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Old 05-18-2016, 12:24 PM   #57
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My wife and I have an expression that we frequently say: "Whenever and wherever people are involved, you can count on there being problems."

This won't ever be a perfect world until we people have aniliated ourselves.

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Old 05-18-2016, 01:15 PM   #58
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Losing patience with stupidity, dishonesty

It's all about perspective. Yours.

Whether you find a situation angering, annoying, inconsequential, amusing or outright funny is entirely up to you.

We stopped at a casino for a few nights. Free dry camping in the parking lot, so of course we are going to give them our business. Our experience was similar to that of several online reviewers. The staff, as a group, were best described collectively as bi-polar. The security guard at the door held it open for everyone with a warm greeting. His job was to screen undesirables at the door, and he could have stood there with a menacing attitude, but he chose to adopt a positive outlook to the benefit of both the customers and his own state of mind. Once through the door, we were treated to the sight of a snarling pit-boss. We walked past four card tables on the way to the buffet. Four dealers, zero players. The hostess was very friendly and joked with us on the way to the table. The waitress was indifferent and we sat for long periods with empty glasses. It was noon and only three tables were occupied.

At the dessert counter there were cupcakes with frosting packed together on a tray. Not wanting to get frosting on my fingers or stick my fingers into someone else's dessert, I used the tongs from the cookie tray. I heard a stern "Use your fingers" from the service side of the counter. As I was putting down the tongs I heard a stern, "Hand me those tongs. You've gotten icing on them. Now I have to wash them". I looked up to see that the dessert "chef", a man in his fifties, was seriously pissed at this turn of events.

On the way out, we stopped to chat with the friendly hostess about our experiences in the casino. I mentioned the cupcake incident and suggested the fellow was having a bad day. She assured me it was not just a bad day and suggested that I fill out a comment card because management took them very seriously. I declined, saying that I wasn't going to affect somebody's job over such an insignificant incident. She again pushed the card toward me, as if to say "Because the rest of us would really appreciate it".

When I related this incident to a friend, she couldn't stop laughing. It's all about perspective.

As I was pumping gas at the casino station on the way out, I noticed the price on the pump came up 20 cents per gallon higher than advertised on the big sign. A sleazy practice which could have annoyed me, but I pumped half as many gallons as I had planned while remembering that I was going to be paying with my winnings from the casino.

It was an interesting study of people and management practices and we came away with no particular desire to return, but also no negative feelings to carry on the rest of our trip.

Perspective. Life is what you choose to make it.

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Old 05-18-2016, 01:30 PM   #59
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Kids always think that old folks do nothing but complain. The only difference aging causes is the side you're on.

As for honesty, a certain percentage of people have always tried to take advantage of others. If you didn't realize that until you were old, who's stupid?
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Old 05-18-2016, 02:11 PM   #60
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Old 05-18-2016, 02:24 PM   #61
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people who think they know everything really irritate those of us that actually do.
Amen, brother. And they keep showing up on this thread.
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Old 05-18-2016, 04:42 PM   #62
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It amuses me to see how some threads take off and morph into something far away from the original post. I see it happening quite often in all categories, makes these forums entertaining at times.
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Old 05-18-2016, 04:50 PM   #63
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Finally someone voiced what I've thought for years. It's Spocks fault, the so called Dr. not the Vulcan. When he stared spouting all his child care crap I said we're I trouble if people listen to him.

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Old 05-18-2016, 04:53 PM   #64
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I to have problems with stupid then I remember they can't help it they are stupid.
Then be mad at their parents and teachers, for not correcting that issue!
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You realize we're sounding just like our parents/grandparents. "The country/world is going to hell". Repeat every generation..
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Old 05-18-2016, 08:18 PM   #66
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Originally Posted by Wapa1 View Post
You realize we're sounding just like our parents/grandparents. "The country/world is going to hell". Repeat every generation..

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Old 05-18-2016, 08:18 PM   #67
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First off, I have always said,

Ignorance is fleeting, Stupidity is forever.

Stupid and dishonesty do exist, as well as sloth and narcissism. (which both accompany the first two)

I believe it is not productive to presume that some people are just limited, and that they are doing the best they can, and others call that stupid. That is like people being rude, and others allowing them to get away with it. If people are held accountable, they will act better. Most will not appreciate being held accountable however.

I do not think you need to be impolite, but that also does not mean you need to be abused or mistreated. I believe people and respond to boorish behavior, and still hold their own positive values.

I know I am not always successful, but I do attempt to express myself, and to state objectively that I do not appreciate being treated poorly. I do take effort to express that I do not like the behavior or the treatment, and not to say I do not like the person.
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Old 05-19-2016, 12:36 AM   #68
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With all of this age-telling rot about "this generation" being "stupid," do you honestly think the people in the generation before you looked at you and said "my, this is the smartest generation yet?" No, they said your generation was soft, stupid, and lazy, because the progress of technology made certain things easier for you, while complicating things for older folks who just didn't get it.

As for the post carrying on about students and teachers in this generation, none of you had anything near the loads that students carry today in high school and college. Today, students are expected to use the technology that is too complicated for most of you to even understand, yet you dole out anecdotes from your childhood hundreds of years ago, as if they can possibly compare. Now who does that make look stupid?
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"This generation, I tell you...!"

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You realize we're sounding just like our parents/grandparents. "The country/world is going to hell". Repeat every generation..
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Johnitis...with all due respect I think what most are talking about when it comes families, kids, and schools, has nothing to do with new technology or how fast the world is moving/changing today. It has more to do with your upbringing, your morals, ethics, values, and common decency....those still need to be taught in the home, and no matter how smart you are or not, how old you are, they are the backbone of a successful person, and they are not taught in Schools. With time as life changes, your values may change but certainly not your morals, ethics or common decency. And if you were to really look at what is taught in schools today and the ease of being able to do your research via computers, kids of today don't have it any harder than we did fulfilling educational requirements. I know of many people who have a college degree, and never set foot on the University Campus, doing the bulk of their studies from home or study group locations, and did 90% of it via computer. Not sitting in Class, listening to lectures that a lot of us had to do to get our degrees. They get the same benefits of a degree that anyone else does, so it's not as hard as you make it sound.

You can be uneducated, but not "stupid", and you can also be highly educated, and "very stupid". Just watch the news, everyday you hear of highly educated people, that had respected positions, getting arrested for scams where they took advantage of what they had been entrusted with, or were just plain criminals looking for more because what they have will never be enough. Guess what they lack....morals, ethics, values, and common decency.

And for the most part people are talking about adults here, and the problem is many of them have kids who aren't going to get the morals, ethics, values, and common decency that they need to be a successful person in our society, taught in the home.

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