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  1. about 3 hours ago on Cleats

    That is true in organized sports of all kinds; parents hoping their kid becomes the next Tiger, Mary Lou Retton/Simone Biles or Venus and then you have some parents who want their kid to be an “old chip off the block” although the Dad probably was cut from the JV squad but will act like he was conference MVP. Heck its not just sports per se; you also see this with kids getting involved in dance, ballet, beauty pageants, band competitions, scholastics, hell even the spelling bees, anything where you have a competition and someone is crowned numero uno. I thought kids were supposed to do these activities because it is fun not because their parents are forcing them for bragging rights or to relive their childhoods as you rightfully stated.

    And nowadays you do not have to just worry about the predator who scopes out the mall or park to befriend young kids, the pervs seem to also be their coaches, trainers, doctors, even their teachers or tutors. No wonder the millennials and the generation that followed them are so darned jaded and cynical; they never learned to have fun and for some the only outlet involves taking some mind altering agents (some legal to adults such as booze or hemp but others far more dangerous pharmaceuticals or even crazy stuff like huffing aerosols and sniffing glue). Things sure have changed in the last 40 or 50 years since I was a young kid and teen.

  2. about 6 hours ago on Pearls Before Swine

    Hmm, I can think of several mood altering agents that can trick Pig’s brain into feeling happy. One you can get at dispensary if you live in the right state, others might require bending a few rules……

  3. about 6 hours ago on Cleats

    Parents nowadays are also worried about their kids disappearing if they just go out to play with their friends in the park or ride their bikes to 7-11 for a Slurpee. You are so right in saying that the days of just playing together and having fun are long gone…..

  4. about 6 hours ago on Lio


  5. about 9 hours ago on Bloom County

    I think Harry Caray might even agree with the boys on this from time to time. It would explain the rumor that he would knock back a beer each inning or half inning of a game while calling for the Cards in the ‘50s and ’60s and later on in Chicago for the Chi Sox and then Cubs after he had to leave St Louis for an alleged affair with August Busch’s wife Susan in the late ’60s. Have to admit he did sound half in the bag on some of those long afternoon games on WGN and he did send out some zinger commentary from time to time that would get him in hot water nowadays.

  6. 1 day ago on Lio

    Makes me think Lio started watching Pee Wee Herman’s Playhouse and Cowboy Curtis on an old VCR from Dad or somehow found it on You Tube.

  7. 1 day ago on Luann

    True, Luann is not into the jocks: Aaron Hill was popular but did not seem to be captain of the football team and Quill was a drama thespian, heck he loved his acting more than Luann which led to the breakup. I doubt Luann is into the football types like Jack, Ox or Stef’s QB boyfriend who Tiff has had her eye on.

  8. 1 day ago on Luann

    He might have a g/f, didn’t he pick up a girl while at the dog park with Luann? I kind of remember that arc from a couple of years back (which is a semester on the G&K clock).

  9. 1 day ago on Luann

    I do not know, I recall Jack picked up that girl at the dog ark when he was hanging out with Luann but maybe he likes both guys and girls. He flirted with Luann when they first met in Zebo’s class. I still think TJ might be gay, he dates on occasion but G&K have not had him interested with any girl since he had his eye on Delta as seen in the Retro Luann this week. Dark horse gay candidate: Quill comes back to Pitt and thanks Luann for allowing him to find himself by dumping him and introduces her to his new partner..

  10. 1 day ago on Ted Rall