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Old 09-12-2011, 04:32 PM   #16
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When I was that age I was happy if I could get the AM Radio tuned in to something other than static.


...and we LIKED it that way - couldn't get enough!

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I thought that back in that day, I thought that it was crystal radios that were all the rage. http://bizarrelabs.com/crystal.htm I don't know how good kids have it now days. We were lucky to get a local tv station, by standing with one leg in the air, and holding your right arm behind your back, while trying to scratch your left elbow.
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My mother made the most remarkable deal with me. It really made me appreciate money.

It all began when I expressed a desire for a black leather jacket.

She said, "Fine", But there was a catch.

Her reasoning was that since I was her child, she was obligated to supply me with a jacket..... however, if I wanted anything in excess of what she would normally buy me, then we would split the cost, 50/50.

It didn't matter if her intended jacket was $20, and my leather one was $30.... just $10 more.

We would each pay half of the price of the more expensive item I wanted. I saw myself getting screwed! She would end up only paying $15 for my jacket, but I would also be out $15.

And I didn't even DREAM of going nuts for a $50 jacket. Then I'd be out $25.

So I soon let her just buy me what she originally would have anyway.
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In Ontario there is a zero tolerance policy in effect for impaired driving. For first offence or refusal to blow (car does'nt have to be moving, only caught behind the wheel) Roadside suspension -90 days, alcohol education program, ignition interlock for 1 yr, 7day vehicle impoundment, min$1000 fine. liscence suspended 1 yr. Insurance will be thousand and thousands and thousands.
2nd offence...good bye automatic jailtime
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The kid bought something nice with his hard earned money, big deal, IMO.

I had Oakley's at 13 (now 32), but I had to find a way to buy them myself.

I've always had nicer things than most of my friends because I was willing to work for them and wasn't cheap. Also, when you have nicer things, you tend to take care of them better than junky things.

If the kid doesn't have respect for the nicer things in life, them that's another story.
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I took drivers ed here in WI when I was 15, and took my test 3 months after my 16th birthday. My folks supplied an old worn Toyota for me and my two older sisters to share. The oldest got to drive it to school, carting the others along, and otherwise it was only available to use to go to work. No joyriding, no visiting friends, etc. We paid for gas and maintenance. My sister ran it out of oil and cooked the engine at one point, and the car sat for a month while the three of us saved enough for half of the repair bill. My dad said he couldn't believe he was being so nice, paying the other half (he just hated driving us to work, school, etc). I bought my fair share of dumb things when I was a teenager, and took my share of grief for it from the old man.

On the upside, I guess, the car repair stuff got me to where I am now, as a senior tech at a Ford dealership. Good or bad, hard to tell lately, but I like to think the old man would get a kick out of it if he was still around. His driving lessons have stuck with me over the last 15 years, still no tickets or accidents! Wooo!
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I thought that back in that day, I thought that it was crystal radios that were all the rage. http://bizarrelabs.com/crystal.htm I don't know how good kids have it now days. We were lucky to get a local tv station, by standing with one leg in the air, and holding your right arm behind your back, while trying to scratch your left elbow.
At least you had a TV.
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Then i say that you voice your objections, but end the speech with " but it's your money".

Many lessons in life are best learned through experience, so if he earned the money, and the glasses get lost, broken, stolen, etc... it's a pretty cheap lesson in the grand scheme of things.
Agreed. I remember when I was in Highschool (27 now) and the kind of cash I was dropping on things.. I was working 5 hours a night at $10/hr. I didn't have any bills to pay except car insurance and gas so it was all spent on "luxury" things.. jewelry, sunglasses, clothes, cars.. etc.. By the time I graduated highschool I was on my 3rd car already..

I didn't learn my money lesson until I was 21...(as my parents never taught me anything about money..) When I graduated highschool I got a full time job right away, making just under $30/hr. Working 12 hours a day, 6 to 7 days a week.. Lived with my parents, rent free, bill free.. When I was 21, my vehicle loan was just under $60,000. That was when my dad told me I had to start paying rent. I told him I'd move out before I paid them rent... I moved out the next day (Rented a house) THAT's when the "real world" came crashing down on me I can still to this day proudly say that I have never had a late or missed payment of any sort on anything, and still have perfect credit. When I rented the house and the 2nd months rent came due, I did have to sell my truck tho.. (Parents thought I would come crawling back, and I wasn't going to let them win... ) That's the way I learned my lesson about money, and I'm glad my parents did it that way... And I never did move back in with them
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Wow, $30/hour, 12 hour days, 6 days a week and couldn't make simple ends meet?

You have a lot to learn grasshopper.

With that income, I could have 3 more kids and my wife could stay home. I could also still keep my new 1 ton diesel and my new ATV.
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Wow, $30/hour, 12 hour days, 6 days a week and couldn't make simple ends meet?

You have a lot to learn grasshopper.

With that income, I could have 3 more kids and my wife could stay home. I could also still keep my new 1 ton diesel and my new ATV.
Oh don't worry.. that was back when I was 21 ish... I've switched jobs since then, but the wife and I both make over $22/hr yet.. and we've learned how to control our money. No more going out every weekend and buying the bar for our friends.. Like I said, I learned my lesson with spending, we have two new vehicles that paid for, a house that we put a decent amount down on, and we both have quite a hefty 401k (compared to people our age..)
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oakley sunglasses are expensive. i know some guys that have oakleys that are over 300 dollars....it's ridiculous. so he says they'll make him a better driver? lol. oh, the gimmicks kids do!
Yeah, and he probably thinks they'll make his tool bigger too. That's some job of marketing!
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Pray for me and his step-mom. Right now the boy is driving us to dinner in our Dodge Gand Caravan. The place is owned by one of my wife's previous bosses. It is a really good Italian food joint called Capone's, out in New Berlin, IL. They are known both for their stuffed mushrooms, and pizzas.
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Yeah, and he probably thinks they'll make his tool bigger too. That's some job of marketing!
You are bad. He had three potential dates for home-coming tomorrow and turned them all down.
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Hope you survive the trip. My 3rd is taking drivers ed soon. I hate it when they learn to drive. Makes me feel old, and makes me worry.
They have a hard time finding the money for gas, so extras are a birthday thing, and never at that price.
We all have to learn the value of money somehow!
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Hope you survive the trip. My 3rd is taking drivers ed soon. I hate it when they learn to drive. Makes me feel old, and makes me worry.
They have a hard time finding the money for gas, so extras are a birthday thing, and never at that price.
We all have to learn the value of money somehow!
I survived teaching all 3 of my kids to drive. Also survived watching them drive off, alone, on their first solo drives. And we survived having all 3 of them driving around, on their own, in cities like Minneapolis, St. Louis, Nashville & here in Omaha (where, I swear, 50% of all the drivers are certifiably insane).

I'm glad that phase of my life is done!

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