@shadowkitty If the three year old does it, I'm going to count that as the mom deliberately destroying it, because she knew what would happen when she left that door unlocked while dad was out.
Music Guy, go ahead and keep your crap and have your dreams and fail to fully engage with the actually awesome life you do have (ya'll made a PERSON OUT OF NOTHING, how does that not feel like a miracle and an obvious first priority to you?)
I'm really curious as to who eventually destroys your cherished equipment: will it be the overly understanding wife who eventually snaps? Or the grown, teenaged kid, when he realizes that his dad never put him first?
Seriously, dude, if you're that great at this, you can set your shit aside for the 16 years you have left to raise this kid and then get back to it. Having the family be the priority right now doesn't mean you'll never get to play.
I was terrified to travel by plane with my kid. But when he was 18 months old, we hauled him from Texas to Maine. He was fine, like spookily pleasant and everyone kept telling me what an angel he was and congratulating me on my parenting, which was really discomfiting. I was a wreck waiting for him to hulk out and the glares and advice to start.
I really don't have much to do with my kid choosing to not be an asshole. I mean, I can make sure he's well-fed and exercised and there are lots of snacks and small objects available to be examined and eventually destroyed, but he was still fully capable of flipping his shit at any time. He just didn't.
Wait, wait- I heard a blurb on NPR yesterday, which mentioned that
Garbo was peeved that her Grand Hotel line was always misquoted. It's actually, "I want to be [i]let[/i] alone," and she felt that the subtle difference was important.
Ha. My now-husband once watched one of these motherfuckers explain static electricity to me, at a dinner party. (It was winter, and I had just shocked myself on the way to the table.) He then asked my husband if he had gotten the explanation right. Mr. NotIt replied, "I don't know, but you should ask her, she's teaching Physics right now." "Well, was I right?" He wasn't, and then he launched into a lecture on how rude it is to correct people. I remember this one because Mr. NotIt was so surprised by the boor, and I was surprised that he was surprised to see someone condescend to me.
One cannot mention "Blame it on the Bossa Nova" without checking out Ainsley Hayes meeting President Bartlett. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yUCWczTg4WE
@daisicles Both of these sites are news to me, thanks!
@quatsch Whoa, I'm digging around that site right now! Thanks for the tip!