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Mithrandir

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So I needed to buy something from Target, today. One thing that annoys me about those large stores is that they're always EXACTLY THE SAME no matter which one you go to. I know without fail that I can go on a 500-mile road trip, go into a target, and it will have 90% of the layout the same as any Target around here.

I just had a weird urge to do something different for once, so I just got in my car and drive down a highway for 40 miles until I found a Target I had never been in before. So I went in, and to my surprise, it was totally different from all the other Targets. (It was just built a few months ago, so I think that has something to do with it).


So after I was shopping there for 15 minutes and found everything I needed, I decided it was time to leave, as my hands were full and I couldn't fit anything else in them. I turned around, and I was totally disoriented. I had no idea where the exit was.

I was LOST!

It took me 5 minutes to figure out the right way to get out of there.


So I guess that's why they make all those big stores have the same layout. They don't want people getting lost if you go to a different store.






So I guess I can be considered "old" now. Why? I'm about to launch into a rant about todays kids. Oy.

On my way to work every day, I inevitably get stuck behind a schoolbus. It's getting rather annoying, because no matter what route I take, or what time I leave, I always manage to get stuck behind one.

So my question is, when did busses start stopping at every single house? When I was little, the bus stop for school was 1/2 of a mile away from my house, and the school was 1/2 a mile in the other direction. Naturally, we decided it was easier just to walk to school.

But now, busses don't have designated bus stops anymore. They stop at every single house that has a kid. Literally, I'm driving behind the bus, it'll stop and pick up one kid from his driveway. The bus will creep down, skip one driveway, and then stop at the next for the kid waiting there.

What the hell. Is it too frigging hard to walk 1/2 a mile to a busstop anymore?

I started complaining about this at work, and one of my female coworkers asked me if I was insane. "Are you crazy? What about all the pedophiles out there now?!".

Ah, I see. Now we bring traffic to a complete standstill and waste everyone's time and gas because of the phantom threat of a pedophile on every corner. Todays parents won't let their kids go further away from their driveways anymore.

When is this culture of fear going to end? I'm really getting sick of everyone freaking out over every potential threat in the world.

Thanks a lot, Dateline NBC.
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There was an interview with a writer in Macleans the other week where she pointed out that in the 1950s they had just as many paedophiles, but for some reason kids were just told those people were "weird" and to stay away from them.

Me, I blame neocons.

Of course, the next week Macleans also published sensationalist tripe about child pornography circles on the Internet, cutting and pasting excerpts from a wildly dodgy book about police investigations that manages to slur WinMX as a P2P application for child predators, when it's nothing of the sort. Go figure.

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When I was little, the bus stop for school was 1/2 of a mile away from my house, and the school was 1/2 a mile in the other direction.


Uphill both ways, in the snow?

(...Sorry, I just couldn't resist).

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When I was little, the bus stop for school was 1/2 of a mile away from my house, and the school was 1/2 a mile in the other direction.


Uphill both ways, in the snow?

(...Sorry, I just couldn't resist).


Well technically there was a hill between our house and the school, so it really was uphill both ways. Of course there was a downhill part too.


And... I live in Buffalo. So yeah, there was definitely snow. Lots of snow.

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That does seem ridiculous, they still have bus stops here, granted kids don't have to walk as far to them as most houses are pretty close together, unless you live out in the country. In that case the buses stop at the individual houses. At least that's the way it was ten years ago. Damn it! I'm getting old too. Thanks for reminding me of the impeding saggy skin and trip to the abyss that awaits for us all.

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