Reach Out And Bug Somebody.

Man that felt good. Today as I was leaving the cafe, I had to exit thru two double doors to get out of the building.  As I was walking out, I was being followed by a ten year old kid, who was talking on a cellphone.  At this point I wish to interject into this, that I throughly disagree with the policy of giving a ten year old kid their own cellphone.

Walking thru the first door, I held the door for junior who is blabbing away and didn’t even bother to reach up and grab the door that I was holding for him.  He just kept chattering away like some kind of Magpie oblivious to what was happening in his world.

On the second door, unaware to junior, the routine changed up a bit, I walked thru that door, but this time, I did not hold the door for him. The door came up rather abruptly for our cellphone commander and it kind of slapped him upside the head.  He looks at me and says, “Hey man, what’s the deal?”  I just looked at him and said, “I aint your man.  And God didn’t put me on this planet to hold doors open for morons on cellphones. By the way, your ballcap is on crooked.”

Like I said … Man that felt good.

One of the apparent benefits of getting older is I can now do what I think is comfortable.  All this PC crap and all that, they can have it.  Check out this commercial for Southern Comfort,it really cracks me up and it mirrors what we are talking about here.

Be the you that you want to be, cause if you don’t, you will waste the you that you already are.

Have a great weekend.

OOO

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13 thoughts on “Reach Out And Bug Somebody.

  1. “I throughly disagree with the policy of giving a ten year old kid their own cellphone.”

    With no intention of disagreeing, necessarily, I’d like to know why.

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    • No problem Bill. I am not opposed to kids and cellphones per say, if they get them in touch with police, fire or hospital (nothing else) call ’em 911 phones or something like that. Texting and this thing, sexting (sending nudes via phone) who needs it? I have heard them go off in church, at funerals, the movies, restaurants, they are a plague on the planet.

      Our grandchildren went on vacation with us last year, she is 8 he is 10. Every day they were constantly being barraged (several times a day) by in-laws and parents, wanting to know where they went, what they did, what they ate for lunch, what are you doing, for cryin’ out loud. One day the eight year old drops a ceramic animal and when I refused to backtrack 500 miles to get her another one, she gets on the cellphone and raises holy hell with anyone who would listen to her.

      The family in turn is going to fly out to Las Vegas from Houston just to pick her up because she is upset. Kids that young do not have clue as to what “real life might be” and they sure do not need a cellphone, unless it is for emergency use only.

      That is my take on it. Thanks for your comment.

      Don

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    • No offense intended, but that sounds like a parent problem, not a kid problem. They should have told her to hang up and straighten up, then refused her calls for a couple of hours.

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    • No offense taken. Your advice on the remedy is right on the money, but these parents are not sensible when it comes to something like this. Who knows, maybe they are basically just insecure people?

      You my friend are exactly right, it is a parental issue straight up and to the point. Only problem is the parents use the telephone and numerous electronic devices to placate the children, and that is wrong.

      Cellphones, child or adult, are a PITA. I look at cellphones as the cigarettes of the 21st century. Undoubtedly they are another great invention in our modern age, if used correctly, but often this is simply not the case.

      I know there are a lot of people who do not share my opinions on them and I can live with it. They might even see me as cranky and old hat, but that is the way I feel about it. Maybe when they are sixteen or somewhere in that age bracket, but a ten year old or below, that is just stoooopid.

      Don

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    • Regarding the phone issue itself, it’s not a problem if the kid is taught appropriate behavior. You make rules, you make the child stick to them or you take away the phone for a day. Takes about two times to get the point across. Useful punishment for other offenses, as well. It’s like taking away the bike when we were kids. MUCH worse than getting grounded.

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    • Once again, you are right on the money. My how times have changed. My father would just say …
      “Don, go stand in the street, until I can get the pickup started.”

      Later,

      DS

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    • Well, my 10-year-old granddaughter is getting her phone for Christmas anyway. Nyahhh nyahhh nyahhhh na na

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    • That is great! Too each his own, is this Selena the dancer?

      DS

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    • Yes. I figure a child who has the self-discipline to do four lessons and six hours of practice a week is able to handle a phone with no problem, and certainly deserves a reward for her diligence. She’s doing it on her own, too. No one is pushing her. (And she hasn’t asked for a phone, even though her best friend has one.)

      The grandson? Not so much. Of course, he’s not due until November.

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    • Oh. Did I mention the straight A’s and B’s?

      Believe it or not, this is not a driven child, either. She just knows what she wants. She’s in the public magnet school of the arts now, and wants to qualify for the middle school next year — for which she has to audition. Fortunately, a friend of her mom’s is a professional, and he said if she’d pay for the regular group lessons (read: Grandpa), he’d take her for two private lessons a week on the house and choreograph her audition. We sure can’t afford to send her to a private school, so getting her into the best public school is a major priority.

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  2. Regarding your holding the door for that arrogant kid, cannot believe the times when the wife and I are in traffic here lately, and a SUV or whatever comes zoomin’ on thru the intersection without so much as a nod, blink, FULL SPEED while SHE (yes gang, it’s usually a woman driver !) is texting or talking on one of those thangs ! Don’t know why there’s not more accidents involving vehicles, let alone pedestrians trying to cross said intersection with their lives in their hands !
    I just don’t get it. What is THAT important in that you HAVE to speak/text somebody while driving with no consideration whatsoever for anybody or anything around you?

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    • It is a national malaise, I read of a kid who recently drove off a cliff while texting. Now he is facing astronomical medical bills and therapy (or rather his parents are).

      DS

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  3. PS: I totally agree about texting — or phoning — and driving. As far as other communication in public goes, manners in general have deteriorated as well as common sense, so it is what it is. They’re the digital natives, and it’s going to be their world soon. Let’s hope they do better taking care of it than we have.

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