Archive for Saturday, January 28, 2006

Protest aims to ‘save the wave’

Parents, students rally in support of crossing guard’s friendly gesture

January 28, 2006

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A group of parents and children rallied Friday in support of a school crossing guard who's been asked to tone down her friendly waving.

"You've got friendliness under fire here," said Dawn Thompson, a Prairie Park School parent who helped organize the rally after learning that crossing guard Sharon White, 62, had been discouraged from waving at passing drivers. "It's crazy."

A citizen called the city Thursday to complain that White's constant waving at the intersection of 28th Street and Kensington Road was too distracting for drivers. White said her supervisor with the Lawrence Police Department told her later that day it would be best if she stopped waving.

On Friday morning, she followed those instructions.

"I tried to smile instead," White said. "I had to hold my sign and grip it this morning to keep from waving at others."

Prairie Park resident John Shoemaker, 44, was the one who called in the complaint. He said he'd been frustrated about White's waving for a while but decided to call the city only after seeing a different crossing guard in the area wave at drivers with his hand-held stop sign - a gesture Shoemaker said caused him to hit his brakes thinking he needed to stop.

Shoemaker, who has older children but none at Prairie Park, said he's not out to attack friendliness. He's just worried about someone getting hurt.

"If the crossing guard is waving at every single car that passes, then she's commanding the attention. She's drawing the attention to herself," he said. "How does she pay full attention to the kids to get them across the street? : This waving thing is out of control."

Sgt. Dan Ward, a Lawrence Police spokesman, said he couldn't discuss details of White's situation because it was a personnel matter. He said the department would never give an employee an order to not be friendly or wave to the public.

White said it wasn't an order, just an instruction that it would be better to stop.

"I agreed with my boss that it could be a distraction," she said. "This is a busy intersection."

But parents, children and staff members didn't take the news well. Many children in Prairie Park walk to school, and White's friendliness has made her a neighborhood icon.

"We really felt like it was unfortunate that one or two people could have such an impact on something that we all found so delightful," Prairie Park principal David Williamssaid.

Thompson said she started crying when she stopped to talk with White on Friday morning and learned the news.

At the end of school Friday, about 20 parents and 35 children gathered at the intersection. White said she had no idea they were coming, and thanked the children and parents for their support.

Students stand in support of Prairie Park school crossing guard Sharon White.  After some complaints about White's routine of waving at all passers-by during her shift she was instructed to stop.

Students stand in support of Prairie Park school crossing guard Sharon White. After some complaints about White's routine of waving at all passers-by during her shift she was instructed to stop.

The protesters held signs, turned cartwheels, waved at passing motorists, chanted "Save the wave!" and even did the famous sporting-event cheer, "the wave."

"It makes me happy that she waves in the morning," said Christina Phelps' 9-year-old daughter, Harley, a Prairie Park fourth-grader.

Most of the drivers who passed either honked or waved. Shoemaker himself drove past the rally at one point.

He didn't wave.

"No, no," he said. "That would violate my principles."

Comments

Sandman 9 years, 4 months ago

This story has two elements that make it PURE Lawrence:

1) An angry citizen complaining over something trivial. 2) A large protest over something trivial.

You just gotta love liberals.

ksmattfish 9 years, 4 months ago

"You just gotta love liberals."

It's kids, guy. Kids and parents defending a friendly woman. But I guess you're right, it's unlikely that a conservative would appreciate friendliness.

Sandman 9 years, 4 months ago

I just think another mindless mass of protestors doesn't really accomplish anything. Especially in a town that protests as much as this place.

Conservatives appreciate friendliness -- we would just do something besides yelling and carrying signs.

Talking to the City Commission would be one thing, or calling the City Manager's office.

born1980 9 years, 4 months ago

Unreal, what is next? KU takes down the giant Christmas tree in Strong Hall...oh wait. This is why I moved out of Lawrence. The same people, like the City Commission, who rally against the Patriot Act as a violation of civil rights, are the same ones who are trying to control every aspect of society.

Layne Moore 9 years, 4 months ago

I am so thankful for the job those crossing guards do. I'm happy that they're on that corner helping the kids get across the street safely -- considering the idiot, self-centered drivers in this town.

I think one incident on one day witnessed by one man is not enough to warrant removal of a crossing guard's personal discretion.

Richard Heckler 9 years, 4 months ago

No this is not a matter for the city commission.

