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June 13, 2012

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Elizabeth

I used to work for a company that brought tourism into the city of Los Angeles. During one of our events, we arranged for our clients to receive private helicopter tours over the city. This included Beverly Hills, Santa Monica, and a very low flying ride over the Pacific Ocean surf. The finale was landing at Santa Monica airport with a stretch limo, door open and champagne waiting. Pretty awesome stuff. However, there was a 15 minute delay between the first helicopter and the last helicopter so the limo couldn't depart until everyone was there. One client tore into me because of the wait that he had to endure. With champagne. On a limo. The horror. Client or not, I looked at him squarely in the eye and said "That was one of the most amazing experiences of my life and I am so grateful and thankful to be a part of that. It's too bad not everyone can appreciate such a fantastic experience."

As for the entitled spoiled kids part, I don't live in the same neighborhood but I may as well.

lanes

When the whine quotient occasionally starts to spiral out of control. I loudly announce that I am "in NO MOOD TO LISTEN TO THIS." Because I rarely raise my voice or use that tone, that usually shames people into being quieter about their grumbling. I can almost deal with the kids' whining because they are young and are still learning that the universe does not revolve around them (not all of them don't know that yet, I know!!), but the other chaperone? I would have lost my shit with her. Congrats for keeping your cool with another adult who should have learned better decades ago!

Lisa G.

I drove a bus - no air means NO stopping power. Maybe football players prefer to go careening over guard rails and into other stationary objects/people, and then spend the entire evening in the ER or morgue?

Oh wait -morgue drawers are VERY claustrophobic. I hear they don't let you eat or drink in the ER either.

Navhelowife

Whiny people are everywhere. Doesn't matter what neighborhood you're in. When you start to value one group of people more than another, you start to enable whiny behavior and entitlement thought. Football is great, yes, but so are the students who work hard at jobs after school, or the ones that struggled to graduate, or the ones who have other interests....just because some achievements are more visible than others doesn't make them more valuable. Unless of course the football team managed to find a cure for some horrible disease...No? Not this season? Maybe next time.

Little Miss Sunshine State

Nobody has any patience anymore. Maybe too many people have gotten accustomed to instant gratification.

Arli

Jenn, I'm surprised at you! The football team didn't belong on a bus to begin with. They should have been in limos! They're the high school THE FOOTBALL TEAM, not real people like you an me! ;)

CC

Well, when I was on a bus last week with 2 classes of special ed students and it couldn't be driven because of an alarm that wouldn't turn off, I DID pull that spare bus out of my pocket. And we happily drove off to the zoo. ;)

suburbancorrespondent,

Wow. Some people have extremely high expectations of life. And extremely low expectations for healthy 18-year-olds...

mom taxi julie

People sure are a bunch of whiners these days! Sucks but not much you could do but wait and I'm sure they still had fun!

Brightside-Susan

I would not have managed to be so civil, I'm afraid.

Albug

I too am tired of people who whine. No one on that bus should have been unhappy. One hour? Big deal. As for the FB Mom, maybe you should have put her outside,down the road, to watch for the relief bus and text you when it was coming. Those boys sure have her number, don't they?
Good for you for keeping your cool.

Karen (formerly kcinnova)

Some fabulous comments above...

I'm glad to say that bus drivers usually complimented our band kids (former school) as the best group they had ever had. But then, band kids aren't used to special treatment (we were always at the bottom of the list, esp. if football was on that list, despite the fact we provided the entertainment & "pep" at those games).

MIME

This was a good reminder of how not to act when life's little inconveniences come our way. I know I wouldn't have acted like that, but I do think I get easily irritated over silly things. What bugs me most is that when we behave like this, we teach our kids to always expect perfection or else.

Jocelyn

This post makes me want to slap people, and none none of them are you.

Another Jennifer

There truly ARE worse things, and sadly these kids will someday have to learn that. Last week we laid our wonderful nephew to rest - car accident - 31 years old. He was the most positive, respectful, giving and loving kid - who had not had an easy life. I was already grateful for my life, health, family, and wonderful friends (like you). Every day that my kids are all alive is a good day - even if the bus breaks down.

Nike Air Max

It's wonderful that you are all talking everything through. I have no doubt that your focus is on the endgame. The love shines through in your posts. Thinking of you all...

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