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(Orlando Sentinel)   So, apparently it's news when a father gets his kids off their collective asses and away from the videogames and outside to play sports   (orlandosentinel.com) divider line 53
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2014-02-10 12:06:49 AM
The price is worth it, said Gloria Leung, whose 12-year-old son Brandon is Adrian's best friend. Leung also remembers when kids could play outside all day and how that has changed.

"It's the environment we live in," said Leung, 51, of Oviedo. "You never know who is driving by. Kids get kidnapped. Parents are more protective these days."


The only thing that's changed is the 24-hour news cycle and the Internet, you nitiwt.
 
2014-02-10 12:27:54 AM
Exactly.  I doubt if many more kids are getting kidnapped these days... It's just with the Intertubes and 25 hour a day news channels, you're hearing everything as it happens from across the world.

The world isn't getting scarier.. Just smaller thanks to technology.

/thanks Obama
//had to be said
///slashies
 
2014-02-10 12:30:27 AM
If it's collective, it's just one ass. If he got them off their asses, you don't need to say "collective."
 
2014-02-10 12:31:09 AM
With a little editing this could be an Onion article.
 
2014-02-10 12:36:40 AM
drian tried Little League, because his parents said he should give it a shot, and hated it. Same with youth recreation basketball, where the older kids dominated.
"They would never pass the ball, or pass the ball to their friends, or to someone they knew was good," the seventh-grader said.



Yeah, ok.  Thats what I remember from winning the basketball league, was specifically NOT tossing it to the guy who was really good.  I wanted to toss it to the guy that sucked.
 
2014-02-10 12:38:07 AM

Target Builder: With a little editing this could be an Onion article.


Wait,
it wasn't?
 
2014-02-10 12:39:34 AM
Good to see a parent involved with their kid, but waiting until your spawn is in middle school to take an interest is what leads to these situations:
FTA:
Adrian tried Little League, because his parents said he should give it a shot, and hated it. Same with youth recreation basketball, where the older kids dominated. "They would never pass the ball, or pass the ball to their friends, or to someone they knew was good," the seventh-grader said.
"I just wanted to create a place my family could go and get the kids away from video games," said Ravelo, who has other children who are 6 and 3. "They put the headsets on and they play the computer from when they wake up until bedtime."
Ravelo, whose day job is a project manager with the Department of Defense
,



A project manager for the DOD and he refers to his kids 'playing the computer' all day?


I hope his job does not involve analyzing data or using 'the computer' for anything more strenuous than email and facebook...


/still, good jorb actually parenting, unlike most of the stories that make FARK
 
2014-02-10 12:44:16 AM

fusillade762: The price is worth it, said Gloria Leung, whose 12-year-old son Brandon is Adrian's best friend. Leung also remembers when kids could play outside all day and how that has changed.

"It's the environment we live in," said Leung, 51, of Oviedo. "You never know who is driving by. Kids get kidnapped. Parents are more protective these days."

The only thing that's changed is the 24-hour news cycle and the Internet, you nitiwt.


No kidding.

I can't keep my kids in the house during the summer time (excepting when there is a problem with one of the other kids that is a little bit of a bully, which he gets from his older brothers and father, but I digress), and sometimes they're out even when it is raining.

We're all still protective, but between all the parents with school aged kids got 6 boys (2 of which are mine), all between 7 and 10 in the neighborhood, plus there are older siblings too.

Worst that has happened is the occasional bloody nose when things get a touch out of hand (one of the other boys watches wrestling.....).  Otherwise it's bike races down the street or Pokemon battles on the porch.
 
2014-02-10 12:47:06 AM
"This is totally different. It's not competitive and it exposes him to other sports," said Chiles, 33, of Chuluota.

Clayton did well in the football-throwing skills contest, the Big Wheel race around the track, and, of course, the T-ball version of whiffle ball.

Asked what he liked best, Clayton said "snacks." He was eating a cookie at the time.


