A Short Story- _ Time for a Change_ : by Carol: June 1993
Norman Elephant sat back trying to concentrate on his hand. He reflected on the way he and other Elephant friends from the George Washington School of Ethics and Morality used to run their monthly card party.
They'd chat about the events in each others' lives during the month past-then-out would come the transparent deck-Each knowing that the honor of the others was such that there would be no peeking.
Tonight's game was different. With the inclusion of the Rinos, the party had lost its free and gentle flare. It started a few months ago with one Rino asking to join and all - but Norm- agreeing (to show their tolerance). Pretty soon there were more Rinos than Elephants.
The rules had to be changed too. Rather than transparent cards-they had to use heavy -duty cards because the Rinos said they were honorable but, the Elephants soon learned that they always resorted to peeking. The betting was more intense as well. The Rinos played for keeps!
They also continually demanded small changes.
At first it was the request to pull certain cards from the deck. The Absolute of Diamonds (which represented the Elephants' substance) was the first to go. It was replaced by the Arbitrary of *CZ.
Soon, most of the deck had been changed.
Several of the party originals lost their positions, homes, and family members for it seemed that the Rinos could not lose.
Norm suspected it had something to do with the new glasses the Rinos were wearing. It seemed that they could see through the new decks that had been purchased through a Rino distributor.
Norm also thought about the meeting he had called. He hoped that some the the original players would agree with him that changes had to be made...
*(Cubic Zirconia-or false diamond) CZ
My friend had RINO (Xd) Buttons made for the - I believe- 1996 R Convention in Wash DC - and it took off from there-