TR: Woodie Quest 05 day 2 - Chicago

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Rastus O'Ginga

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Jun 21, 2005, 11:08:01 PM6/21/05
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Day 2 - Chicago - Monday, June 13th

We got a late start, and traffic royally sucked, but I finally felt
better. We didn't get a whole lot accomplished this day.

First, we went to Kiddieland park. Since it was $17 with Jewel
coupon, I just couldn't bring myself to pay for me AND my son. Yeah,
it's Kiddieland, but it's expensive too. So, I ran in and rode their
Little Dipper. Afterall, the whole idea behind this trip was for me
to reach my 100th wooden coaster. This would be my 3rd of the trip,
and #92 overall.

A fun, small coaster. I felt bad, because my son would have loved it.
I decided to get my money back by drinking 5 gallons of free Pepsi.
After 2 cups I decided to just accept the high price. I was a bit
befuddled by the fact that there was actually a Pepsi vending machine
in the park too.

They had a nice custom built log ride with a long trough, but it
didn't look too exciting. The park was very clean, and the restroom
was immaculate.

Not wanting to be marked as a possible weirdo in the kiddie park, I
left after a few laps on the coaster.

We were going to get a few junior steel coasters at some FECs, but
decided to get out of dodge before rush hour. We went up to Superdawg
for a great Chicago hot dog. WOW, these were awesome. The dawg comes
in a box, and is covered in very crunchy, good, fries. We all loved
them. Plus, they come with no ketchup, like a hot dog should be.

We then got to our worst hotel of the trip. A Comfort Inn in
Palatine. Not very clean, and the next morning, the housekeeping
staff actually cleaned our room before we checked out!!! They bugged
the shit out of us, tapping on the door starting at 9, even though we
had the Do Not Disturb sign on. Then we said we were leaving in 10
minutes finally. When they saw us leave with our luggage, they
attacked the room. I returned to see our breakfast had been thrown
away already. Damn bitches. I felt like doing some of my own brand
of American justice on their most probably illegal asses. My wife
raised holy hell, and they took her next door to a convienience store
to rebuy our breakfast. They didn't sell my mom's home-made pumpkin
bread though. Luckily, most of it had been eaten.

Anyway, back to the day. The funeral home with a mini golf course had
a wake that night, so we couldn't go there. So it was off to Par
King. I had been looking forward to Par King Skill Golf ever since
seeing it on the Mini Golf Madness show on the Travel Channel. My son
and I got there, only to find out the GOLF COURSE HAS A 48" HEIGHT
REQUIREMENT!!! WTF!!! They gave us a line about insurance. My guess
is a few little fingers have been caught in machinery there. There
were a few holes with pinch points, like rotating greens. So, my son
was crushed. I'm sure it's on the web site. But it should be on the
front page in 48 point flashing neon green font, imho. There was a
Putting Edge golf course right across the road. It ended up being
decent, lots of glow in the dark scenery around standard putt putt.
The world record for most mini golf in 24 hours had been set there
just a few weeks ago. Plus, we both got buy one get one free coupons
on the 18th hole that can be used in Houston.

We then went back to the hotel, and I returned to Par King alone.
This place is the perfect mini golf course. Damn near every hole has
moving obstacles and multiple tunnels. Most would show you the best
place to putt, and if you missed you were punished with bad placement.
There are two courses. Each course has a coaster themed hole. One
has a wooden coaster hole, and the other has a looping coaster. Both
have elevators to take the ball to the top of the track. The wooden
coaster didn't work, as the ball would roll back. The looping
coaster, however worked great. If you love mini golf, this is a must
stop for you.

Next up, SFGAm


Rastus O'Ginga

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Mark Rosenzweig

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Jun 22, 2005, 2:53:53 PM6/22/05
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Yer famus!

"Kiddie Sits In Car Outside Kiddieland; Feels Much Better After Hearing
He Would Have Really Enjoyed It"

John Gilman

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Jun 23, 2005, 12:28:14 AM6/23/05
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Dude, I think leaving your *kid* in the car while *you* go ride a
coaster qualifies you as a complete and total Coaster Tool and/or
loser.

Marshall

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Jun 23, 2005, 3:29:34 AM6/23/05
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"Rastus O'Ginga" <ras...@kingwoodXXXXXcable.net> wrote in message
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>
> We then went back to the hotel, and I returned to Par King alone.
> This place is the perfect mini golf course. Damn near every hole has
> moving obstacles and multiple tunnels. Most would show you the best
> place to putt, and if you missed you were punished with bad placement.