Welcome to 2014
 
2014-02-10 12:48:06 AM

meat0918: Worst that has happened is the occasional bloody nose when things get a touch out of hand (one of the other boys watches wrestling.....).  Otherwise it's bike races down the street or Pokemon battles on the porch.


Heh. I remember one time our neighbor across the street decided to see how fast he could get going on his bike. Just as he hit peak speed he lost control and his head met with a pickup's wing mirror. There was much screaming and blood.
 
2014-02-10 12:49:33 AM
In this day in age and considering how great some video games are, yes it is news.
 
2014-02-10 12:49:38 AM

fusillade762: It's the environment we live in," said Leung, 51, of Oviedo. "You never know who is driving by. Kids get kidnapped. Parents are more protective these days."

The only thing that's changed is the 24-hour news cycle and the Internet, you nitiwt.



Well, that's WHY they are afraid of kidnappers and cars -- because of the fearmongering 24-hour news cycle.
 
2014-02-10 12:51:47 AM

Brainsick: Good to see a parent involved with their kid, but waiting until your spawn is in middle school to take an interest is what leads to these situations:
FTA:
Adrian tried Little League, because his parents said he should give it a shot, and hated it. Same with youth recreation basketball, where the older kids dominated. "They would never pass the ball, or pass the ball to their friends, or to someone they knew was good," the seventh-grader said.
"I just wanted to create a place my family could go and get the kids away from video games," said Ravelo, who has other children who are 6 and 3. "They put the headsets on and they play the computer from when they wake up until bedtime."
Ravelo, whose day job is a project manager with the Department of Defense,


A project manager for the DOD and he refers to his kids 'playing the computer' all day?


I hope his job does not involve analyzing data or using 'the computer' for anything more strenuous than email and facebook...


/still, good jorb actually parenting, unlike most of the stories that make FARK


The news product having degraded in recent years, I'd set equal odds that the reporter muffed the quotation. Even the Wall Street Journal these days has grammar, spelling, and factual errors that wouldn't have made it into the paper a decade ago.
 
2014-02-10 12:52:39 AM

Brother Head: Exactly.  I doubt if many more kids are getting kidnapped these days... It's just with the Intertubes and 25 hour a day news channels, you're hearing everything as it happens from across the world.

The world isn't getting scarier.. Just smaller thanks to technology.

/thanks Obama
//had to be said
///slashies


Look, crime may be going down, but the fear of crime is going up.

(Related, SFW Video)

/only the first ~30 seconds are related, but it's all good
 
2014-02-10 12:52:53 AM
Of course, any child nowadays that waits till middle school to play sports is already behind the other kids who have been playing for 3+ years.   "My son turned ten just the other day, he said 'thanks for the ball dad, c'mon let's play'".  If your child first learns to throw at ten, it's too late.   Waaaaay too late.  He won't get picked and he won't learn to love the game.

What we need is government intervention and assistance so no child is left behind in baseball, basketball, soccer, football and ice dancing.
 
2014-02-10 12:58:52 AM
We've lived in our neighborhood 14 years. A few years ago, a family moved in just down the street with several kids who play sports outsude all the time. Before that, it was almost unheard of to see kids outside at all. Once in a great while, one or two kids shooting hoops. No kids on bikes.

There's a huge park at the far end of the neighborhood. Huge crowds...to watch soccer league. At all other times, no matter how perfect the weather, it's abandoned. (One exception: the skateboard ramp added a few years back.)

Too bad. Kids are missing out on serious fun.
 
2014-02-10 01:05:15 AM

fusillade762: meat0918: Worst that has happened is the occasional bloody nose when things get a touch out of hand (one of the other boys watches wrestling.....).  Otherwise it's bike races down the street or Pokemon battles on the porch.

Heh. I remember one time our neighbor across the street decided to see how fast he could get going on his bike. Just as he hit peak speed he lost control and his head met with a pickup's wing mirror. There was much screaming and blood.


There was a time this past summer that I had almost forgotten about, where one of the other kids that actually isn't from the neighborhood (his grandma rents around the corner and watches him) was tossing this big plastic whistle/recorder thing into the air.  Well, he tossed it really high apparently, and it landed right on my son's head, giving him a nice split right on his scalp.  Damn do cuts on the head bleed.  It was actually pretty small, didn't need stitches, but damn.

