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Old 06-18-2008, 05:24 PM   #1
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I am sick and tired of summer camps sending busloads of kids to the ice skating rink every day from June til August. It's not so much that I think they shouldn't be there (hey, it's great fun for the kids) but that I just don't like it when they're there. Something about the way a large pack of eight and unders behaves just saps out the fun for me. There are a few things I have observed.

One: Many, many kids do not know how to skate. Not in that they're beginners, because they're nothing wrong with that, but in that they often think they're much better than they are, they try to show off, and they have no concept of rink etiquette. It's not too bad if it's just one or two kids (or dumbass adult, at least they don't come by the busload), I don't expect them to all be able to fully understand why you let people pass and why everyone is supposed to go in the same direction.

Two: There are rarely less than two buses of children. I really want to know who thought it was a good idea to put that many small children in the same place so that they could engage in an activity that could potentially hurt themselves and others, especially since many of these groups seem under chaperoned.

Three: Me-specific, but one reason why I hate large groups on the ice is because I have no depth perception. I can see you, but I can't tell exactly how close you are to me. This is bad for maneuvering around tightly packed groups, very bad for large groups of waist-high children, very very bad because I know that I could hurt them by running into/over them.

Four: While I do try to act like a good person, I'm sorry a big part of me thinks that if you're skating like a dumbass you kind of deserve to get ploughed into by somebody. I'm no good at skating, and there have been a good many times when I've made myself fall because I didn't think I could stop or turn away fast enough. Why should I have to sacrifice myself when a kid gets a lot less hurt (if at all) from taking a spill? Oh yeah, because it makes you look like a cold hearted bully if anything happens to a kid when it's totally their fault for acting like a damn fool. Ok, admittedly I have gently pushed kids out of the way before, but I don't even think they fell. Should have, though.

Yeah, I can't wait until the little pukes go back to school.
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This has got to be one of the most bizzare rant topics I've seen around here.
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Wtf?? Are you joking?
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Old 06-18-2008, 06:08 PM   #4
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Three: Me-specific, but one reason why I hate large groups on the ice is because I have no depth perception. I can see you, but I can't tell exactly how close you are to me. This is bad for maneuvering around tightly packed groups, very bad for large groups of waist-high children, very very bad because I know that I could hurt them by running into/over them.

Four: While I do try to act like a good person, I'm sorry a big part of me thinks that if you're skating like a dumbass you kind of deserve to get ploughed into by somebody. I'm no good at skating, and there have been a good many times when I've made myself fall because I didn't think I could stop or turn away fast enough. Why should I have to sacrifice myself when a kid gets a lot less hurt (if at all) from taking a spill? Oh yeah, because it makes you look like a cold hearted bully if anything happens to a kid when it's totally their fault for acting like a damn fool. Ok, admittedly I have gently pushed kids out of the way before, but I don't even think they fell. Should have, though.
So, half of the reason you're mad at them is because of your own short-comings due to poor skating abilities and poor depth perception? Hmmm

 
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Old 06-18-2008, 06:09 PM   #6
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That's awesome...I can see BPS sitting on his porch in a rocking chair with a musket on his lap, recalling the good ol' days when a man with no depth perception could skate on the ice with none of them bastard kids in his way...though, it still wasn't easy, because you had to walk uphill both ways to get to and from the rink.
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Wait, you're ranting about a bunch of six year olds? Huh?

I didn't realize there were any female curmudgeons in their early 20s. One of my life goals is to become a curmudgeon, but I was planning on waiting until I'm at least in my fifties.
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That's awesome...I can see BPS sitting on his porch in a rocking chair with a musket on HER lap, recalling the good ol' days when a woman with no depth perception could skate on the ice with none of them bastard kids in HER way...though, it still wasn't easy, because you had to walk uphill both ways to get to and from the rink.
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hm, I didn't realize BPS was a lady...
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hm, I didn't realize BPS was a lady...
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