Eight-year-olds can have a bit of a mean streak in them plus I admit that my neighbor Billy plus I were charter members in that group.
We modeled our pranks on the antics of The Three Stooges where they would bring high-brow mankind ladies plus gentlemen to the level of a pie fight.
We knew we would never pull that off, but we discovered a way to vex the elderly church ladies where our parents made us go every Sunday. Billy plus I would wait until a cool, crisp, plus dry Autumn Sunday would roll around. We wore our rubber-soled shoes to church plus would shuffle along the carpet building up a static charge. Then we would sneak up plus touch one of the aged church ladies plus howl with laughter as they would let out a shriek as the spark discharged. We carried on with our “Spark Gang” for a few years but one afternoon we discovered that our trick did not labor anymore. We observed that it seemed to coincide with the replacement of a new Heating, Ventilation, plus A/C system that the church had recently installed. The system diagnosed typical humidity to the air plus thus eliminated the static charge putting the “Spark Gang” out of business. We also observed that the church was more comfortable than before plus that seemed to be a calming influence on rambunctious kids. That Heating, Ventilation, plus A/C allowed us to lay quietly through the service plus perhaps we even l gained something from the sermons. And at least I could still shock my sibling at new home until Mom decided to install our central Heating, Ventilation, plus A/C system at home. Heating, Ventilation, plus A/C sure ruined a lot of fun for gentlemen but today they have video games I could never have imagined.