This same kid had the previous summer came into our house once while I was at work, my wife was in the shower and the kids still asleep, and my dog wouldn't let him passed the little entry way.  Since the dog barked his "Hey, WTF man" bark, my wife popped out of the shower to see what was up.  She put on her robe, and asked what he thought he was doing.  He said "I didn't think anyone was home".  After a stern talking too about not coming into people's homes when he though they weren't home, he said, "Sorry" and always knocked from that point on.  She also locks the doors while in the shower now, but the kids do sometimes head outside (telling her of course) and leave it unlocked.

Oh, this same kid first time he came over and into the house (unknown to my wife or I at the time) hugged my 70lb dog's head and got an angry bark but thankfully no bite.  "Your dog attacked me after I hugged his head" was his story.  If a 70lb dog had attacked him, he wouldn't have been standing there without so much as a scratch on him saying "Your dog attacked me".  His mother's response when we told her what happened?  "Yeah, he's bad around dogs."

//Sorry for the rant.
 
2014-02-10 01:10:48 AM
It should be news only when he gets off in their collective asses.
 
2014-02-10 01:12:38 AM

fusillade762: The price is worth it, said Gloria Leung, whose 12-year-old son Brandon is Adrian's best friend. Leung also remembers when kids could play outside all day and how that has changed.

"It's the environment we live in," said Leung, 51, of Oviedo. "You never know who is driving by. Kids get kidnapped. Parents are more protective these days."

The only thing that's changed is the 24-hour news cycle and the Internet, you nitiwt.


An acquaintance of ours won't let her 10 year old daughter walk the 30 feet from the house to the curb to check the mail for fear of her getting kidnapped.

Of course, she has Fox News playing 24/7.
 
2014-02-10 01:15:32 AM

meat0918: he tossed it really high apparently


meat0918: "Your dog attacked me after I hugged his head"


meat0918: my wife popped out of the shower to see what was up.  She put on her robe, and asked what he thought he was doing.  He said "I didn't think anyone was home".


www.teenidols4you.com
Was it this kid?
 
2014-02-10 01:28:28 AM
shiat, the power supply on my laptop goes south and I wind up reading Fark on my iPhone. Turns out most websites are highly functional from my handbrain.
 
2014-02-10 01:53:47 AM

meat0918: fusillade762: meat0918: Worst that has happened is the occasional bloody nose when things get a touch out of hand (one of the other boys watches wrestling.....).  Otherwise it's bike races down the street or Pokemon battles on the porch.

Heh. I remember one time our neighbor across the street decided to see how fast he could get going on his bike. Just as he hit peak speed he lost control and his head met with a pickup's wing mirror. There was much screaming and blood.

There was a time this past summer that I had almost forgotten about, where one of the other kids that actually isn't from the neighborhood (his grandma rents around the corner and watches him) was tossing this big plastic whistle/recorder thing into the air.  Well, he tossed it really high apparently, and it landed right on my son's head, giving him a nice split right on his scalp.  Damn do cuts on the head bleed.  It was actually pretty small, didn't need stitches, but damn.

This same kid had the previous summer came into our house once while I was at work, my wife was in the shower and the kids still asleep, and my dog wouldn't let him passed the little entry way.  Since the dog barked his "Hey, WTF man" bark, my wife popped out of the shower to see what was up.  She put on her robe, and asked what he thought he was doing.  He said "I didn't think anyone was home".  After a stern talking too about not coming into people's homes when he though they weren't home, he said, "Sorry" and always knocked from that point on.  She also locks the doors while in the shower now, but the kids do sometimes head outside (telling her of course) and leave it unlocked.

Oh, this same kid first time he came over and into the house (unknown to my wife or I at the time) hugged my 70lb dog's head and got an angry bark but thankfully no bite.  "Your dog attacked me after I hugged his head" was his story.  If a 70lb dog had attacked him, he wouldn't have been standing there without so much as a scratch on him saying "You ...