Sounds as though Mr. Shoemaker has been laying for this woman to do one more thing that one of his bad days cannot contend with...

b_asinbeer 9 years, 4 months ago

Sandman, stop being a moron and labeling this as "liberal" stuff....for all you know Mr. Shoemaker could be a conservative, or could even be in the middle. So, unless you have evidence, stop making this a partisan issue.

But, I agree, his argument is a weird and stupid one.

kansasnative 9 years, 4 months ago

~~~~~SAVE THE WAVE~~~~~~ Mr. Shoemaker, why are you watching her instead of watching the road if you can't do 2 things at once? If she wanted you to stop - she would have her sign UP - her other hand out straight (like she does) and be in the middle of the road. Have a wonderful day Mr. Shoemaker - there is still enough love in this world to support a very nice lady that makes sure our kids our safe and that there have been NO accidents involving our children while SHE has been on duty. Shame On You By the way, why not go on camera for your cause last night. Embarrassed? You should be.

scarlets_talk 9 years, 4 months ago

I can see the headlines now...

"Survey Says: Lawrence 2nd Meanest City to Crossing Guards"

dgarrison 9 years, 4 months ago

"Offtotheright" didn't you read the STORY before you posted a comment??? It wasn't even THIS crossing guard that angered poor unfortunate John. It was ANOTHER ONE. He just wanted this one to PAY.

dgarrison 9 years, 4 months ago

Born 1980, oh wait... why are you still reading the Lawrence newspaper if you moved out of Lawrence because you hated it so much? Just curious.

learner 9 years, 4 months ago

Sandman, "Conservatives appreciate friendliness -- we would just do something besides yelling and carrying signs."

What do you consider Fred Phelps?

MTmom 9 years, 4 months ago

I am a parent at Prairie Park and my children and I love Mrs. White. I like that she is outgoing and friendly. I like that she knows the names of most of the kids that she walks across that street. I love the fact that she puts the kids and their safety first (waving to people takes nothing away from that). Not only is she good with the kids but she is also considerate to those drivers she waves to. She doesn't stop cars constantly for 1 or 2 kids. If there are more coming down the street she waits, waves to the cars, and then stops traffic for a group of children to cross.

No, she is not waving like a lunatic or waving with her sign, just a nice, normal wave. Do you think the parents would support something like that? And flipping the bird? Some of you need to grow up.

The complaint that it puts the drivers attention on her - well good!! The drivers should be looking to her, how else will they know if she's HOLDING UP HER STOP SIGN for them to stop.

How many of you get to start your morning with a friendly, outgoing person brightening your family's day with a smile and a wave? We are lucky enough to have someone like that. We appreciate you Mrs. White and wether or not you can wave to us - we'll keep waving to you.

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squirt 9 years, 4 months ago

Why doesn't Mr. S complain about the people dressed up as Liberty and Uncle Sam waving at people trying to get them to do their taxes? I would have to say that should be distracting to Mr. S especially since it is on a busier street than Kensington. Oh but he probably has already done his taxes like a good little boy so he just ignores them. Good for him I bet he sleeps well at night.

neuropenguin 9 years, 4 months ago

While I agree that it is nice to get a friendly wave, especially here in Lawrence when you're usually getting honked at or flipped off by college students for actually driving the speed limit or following traffic laws; however, I can see how a wave, from a crossing guard, could potentially be a distraction. With all that in mind though, I would rather see the following changes made instead of hassling someone who is nice, cares and protects Lawrence's children: 1. Talking on cell phones made illegal--there is actually very good empirical evidence for the danger talking while driving poses from research done right here at KU. 2. PDA and iPod use banned in cars 3. A limit on how many college students/high school kids can be in one vehicle 4. Make it so that radios/stereos/video screens can't used in cars except in the backseat and that people under 25 aren't even allowed to have them in their cars. 5. More officers to patrol our streets, near our schools and other pedesterian areas, so that we protect those people who are cutting down on traffic congestion and pollution by walking. 6. Jaywalking tickets for those people who can't walk an extra 20 feet to a stop sign or a crosswalk on Mass. St. I think all those things are worth our time to get riled up about. Just a suggestion, from, guess what, a college student.

bankboy119 9 years, 4 months ago

AA I used to live over in that neighborhood before I moved up to KC. Nicest people in the city.