Dude, If the course has ANY holes where it is impossible to get a
hole-in-one, other than thru dumb luck,(Note : Any hole with a drop thru
tunnel qualifies) than its NOT a "perfect" course. Taking the skill out of
the game makes it no fun.


Rastus O'Ginga

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Jun 23, 2005, 10:18:49 AM6/23/05
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John Gilman wrote:
> Dude, I think leaving your *kid* in the car while *you* go ride a
> coaster qualifies you as a complete and total Coaster Tool and/or
> loser.

Spoken like someone who obviously isn't married and doesn't have kids.
If you'd like to convince my wife that it is a good idea for us to
spend $34 for my son and I to ride one small 30 second long
roller-coaster, have at it. It was a big enough issue with just me
riding it. Ultimately, I think Kiddieland really needs to offer
tickets too. But, it's Chicago, and things ain't cheap there.

Not to mention my son was much happier with getting Kirby's Canvas
Curse for the DS instead of spending $17 on a coaster credit.

Rastus O'Ginga

John Gilman

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Jun 23, 2005, 10:39:59 AM6/23/05
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You could have forgone the credit whoring and bought TWO DS games for
the little one, you know.

Either that, or let your *kid* ride the coaster instead of you. See,
lots of people make sarcifices for their children... but it's Chicago.
It ain't cheap there.

Rastus O'Ginga

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Jun 23, 2005, 1:22:03 PM6/23/05
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So, how many children have you raised?

John Gilman

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Jun 23, 2005, 2:46:21 PM6/23/05
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That's none of your busisness. However, I do think your wife was right
in making it an issue that you were spending $17 to ride one 30 second
coaster.

Coaster dork or not, there's more to life than coaster credits.

Rastus O'Ginga

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Jun 23, 2005, 3:52:22 PM6/23/05
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Excellent, so know you are calling me names on both sides of the
argument.

Dickhead troll.


Rastus O'Ginga

sfgad...@aol.com

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Jun 23, 2005, 8:31:54 PM6/23/05
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Rastus, Wow I'm impressed! Purdue University. What a superb
education. Obviously wasted. I would be suprised if you even had one
semester. Usually an education brings some enlightenment. Of course,
if one was as self absorbed as you there would be nothing to learn.
Was your son impressed when you brought him to campus to show him where
daddy went to school. My, he must look up to you. Your wife must be
stupid as a pencil.

John Gilman

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Jun 24, 2005, 12:29:16 AM6/24/05
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Dickhead, yes. Troll, no.

Ken clean-air-systems

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Jun 24, 2005, 6:02:09 PM6/24/05
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Rastus O'Ginga wrote:
> So, how many children have you raised?

I have raised 3 kids and I think the questions here would be how old
was your son, how long were you in the park and was he okay with you
going in by yourself?

John Gilman

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Jun 25, 2005, 2:58:24 AM6/25/05
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Rastus O'Ginga

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Jun 25, 2005, 11:03:05 AM6/25/05
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On 24 Jun 2005 15:02:09 -0700, "Ken clean-air-systems"
<skok...@yahoo.com> wrote:

6, 10 minutes, yes.

Rastus O'Ginga

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Jun 25, 2005, 12:04:11 PM6/25/05
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On Sat, 25 Jun 2005 10:03:05 -0500, Rastus O'Ginga
<ras...@kingwoodXXXXXcable.net> wrote:

>On 24 Jun 2005 15:02:09 -0700, "Ken clean-air-systems"
><skok...@yahoo.com> wrote:
>
>>
>>
>>Rastus O'Ginga wrote:
>>> So, how many children have you raised?
>>
>>I have raised 3 kids and I think the questions here would be how old
>>was your son, how long were you in the park and was he okay with you
>>going in by yourself?
>
>6, 10 minutes, yes.

Answered a bit quick here, and am putting my final thoughts here.

My son has been taught the value of a dollar. Plus, since I don't
spend money on him constantly, he's far from spoiled. He likes
coasters. Does he like coasters as much as me? No. This park was
borderline for me because of the cost. To him there were plenty of
other things to spend $17 on. Like General Grievous comics, Kirby
Canvas Curse, a bucket of gems/sand at the Dells Mining Company. He
never said another word about the coaster. Not to mention my wife was
not going to let me spend $17 to bring him in with me, even If I
really wanted to.

