1957 vs. 2007

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by Sean Adams, May 9, 2008.

  1. Sean Adams

    Sean Adams LawnSite Gold Member
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    I know this was posted somehwere on LawnSite but it seems to be making it's way around the email world via the forward....interesting, funny, and in some ways, very true...

    SCHOOL -- 1957 vs. 2007

    Scenario: Johnny and Mark get into a fistfight after school.
    1957 - Crowd gathers. Mark wins. Johnny and Mark shake hands and end up buddies.
    2007 - Police called, SWAT team arrives, arrests Johnny and Mark. Charge> them with assault, both expelled even though Johnny started it.

    Scenario: Jeffrey won't be still in class, disrupts other students.
    1957 - Jeffrey sent to office and given a good paddling by the Principal.
    Returns to class, sits still and does not disrupt class again.
    2007 - Jeffrey given huge doses of Ritalin. Becomes a zombie. Tested for ADD. School gets extra money from state because Jeffrey has a disability.

    Scenario: Billy breaks a window in his neighbor's car and his Dad gives him a whipping with his belt.
    1957 - Billy is more careful next time, grows up normal, goes to college, and becomes a successful businessman.
    2007 - Billy's dad is arrested for child abuse. Billy removed to foster care and joins a gang. State psychologist tells Billy's sister that she remembers being abused herself and their dad goes to prison. Billy's Mom has affair with psychologist.

    Scenario: Mark gets a headache and takes some aspirin to school.
    1957 - Mark shares aspirin with Principal out on the smoking dock.
    2007 - Police called, Mark expelled from school for drug violations. Car searched for drugs and weapons.

    Scenario: Pedro fails high school English.
    1957 - Pedro goes to summer school, passes English, goes to college.
    2007 - Pedro's cause is taken up by state. Newspaper articles appear nationally explaining that teaching English as a requirement for graduation is racist. ACLU files class action lawsuit against state school system and Pedro's English teacher. English banned from core curriculum. Pedro given diploma anyway but ends up mowing lawns for a living because he cannot speak English.

    Scenario: Johnny takes apart leftover firecrackers from 4th of July, puts them in a model airplane paint bottle, blows up a red ant bed.
    1957 - Ants die.
    2007 - BATF, Homeland Security, FBI called. Johnny charged with domestic terrorism, FBI investigates parents, siblings removed from home, computers confiscated, Johnny's Dad goes on a terror watch list and is never allowed to fly again.

    Scenario: Johnny falls while running during recess and scrapes his knee. He is found crying by his teacher, Mary. Mary hugs him to comfort him.
    1957 - In a short time, Johnny feels better and goes on playing.
    2007 - Mary is accused of being a sexual predator and loses her job. She faces 3 years in State Prison. Johnny undergoes 5 years of therapy.
  2. GreenT

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  3. DBL

    DBL LawnSite Silver Member
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    good one :laugh:
  4. Supper Grassy

    Supper Grassy LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Good Thread

    So true
  5. americanlawn

    americanlawn LawnSite Fanatic
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    Yep -- saw that one before, but it's actually the very TRUTH. When I was in first grade, a classmate & I went across the street (about fifty feet) during recess to get a free sucker from the Ford dealership cuz they had an open house showing off the new Fords. When we returned, the principal was waiting for us..........he used a wooden paddle on our butts several times, and it hurt:cry:. Seems us country kids were not allowed to leave school premices at any time during school hours (town kids could if they went home for lunch). I think this was about 1961, and nobody ever locked their doors. Churches either.

    It used to be a handshake.........now it's several pages and several signatures of written contracts. Sometimes I wonder what this world has come to. :confused:

    Nice thread -- thanks.:usflag:
  6. MJS

    MJS LawnSite Bronze Member
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    From what I've heard and read - all very true, unfortunately.

    Good thread, though.
  7. bill8379

    bill8379 LawnSite Senior Member
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    I prefer this one but I'm Canadian so...

    Canadian Temperature Scale:
    +70 degrees
    Texans turn on the heat and unpack the thermal underwear.
    People in Canada go swimming in the Lakes.
    +60 degrees
    North Carolinians try to turn on the heat.
    People in Canada plant gardens.
    +50 degrees
    Californians shiver uncontrollably.
    People in Canada sunbathe.
    +40 degrees
    Italian & English cars won't start.
    People in Canada drive with the windows down.
    +32 degrees
    Distilled water freezes.
    Lake Superior's water gets thicker.
    +20 degrees
    Floridians don coats, thermal underwear, gloves, and woolly hats.
    People in Canada throw on a flannel shirt.
    +15 degrees
    Philadelphia landlords finally turn up the heat.
    People in Canada have the last cookout before it gets cold.
    0 degrees
    People in Miami all die...
    Canadians lick the flagpole.
    20 below
    Californians fly away to Mexico.
    People in Canada get out their winter coats.
    40 below
    Hollywood disintegrates.
    The Girl Scouts in Canada are selling cookies door to door.
    60 below
    Polar bears begin to evacuate the Arctic.
    Canadian Boy Scouts postpone "Winter Survival" classes until it gets cold enough.
    80 below
    Mt. St. Helens freezes.
    People in Canada rent some videos.
    100 below
    Santa Claus abandons the North Pole.
    Canadians get frustrated because they can't thaw the keg.
    297 below
    Microbial life no longer survives on dairy products.
    Cows in Canada complain about farmers with cold hands.
    460 below
    ALL atomic motion stops (absolute zero in the Kelvin scale).
    People in Canada start saying, "Eh, Cold 'nuff for ya?"
    500 below
    Hell freezes over.
    The Leafs win the Stanley Cup
  8. White Gardens

    White Gardens LawnSite Fanatic
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    Funny, brings up memories of being the last kid at my school who got the paddle. Somewhere around 89.
  9. topsites

    topsites LawnSite Fanatic
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    Very interesting.

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