Garrison, I moved out of Lawrence because the city as a whole I didn't like and there were better job opportunities elsewhere. I still read the paper because I lived in Lawrence all of my life before I left. I still have family in town as well and it is interesting to see what happens in the community...no cell phones anymore while you drive, no balloons, no waving, man people in Lawrence really must not know how to drive.

teach1reach1 9 years, 4 months ago

Amazing how the actions of another guard got Ms. White in trouble. Sheesh, all the supervisor had to say to every guard is wave with the opposite hand, never the hand with the sign in it and I think this whole situation could have been avoided.
We are thinking of going down and waving at everyone for her on Monday morning...

redmorgan 9 years, 4 months ago

This is the main story of the day??? You've got to be kidding me...

teach1reach1 9 years, 4 months ago

And yes, if you missed my comment yesterday, I live in the neighborhood. I'm really surprised that the complaintant's name came out. That took some cahones (sp?)

bankboy119 9 years, 4 months ago

teach I think it really just took a bitter old man who has nothing better to do.

dgarrison 9 years, 4 months ago

I'll bet John doesn't like parades either. Whole lotta' waving going on in those... And...uh...on the subject of those waving Uncle Sams and tax boys, and temporarily off the subject of waving crossing guards, have you people checked {{closely}} lately as to where your tax money is going in Lawrence? And I do mean {{CLOSELY}} because...shhhhhhhhhhhh...that scandal hasn't made the paper yet. Eric, are you listening?

bankboy119 9 years, 4 months ago

BTW, I've said old twice and I know he's only 44 but he's acting like a bitter old man.

learner 9 years, 4 months ago

Has anyone noticed that darn strobe light in the window of Payless Furniture Outlet on Iowa Street? That's much more distracting than some friendly lady waving. Maybe John Shoemaker should call in and complain about that instead.

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dgarrison 9 years, 4 months ago

Welcome to Lawrence, Kansas. Road Rage Capital of the World. Even Our Cows are Mad.

dgarrison 9 years, 4 months ago

Let's take some candy from babies today too!!! YEAH! That'll teach 'em.

dgarrison 9 years, 4 months ago

Heyyyyyyy.....I don't like the way that American flag was wavin' at me earlier today....

dgarrison 9 years, 4 months ago

I don't think I even like wavy hair either. OK STRAIGHT HAIR FOR EVERYBODY!! NO MORE CURLS OR WAVES!

jreiling 9 years, 4 months ago

Yes, everyone does notice that bright orange gloved wave every morning, but it has never distracted me. I think this woman probably came from a day and age when everyone wasn't in such a hurry that being friendly took too much time. I agree, "Save the Wave".

dgarrison 9 years, 4 months ago

Mr. Shoemaker, with all due respect, really, I'm signing off here now (aren't you glad?)...but really, honestly, in all sincere honesty, are you just kinda sorta wishing you hadn't gotten out of bed that day? Kinda like wishing you can find a DeLorean with a time travel feature, and kinda just go back and make it go away? I mean, do you SEE how stupid and out of control this could get? Why not just chill out and take the advice from that cute little song...Don't worry, be happy.

cutny 9 years, 4 months ago

Hmmm...sounds like it's more about Shoemaker's ability to pay attention while he's driving than it is about anybody waving.

Perhaps Mr. Shoemaker should consider the safety of others and take a nice walk or ride the "T".

kansasnative 9 years, 4 months ago

Teach1 - I will be there waving on Monday morning - Join Me and anyone else that feels that it's just not a crossing guard issue - it is kindess. If you can't be at the corner of 28th and Kensington - take a moment to do something nice for someone today - tomorrow and everyday for the rest of your life. You just might make someones day. Right Mr. Shoemaker? I would hope to see you at 28th & Kensington Monday morning supporting kindness and redeeming your bitter ways. Maybe not waving, but offering a smile, a nice greeting or just telling Mrs. White that you appreciate what she does for our neighborhood. You chose to live here, appreciate what she does. I challenge you! P.S. - that strobe light at Payless is rather distracting isn't it but I have NEVER wrecked because of it. :)

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Confrontation 9 years, 4 months ago

Good Lord! Even the children of this town are becoming protesting hippies!!! Seriously, send this lady to WalMart if she is so worried about pleasing everyone with a wave. Until some kid is hit at this intersection, due to waving and not paying attention, then everyone will bash John Shoemaker. Maybe when all the kiddies are in school, then she can sit out there and wave at everyone. Maybe she can put up a sign asking for wave donations. Like I asked yesterday, are the cops who direct traffic allowed to wave at everyone? Just smile, that's really enough.

dougcompton 9 years, 4 months ago

We need our children to be safe. She can waive on her own time.

kansasnative 9 years, 4 months ago