Frankly, I was expecting Arnold's Park to be much better, and that one
was going to be a good family park. Sadly, he was too short for that
woodie, and AP sucks pretty much. Ultimately, the best times were
Wizard Quest and Camp Snoopy. All infinitely better values than
Kiddieland.

I guess I should have spent $32 to get him in Mt. Olympus to ride
thier junior woodie too. I'm glad all the childless people (not you
Ken) are giving me parenting advice. It's quite valuable.

The Ripper

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Jun 25, 2005, 12:56:37 PM6/25/05
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>
> First, we went to Kiddieland park. Since it was $17 with Jewel
> coupon, I just couldn't bring myself to pay for me AND my son. Yeah,
> it's Kiddieland, but it's expensive too. So, I ran in and rode their
> Little Dipper. Afterall, the whole idea behind this trip was for me
> to reach my 100th wooden coaster. This would be my 3rd of the trip,
> and #92 overall.

People pay $23 for themselves, and $23 for their kid just to ride a few
laps of Shivering Timbers at Michigan's Adventure, and if they're too
small for Timbers, they can go on Big Dipper or Zach's Zoomer), or $45
to ride Top Thrill Dragster. With as many laps as you said you rode,
An additional $17 would have been well spent. I can say this with
confidence because I've worked at both parks, and there are people who
are nuts enough to do it, but they either a) go alone without leaving
the kid in the car, or b) bring them in and make their admission
worthwhile too.

> A fun, small coaster. I felt bad, because my son would have loved it.
> I decided to get my money back by drinking 5 gallons of free Pepsi.
> After 2 cups I decided to just accept the high price. I was a bit
> befuddled by the fact that there was actually a Pepsi vending machine
> in the park too.

I'll remember to drink 10 gallons of free Pepsi whenever I go to
Holiday World to recoup the cost of going there just to ride Raven and
Legend.

> They had a nice custom built log ride with a long trough, but it
> didn't look too exciting. The park was very clean, and the restroom
> was immaculate.
>
> Not wanting to be marked as a possible weirdo in the kiddie park, I
> left after a few laps on the coaster.

You wouldn't have risked it if you brought your son into the park in
the first place. Plus, I'm sure people didn't call the police when
they saw your kid in the car. It was 89 that day in that area... you
put him at a great risk for heat stroke.

You should've taken the kid on the coaster... maybe he'd be a little
less disappointed. You must've had a great day, but you've probably
created a shitty day for your kid. You should feel bad for your son.
All it seems to me is that your initial selfishness in getting a
coaster "credit" on a kiddie coaster really set up your son's day to
suck royally, and while it may not seem that way now, it may come back
to bite you in the ass someday. My own dad learned that the hard way
with me after I brought up something that he did to screw me over when
I was a kid... he didn't snap out of that depression for days.

Rastus O'Ginga

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Jun 25, 2005, 1:53:28 PM6/25/05
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On 25 Jun 2005 09:56:37 -0700, "The Ripper" <rippe...@gmail.com>
wrote:


>People pay $23 for themselves, and $23 for their kid just to ride a few
>laps of Shivering Timbers at Michigan's Adventure, and if they're too
>small for Timbers, they can go on Big Dipper or Zach's Zoomer), or $45
>to ride Top Thrill Dragster. With as many laps as you said you rode,
>An additional $17 would have been well spent.

I rode it 3 times.

> I can say this with
>confidence because I've worked at both parks, and there are people who
>are nuts enough to do it, but they either a) go alone without leaving
>the kid in the car, or b) bring them in and make their admission
>worthwhile too.

Good for them. They're not me, nor on my schedule. Nor or you. And
I take it from your comments, you have 0% experience raising kids. I
guess I should take the lead of the average American and run up about
$10,000 in credit card debt. After all, I gotta make sure my son is
spoiled now, so when I can't afford to send him to college because
I've maxed out a few credit cards buying everything for him he shows
any interest in, he'll understand why it happened. After all, I
should makes sure I make my decisions based on what other people do.
Thanks, I'm going to drive my car 90 mph down the freeway today.
Doesn't matter if that puts my family in danger, after all, that's
what most other people do.

>
>> A fun, small coaster. I felt bad, because my son would have loved it.
>> I decided to get my money back by drinking 5 gallons of free Pepsi.
>> After 2 cups I decided to just accept the high price. I was a bit
>> befuddled by the fact that there was actually a Pepsi vending machine
>> in the park too.
>
>I'll remember to drink 10 gallons of free Pepsi whenever I go to
>Holiday World to recoup the cost of going there just to ride Raven and
>Legend.

