Thursday, June 21, 2012

Hey!! Wake up and Raise your Kids!!

I understand our Greece Bus Monitor situation's gone nationwide.  It's amazing how shocked and disturbed folks are about it.  I am as well, but I'm not surprised.  This was just another indication of how sick our society's become.  Parenting's become a lost art.  Many families only involve one parent, and many of the single parents were raised in a single parent family and did not get the benefit of being brought up with the proper values.  We as parents, are denied the right to punish our children as in generations past.  When I was in school, teachers had wooden paddles and used them.  We did not have a bus monitor.  If there was a problem, the driver pulled right over and nobody argued with him.  Even this incident on the bus, some of the parents of the unruly kids are blaming peer pressure from other kids on their own childrens' behavior.  The simple fact is that if kids don't learn proper respect at an early age, they are uncontrollable by middle school age.  I'm a bit perplexed that a 68 year old woman is working in this position.  Whats more, what can the monitor do in this situation?  And why did not the driver pull over and help?  This should be a wake up call to parents.  Teach your kids proper respect or the end result is you have raised a monster.  If this is what can happen in middle school, think of the future of these unruly children!

Thursday, June 07, 2012

Gustaff Marks 267,000 Miles

It's a great day in the neighborhood for Gustaff, my1989 Volvo 740 Wagon.Yesterday, at the 4 corners of Marbletown, he rolled 267,000 miles! 

The 2's a bit outa focus, but it's there.  I bought it with 183,500 miles in October 2004, so I've put 83,500 miles on in 7 1/2 years.  That's just over 11,000 per year. 

It's not been without his problems, as us people as we get old. 
It still has to go another 100,000 miles to top my Chevy Van, Vincent Van-go, who clocked in 368,000 miles!

I can't say I've ever had a bad car or so called lemon. 

Hey, change the oil, and try to keep up with the rest of the preventive maintenance, and they last. 
Gustaff's been  fair with me, letting me down a couple times over almost 8 years, but today, he's all gassed up and ready to take me to Seneca Lake tonight, where I'm playing one of the wineries.

I've had my share of most make of cars, including: Volkswagon, Dodge, MG, Rambler (A real dog!), Chevy, Ford, and now up to five Volvos.  They all had names, Olga, Hanna, Schven, Gustaff, and the not yet on the road 1979 245 Volvo: Helka.

Drive safe, people!