P.S. what I meant for "causing a problem for the children she cares for" means angry citizens because of this article that now think they have a point to prove. Not that she wasn't totally caring for them in the first place - because she always has.

kansasnative 9 years, 4 months ago

hugging children waving at people in this day in age - I'm sorry, that is 2 different things. And -Race is not and never has been a factor here - don't make it one.

Confrontation 9 years, 4 months ago

Race has always been a factor, but no one should be hugging kids at crosswalks.

kansasnative 9 years, 4 months ago

Race has NOTHING to do with this topic - please don't turn this away from what matters here. Kindness shows no colors - why does it ALWAYS have to come to this. We all wave with the hands God gave us and smile with the same mouth/teeth no matter what color we are. Race is not an issue with THIS matter.

dougcompton 9 years, 4 months ago

This is a high dollar gated community. We need to prrotect it from the "crazed" crossing guards.

Confrontation 9 years, 4 months ago

I'm just saying that an old white man hugging children would have drawn way less attention. I don't think the Lawrence Police are trying to take away super happiness from anyone. Happy drivers make happy cops. The safety of the kiddies is the NUMBER ONE concern, not the boost in self esteem for the parents. Maybe a parent could volunteer to stand out there and wave all morning. Really, this has nothing to do with ending all eternal happiness for all the people of Lawrence. In any other situation, parents would cry and scream about the safety of the children. Maybe all the parents could take Sharon for coffee every day. Maybe she could dance while she's waving the stop sign as a "secret" hello.

glockenspiel 9 years, 4 months ago

USA, country of robots. Look straight ahead. 10 and 2. Don't wave. Don't talk on cell phone. Don't eat or drink (soda) while driving, where seat belt (its the LAW), no snack machines...

Freedom from choice...isn't it wonderful.

hckleberry 9 years, 4 months ago

I moved here from a small town where everybody waved at everybody, to Lawrence, where generally if you wave at someone they look at you like your crazy, (IF they even look at you) or about to attack them. It was always a joy to see a friendly wave from Mrs. White. And you people who are posting that she stands there waving like a lunatic need to get a clue. Have you actually driven by Mrs White? Obviously not. It's not like she's waving frantically trying to get your attention, it is a friendly gesture, meant to say hello, have a good day. Mrs White has to be the MOST friendly person I have met since moving here 2 years ago. Thank GOD for her and her dedication to helping MY child, and all the neighborhood kids get across the street safely!!! I too will continue to wave at you Mrs White, and THANK YOU for keeping our kids SAFE!!

shlehman 9 years, 4 months ago

I think the "homeless" lady in the wheelchair on 6th Street is more distracting!!! How about the ugly downtown "art?" Seriously, homeboy needs to get a life... well, he's probably a self-centered lawyer, so "getting a life" is probably an understatement. I hope the Shoemaker family is ashamed!!!

DaREEKKU 9 years, 4 months ago

People are homeless and STILL dying from Hurricane Katrina and THIS is front page news!? Give me a BREAK! Zippity friggen do if she waves at people or not! Oh, let's not forget about all of our soldiers needlessly dying in Iraq, but heck! Let's put a waving woman on the front page of the paper instead!!!! Grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr

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Ceallach 9 years, 4 months ago

Hugging required touching -- waving does not -- big difference!

teach1reach1 9 years, 4 months ago

This guy must rent since he doesn't come up on the property value list. That, or he just bought his house. In that case, he should give his realtor a heads up on how bad our neighborhood is so they can warn everyone to stay away.
Personally, I'm more concerned about the people who run the yield sign right where the crossing guard works. (They're turning right onto Kensington.) Often, these drivers don't even look to the left to see if anyone's there. I have quickly braked on many occassions to avoid hitting these drivers who don't have the right of way.

Jayhawk226 9 years, 4 months ago

I really grow to hate this state more and more with each passing day...

...how can people be so stupid, in just one state?!!?

(Is it just that because it's so small, I hear more stories of stupidity, or is it, that stupidity is running this wild here?)

Godot 9 years, 4 months ago

No, it is the paper you are reading. Others would not even bother to cover the story.

teach1reach1 9 years, 4 months ago

Go right ahead. I really don't care. Unlike you I don't have anything to hide. I'm sure you'll be horrified to discover that I have no criminal record! Not that I need to justify myself, but I'm tired of talking to people who don't live in the area but feel the need to comment on the situation. Pardon me for wondering if he's just working in the area or if he really sees this crossing guard causing problems every day. I think it's just said that so few people use courtesy and manners anymore. I guess this incident is just another example of that.

