The kid who got a roller coaster - 05/07/14

Let me start by saying:  This dad took "quality time" with his son to a whole new level and I appreciate that he created a learning experience.

But seriously, who builds a fully functioning large-scale roller coaster in their back yard?  I don't know this father-son team.  All I know is that the kid went to Six Flags, loved a roller coaster and so his dad built him one while teaching him about math at the same time.

Here's where I take issue.  First, when a reporter asked the kid where the roller coaster fell on a scale of 1 to 10, the kid said "9.5" because it didn't have a loop or wasn't taller or faster.  Excuse me?  Kid, your dad just BUILT YOU A ROLLER COASTER and you have the nerve to say it's not fast enough, tall enough and lacking a loop? 

(I'm about to "go there" so hang on)

THIS is what's wrong with so many kids right now.  There are children whose parents scrape by to put food on the table; parents who work 2, 3, 4 jobs to put them through college; parents who are working so hard to raise grateful, thankful, respectful children.

And I'd be remiss if I didn't address the other big issue here: the house with the roller coaster where everyone wants to play; the house with the roller coaster that will inevitably break and toss a kid; the home-made roller coaster that Heaven forbid may seriously injure or kill someone?  You know it will happen.  Lawsuit.  There will be a parent who sends their kid to ride the roller coaster who then promptly sues when their child gets hurt.  I hope that guy has a serious insurance policy or the sense to not let anyone else ride on it.  I also hope that kid finds some manners.  I'd like to quote Stephanie Tanner from "Full House" by saying, how rude!


 

 

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