Before Scout discovers some of Atticus' talents previously unknown to her, she expresses some disappointments about her father. Since "he was nearly fifty," he was older than most of her friends' fathers, and his advanced age and late start at parenting "reflected upon his abilities and manliness." Scout wished Atticus had a more exciting job, such as a farmer, mechanic or dump-truck driver. His glasses and poor inherited eyesight were a sore point. Additionally, "He never went hunting, he did not play poker or fish or drink or smoke." When Atticus caught Scout aiming her air rifle at Miss Maudie's rear end, he warned her to never point it at anybody again. At that point, Scout "wished my father was a devil from hell," echoing Miss Maudie's joking retort to Atticus' remark about Scout's "genrous target."