WTF are you talking about?
 
2014-02-10 02:30:42 AM

Argyle82: meat0918: fusillade762: meat0918: Worst that has happened is the occasional bloody nose when things get a touch out of hand (one of the other boys watches wrestling.....).  Otherwise it's bike races down the street or Pokemon battles on the porch.

Heh. I remember one time our neighbor across the street decided to see how fast he could get going on his bike. Just as he hit peak speed he lost control and his head met with a pickup's wing mirror. There was much screaming and blood.

There was a time this past summer that I had almost forgotten about, where one of the other kids that actually isn't from the neighborhood (his grandma rents around the corner and watches him) was tossing this big plastic whistle/recorder thing into the air.  Well, he tossed it really high apparently, and it landed right on my son's head, giving him a nice split right on his scalp.  Damn do cuts on the head bleed.  It was actually pretty small, didn't need stitches, but damn.

This same kid had the previous summer came into our house once while I was at work, my wife was in the shower and the kids still asleep, and my dog wouldn't let him passed the little entry way.  Since the dog barked his "Hey, WTF man" bark, my wife popped out of the shower to see what was up.  She put on her robe, and asked what he thought he was doing.  He said "I didn't think anyone was home".  After a stern talking too about not coming into people's homes when he though they weren't home, he said, "Sorry" and always knocked from that point on.  She also locks the doors while in the shower now, but the kids do sometimes head outside (telling her of course) and leave it unlocked.

Oh, this same kid first time he came over and into the house (unknown to my wife or I at the time) hugged my 70lb dog's head and got an angry bark but thankfully no bite.  "Your dog attacked me after I hugged his head" was his story.  If a 70lb dog had attacked him, he wouldn't have been standing there without so much as a scratch on him s ...


Just ranting and rambling, and I apologized for the rant already.

I've been stuck inside with kids and wife for 3 days because of 9" of snow and then 1/2" of ice made the roads rather unsafe.  We usually only have rain this time of year.  My car doors were frozen shut until this afternoon.  I'm a little out of sorts, and rambling more than usual.
 
2014-02-10 02:34:09 AM
I do this everyday with kids I didn't even father. Hells, I feed and clothe them too. When can I expect my monument, Orlando?

Stop writing stories about shiat you should be doing anyways.
 
2014-02-10 02:59:39 AM

meat0918: Just ranting and rambling, and I apologized for the rant already.

I've been stuck inside with kids and wife for 3 days because of 9" of snow and then 1/2" of ice made the roads rather unsafe.  We usually only have rain this time of year.  My car doors were frozen shut until this afternoon.  I'm a little out of sorts, and rambling more than usual.


I've got a touch of cabin fever myself. And we only got about six inches.

/Portland
 
2014-02-10 03:16:23 AM
yeah, it is news, subby.  you might know that if you got off your ass and away from video games for a bit.
 
2014-02-10 03:18:53 AM

Robert1966: If it's collective, it's just one ass. If he got them off their asses, you don't need to say "collective."


What do their asses collect?
 
2014-02-10 03:31:00 AM
I'm just impressed by the journalist's ability to seek and identify a random parent getting his kids to go outside and get an interview out of him.

Unless the dad reached out, then he's just an AW.
 
2014-02-10 04:18:43 AM

fusillade762: The price is worth it, said Gloria Leung, whose 12-year-old son Brandon is Adrian's best friend. Leung also remembers when kids could play outside all day and how that has changed.

"It's the environment we live in," said Leung, 51, of Oviedo. "You never know who is driving by. Kids get kidnapped. Parents are more protective these days."

The only thing that's changed is the 24-hour news cycle and the Internet, you nitiwt.


My mom made us play outside all the time, but she also instilled in us a deep paranoia about strangers.  Ranting about stranger danger sinks in after a couple dozen sessions that go on for hours and degenerate into using your kids as an emotional tampon.
 
