Saturday, January 12, 2008

Maggie's Farm: Then and Now: this stuff would be funny if it wasn't so true.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

I like Maggie's Farm. Popping in there from time to time is a hoot.

9:32 AM, January 12, 2008  
Blogger DADvocate said...

I graduated from high school in 1969. I can attest that all of the 1967 items happened at my school except Pedro failing English. We had some "Pedros" but they didn't fail English.

10:13 AM, January 12, 2008  
Blogger Danny said...

How ver ytrue. Especially in uber-PC towns like Ann Arbor, where I live.

br549-- just out of curiosity, do you like the music of the band named "BR549" ?

11:20 AM, January 12, 2008  
Blogger SGT Ted said...

1967: Town police find group of high school kids at remote "makeout" spot drinking beer. Police pour out liquor, tell sober kids to go home, follows buzzed kid home for safety and tells dad. Kids grow up fine and become successful.

2007: Town police find group of high school kids at remote "makeout" spot drinking beer. Police seize liquor, arrest kids and put them in jail. Drunk kids accused of raping girlfriends, who are drunk. Kids have police record and lose their drivers licences, unable to make it to wok, they lose their jobs.

5:31 PM, January 12, 2008  
Blogger Jeff Y said...

It's the wusification of the culture. Although, I did see a positive thign yesterday at the bookstore.

A woman was walking with her child in the coffee shop which has stone tile floors. The child tripped and fell as young children sometimes do. The child looked up at his mother and got that look like he was going to cry.

A lady sitting at a nearby table said, "Poor baby." The mother told her to stay out of it, and then looked back her boy and said "You're a big boy. You know how to walk and how to get yourself up. Show me how strong you are, like your daddy."

The boy smiled and stood up triumphantly.

My mother used to do the same thing to me. I couldn't believe there are still mothers like that out there. I bought coffee and orange juice for them.

7:11 PM, January 12, 2008  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Huh "Jeff" - you bought coffee and orange juice for a strange woman and her superhuman baby? Did Ya'll like sit and talk? or stuff?

Maybe the mother also threw in that the baby damn well better stand up, or no self-respecting woman would ever want him. And he better have a paper route by the time he's 9.

This kind of reminds me of the Al Gore's story about his grandmother's prescription pills, or the superhuman Jessica Lynch story. But it's like cool.

8:54 PM, January 12, 2008  
Blogger Will Conway said...

"Pedro's cause is taken up by local human rights group. Newspaper articles appear nationally explaining that making English a requirement for graduation is racist. Civil Liberties Association files class action lawsuit against state school system and Pedro's English teacher. English is banned from core curriculum. Pedro is given his diploma anyway but ends up mowing lawns for a living because he cannot speak English."


and he bought orange juice, no more than that.

9:31 PM, January 12, 2008  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


I have heard of them, but never heard them. I like blue grass, but don't listen to country music. Others have asked me the same question. br549 was the telephone number of Junior Sample's used car dealership on Hee Haw. I saw it on TV in the 70's. I have been using br549 as a handle since I moved to TN in 1988 and started going "on line" in 1989. I moved back to VA in 2001, but kept the handle.

9:55 PM, January 12, 2008  
Blogger Jeff Y said...

jg wrote, "Huh "Jeff" - you bought coffee and orange juice for a strange woman and her superhuman baby? Did Ya'll like sit and talk? or stuff?"

Yeah, we did. And my friend Chuck, whose 63 years old, was also there.

Yeah. I bought a stranger a coffee and her child an orange juice. Strange, I guess. People really don't do stuff like that where you live? You don't just meet people and chat with them?

I talked to the mother about raising independent children. She didn't think parents should always solve problems for their kids. It still seems rather novel to me.

Where I live, it's pretty easy to be nice to people. And people still talk about things. And when people sit and talk, I often will buy for everyone at the table. Isn't that strange? Who would do that?

I've had political discussions in that book store, and interesting arguments with new agers. I've spontaneously tutored a college freshman in Calculus. I asked out the cafe barrista and got shot down. Adam, the manager, laughed about that. I talked to a guy who works for SAP about the H-1b program. I belong to a chess club there, but I suck.

If I remind you of Gore, then I suppose your cynicism reminds me of Lawrence O'Donnell.

10:39 PM, January 12, 2008  
Blogger Will Conway said...

jeff, a little odd

10:44 PM, January 13, 2008  
Blogger Jeff Y said...


12:21 AM, January 14, 2008  
Blogger Cham said...

January is an odd time. Yesterday I was down at the harbor people watching. A mother actually let her 3 kids, in the 3-4 year age range get dangerously close to the edge of the fence-less promenade without scolding them. The kids made a conscious decision on their own that they shouldn't get too close. Then I saw another parent instruct their small child to pick up some trash, trash that wasn't his. The parent also didn't freak out when I helped the kid open the trash can lid. This was surely an anomaly, when the weather warms up things will go back to normal child micromanagement and fear mongering.

10:29 AM, January 14, 2008  
Blogger a psychiatrist who learned from veterans said...

Alternative to scenario 3:

Student is not disruptive but 'just not applying himself.' Passed from grade to grade in country school. Joins Army; dismissed after 12 years when he is unable to supervise others as a sargeant. Goes to truck driving school where he is force fed info after failing CDL and finally passes. Takes 'check ride' at prospective employer's and is told by person observing on his getting out of the cab, "You should never get in a truck again!" Later shows up in my office with family desiring point of view that truck driving school should have known he shouldn't be in their school. Attention Deficit Disorder doesn't exist right?

7:23 PM, January 14, 2008  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

BR549: Darn - no Junior's used car routine on YouTube. In fact, only one vid of Junior in the whole lot. It makes me sad.

Well here's Grandpa Jones by way of consolation.

8:22 PM, January 14, 2008  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

a psychiatrist who learned from veterans:

As one who has had ADHD all his life and did not know what it was until 42 years old, I was relieved as hell to be able to know why I was unable to read the contents of a page in a book without drifting off somewhere. Without dexedrine, I have to read a page 5 times to know what is said. And I have to get up and walk around while reading to be able to stay concentrated. That kept me in trouble in school in the sixties. I got kicked out so many times I finally walked away at 17 and hitch hiked around the country, looking for America, looking for me. I'll let you know if I ever find myself. I'm with you. If ADD / ADHD doesn't exist, it's certainly something. And many people have it.

7:11 AM, January 15, 2008  
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