Great analogy, since Kiddieland's junior coaster is very similar to
Raven and Legend, and they have basically the exact same other rides.
Ummm, yeah.


>You wouldn't have risked it if you brought your son into the park in
>the first place. Plus, I'm sure people didn't call the police when
>they saw your kid in the car. It was 89 that day in that area... you
>put him at a great risk for heat stroke.

What sort of fucking moron are you? My wife was in the car with him,
with the air-conditioner on. And it wasn't anywhere near 89.

>You should've taken the kid on the coaster... maybe he'd be a little
>less disappointed. You must've had a great day, but you've probably
>created a shitty day for your kid. You should feel bad for your son.

I should feel bad for your parents.

>All it seems to me is that your initial selfishness in getting a
>coaster "credit" on a kiddie coaster really set up your son's day to
>suck royally, and while it may not seem that way now, it may come back
>to bite you in the ass someday. My own dad learned that the hard way
>with me after I brought up something that he did to screw me over when
>I was a kid... he didn't snap out of that depression for days.

I love it when people make judgements such as yours from a small trip
report. I'll have to inform my son that that day royally sucked for
him, because he was unaware of it. Yep, Par King really upset him.
But, I felt that causing a huge ruckus and having the cops called on
me for running onto the golf course with my son who was too short to
play wouldn't have been good parenting. Now I know, thanks to your
infinite knowledge on the subject, that I was wrong. But since you're
apparently like 19 and have not a clue what parenthood is like, I may
rethink that. It's great that you know exactly how my son felt. You
should see if Krescen (sp?) will let you use his name after he dies.

sfgad...@aol.com

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Jun 25, 2005, 2:03:25 PM6/25/05
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WHAT DOES IT MATTER WHO HAS KIDS AND WHO DOESNT. THAT HAS NO
RELEVANCE, AND THE ORIGINAL AUTHOR HAS MISSED THE POINT AS WELL. ALL
THE YADA YADA YADA IN THE WORLD IS NOT GOING TO MAKE THE LIGHT BULB
COME ON IF HE DID WHAT HE DID TO BEGIN WITH. I WOULD VENTURE TO SAY
THAT WHEN HE TOLD HIS LITTLE STORY IT NEVER OCCURED TO HIM OTHERS WOULD
THINK HE HAD DONE SOMETHING SO OUTRAGEOUS IT WAS NOT TO BE BELIEVED.
THE BOTTOM LINE IS SOMEONE NEEDS TO TALK TO HIS WIFE TO EXPLAIN THAT IN
THE REAL WORLD, THAT KIND OF BEHAVIOR IS CONSIDERED ABUSIVE AND SHE
SHOULD SERIOUSLY CONSIDER HER FUTURE AND HER SONS FUTURE.

Wolf

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Jun 25, 2005, 4:46:38 PM6/25/05
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Running into a park for 15min with his wife and son in the car is abusive?

Damn. My parents must have abused the heck out of us pretty much everytime
we went to the corner store...

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Jun 25, 2005, 8:06:41 PM6/25/05
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HIS OVERALL DEMEANOR IS ABUSIVE.THIS CLEARLY COMES THROUGH IN THE
WRITTEN WORD. READ WHAT HE SAYS ABOUT THE PEOPLE WHO CLEANED HIS
ROOM AT THE MOTEL." DAMN BITCHES " AND "AFTER ALL" THE TRIP WAS ALL
ABOUT HIM. GIVE ME A BREAK.

Todd Long

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Jun 25, 2005, 9:42:03 PM6/25/05
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On 25 Jun 2005 17:06:41 -0700, sfgad...@aol.com wrote:

>HIS OVERALL DEMEANOR IS ABUSIVE.

The fricken caps are abusive man.

T


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TeknoScorpion

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Jun 26, 2005, 6:24:12 AM6/26/05
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There is a difference in spoiling your child, which is not a good
thing, and saying "Hey son, I love you, but not enough to pay $17 for
you to go to a kiddie park that I need to get into because I'm a credit
ho, and me getting 100 coasters is infinitly more important than you
having fun on our family vacation, which is all about getting 100
coasters. I'm sorry I'm a tool, and that coasters count for more than
spending time with you, but you'll understand, because at six years of
age, you already know the value of a dollar".

Sorry, Jason, but I don't need to study you for longer than it took to
read what you did to realize that you are a bad parent.

Mike Kallay

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Jun 27, 2005, 12:22:48 PM6/27/05
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In article <1119781452....@g47g2000cwa.googlegroups.com>,
ever...@yahoo.com says...