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HollyGoDarkly 9 years, 4 months ago

  1. Slow news day?
  2. Why are you people looking up the man's property value and DMV record? Do you not realize how creepy that is?
  3. What a pathetic "poor me" attention ploy. "Oh, I love those kiddies, but the big bad guvmint won't let me show it!" Talk about needy. Is it rude if I don't wave back?
  4. What about the other guard, the one who WAVED WITH A STOP SIGN??? Mr. Shoemaker is absolutely right, that is dangerous. Does there have to be a tragedy to teach a little common sense?
  5. It seems that I agree with at least one gun-totin' woman-oppressin' god-feerin' hippie-hatin' conservative on this one. What is the world coming to?

teach1reach1 9 years, 4 months ago

Well, if the Crossing Guard who DID wave with the sign instead of a hand had been the one reprimanded, maybe we wouldn't be talking about the one who gives parade waves with the opposite hand...her sign is not in the air at the same time. Thanks.

Rick Aldrich 9 years, 4 months ago

sounds good, but better ask mr. shoemaker. hahaha.

Linda 9 years, 4 months ago

My children are grown, but I drive by Dawn Thompson each morning on my way to work. I find Her wave a welcome start to the morning, not a dangerous distraction. In fact on mornings when I am still not quite with it and more on autopilot as many of us are on the way to work her friendly wave is an extra, welcomed, reminder to wake up & be alert - the kids are out & about! Thank you Dawn for starting my day of so nicely and for keeping drivers in out neighborhood alert & most important the children in our area safe! Linda Decelles

moron 9 years, 4 months ago

I like to wave when I'm driving my Rolls-Royce.

Thanks.

Moron.

sloppyscience 9 years, 4 months ago

I only hope that tomorrow's headline reads, "Journal World Cuts and Pastes an Article from the Onion and Everyone Believes It." "this waving is out of control", no way a real person actually said that

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Goodell 9 years, 4 months ago

I'm looking forward to Monday morning when I wave at Dawn Thompson. In fact, I might just start waving at everyone who drives by that area and hopefully I catch you Mr. Shoemaker... I'd love to see you drive out in the country S, where everyone waves at you, regardless of whether they know you or not... wonder if you'd get in any accidents out there?

kansasnative 9 years, 4 months ago

No, Dawn Thompson is not the crossing guard - Sharon White is the crossing guard. Dawn Thompson is a Prairie Park parent that was just quoted in the paper.

teach1reach1 9 years, 4 months ago

Thanks for finally setting the story straight. It is much appreciated. While I realise most news is presented in a manner to enflame the public, I really wish the paper would get the whole story straight from the beginning. (I am a little bummed at myself for opening my "keyboard" over the issue.) I too, hate the way the streets are set up. My kids don't go to Prairie Park either, but I do get the joy of wading through the school traffic twice a day. I agree that the traffic flow is poor and has some visibility issues. I hope everyone takes the rest of today to chill out and let life return to normal. I think we've all made our opinions clear and some posters will just have to agree to disagree. As for me, I will simply wave at Mrs. White when I can, and I will not be offended if she doesn't wave. I know she is doing her job...safety should come first. The whole friendly personality is/was just a bonus!

Godot 9 years, 4 months ago

If one is not already in progress, I hope for an intervention for save-the-whales.

Godot 9 years, 4 months ago

Excuse me. "save_the_whales_instead"

BTW, that is really difficult to type.

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kreese 9 years, 4 months ago

I think it is a nice change for the crossing guards to wave. We have too much negativity in the world. My children love Mrs White. They make sure we all wave at her in the mornings. I am proud of my children standing up for her and the wave. It makes the kids feel good and gives them a good start on there day knowing someone cares enough about them to wave. SAVE THE WAVE!!!!!!

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teach1reach1 9 years, 3 months ago

Ok, so did they use a tripod to videotape while driving this morning? On of the KC channels reported that the complaintant drove by and videotaped Ms White at the same time...seems it would be hard to do both and watch for kiddies...I'm guessing our taxpayer monies will be used if the city gets sued over this. Interesting...why must this drag on?

dgarrison 9 years, 3 months ago

Funny how every single one of "Save the Whales" comments suddenly disappear from here right after he "guarandamtees" us an interesting Monday... Thank God for inkjet printers and cut & paste email records though. Someone needs to "look into" this man's motives.

