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A Simpler Life

December 17, 2009 Leave a comment Go to comments

Holy Moly!  40c yesterday and it’s now 6pm and it’s 14c and we’ve had 20mm of rain.  It’s funny how 14c feels freezing.  Gee, this is a strange country.

Our new fridge arrived today and very nice indeed.  Even beeps if you leave the door open.  It’s probably got a USB port somewhere to plug in the iPod!  I once saw a fridge with a TV in the door.  Bizarre.

Off the subject, I think all my generation lament how standards have changed over the years.  I found these senarios with an American flavour on the Interweb titled “Would you rather grow up in 1957 or 2009?

Scenario 1:

Jack goes quail hunting before school and then pulls into the school parking lot with his shotgun in his truck’s gun rack.

1957 – Vice Principal comes over, looks at Jack’s shotgun, goes to his car and gets his shotgun to show Jack.

2009 – School goes into lock down, FBI called, Jack hauled off to jail and never sees his truck or gun again. Counsellors called in for traumatized students and teachers.

Scenario 2:

Johnny and Mark get into a fist fight after school.

1957 – Crowd gathers. Mark wins.. Johnny and Mark shake hands and end up buddies.

2009 – Police called and SWAT team arrives — they arrest both Johnny and Mark. They are both charged them with assault and both expelled even though Johnny started it.

Scenario 3:

Jeffrey will not be still in class, he disrupts other students.

1957 – Jeffrey sent to the Principal’s office and given a good paddling by the Principal. He then returns to class, sits still and does not disrupt class again.

2009 – Jeffrey is given huge doses of Ritalin. He becomes a zombie. He is then tested for ADD. The school gets extra money from the state because Jeffrey has a disability.

Scenario 4:

Billy breaks a window in his neighbor’s car and his Dad gives him a whipping with his belt..

1957 – Billy is more careful next time, grows up normal, goes to college and becomes a successful businessman.

2009 – Billy’s dad is arrested for child abuse. Billy is removed to foster care and joins a gang. The state psychologist is told by Billy’s sister that she remembers being abused herself and their dad goes to prison. Billy’s mum has an affair with the psychologist.

Scenario 5:

Mark gets a headache and takes some aspirin to school.

1957 – Mark shares his aspirin with the Principal out on the smoking dock.

2009 – The police are called and Mark is expelled from school for drug violations His car is then searched for drugs and weapons.

Scenario 6:

Pedro fails high school English.

1957 – Pedro goes to summer school, passes English and goes to college.

2009 – Pedro’s cause is taken up by state. Newspaper articles appear nationally explaining that teaching English as a requirement for graduation is racist. ACLU files class action lawsuit against the state school system and Pedro’s English teacher. English is then banned from core curriculum. Pedro is given his diploma anyway but ends up mowing lawns for a living because he cannot speak English.

Scenario 7:

Johnny takes apart leftover firecrackers from the Fourth of July, puts them in a model airplane paint bottle and blows up a red ant bed.

1957 – Ants die.

2009 – ATF, Homeland Security and the FBI are all called. Johnny is charged with domestic terrorism. The FBI investigates his parents — and all siblings are removed from their home and all computers are confiscated. Johnny’s dad is placed on a terror watch list and is never allowed to fly again.

Scenario 8:

Johnny falls while running during recess and scrapes his knee. He is found crying by his teacher, Mary. Mary hugs him to comfort him.

1957 – In a short time, Johnny feels better and goes on playing.

2009 – Mary is accused of being a sexual predator and loses her job. She faces 3 years in State Prison… Johnny undergoes 5 years of therapy.

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  1. Muppet's Mum
    December 17, 2009 at 9:23 pm

    Not sure whether to consider this funny or very sad. Nice fridge, by the way. Too bad Ninny won’t let us put any magnets on it!

    MM – A comic tragedy maybe? I just noticed that the freezer, fridge and washing machine are all Fisher and Paykel.

    Re fridge magnets, they’ll slowly creep on again. 😀

    • December 19, 2009 at 11:28 am

      My new fridge won’t accept fridge magnets cos it’s stainless steel.

      shammy – She would have bought one of those if she knew that!

  2. December 18, 2009 at 2:28 am

    Sadly, too close to the truth.

    And nobody climbs trees or wades through creeks anymore…

    (Except me, of course).

    Scott – And me!

  3. june in florida
    December 18, 2009 at 2:39 am

    True, of course also numerous lawsuits and many lawyers getting rich. Common sense is out of fashion.

    June – The world became a fairer place but the scales tipped to absurdity.

  4. muscat55
    December 18, 2009 at 12:04 pm

    Oh dear how true, I used to quickly deal at home in the late ’50s, with any of my children’s misdemeanors with a wooden jam spoon to the bum, it got so I only had to put my hand on the drawer and peace reined, how much simpler life was then. (sigh!)

    That explains J’s twitch and stutter 😀

  5. December 19, 2009 at 11:27 am

    Sad state of the world if you ask me.

    • Thomas Houseman
      December 21, 2009 at 4:59 pm

      A fridge that fridge magnets won’t stick to… I agree!!

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