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(WTOP)   Cities filling in deep ends of public pools. Soon we will live our lives in padded cocoons, safe from all harm   ( divider line
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14128 clicks; posted to Main » on 02 Jul 2003 at 3:38 PM (14 years ago)   |   Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook   more»

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2003-07-02 10:09:33 AM  
The next generation is going to grow up to be a bunch of pussies at this rate.
2003-07-02 10:11:02 AM  
Soon we will live our lives in padded cocoons, safe from all harm

Producing electricity for our robot overlords?

2003-07-02 10:18:43 AM  
It's funny. The only time I've been injured in a pool was from diving into what I thought was the deep end.

When I was a kid, ALL the pools had deep ends, so imagine my surprise when I go dive in and crack my head on the bottom of the pool.

Of course, nowadays, I would have sued for $4 million for pain and suffering.
2003-07-02 10:21:18 AM  
It's called "prevention of natural selection".
2003-07-02 10:24:30 AM  
We'll all have to wear football helmets, all the time, like slow Donnie.
2003-07-02 10:33:20 AM  
Yaaaay! I'm goin ta Hawaiyee!! Yaaaay!
2003-07-02 10:33:57 AM  
Perhaps the headline should have read: "Cities filling in deep end of gene pool"
2003-07-02 10:34:16 AM  
I'm 25 and my mom still keeps me on a leash. Everybody makes fun of me at work but it's got a padlock on it so what can I do.

/waves to mom
2003-07-02 10:50:04 AM  
We'll all have to wear football helmets, all the time, like slow Donnie.

Just as well the pools are shallow then. Those things don't float too well.
2003-07-02 11:02:24 AM  
Soon we will live our lives in padded cocoons, safe from all harm

On the up side, I will have far less injuries from being drunk.
2003-07-02 11:06:37 AM  
As this grotesque trend continues we will all be encased in foam, then lobotomized in an effort to keep ourselves from experiencing any mental or emotional anguish, disappointment, loss or unhappiness.

Pain is a good thing. It teaches and it protects through learning. This is also known as life. When my kids fall and scrape something, the best thing I can do as a parent is to allow the situation to happen and run its course. A skinned knee today prevents a broken arm tomorrow.
2003-07-02 11:11:59 AM  
Soon we will live our lives in padded cocoons, safe from all harm.

The worst part's gonna be when the machines put those input ports into the back of our heads. I'll bet those things itch.
2003-07-02 11:17:13 AM they took out the boards, but then they were left with a drowning pool," with children sinking in the deep end...

The new all-shallow pools are usually no deeper than 5 feet...

Aren't most children shorter than 5 feet?
2003-07-02 11:27:05 AM  
If anyone wonders why conservatives are so exasperated by liberals--this illustrates it nicely.
2003-07-02 11:43:26 AM  
At these new shallow pools, will they be serving the smaller-sized snack foods?
2003-07-02 12:21:13 PM  
Yeah, it's great when we get freedom from ourselves....
2003-07-02 01:24:11 PM  
When my kids fall and scrape something, the best thing I can do as a parent is to allow the situation to happen and run its course.

And then he follows with, "Wipe your tears, you big baby."

2003-07-02 01:36:52 PM  
I wonder if they're going to force midgets to swim in the kiddie pool.
2003-07-02 01:47:56 PM  
Sudie I so love parenting. Just last weekend, our (almost) 3 year old daughter was protesting her nap. She cried for over 20 minutes. Finally I just told her that there was a monster under her crib and if she wakes him, he'll eat her face off. Then, as I tucked her in, I also told her that if she didn't take her nap, mommy and daddy will go away and leave her all alone with the monster.

Warms the heart, don't it?...
2003-07-02 02:40:49 PM  
Bump, too funny.

I don't know how I survived my childhood. The paint in my house was lead based and there were no child proof locks or adapted blinds. I never had a child seat nor did I never wear a selt belt. We made beds in the back of the station wagon for road trips. I sat in laps when the car was too full. I fought with my siblings over the right to the front seat of the car. A healthy snack was bread and butter with sugar on top. I rode in go-carts and in the back of pick-up trucks. I rode my bike without a helmet. I never had a "playdate," yet I was always with my friends. I hitchhiked to high school football games. I have scars from chicken pox. Rain or snow, I always rode the bus. I learned to swim by almost drowning. I played dodge ball and it hurt. A lot.

Sad, isn't it?
2003-07-02 02:46:57 PM  
I recall getting in our jammies then climbing into the back of the Rambler to go to the drive-in. We'd fall asleep and be carried into our beds. We'd also run behind the mesquito fogging trucks that drove through our neighborhood, playing in the fog. On Saturdays the back door was opened and we were told to 'go play' (tv consisted of only 3 channels, and those went off the air by midnight or so.)

We're freaks of nature for surviving such wild youthful abandon. Freaks I'm tellin ya....
2003-07-02 03:41:41 PM  
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2003-07-02 03:42:31 PM  
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2003-07-02 03:42:44 PM  
I am proud to say I have never broken, sprained, or strained anything, because my wonderful, loving parents kept me locked in our basement for the first 17 years of my life. I'm just now getting used to walking.

Thanks, ma.

2003-07-02 03:42:49 PM  
And a generation of young skate-punks will never know the joy of a steep-transitioned frontside smith grind over the drainbox in a beautifully drained pool.

2003-07-02 03:43:06 PM  
I, for one, welcome our new robotic overlords.

Sorry, sorry, sorry...
2003-07-02 03:44:15 PM  
no alarms and no surprises please
2003-07-02 03:45:20 PM  
I can drown in a bathtub if I drink enough.
2003-07-02 03:45:25 PM  
You could have described my childhood to a "T". Except the healthy snack part. No butter on the sugar bread. Sometimes Cap'n Crunch for texture. UNCANNY!
2003-07-02 03:45:40 PM  
Another step in the Pussification of America.