dgarrison 9 years, 3 months ago

Myself, and all of those others who care about what's really important, are bowing out of this slug-fest now, and focusing on the families of those involved in today's tragedy. They are the ones who need the attention now. Goodbye John. Have a nice life. SIGNING OFF

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sweetpeagj 9 years, 3 months ago

sounds like the same moronic behaviour. I don't even LIVE in the neighborhood. If some old man hadn't had them all removed you would know that. Please try to videotape people and then try to get the police to do anything about it. If you think you know so much about the law then why don't you know if it isn't a traffic violation witnessed by the police or their survelliance SOL. It is amazing how ignorant you are and still claim to think to know everything about anyone that posts on this site. Try again John..you still haven't found me.

teach1reach1 9 years, 3 months ago

I live in PP, and I didn't go alerting the media. Seems to me only a few people are interested in getting publicity. One poster (post since removed) specifically said that the national media and Drudge were notified or posted that they did so.
So please, make my neighborhood safer if you can. I think you will incur a lot of expense in videotape and time, which may only be useful if you're a hobbyist or training for a career in surveillance. Best of luck to you.

sweetpeagj 9 years, 3 months ago

she wasn't but then the powers of Lawyer means something to someone I guess. I am also very close friends with some officers and I agree with you kansasnative..they are not on his side. They actually have some funny jokes about him..

teach1reach1 9 years, 3 months ago

On a positive note, I will get off my lazy hiney and try to find out what it would take to get a 3 way stop put in at the intersection of 25th & Harper with a painted crosswalk stripe. Also, maybe a light at Haskell and 27th, the other main inlet/outlet to PP. If we could get one that's triggered to switch only by cars on 27th or those who want to turn off of Haskell, that would be pretty nice for those of us who get stuck in lines 8 cars long adding another 5-10 minutes to the daily commute into/through Lawrence to Topeka. (I know, move across town one would say.) Might pose a problem for the two businesses right there. WOuld they have to shift one side back to allow for traffic coming out of the businesses right there? Anyone here a civil engineer with some insight? Thanks!

beatrice 9 years, 3 months ago

save_the_... I have a parable for you.

A guy driving a truck comes to a stop, and sees an old fella sitting on the corner. Truck driver ask, "Hey mister, I'm moving in and I'm wondering, what kind of people live here?" Old fella responds, "Well, what kind of people are they where you are from?" Driver says, "They were awful, terrible people." Old fella responds, "Well, I'm afraid that is exactly the kind of people we have here."

Next day, same thing, different truck driver: "Hey mister, I'm moving in and I'm wondering, what kind of people live here?" Old fella responds, "Well, what kind of people are they where you are from?" Driver says, "Nicest, kindest people you would ever want to meet." Old fella responds, "Well, aren't you lucky, because that is exactly the kind of people we have here."

So remember, the kind of person you are will reflect in how you perceive others. Think on that one for a while.

bearded_gnome 9 years, 3 months ago

Hey, let's hear those good jokes about whaleboy/save-the-crap , or whatever he's going by now? would like that.

so, I'm crazy? he should meet me in person, he'd revise that assessment downward...haha.
he's still trying to trade on the sad death of that kid...no sense of compassion...what a sad individual!

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bearded_gnome 9 years, 3 months ago

psssst, hey, OMB, any of those "stupid bobs" around? if so, shoot first, ask questions later!

dgarrison 9 years, 3 months ago

Now that ~you-know-who~ has apparently been banned from writing anything at all here, why don't we just talk about the weather for awhile? Or the price of gas? Or good places to shop? Anyone know a good discount warehouse that sells tar & feathers? Seriously folks, please take a moment if possible and drop a card to the Olsen family this week. They need all the love and support we can send their way. They will need it for a very long time, so let's not forget them. John, we can forget about. Them, we can't. Hopefully at some point in his life, John will grow a compassionate bone in his body and change his ways. Until then, let's just all avoid him. Goodbye to all of you! And thank you for doing the right thing by supporting ~Save~The~Wave~ Aloha!

teach1reach1 9 years, 3 months ago

"Now that ~you-know-who~ has apparently been banned ..."

Ah, a Harry Potter reference? Maybe someone will re-appear as Voldemort! >retreats to library<

coolmarv 7 years, 3 months ago

Maybe you should have asked that two years ago when the article was written. Informed or Uninformed?

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