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kid'll eat ivy too, wouldn't you?

so, chuck and i decide to grab a quick bite last night after his whirlwind work stint, volunteering his video services for a friend's film AND working amid disney corporates, dubbing tapes. i think he slept a total of 3 hours in 3 nights..
we chose dominick's (or rather i chose and chuck agreed, being that i'm the freak who can't eat anything but pizza these days). this italian eatery has zero atmosphere..open booths, florescent lighting, usually overrun with families on their way back from little league or graduation ceremonies..but, the food is divine. we had the lucky fortune of getting seated immediately, but were placed by a rather unique family. two kids, one girl..looked about 8 years old..wearing more make-up than tammy faye at a clown convention, sat transfixed with her video camera playing back some sort of dance recital, volume set to HIGH. one boy..looked about 6 years old, glued to his gameboy, volume set to HIGH.
then, as if on a sugar induced manic high, they scrambled through the restaurant desperately seeking the house of fun balls normally seen in their other favorite hang out, chuckie cheese. the little boy paused at our table, positioned his face right above chuck's wine glass, and proceeded.. to.. blow. yes, blow. ripples of chianti..what a novel idea..the boy smiled with delight, having just discovered his newest pastime. meanwhile, chuck wondered if his sleep deprivation had passed into the hallucinatory phase, and my jaw dropped so far it made a dent in the floor.
now, i'm all for spontaneous creative expression, but these random displays of borderline psychotic behavior have only confirmed my decision NOT to have kids. i prefer to surround myself with crazy adults, thank you.
and something tells me we'll be ordering take out from dominick's in the future..

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foxy_manacle
Apr. 23rd, 2005 05:07 pm (UTC)
the parents had no idea, huh! sheesh!

(it was all just a dream, chuck....i was all just a dream.....)
artworkslive
Apr. 23rd, 2005 05:17 pm (UTC)
the parents were non-existent. very strange. i just remember looking over and seeing 2 faceless adults..the only connection they had to their kids was the table they shared. very david lynch moment..the only thing missing was a backward talking midget..
nshgrl
Apr. 23rd, 2005 05:35 pm (UTC)
I hate parents like that. It's not the kids fault, it's the shitty parents fault. I hope I've never been that kind of parent!
artworkslive
Apr. 23rd, 2005 06:45 pm (UTC)
i guess i should've clarified my disgust..those parents were sub human for letting their kids do whatever the fugg they wanted in PUBLiC!!!
i don't hate kids, i just hate the idea of being a parent, cuz it's the hardest job on earth.
you, my dear, are clearly a dream mom, no doubt about it..
nshgrl
Apr. 23rd, 2005 07:01 pm (UTC)
oh, i knew you weren't blaming hte kids, I was just speaking generally. I'm so worried about what people think of ME that I never let my kids behave like that in public. NO WAY!
artworkslive
Apr. 23rd, 2005 07:13 pm (UTC)
see, that's why you rawk.
cuz, you're not lazy. you're a person who thinks there's a purpose and a place for everything. what you do in your own damn kitchen is your business. but, unless you live in a bubble, your kids will have to learn how to interact in the REAL world.
and that's why parenting is the scariest prospect for a person like me..i give up on crossword puzzles after 20 seconds. i like to sleep. and i'm an incredibly selfish human being. i just don't have the work experience or drive for this particular position.
so, yeah. my gripe is with the 'rents. they shouldn't have applied for the job.
feather
Apr. 23rd, 2005 06:06 pm (UTC)
Wow. How did you not say something to the kids/parents? You have so much patience! I would have been grumbling to myself the whole time.
artworkslive
Apr. 23rd, 2005 06:49 pm (UTC)
oh, chuck didn't let that kid get away with it.
he said..
'HEY! WHAT ARE YOU DOiNG? YOU DON'T DOOOOOO THAT! THAT'S MY WiNE!'
(parents were catatonic, not saying a word or even acknowledging the event)

and i swiftly pulled my wine outta the line of fire.
i have my priorities, after all.
feather
Apr. 23rd, 2005 11:16 pm (UTC)
I'm surprised that the parents didn't snap out of it to yell at Chuck for daring to say something about their angels! Because no matter what kids do nowadays, it's the right thing and if he wants to blow into your wine, well that's his decision and you have no right to get mad at him! UGH I hate how a lot of people 'parent' these days.

It makes me happy that you saved your wine. :)
artworkslive
Apr. 23rd, 2005 11:41 pm (UTC)
so true, so true..
i can understand why some parents want to foster creative thought and intuitive behavior in their children. kinda like coloring outside the lines..but, COME ON! respect the personal space!!
i grew up in a house with 4 other siblings, got spanked, watched looney tunes GASP, and had a good ol' fashioned fear of my parent's wrath. and i didn't turn out so bad..
i DO know that if mom and dad ever caught me blowing in anybody's beverage, i would've been grounded till i was 34.
;-)
morty_baby
Apr. 23rd, 2005 06:24 pm (UTC)
That is mostly the parents' fault. I have a kid that wasn't ALLOWED to do that at that age. Anywhere.
artworkslive
Apr. 23rd, 2005 07:02 pm (UTC)
oh
my
lord
GOD.
(and, mind you, i'm not a religious woman)
my love for you is stronger than both of us ever imagined..
THANK YOU for sharing this golden moment!
i have put your entire livejournal on my 'to read' list..

MOVE OVER DAVID SEDARIS~
morty baby's in town.
chuckvideo
Apr. 24th, 2005 12:43 am (UTC)
Wait ...
You mean I wasn't dreaming? A little boy really did blow into my glass of Chianti last night at Dominick's?

And I thought the five hours TOTAL of sleep since Wednesday morning was to blame for me having such bizarre dream sequences.

I should have smacked his little hand with my fist. POW!
(Anonymous)
Apr. 24th, 2005 09:58 pm (UTC)
brian
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...PLEASE, (Reply to this) (Parent) (Thread) arggh..

as a parent, i totally and completely gag over how diffikult those parents who've impacted your peace can make life for everybodyelse! it's my worst nightmare to have my kids act like that in public. if a leash is needed we use it! really, we try to share our progenic delights with everyone, everywhere we go. but, we hope to leave 'em wanting more! or, what's a welcome for? please, have another chianti on me!
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