George Carlin for President.
2003-07-02 03:46:04 PM  
Oh my God, the kid is in a deathtrap !!! Someone have their parrot call 911 about 200 times!~

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2003-07-02 03:47:18 PM  
bump and sudie: those were my childhood experiences as well...not to mention playing tackle football without pads, street hockey without masks, etc.
2003-07-02 03:47:19 PM  
but who's thinking of the lawyers?
won't someone think of the lawyers?

/same story, different city, same comment
2003-07-02 03:47:20 PM  
Meh, from what I've seen, most people park out in the shallow end anyway, plus it'll save money from building bigger pools. Does anyone here actaully do regular laps at the deep end of their community center pool? It's what, 30 ft across? Pfft, go to the Y and let the kiddies be safe and have a bigger pool.

/hasn't swum in years
2003-07-02 03:47:47 PM  
Oh dear Lord, this is just silly. If you cant handle a deep pool, stay the Hell out of the water.
2003-07-02 03:48:08 PM  
I too have smacked my head hard on the bottom of the shallow end. Hurts like the dickens, but it made me tough! And Forgetful... Very very forgetful.
2003-07-02 03:48:09 PM  
Fitter, happier, more productive, comfortable, not drinking too much
Regular exercise at the gym, 3 days a week
Getting on better with your associate employee contemporaries at ease
Eating well, no more microwave dinners and saturated fats
A patient better driver, a safer car, baby smiling in back seat
Sleeping well, no bad dreams, no paranoia
Careful to all animals, never washing spiders down the plughole
Keep in contact with old friends, enjoy a drink now and then
Will frequently check credit at moral bank, hole in wall
Favors for favors, fond but not in love
Charity standing orders on sundays ring road supermarket
No killing moths or putting boiling water on the ants
Car wash, also on sundays, no longer afraid of the dark or midday shadows
Nothing so ridiculously teenage and desperate nothing so childish
At a better pace, slower and more calculated, no chance of escape
Now self-employed, concerned, but powerless
An empowered and informed member of society, pragmatism not idealism
Will not cry in public, less chance of illness, tires that grip in the wet
Shot of baby strapped in back seat, a good memory still cries at a good film
Still kisses with saliva, no longer empty and frantic like a cat tied to a stick
That's driven into frozen winter shiat, the ability to laugh at weakness
Calm fitter, healthier and more productive a pig in a cage on antibiotics
2003-07-02 03:48:57 PM  
It's scary owning a pool these days. You go on vacation, some kids break in to your property and go swimming, one of them breaks a leg trying to jump off your roof into the pool, and you come back to a lawyer's letter in the mail informing you you're the target of a negligence lawsuit.
2003-07-02 03:49:00 PM  
Corse when my 9 year old refused to swim, I just chucked her in the deep end. Sink or swim baby. Guess what, she can swim just fine.
2003-07-02 03:49:07 PM  
2003-07-02 03:49:13 PM  

"If anyone wonders why conservatives are so exasperated by liberals--this illustrates it nicely."

um... WHAT? how can you blame a trend of independent decisions on a particular ideological group with no data to support your claim? i'm liberal and i think this is idiotic. anyone with half a brain can tell this financially motivated (fear of litigation) rather than ideologically motivated. we have collectively (both conservatives and liberals) become a litigous society.

please see your local de-asshat-ifier post haste.
2003-07-02 03:49:15 PM  
My 14 year old son hasn't learned to dive. Why? There are no diving boards at our community pool or at the public pool. In fact, the community pool goes from 3 ft to 5 1/2 ft back to 3 ft.

My boy will never know the thrill of can-opener off of a 15 ft. high dive, or turning the fulcrum point back as far as it will on the low board until it feels like the board will break when you bounce on it.

No "toss me the ball while I jump off the high board" games. No games of Spider in the corner of the diving pool. No feeling pressure at the bottom of 12ft.

2003-07-02 03:49:56 PM  
You Farksticks comments on this article are consistent with the way Fox Network covers news. Don't make any attempt to understand the issue or the article, just use it as a jumping off point for a far-right rant.

Much of the article addresses the fact that deep ends are underutilized and more people use the shallower depths. Responding to consumer preferences. Damned capitalistic, public entities responding to their consitutents.
2003-07-02 03:50:08 PM  
Vancouver BC Canada = Coccoon City.
2003-07-02 03:50:14 PM  
Sudie&Bump: We must be about the same age.(40-ish,I'm guessing? No offense,please,if you're not) And it was nothing to fall out of trees,roll down hills in cardboard boxes,or swing from a rope into a river that you'd never been to before...*sigh*. The only thing we hurt was our pride,and get back up,and do it again.
2003-07-02 03:50:24 PM  
CANNONBALLLLLL.... uh I'll go elsewhere..
2003-07-02 03:50:53 PM  
Where is the picture of Jim Carrey as the lifeguard?
2003-07-02 03:51:37 PM  
you still have the morons who try to dive head first into the pool, and they crack their face open at the bottom of a 5 foot pool.

/sound like the gene pool needs chlorine.
2003-07-02 03:51:38 PM  
All it takes to drwon is a SINGLE gulp of water down the wrong "pipe" - the air pipe! The body trys to reflexively close down that "tube" when it senses the entry of water, etc.

That's why it's just as easy to drown in a tub as in 90 feet of water.
2003-07-02 03:51:51 PM  
I'm with bump. We will ultimately be living in the "Brave New World". But since we'll all be engineered to accept our lot in life, it won't matter. We won't notice.
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