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Getting By

by Scott Smith

This past Monday we took the Jetta to what is presumably its final resting place. Considering all of its issues (filthy interior, it over heated on the way to the salvage yard, bad brakes, etc.) it will probably be stripped of what parts are salvageable and then dismantled and sold as scrap steel.
We squeezed all the life we could out of the car. And in the end we squeezed a little more and got some grocery money out of it.

Yeah, I’m a Feminist… So What?

by Scott Smith

Last night was 6th grade orientation. I am the first to admit, I am not the most enthusiastic parent when it comes to this type of thing. So, as I glazed over while being regaled with the dress code rules and the fact that “gym class is not a fashion show,” I started looking through a publication that was handed out along with the summary of the evening’s speakers. It’s a sort of a magazine called “Middle School EduGuide: Your roadmap to student success.” It’s put out by the Partnership for Learning with the Michigan Department of Education as a cosponsor. On the back cover is a piece called Help Your Child Avoid Trouble, by Jaime Millard.

Odds: 1-in-10 kids have had sex by age 13. Kids constantly hear about sex through television, music, and video games, but they rarely hear about the bad parts: pregnancy, sexually transmitted diseases and emotional problems.
Antidote: The biggest factors in stopping teen sex are you and the clock. When you can’t be with your child, make sure he is with another adult. Get your son involved with a program during the after school hours, which is when kids are most likely to have sex. Have your daughter volunteer to teach elementary students.

Have my daughter…. what??? Seriously, was this written in 1950? Don’t get me wrong, I agree that 13 year olds having sex is a problem and my BOTH of my kids are kept good and busy after school with lots of adult supervision, but what’s with the prescribed gender roles? Why weren’t we instructed to have our daughters in after school sports which are proven to raise girls’ self esteem (a great deterrent for early sexual experimentation)? Or in elective programs in science or math or computers? I guess I’m just too much of a femi-nazi.

So, Jaime and the Department of Education have spoken. Madeleine, you will no longer run track, ride horses, play your trumpet, or volunteer your time helping with equine assisted therapy after school. Monday we’ll be signing you up for that sewing class and picking out your finishing school.

Sears: We don’t do part numbers on the phone

by Scott Smith

Why is Sears going into the toilet? Sure, they got out-maneuvered by Wal-Mart and Target. They’ve had time to try to turn it around, right?

I even enjoy visiting their hardware type stores. I find the service normally pretty good, especially the store in Rensselaer, Indiana.

Our Craftsman garden tractor blew out a tire last year. I called Sears’ parts number. They found the part and quoted me a price, which was twice the amount a farm store had quoted me.

I wanted to think about it. I asked the rep if I can have the part number to save time in case I decided to buy from them. She said: “We don’t do part numbers on the phone.” Really?

Well, I don’t do business with loser companies. I rather push my little mower every weekend than step in a store or go to sears.com. Bye. You just lost another customer.

By the way, I’ve added a new category in honor of this post: Dinosaurs.