Monday, June 17, 2019

Take the Tech Away

I am so angry with a news story that I heard on my local NPR station, WBEZ (of which I am a loyal subscriber.)

The story dealt with youth addiction to technology. One parent came on with her anecdote about her child who, as she described, played video games all day and all night throughout his teens and into his twenties.

The editorial continued with therapists and others who talked about the fact that it's not technically a medical condition that can be diagnosed.

What has me so angry?


I have to tell you, my small loyal following, that parents piss me off. Say no. Take it away.

Your child will scream, yell, and maybe even assault you.


Be a parent! You bought it for them.

Let me ask you this - would you rather waste the $500 you spent on the XBox and however much on games, or the thousands of dollars that therapy costs?

As a more macro discussion, the desire for people to outside of their families for therapy is getting out of hand. That's a pretty rich statement coming from me - from a family whose members have sought therapy here and there on a consistent basis.

However, this tech addiction is a tangible problem that is easily solved, or at least has an easy beginning to the fix. Take it away. Make rules. Enforce rules. Two working parents? Fine - unplug it and take it to work with you or lock it in your car until you get home.

For any parents of younger children, please use this as your cautionary tale. Make rules, enforce them, and force your kids to say, "please," and, "thank you." That's just a peeve of mine that is loosely related to this topic.

Remember - you are not their friend, you are their parent. You get to be their friend when they are in their twenties and on their own. Until then, you are a friendly police officer.

Tuesday, June 4, 2019

Listening to whole albums

I've started listening to whole music albums at a time. If you have suggestions, please let me know. Just the greats, but no "greatest hits."

Rush - Moving Pictures*
Rush - Permanent Waves*
Guns N Roses - Appetite for Destruction
Jay-Z - Black Album*
Bruce Springsteen - Born in the USA
Elton John - Don't Shoot Me I'm Only The Piano Player*
Jim Morrison & The Doors - An American Prayer*

* Indicates never listened to whole album, but may have heard a song or two from it

Friday, May 31, 2019

A Wonderful Quote

Those who make peaceful change impossible, make violent change inevitable.
-John F. Kennedy

Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Off Center

Does it bother you when your t-shirt graphic is off center? Have you never noticed this?

Find a shirt with a printed graphic, like a sports team. Is the graphic centered under the collar, or is it off slightly to one side?

Now it's going to bother you, too.