My Dad Used to Be So Cool – so what the heck happened?


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You came along and he had to buy a minivan… :crying_cat_face:



I dunno… it’s not hard to be cool even as the parent of teenagers. Sure, I do the laundry, and I drive a station wagon, but it’s a '58 Chevy and it currently has a trebuchet (that my sons helped to build) in the back.


I’ve never been cool. But I’m pretty awesome regardless.:wink:


“When I was a boy of 14, my father was so ignorant I could hardly stand to have the old man around. But when I got to be 21, I was astonished at how much the old man had learned in seven years.”
– Mark Twain*

  • most pbly not by Twain, but everyone attributes it to him.


maybe some authority should send a copy to samatha bee


So it’s the perfect thing for the father who used to be cool, but what the heck am I supposed to get my dad?


Dang, McAfee all of a sudden thinks is pornography…You used to be so cool, work computer, what happened to you?


This review made me smile. Not too long ago, my adult daughter shared with me that her friends used to observe, “wow, you have cool parents.” It led to a discussion on parenting style: “I can’t believe the things you used to let me do! Abby’s parents would never had let her…”

“Could Abby have been trusted with… ?”

“No, not really, I guess.”

“Could you?”

“Of course!”

“Why do you think that was?”

“I’d already learnt about it with … Oh. I see what you did there.”


I got that from day one at Boeing… not ever sure why. But hey they were very good at blocking the ad providers that hosted malware too so it sped up browsing at breaktime.


Having children isn’t an achievement in itself. It has been done a billions of times of times from North-pole to Antarctic. People without children struggle and do shit they don’t like for the benefit of others too. The usual self-congratulating “Look at me! I’m a mother/father” sermon.



I’m sorry but I don’t get the message. I’m not used to those new fangled reddit-style picture puzzles although they’re getting increasingly common here.


I can’t possibly be the first person to realize that you can just vacuum your laundry. Two birds, one stone.

I should have kids.


It’s not meant to be mean, just lightening the mood around here.


Try having a kid with cancer. That’s where you learn the hard stuff.


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