Comments: Books, Forts, And More of THE Talk

Where angels fear to tread. Thanks.
I'd like pictures of the fortress. They sound like excellent young men and boys.

ok, new computer, new router, try again.

Posted by Curtis at May 25, 2010 11:26 PM

By now you've probably seen the video they are talking about - but I think it's a Saturday Night Live skit with Justin Timberlake yeah? Well handled - and I agree that kind of thing should be dealt with head on. It's good if they know why itís offensive and when not to use it (although your last line did make me spit coffee on my PC screen!!)

I loved Time Travellers Wife too. Took me a while to get into the style but then I adored it. So glad you read it before seeing the movie which I imagine would be hard to follow without a prior emotional connection to the characters.

Working at/for NASA has always been my #1 dream job - the fact I'm Australian and live in Melbourne means the chances of this ever happening are pretty much zero. Loved your take on reviewing resumes though! Have to say after doing a heap of hiring in the past 5 years I am VERY different in job interviews than I used to be! Nothing like seeing the competition to make you feel more secure about your skills! :-)

For the record I LOVE these random posts - feels like we are having a conversation! :-)

Posted by Shaz at May 26, 2010 02:29 AM

Shoot, Curtis, with three boys, every day is a day angels fear to tread! Their fort is cracking me up.

Shaz- Oh yes, I youtubed the video and... I'm really horrified. I can see where pre-teens would watch this and think it's funny.
I am becoming very attached to the characters and I don't think that can happen in a movie. It was the style that was kicking me though, like you said. After the first chapter I thought, "Can I read this? It's not linear..." Since he's back and forth through time, I had a tough time with it.

I have family that worked for NASA on my Dad's side. This whole thing with NASA is making me so sad. As my Tech Lead said, "The most brilliant minds in America, all about to be relegated to working on lawn mowers in someone's garage."

I was wondering how the random posts were coming across... thank you for the feedback!

Posted by bou at May 26, 2010 06:00 AM

That last possible inappropriate use comment left me with tears in my eyes from laughing quietly inside.

I can just see it happening in school (and a teacher overhearing it).

No ... I do not want to see it. Not at all.

Posted by The Thomas at May 26, 2010 08:29 AM

Damn you Bou! I just had to go to Youtube and look. I had to cut it short so it wouldn't become an earworm.

You got some good kids there. When they cringe from embarrassment over such frank matters, you know you've done your job well. With my luck, they would've made it into enthusiastic dinnertime conversation then I would've been the one cringing.

Posted by diamond dave at May 26, 2010 08:41 AM

I can just imagine seeing something like this on an R-rated version of Art Linkletter's "kids say the darndest things." I don't have, or want, kids, but it's interesting and often funny reading about your dealings with them.

On the resumes: Are they ASKING for those big figures, or telling you that's what they made at their old jobs? When I started my job hunt after my industry imploded, most applications asked what I made at the old place, but didn't leave anywhere for me to note that I realize/expect I'll get paid less at the new job in the new industry.

Posted by George P at May 26, 2010 09:12 AM

Not having children, by choice, I get to live vicariously through your stories here.
That is a wonderful thing. And, safer ;-)
I really do love reading about your boys.

My generation thought NASA was going to be forever.
Too sad.

Posted by Jean at May 26, 2010 06:33 PM

I read (and enjoyed) "The Time Traveler's Wife". Didn't see how they could make it into a movie and make it comprehensible because of the complexity of the flow.

The boys' sex talk...cracked me up. But they know they can come to you...that's the most important thing.

Like when my daughter came to me last week asking what a d*ld* was...it's hard to keep a straight face when they're aghast at what they're hearing!

Posted by Mrs. Who at May 27, 2010 09:58 PM

"working on lawn mowers in someone's garage"...so sad!!!

Posted by Yabu at May 28, 2010 09:30 AM

Too funny...just had the very same talk with my 11-year-old, who asked questions with one eye squeezed shut, as though seeing only half of me would make the topic less horrifying. It was like discussing the birds and the bees with Popeye. My method is to hand them the book "What's Going on Down There?" and then have a (one-eyed) Q&A afterwards. They particularly enjoy the slang-word portion of the exercise, as they had no idea their mother had such a slush mouth. Does every generation honestly believe they made up all the nasty words themselves?

Posted by Leigh at May 28, 2010 11:59 AM

I had to come back to tell this...my husband called shortly after I read this post. I asked him if had ever seen the video "Jizz in My Pants"...the connection was bad, so he asked me to repeat it, which I did. There was a pause, and he asked, "Did you say a video about 'Jews in My Pants'?...he couldn't understand why all he heard was me LMAO at him!

Posted by Mrs. Who at May 28, 2010 04:51 PM

George - Art Linkletter just died this week.

Bou - Are you ready for when they ask what a scumbag is?

Posted by Denny at May 28, 2010 10:02 PM

Verily, I am amused. By the way, college students do the same thing when discussing reproductive biology with their professor...

Posted by caltechgirl at May 31, 2010 01:28 AM