which the Cheyenne cleverly lured a force of 80 American soldiers out of their Wyoming fort and wiped them out. After Cheyenne attacks had finally forced the U.S. military to abandon Fort Phil Kearney along the Bozeman Trail, Little Wolf is believed to have led the torching of the fort. He was also a leading participant in the greatest of the Plains Indian victories, the Battle of the Little Bighorn in 1876.

As with many of the other Plains Indian warriors, Little Wolf was finally forced to make peace during the army’s major offensive following the massacre at Little Bighorn. In 1877, the government sent Little Wolf to a reservation in Indian Territory. Disgusted with the meager supplies and conditions on the reservation, in 1878 Little Wolf determined to leave the reservation and head north for the old Cheyenne territory in Wyoming and Montana. Chief Dull Knife and 300 of his followers went with him.

Though Little Wolf and Dull Knife announced that their intentions were peaceful, settlers in the territory they passed through feared attack. The government dispatched cavalry forces that assaulted the Indians, but Little Wolf’s skillful defensive maneuvers kept Cheyenne casualties low. When the band neared Fort Robinson, Nebraska, Dull Knife and some of his followers stopped there. Little Wolf and the rest of the Cheyenne continued to march north to Montana.

In the spring of 1879, while still traveling north, Little Wolf and his followers were overtaken by a cavalry force under the leadership of Captain W.P. Clark, an old friend of Little Wolf’s. The confrontation might easily have turned violent, but with his force of warriors diminished and his people tired, Little Wolf was reluctant to fight the more powerful American army. Clark’s civilized and gracious treatment of Little Wolf helped convince the chief that further resistance was pointless, and he agreed to surrender.

After returning to the reservation, Little Wolf briefly served as a scout for General Nelson A. Miles. However, during this time he disgraced himself among his people by killing one of his tribesmen. The formerly celebrated Cheyenne warrior lived out the rest of his life on the reservation but had no official influence among his own people.

TRIVIA FOR TODAY: a Spartan specialty was a black soup made from salt, vinegar, and blood. No one in the rest of Greece would drink it.



2 thoughts on “The biggest problem I face as Superman…

  1. Dear Galen,

    You’ve had a “secret admirer” for several years. Mr. Ed Boring told me that he was in your Bible study class and that you were his pastor years ago. He spoke so highly of you and of your gift and skill in teaching God’s Word.

    When, through a friend on the Internet, he re-discovered you, he’d been receiving your twolfgcd blogs and enjoying your good photography for several months. Yet he always wondered – as expressed in a bittersweet recollection of his past – why you weren’t continuing in the gifting and ministry of proclaiming and teaching in the ways of the Lord Jesus. (?) (By the time our friend discovered and signed up for your other blog, it was too late for Ed to get to see it.)

    You see, Ed (we called him “Buzz’) ended up in prison. He didn’t know if you knew. Yet he returned to an active, mature faith in Jesus Christ and in being a light and godly testimony to those of us who lived with him. He walked the walk!

    I speak of him in the past tense – for, after several months of a weakened heart, he passed away this past Monday.

    I thought you might like to know of how highly he spoke of you.

    God’s best to you!

    Del Dietrich

    On Sun, Mar 25, 2018 at 2:37 PM, Twolfgcd’s Blog (Galen Dalrymple) wrote:

    > Galen posted: ” Most people probably think it would be cool to be > Superman. They don’t have a clue. It’s not easy. There are many reasons > that I have found being Superman difficult. Here are just a few: It’s > difficult to do things like finger-rolls in basketball. Th” >

    1. Del: thank you for letting me know. I didn’t know that Ed had ended up in prison. And I also (of course) didn’t know that he’d gone on to glory. That is sad news, but also a glorious victory for Ed! I love how God can take even the things that are the saddest things in this world and make them into victories for His kids! Thank you for taking the time to drop me a note. God bless you with all peace and joy…

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