Happy In Bag

Friday, April 18, 2008

Hoodrats














Kids in Johnson County are are extraordinarily lucky. Most enjoy excellent schools and material trappings like cell phones, computers and video games. In spite of their good fortune- or perhaps as a result of this privilege- they're not always made to feel welcome. How many incidents and how much hand-wringing at city council meetings do you suppose went into erecting these "just say no" signs?

8 Comments:

  • At 10:57 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Probably only needed a short talk with a liability lawyer and an insurance agent to allay any qualms about imposing such prohibitions. There are plenty of appropriate multi-use and dedicated places where all of the listed activities are allowed and even encouraged. I often wonder why we have to put up signs to remind people what I think our common sense should already tell us.

     
  • At 6:17 PM, Blogger the unthinking lemming said…

    Sorry didn't mean to post anonymously

     
  • At 6:22 PM, Anonymous renton said…

    Just because a kid can't skateboard somewhere doesn't mean he's not welcome.

    Geeps, HIB!

     
  • At 6:54 PM, Blogger Happy In Bag said…

    I guess something's wrong with me, guys. That image makes me want to pierce my eyebrow, get a Black Flag tattoo and shoplift a bottle of cough syrup.

     
  • At 9:03 AM, Blogger Don't Need Anything said…

    well, as a 23 year old guy who owns a skateboard but not enough equilibrium to ride it, it would make even me feel unwelcome. and then also, people are trying to encourage "green" by encouraging things like bike riding and the like, but this kinda goes opposite of that.

     
  • At 2:20 PM, Blogger the unthinking lemming said…

    Bring me that cough syrup you degenerate. I've been hacking all week with a mildly nasty cold. (Makes mental note to lobby city councilperson about regulating cough syrup.)

    Is it the image or is it the reality that these signs are necessary that makes you feel to act irrationally?

    Perhaps it was the 'skater's wax' that caused me to slip and fall on a public stairway... nah... I'm just a cranky old man. (wanna see my skateboarding scars?)

     
  • At 9:27 AM, Blogger Happy In Bag said…

    Thanks for the validation, DNA.

    I'm always tempted to throw an elbow at passing skate punks, UL, but even if it's their own doing, they're clearly a marginalized group.

     
  • At 1:00 PM, Blogger the unthinking lemming said…

    No doubt. Kinda like jazz musicians.

     

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