2014-02-10 04:38:29 AM
When I asked an elderly family friend if she remembered hearing about child abductions during her youth (mid 30s to mid 40s)...

she replied, "Oh of course.  Our parents told us they had been taken by Gypsies".

I cant imagine that helped much in the way of prevention.
 
2014-02-10 04:50:38 AM

fusillade762: The price is worth it, said Gloria Leung, whose 12-year-old son Brandon is Adrian's best friend. Leung also remembers when kids could play outside all day and how that has changed.

"It's the environment we live in," said Leung, 51, of Oviedo. "You never know who is driving by. Kids get kidnapped. Parents are more protective these days."

The only thing that's changed is the 24-hour news cycle and the Internet, you nitiwt.


That's the point I stopped reading, lest I start shouting at the monitor "You're part of the problem, Leung!"
 
2014-02-10 04:57:13 AM
Between the age of 11 to 12 dad used to bring me along when he went mountain climbing.  He used to call me "Chief Stumblebum" because I was so clumsy.

I'm.. ahh... guessing that doesn't happen much anymore.
 
2014-02-10 05:48:30 AM
Here's the big problem, and the cause.

It used to be, you'd have neighborhoods that were put up, and tons of young families would move in there. All with kids about the same age. New neighborhood = new families.

It's not the case anymore.

Now, with wages being stagnant for the last 20-30 years and the middle class being squeezed out of existence. People can't afford to move into new developments, and so they buy into older (perhaps rundown) areas. These established areas don't usually have younger kids. Often they're made up of families with teens and/or the elderly that never moved away.
Therefore, the kids don't have kids their own age to play with... so they stay inside.

That's the situation with my family. We bought a smaller house, for a great deal. We COULD have gotten something bigger, and newer, but then we'd be so leveraged, that one bad month or illness or accident would have wiped us out. I wanted us to have a bit of a safety net, so we bought in an older area.
I have two girls, 5 & 2... and the closest kids to their ages are the 10 year old boys way down the street.
Just about the only thing we can do is setup playdates at the park with friends, and their kids... but often there's schedule conflicts.
 
2014-02-10 07:52:21 AM

ArcadianRefugee: Brother Head: Exactly.  I doubt if many more kids are getting kidnapped these days... It's just with the Intertubes and 25 hour a day news channels, you're hearing everything as it happens from across the world.

The world isn't getting scarier.. Just smaller thanks to technology.

/thanks Obama
//had to be said
///slashies

Look, crime may be going down, but the fear of crime is going up.

(Related, SFW Video)

/only the first ~30 seconds are related, but it's all good


As someone heavily invested in the string and door industries, I would like to debate you.

/Knew that reference before even clicking the link
//Nothing is obscure on Fark
 
2014-02-10 08:16:42 AM
Depending where you live, you may not be able to get a bunch of kids together and have a touch football game on some high school's field.  You may be required to pay for a permit and reserve the field.  You, depending on the age of the kids, may also, have to have an adult for supervision and there could be other rules and fees as well.  Things have become so complicated today.
 
2014-02-10 08:18:48 AM

Snarcoleptic_Hoosier: As someone heavily invested in the string and door industries, I would like to debate you.


Ah, you're a toothiologist.

/  No, not obscure at all.
 
2014-02-10 08:21:52 AM

Kibbler: There's a huge park at the far end of the neighborhood. Huge crowds...to watch soccer league. At all other times, no matter how perfect the weather, it's abandoned. (One exception: the skateboard ramp added a few years back.)

Too bad. Kids are missing out on serious fun.


Sorry, but no. Playing video games, surfing the internet, watching a planet's worth of TV and movies, etc IS fun.

Going out and being active can be quite fun, yes. But it gets old. You can only do the same things so many times before you get tired of it and want something else. Going to the park and playing soccer/baseball/football, skate boarding, hiking, riding your bike, etc don't have much variance in them. They get old. Fast.

Video games have plenty of variety. There's difference genres, styles, types, etc. Because of the internet we have access to an entire planet of other people to converse with and TV shows and movies from every other country available at our finger tips. We can find other people far away from us who enjoy our niche hobbies. People who would wouldn't know exists without the computer.

