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post #1211 of 3149 Old 08-13-2012, 01:17 PM
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I think the biggest issue with 16yr olds getting their license isn't about technology, there's always been something to distract a driver. But more about how we don't make them responsible for their actions. Kids these days are told how good they do and patted on the back even when they fail miserably at something. At the last horse show I was at, games(speed), they were giving out participation ribbons. I'm sorry but if you lose, you lose, end of story. We are so caught up in not hurting anyone's feelings that we lose that competetive edge that once kept out nation great. It's really not a surprise how our education is failing. What consequences do kids have if they don't suceed in school? Oh you dropped out of school to have to many kids with different fathers, no worry the government will pay you to keep reproducing failures.

Sorry for the mini rant, haha. I'm just getting disgusted with the way people are turning out these days. Maybe it's because I went to a Catholic school for 9 years and had very strict rules and standards.
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post #1212 of 3149 Old 08-13-2012, 01:32 PM
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Hehe, yeah, Snickers is a fuzzy chocolate bear during winters. :) He is still as trickstery, sometimes naughty and a rebel as ever, even if as cute as a kitten. :)

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post #1213 of 3149 Old 08-13-2012, 01:34 PM
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Hehe it's the cute ones that get ya. I'm pretty sure only the cute ones are the devious little suckers haha. My dog uses her adorable face to get out of trouble.
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post #1214 of 3149 Old 08-13-2012, 01:44 PM
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Totally! Snickers is well aware how to charm me with his cute muzzle and then step on my head!

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post #1215 of 3149 Old 08-13-2012, 02:36 PM
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Poppy, I loved your rant and I completely agree. When I was a kid playing baseball, we did get little medals for participation, but we got big trophies when we one. I don't have a problem with giving kids something for participating. It takes at least a little courage to put yourself out there and do something with a large audience. But not everyone should get the same award. If you win, you should get something better than those who didn't win. I mean seriously, if a kid spends his whole life getting the same things as everyone else without working at anything, how will he ever survive in the real world. Companies don't hire everyone that applise for a job, they hire the best person for the job. The way things are, kids think that they are entitled to the same things everyone else is getting without having to work for it. That's why our society is going down the crapper.

But now that I "know" people in Canada and Australia, I have options where I can move :)
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post #1216 of 3149 Old 08-13-2012, 02:51 PM
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Haha yea, my brother is only 3 years younger than me and somehow everything I was taught ended with me. Most days I just cannot understand his thinking. I think telling every kid they can be whatever they want to be needs to stop. You can be what ever you want to be when you grow up if you work hard enough for it. Jeesh, my brother "works" 2 days a week because going to school with 4 classes at a community college means he cannot work. He's pretty convinced in a year or less his band of "death metal rock" will hit it big and he will be a milionare and not have to work, yea ok, keep dreaming buddy. So since that will happen he doesn't need to work now, or try at school. Someone has got to feed him, because we can't possibly expect him to feed himself, jeesh. Oh yea and he thinks he will get hired just by applying.

I can't wait til he moves out on his own here soon. He thinks a minimum wage job will work and he can get weekends off with said job hahahahaha. I can't wait until I get to say I told you so.
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I think that saying needs to be modified. You can be anything you want, but you may have to work your butt off to get there, and you have to deal with all the consequences along the way. Maybe your brother's band will make it big....someday. But banking on that doesn't give him the right to sponge off his family until it happens.

I wanted to be an engineer, so I went to college. I come from a lower-middle class family, so there wasn't going to be much if any help from my parents. I got scholarships, but went to a private college. So for my last two years in school, I had 3 part time jobs, while going to school full time. This is what I wanted, so I did what had to be done.

So many kids think that just wanting it to happen will be good enough. That's only the start. You have to want it badly enough that you'll do whatever it takes to make it happen.

Ok, there is my rant, i'll step off my soapbox now.
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post #1218 of 3149 Old 08-13-2012, 03:56 PM
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I'm just thankful that little turd doesn't live with me anymore. Just before I moved to MN he was living with me and cost me hundreds each month. Too many kids and even recent college grads have no concept of working for a living.

Kuddos to you for making it through college to be an engineer. That isn't easy stuff.
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In regards to your bro... metal music is NOT popular right now. Oh, I like it plenty, and there are lots of fans scattered around the world - but it is not mainstream and most bands (even the 'big' ones) still have day jobs. Rock and pop are a different story, but metal... yeah. Metallica and Megadeth are still riding on album sales from the 80s... unless he invents a time machine, it's not going to happen!

Someone somewhere said "You can be whatever you work for" - I like that much better than "You can be whatever you want." I have to admit I look at people only 10 years younger than me and it feels more like 20 or 30 sometimes.
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post #1220 of 3149 Old 08-13-2012, 05:33 PM
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Oh good idea. I don't trust drivers around here enough even if I painted Lizzy with reflective paint. Teenagers and their darn phone, texting away. The US is definitely way to leinent on giving out drivers licenses.

The issue I and my friend would have when riding by roads was the guys trying to show off when they drove by,revving their engines,honking,yelling,spinning tires and spitting gravel,ect. Drove us nuts! Definitely not the best way to impress a girl on a high spirited horse..
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