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Dallas Steve  
#1 Posted : Wednesday, May 15, 2019 9:10:48 AM(UTC)
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There is a saying I like from the author Ayn Rand:

"You can ignore reality, but you can't ignore the consequences of ignoring reality."

That's basically my message to my wife. Last night her son came home feeling sick after she paid for another night out with his buddies (he still has no job, and I can predict that in another 6 months he will still have no job). He spends his days playing video games, watching TV, and sleeping. Oh, and eating sweets and fried foods and drinking his diabetes juice (AKA Sprite). He spends 99% of his time sitting or laying down. According to BMI standards he's obese.

So last night he came home in a panic. He said there were a lot of mosquitoes at his friend's apartment and he felt one of them go in his ear. Now he felt like it was in his chest. He felt something moving in his chest. I'm no expert, but I think I'm correct in saying there is no way a mosquito can get from a person's ear to their chest. I told my wife that it sounds like the thoughts of someone on drugs.

The emergency clinics were all closed. It was the hospital or nothing. Finally, we decided to call 911. Paramedics came out and took his vitals and said he wasn't dying. They said he needed to calm down. He stayed home and we/they saved a few thousand dollars.

Welcome to the new normal, young man. He is 20 with the body of a 60 year old. Hell, I'm 62 and I'm in much better health than him. I'm going to tell his mother that in the future chest pains in her son are not an emergency. It is the lifestyle he has chosen and it is the lifestyle that she let him choose. He's not a child any more. Stop treating him like one.

"You can ignore reality, but you can't ignore the consequences of ignoring reality."

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Elexpatriado  
#2 Posted : Wednesday, May 15, 2019 11:26:24 AM(UTC)
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Man from what I have been hearing and readng in at least half the US ( the South and the Midwest) being obese,couch potato and slovenly is akin to "wearing a badge of honour"
Dallas Steve  
#3 Posted : Wednesday, May 15, 2019 1:58:51 PM(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: Elexpatriado Go to Quoted Post
Man from what I have been hearing and readng in at least half the US ( the South and the Midwest) being obese,couch potato and slovenly is akin to "wearing a badge of honour"


When I was a kid I remember only one kid in my elementary school class who we would consider fat. Now it seems like 25% to 50% of the kids that age are as fat as he was. Medicine is getting better and overall health is getting worse.


Wildstubby  
#4 Posted : Wednesday, May 15, 2019 5:23:35 PM(UTC)
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Its because there is no pride and no shaming anymore!! Everyone gets a participation trophy! We as a country are afraid to let our kids know they have failed! Everything has got to be PC! I wanted my kid to know that the world isn't fair! That there are consequences for losing. If you don't want to be a loser, put the effort into what is needed to be a winner! Cripes! You have these helicopter parents with their kids. Let them learn if they mouth off they get punched in the mouth. One of the biggest life lessons that I learned, (several times!). End of Rant!
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