There is plenty to do inside the house and there is more and more to do being added each day.

You need to remember two things. Not everyone enjoys being outside as much as some. Not everyone is the outdoors-y type. Not everyone enjoys sports. I personally find sports in general to be extremely boring and tedious. Not everyone has the same wants as you.

And the old farts need to remember that their rose tinted childhood was chock full of primarily running amok throughout the neighborhood because they hod no other options. When you grow up with only 3 or 4 TV channels and radio stations which had damn near no programming aimed at youngsters you're only other option is to go outside and find something, anything to do. They spent all day outside because they didn't have any other options.  Getting your driver's license used to be a much bigger deal because that meant freedom from the confines of walking distance and you now had the option to leave your boring ass town to finally see what else was out there in the world.

The world isn't like that anymore. My video game backlog is massive. My TV show backlog is pretty large, too. I have automotive projects that are sitting around waiting to get done. I have skills that I'm trying to find the time to learn/improve. Today our access to entertainment is the largest that it's ever been. We don't have to go and "kick the can" because we have more options for fun than trying to force an empty can to be interesting.

Old timers may find computers and electronic gizmos to be frightening, unnatural, and confusing but us younger people don't. We grew up with them and to us they are natural and a normal part of life. Old people see young people being drawn in and engulfed by this mysterious devil box. We see it as a part of daily life and a part that gives us access to the rest of the world on the fly.

Little kids are fine with running around aimlessly outside because it doesn't take much to entertain a 6 year old. Eventually one's mind grows and desires more mental stimulation. So running around aimlessly stops being interesting and we seek out other ways of having fun. I was playing chess and doing adult level logic puzzles at 10 years old. I'm not the jock type. Neither were half of the kids that older people grew up with. They just didn't have as many ways of exploring the more intellectual side of themselves as people have today. Today I have a technical job. The kind that your average highschool jock would ever be able to do. The world, especially the modern world, needs people like me. Don't shun us just because throwing around a ball isn't as amusing to us as it is to you.

Spending all day outside is not the default, proper and only way to live. Stop trying to force us into the limited options that you had to deal with when you were growing up. We are not a doomed generation because we explore avenues of fun other than going to shoot hoops for the 20th time this month.

We are not you. That does not make us wrong. It makes us different. Deal with it. And try to learn about us before you write us off.

/Millennial
//Older millennial, but still
///Better than average job and contributes to society more than most
//Used to refine oil and currently in water purification research
/Bored this morning, so you all get a rant to read
 
2014-02-10 08:31:30 AM
Anyone else notice the son is 14 and in the 7th grade?
 
2014-02-10 09:06:05 AM

CtrlAltDestroy: Kibbler: Stuff deserving of the asinine tag.


Sorry, but you are wrong. Everything you said is wrong. Wrong wrong wrong. It's so wrong I don't even want to try arguing with you.
 
2014-02-10 09:10:28 AM

CtrlAltDestroy: Kibbler: There's a huge park at the far end of the neighborhood. Huge crowds...to watch soccer league. At all other times, no matter how perfect the weather, it's abandoned. (One exception: the skateboard ramp added a few years back.)

Too bad. Kids are missing out on serious fun.

Sorry, but no. Playing video games, surfing the internet, watching a planet's worth of TV and movies, etc IS fun.

Going out and being active can be quite fun, yes. But it gets old. You can only do the same things so many times before you get tired of it and want something else. Going to the park and playing soccer/baseball/football, skate boarding, hiking, riding your bike, etc don't have much variance in them. They get old. Fast.

Video games have plenty of variety. There's difference genres, styles, types, etc. Because of the internet we have access to an entire planet of other people to converse with and TV shows and movies from every other country available at our finger tips. We can find other people far away from us who enjoy our niche hobbies. People who would wouldn't know exists without the computer.

There is plenty to do inside the house and there is more and more to do being added each day.

