Monday, February 16, 2009

Adventures in Real Parenting: Smart Kids Doing Dumb Things

And videotaping themselves while they do them.......

Sometimes I think The Spawn are determined to finally push me over the edge of the precipice where I normally pirouette. The Actor has now decided that right before baseball season would be a really good time to break a limb.

Because life around here isn't exciting enough, I guess......



His first attempts at auditioning for Jackass?
I don't even want to know.

36 comments:

  1. Well, Mama.

    The least you could do is tell him the only way to ride a Red Racer is with the steering wheels in front.

    Duh!

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  2. So sorry, Actor. I am sure you mother appreciated being able to watch this. And just before baseball season. The team needs you whole!

    Sorry you had to see it, Lisa.


    MaryCatholic

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  3. This is totally OT, but I saw in your Flickr banner that sideways pic of you - you have an incredible profile! I would have loved to draw your portrait back in the day when I had time to draw...I haven't even drawn my last two children.

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  4. Oh my. The actor has work to do on perfecting this endeavor. Just be glad it isn't a skateboard he's trying out for the first time trying a mid-air takeoff from a downtown mall railing to the concrete sidewalk below with shoppers milling around to be hit and injured. Grass is a much better landing surface than concrete. So there are small blessings in adolescent male choices. I hope he doesn't read this. Maybe I should self-censor for the Actor's sake. Erase this comment if you think there is any chance he will read it. I don't want to give him ideas.

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  5. AWw come on give the kid a break.. no not that kind... just let him be a kid... he was having fun... I know easy for me to say it wasn't my kid... but geeze.. I may be old but I can still remember doing dumb things... and having fun while giving my mom a heart attack. That's what kids do.

    Let him be a kid...lol

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  6. Reminds me of when my father, driving home from work, saw me in my red wagon going down one of the steepest (and busiest) streets in Oakland California, through red lights, and so forth one fine summer evening.

    I had the steering behind me, too.

    Here was my thinking: the outboard motor boat had the steering in the back, and it worked, and if I crash, I will not be impaled on the handle thingie.

    Let's just say it was an adventure that was never repeated, and being grounded for a summer had some advantages.

    Regards,

    Tengrain

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  7. This is what boys DO! I'll send you a youtube of my nephews biking on fallen dead trees someday. My cousins, 4 boys, in the late 1960's covered themselves with throw rugs and skateboarded down Loveland Pass in Colorado. Their parents found out about it months later. I have girls - lots of verbal abuse but they don't try to hurt themselves physically. Like I said, that's boys.

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  8. Well, if my brother and sisters had had a video camera, there's be tons of similar footage of us doing this kind of crap. Just ignore it, like my mom did. (Well, except when the hospital/doctor was involved....)

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  9. my sons used to speed headlong down the steepest hill on bikes WITHOUT HELMETS and crash landed most times, at the bottom, in the mud...it was the most fun after it had rained for 3 days...

    I got so I stopped looking out the window...and they would have videotaped the whole thing as well...and yes, I went off the precipice- so maybe he should stop doing this particular fun activity...

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  10. OMFG!!!
    Ouch!!

    :)

    -----Sherwood

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  11. Hey, all. Don't worry. I'm not encasing him in bubble wrap. He just headed out to go do it some more.

    I did use the Bill Cosby line with him, though, "If you break your leg, don't come running to me."

    I guess some things you've got to figure some things out for yourself.

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  12. snickers....you gotta love boys and what they come up with to occupy themselves.

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  13. Hell yes, as long as he is not playing with anything that has a fuse...let him "have at it!" I am always amazed at the mind's of these boys - like "what the hell were you thinking!?!?!" I also don't see any power tools involved - he should be just fine!

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  14. At least he wasn't trying to stand up in the wagon.

    I grew up in a family of three girls: Six trips to the hospital for stitches, two others for stepping on misc. objects and puncturing feet, A four-wheeler that was both run full speed into a stand of trees and flipped on top of yours truly once, three times falling out of trees (two concussions), one nearly lost eye, two broken bones, countless bruises and more stupid stunts involving things with wheels and/or sleds than I can count.

