Thursday, October 26, 2017
No Fun Allowed
No Fun Allowed
I used to be a member of a small pool club. There was a pool, a bbq area, two tennis courts and rules. There were lots of rules.
No running inside the fenced pool sitting area.
No food inside the fenced pool sitting area.
No fins or float devices in the pool.
No ball playing in the pool.
No dangerous dives off the board.
No playful tossing children in the pool.
Bathing caps required for long hair.
Proper attire must be worn at all times.
No roller skating or skateboarding in the tennis courts.
Many of the rules were subject to interpretation.
I used to say there should be one sign as you entered the club:
NOB VALLY SWIM CLUB…NO FUN ALLOWED!
I recently read about a school that was ending their traditional Halloween parade. Instead there will be a black and orange day where kids can wear black and orange but no costumes. I guess they are afraid some costumes might be offensive.
Personally, I never understood Halloween or costumes in school. There were no costumes in school in my day. We put on our costumes and trick or treated after school. However, if you have a tradition, give me a good reason to cancel it and don’t replace it with some stupid “Black and Orange day.”
They cancelled this tradition in my son’s school years ago. The kids were very disappointed. I believe the reason was security. With the kids in costumes and parents also wearing costumes they feared nare-do-wells would sneak in and do bad things.
Stupid? I think so.
You can name any function, game, tradition, or activity, and I can give you a reason why it is dangerous or offensive. I think it is time to make it official, no more complicated rules, no more arguments or discussion, just put a big sign for all who enter this country to see:
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA…NO FUN ALLOWED!