You need to remember two things. Not everyone enjoys being outside as much as some. Not everyone is the outdoors-y type. Not everyone enjoys sports. I personally find sports in general to be extremely boring and tedious. Not everyone has the same wants as you.

And the old farts need to remember that their rose tinted childhood was chock full of primarily running amok throughout the neighborhood because they hod no other options. When you grow up with only 3 or 4 TV channels and radio stations which had damn near no programming aimed at youngsters you're only other option is to go outside and find something, anything to do. They spent all day outside because they didn't have any other options.  Getting your driver's license used to be a much bigger deal because that meant freedom from the ...


you sound fat as fark.  buy a bike and stop working on your snack backlog.
 
2014-02-10 09:15:37 AM
well, i think minecraft has done a good jerb with the lego/stackenblocken thing. and in survival mode, the kids also learn a bit about cooperation, stewardship of the environment (farming for food), and also to not wander far from home unless you want a damn creeper to blow up your ass.
 
2014-02-10 09:25:32 AM

Brother Head: Exactly.  I doubt if many more kids are getting kidnapped these days... It's just with the Intertubes and 25 hour a day news channels, you're hearing everything as it happens from across the world.

The world isn't getting scarier.. Just smaller thanks to technology.

/thanks Obama
//had to be said
///slashies


Unfortunately, smaller IS scarier. The same communications that makes the world seem so small can be used by human traffickers to organize kidnappings for sufficiently wealthy clients, using the same applications teenagers use to create "flash mobs." The consequence of gathering public information is that people seeking power will use it to better organize and engineer situations where a group can focus attack an individual in a way he/she cannot escape or summon their own support for, and pick off such people one by one until the social infrastructure of an entire community (or city, or even country) is as riddled with holes as a termite-eaten wreck of a house.

/like termites, the organizers think they're just building their own nests, in the only way they know how, so why should other species judge them?
//and like termites, the fact that the house will eventually collapse and the nest will be buried in the rubble is not something they bother to plan for
 
2014-02-10 09:37:03 AM
Sigh. Sometimes it saddens me a little to be reminded that Fark is about 50% (wanna-be) trolls.

I'll respond with one little comment for the "you sound fat" crowd and then not bother with them anymore. I'm 5'8", 155 lbs, and exercise 2-3 times a week. I'm not remotely fat. Yet I still find sports to be boring and fetishizing the "outdoors" to be asinine.

Carry on, then.
 
2014-02-10 11:24:48 AM

lasercannon: In this day in age and considering how great some video games are, yes it is news.


yeah I agree with this to an extent.  I just literally threw away GTA5 after months of playing it and not doing much else.  It was sucking the life out of me.
 
2014-02-10 11:28:27 AM
Ill go outside with my kids when its no longer 10 degrees out there and an actual danger to their health. Until then. LEGO BATMAN.
 
2014-02-10 11:42:32 AM
Since it's Florida, it's news that he didn't shoot somebody for getting his kids off their asses.


/Self defense you know.
 
2014-02-10 11:46:48 AM
The daydreams I have about smashing that f***ing Xbox have been intensifying. At some point I suppose they will overcome my self-control, I just kinda hope the kids are out of the room.
 
2014-02-10 11:47:33 AM
This is news?
Of course this isn't news.
It's a hoax!!
Snopes covered it.
Mythbusters had a full episode on it.
You just cannot take kids away from video games.


/in reality I'm just making excuses to ban my kids from video games/iPod/iPad/iPaid.
//you broke that?! No electronics!! Didn't finish dinner?! No electronics!! DID I JUST HEAR YOU BREATH?!!!!
 
2014-02-10 11:48:39 AM
Having said that, hurry the f*** up and get Doom 4 out already!!!
 
2014-02-10 12:12:30 PM

boinkingbill: Depending where you live, you may not be able to get a bunch of kids together and have a touch football game on some high school's field.  You may be required to pay for a permit and reserve the field.  You, depending on the age of the kids, may also, have to have an adult for supervision and there could be other rules and fees as well.  Things have become so complicated today.



I think it is you that is making it complicated.

We played football in the middle of the damned street.
 
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