Is this a metaphor?
"We consume 500 million straws each day. The equivalent of 127 school buses
filled with straws. It’s disgusting. There should be children in those
school buses, going to school, to learn, not straws."
[Adrian Grenier to NY Mag / Anna Silman]
On Friday, September 16, 2016 at 12:04:17 PM UTC-4, Ophelia wrote:
It was a stupid, mixed metaphor.
I believe we could do with a lot fewer straws. I took great pains to
learn to drink from an actual cup. Why do so many adults still use
a straw? It's just like using a "sippy cup".
Granted, they're useful, for example, in hospitals when someone
is holding the cup for you, or you can't coordinate all of those
familiar actions yourself.
If I had a nickel for every time I've gotten a straw in a restaurant
and just pushed it aside, I could retire. It happened just last weekend
at our nearby Thai place.
Let them walk at least a short distance. I have been stuck behind school
buses a few times and it is exasperating. I have been stuck behind them
in the morning when the bus stops, lights flashing and stop arm out...
no kid. The bus sits there, holding up traffic. Then some kid finally
comes out of the house, dawdles up the the bus, to a seat, sits down.
The bus finally turns off its lights, starts to move. It goes two
driveways down the road and the slow process starts all over again.
It is just as bad in the afternoon. The bus stops and sits there with
the lights flashing. You sit there and watch, and nothing is happening.
After a minute or two one of the kids at the back gets up heads to the
front, stopping to talk to more people along the way. Finally, the
lights go off and the bus starts rolling, but then it stops two or three
driveways later and the whole process is repeated.
If I ran the world the buses would stick to a schedule and the kids
would be standing by the side of the road waiting for the bus. No
kids... no stop. On the afternoon run the bus would stop at the
designated place and if there was no movement from the back of the bus
within 10 seconds, the lights would go off and the bus would start
moving again. I am pretty sure that it would take only a couple missed
buses or missed stops and the little darlings would learn to to be out
there on time and to get off at their stops.
That's the way it should be. It is certainly the way it was when my son
was in highschool and missed the bus a few times. They would pull up,
open the doors and if he wasn't on his way out they left. I never
Things are different these days. When parents are upset they go to the
media and their elected officials and to social media. A few years
back the crap hit the fan when there was a missing kid and he was found
hours later sleeping in the back of his school bus. Local boards and
bus companies now have a policy about having a flag at the back of the
bus that the driver has to go and hang after walking back and checking
for kids. In that case the parents were demanding the heads of everyone
involved.... except the parents who were not making sure that their
little darling was getting enough sleep that he could stay awake long
enough to get off the bus. It's not like it was a 5 hour trip.
I always walked to school. In grade school it was about 1/3 mile,
there were crossing guards. In JHS it was a little over 1/2 mile, no
crossing guards but I was a crossing guard for the grade school kids,
I still have the badge. In HS it was a little over 2 miles. We were
given passes for the subway but only the sissies/faggots took the
train... the rest of us walked and played grab ass feeling up the
girls so the trip went quickly... the girls liked the attention or
they would have taken the train. There were no sex ed classes back
then, wasn't invented yet, sex ed was learned in the streets. But
among classmates sex ed was above the waist... occasionally a girl got
knocked up but it was found out later it was by a family member, an
older brother or an uncle. Normal guys were very happy making out and
getting a little titty, or occasionally some dry humping. Back then a
girl thought having sex was a hicky on her neck. LOL
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