    Who says boys have all the fun?
    ;)

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  15. I used to climb trees and hide out in "snake-filled" bamboo groves. I never broke a bone and the snakes didn't bite. There was a fair amount of karma in my youth. I'm paying for it now though. ;-)

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  16. I love how he keeps doing it over and over again. I would have totally done that at his age.

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  17. I was trying to figure out if he had a goal in mind, did he intend to get up enough speed to jump the wagon or something because that would be cool. Just riding in the wagon for short bursts of time on grass, ehhh he will be fine and no broken bones either probably.

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  18. I'm tempted to go all "I can't believe the stupidity", etc., etc. - but at his age, I would do the same thing.

    Over and over and over again.

    Just like him.

    So, don't worry. He'll turn out OK. I did.

    Oh, wait . . .

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  19. Sweet Jesus, the tenacity of the young. ha ha. Hilarious. I'm still laughing...

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  20. I so did that same thing when I was a wee lad. :)

    By the way, Lisa, I have tagged you.

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  21. Okay!!! Our kids and I just watched this and laughed and laughed. The second flip, the way the hat goes flying, is perfect. And the way he just keeps on rolling out of the picture in the third pass...

    You don't call him the Actor for nothing.

    But don't let HIM read this - I mean you don't want this kind of thing encouraged, right? How many ER trips can you afford?

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  22. So, who was the director? I'm guessing the dancer wanted nothing to do with this, so I'm going with cupcake/resident evil.

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  23. When I was his age my parents had a driveway that went down a moderately steep hill. I would often ride a red wagon down that hill and narrowly miss one or two parked cars at the bottom. Sometimes my baby sister would ride with me.

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  24. He should've used a small chair in the wagon to sit on, or maybe a step ladder and the "rudder" should definitly stay in the rear of the vehicle. Good job son! Like my Mom used to tell me after I first got my drivers license, "drive fast, take chances son"!

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  25. Now he'll have something good to tell when he's having an all night conversation with dorm friends and the conversation turns to crazy childhood injuries and near-misses! I hope he's OK (and that you and Doug aren't totally stressed out)

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  26. Oh, man. I really hope I have a girl. I don't know how to deal with all the random BOY stuff.

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  27. Give Actor extra credit for intelligence. He let the handle drag behind, rather than using it at the front, so he wouldn’t fall forward onto it and puncture his spleen.

    As far as blaming ‘Jackass,’ I and my gang of boneheads decided one day to climb up the back wall of our chicken coop, run as fast as we could across the roof, and jump from the twenty-foot high roof across a chicken wire fence to land in the newly-plowed field beyond.

    That was in the mid-fifties, with no ‘Jackass,’ no video tapes, TV, CGI special effects, or even very interesting comic books. I think it has something to do with being a boy.

    Luckily, we made each jump with inches to spare, but a rung on the discarded ladder we were using to climb up on the chicken coop broke, and I fell onto the rusty blade of a two-man saw that somebody thought would be safely discarded there.

    That was the day I learned about anti tetanus injections.

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  28. Awesome stuff! I remember getting these small little fire crackers when I was a kid and putting them in the mouths of frogs I had caught. Yeah, it's good to be a boy...all that testosterone and no common sense.

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  29. Glad he got up after that second time - I was starting to worry!

    An old boyfriend of mine had two brothers and the three of them used to play "chicken" riding their bikes down the steep driveway of their house and directly across the street without looking. And no, it wasn't a quiet street - it was very busy. It's amazing they lived to adulthood.

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  30. That brought back memories! My neighbor and I used to do that all the time! We used to climb trees and sit on the branches over the road. And fly down the driveway on our bikes and see who could make the longest skid mark on the gravel. (I still have gravel in my knee, I think.) Once, we nailed a 2x4 to a stump and used it as a jump. I had aim. My neighbor didn't. And he had a boy's bike too. Bad move on his part.

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  31. *hee hee* Didn't we all do stupid stuff like that when we were kids? :)

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  32. Don't tell him about putting big tarps together down hill and covering them in a thin sheen of water and riding down them like a giant slip and slide.

    Because he would likely have a blast breaking his neck, that's why.

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