Actually, the best part about Jason posting this to Usenet is that his
kid's eventual psychiatrist will have a nice audit trail for the pain &
suffering he has endured.

/mike

Rastus O'Ginga

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Jun 27, 2005, 12:44:02 PM6/27/05
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Yeah, my son has it tough. His vacations usually revolve around
multiple days at Disney or other parks. He's forced to endure things
like Wizard Quest and seeing Star Wars movies.

He has birthday parties thrown for him, like this past Saturday, where
he's forced to have fun with his friends. Plus, of course, the trips
to water parks and FECs around teh nation. Oh, and the video games and
LEGOs that litter our house.

It's great that people that have never met me or my family can so
succinctly judge us. My wife and I are trying to change things
starting today. We both hope and pray for approval by a bunch of
non-parents and gays on how to raise our kids.

We especially look toward support from divorced parents who don't even
take their children on vacation. And, of course, we promise to now buy
everything our kid ever wants, and take him wherever he wants.

Rastus O'Ginga

TeknoScorpion

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Jun 27, 2005, 4:02:27 PM6/27/05
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I don't fit into any of your generalizations, and I still think you are
a bad parent. Parenting has nothing to do with 'throwing parties,
going to disnyworld, waterparks'. Parenting is all about your child
knowing they're worth more than the $17 you refused to pay because you
did think your son was worth spending a few minutes with. I know
plenty of kids that are able to go do a lot of things with their
parents, and yet they still don't feel loved by their parents, because,
although their parents give them anything materially they want, they
don't get the attention they deserve.

Leaving your kid in the car was a bad thing. I'm not just disagreeing
with you for arguments sake, I'm doing it because you're an idiot and
not showing me you are doing a good job with your kid...

btwng...@yahoo.com

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Jun 27, 2005, 6:44:49 PM6/27/05
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Can we just drop this? I probably would have taken my kid in too if I
had one, but since there are malnutured children and kids being abused
around the world everyday, calling Jason a bad parent for not taking
his kid to a park is overkill. Cheap?...probably.

MM

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Jun 27, 2005, 6:52:58 PM6/27/05
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pathetic

Rastus O'Ginga

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Jun 27, 2005, 8:08:51 PM6/27/05
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On 27 Jun 2005 13:02:27 -0700, "TeknoScorpion" <ever...@yahoo.com>
wrote:


>Leaving your kid in the car was a bad thing. I'm not just disagreeing
>with you for arguments sake, I'm doing it because you're an idiot and
>not showing me you are doing a good job with your kid...

Damn, and that's what I base my life on. Your approval.

I'll tell my son he's wrong, and that I'm not a great daddy. He'll be
crushed.

Todd Long

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Jun 27, 2005, 8:50:10 PM6/27/05
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On 27 Jun 2005 15:44:49 -0700, btwng...@yahoo.com wrote:

>Can we just drop this? I probably would have taken my kid in too if I
>had one, but since there are malnutured children and kids being abused
>around the world everyday, calling Jason a bad parent for not taking
>his kid to a park is overkill. Cheap?...probably.
>
>MM

I think I'll second this one. I'm all for poking at someone for any
little slip up but I think this one has went a bit too far. Rastus owes
us no explanation for his actions. However I don't blame him one bit
for fighting back on this one. There are plenty of reasons to argue with
Rastus on RRC, I'm sure he'll agree there. So if you wanna bash him pick
another non family subject.

That said I have a feeling his youngin' probably didn't care if he went
in or not. If his son is like mine was at that age going to an amusement
park was no big deal. In fact I remember one Sunday morning when I asked
him what he wanted to do that day. We had Disney and Busch passes so I
suggested those parks. Nah. So I asked what he wanted to do. Blockbuster
was his answer. Rent a game. Simple as that. Probably the same thing
here. But is it any of our business? Nah.

Other than that has anyone read the rest of his TRs? Lotta good info in
there if you read to find out about some of the places he went.

Todd "I see why people don't post as many TRs anymore" Long

Rastus O'Ginga

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Jun 27, 2005, 11:06:45 PM6/27/05
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On Tue, 28 Jun 2005 00:50:10 GMT, Todd Long <long...@yahoo.com>
wrote:

>
>Other than that has anyone read the rest of his TRs? Lotta good info in
>there if you read to find out about some of the places he went.
>
>Todd "I see why people don't post as many TRs anymore" Long

Amen.
I should get the final two posted tomorrow.

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