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Dad Tunes Out of Family Feast With a Pair of Headphones

Most everyone has witnessed a child tuned into an electronic device at a restaurant. Some find it appalling while others appreciate the gadget's ability to keep a tot tame during a meal. But, have you ever seen a parent tuned out while their children peacefully ate their dinner? Such was the case at a local family hot spot I recently visited. A father sat with his two elementary school aged boys who were perfectly mannered while dad listened to his headphones. Maybe he had classical music playing or perhaps he's learning another language, but to those sitting near him — it struck us as odd. Have you ever witnessed anything like this? And, do you think it's appropriate?

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lilkimbo lilkimbo 8 years
And lonebear, you're right, I wouldn'y enjoy the company of someone who would be rude enough to listen to music while we're eating out. I have no problem with sitting in the same room reading, though. And I never said your first comment was directed at me. :oy:
lilkimbo lilkimbo 8 years
I do think it's great that you berated me for mentioning something less than substantive, but you keep coming back to attack me in frighteningly personal ways. I've had members on here do some pretty scary things, so I'm fearing you might be one of those people. Please stop personally attacking me or at least have the decency to do it under your user name so I can pm you and we can stop monopolizing this board.
lilkimbo lilkimbo 8 years
So, you have basically just admitted that you are in fact a registered user who is logging out to attack me, which is what I suspected all along, since only registered users can see profiles. If you can't see the obvious differences between the kind of anonymity I desire and the kind I dislike, you are even less intelligent than I thought, but I will explain it you anyway. I was referring to being a member of the community and having an identity in the community, which is entirely possible to do while maintaining anonymity regarding one's outside life. You have, however, displayed another reason why I dislike anonymous comments: they allow registered users to sign in and out and personally attack people while hiding behind the anonymous tag. Again, classic.
lilkimbo lilkimbo 8 years
I misspoke; I meant to say I'm frightened by the fact that you have made this so personal and that you have such recollection of what I've said in the past; I feel like I shoul go through everything I've said and make sure I didn't say anything remotely personal since you are genuinely making me fear for my safety.
lilkimbo lilkimbo 8 years
Read carefully, because you seem to be missing my simple point. As I have said, i think it's funny when people take the time to come back and check. I never said I was not on here a lot. To me, responding when you know someone has said something is not a waste of time. Randomly coming back to check is. I am scared of the fact that you seem to be cyber-stalking me. It really makes me miss the old days when there was more of a community feel and I didn't hasve to be as concerned about these kinds of rude, anonymous, immature attacks. I am frightened by the fact that you keep responding.
Roarman Roarman 8 years
As to the topic at hand, I think it is rude to wear headphones, text, and talk on the phone when in the presence of anyone, especially during a meal. I think work can wait an hour until you are done dining with your children or anyone else for that matter.
Roarman Roarman 8 years
Anonymous, I am confused as to why you would join a topic based chat website if you are against commenting on or judging situations that you were not a part of. Holding and expressing opinions on a chat website is not a "message board teardown,..." and Lilkim was not at all mean in expressing her opinion on the topic posed.
Lyngay Lyngay 8 years
Ok, you two. Enough. :-p Geez, I know I'm a noob, but no one wants to see thread comments like these. it's a turn off all around. Let it go. Anyway, I do think it's rude. Would he wear earbuds to dinner with anyone else? Why do people insist on treating children like they're not people? And, FTR, I agree that it's possible to comment on an individual incident w/o judging the person's overall parenting or value. :)
Moms Moms 8 years
I admire the PhotoShop effort! And, I think it's rude for anyone to wear headphones in a restaurant, especially a dad with his children — why not use the time to talk with the kids about their days?
lilkimbo lilkimbo 8 years
You know what, though, you're right; I don't have the time for someone as rude and hypocritical as you. I'd suggest you re-read your comments if you honestly believe in common courtesy and not judging people.
lilkimbo lilkimbo 8 years
:oy: Also, the part that I considered an attack had nothing to do with that portion of your comment.
lilkimbo lilkimbo 8 years
No, I don't have the time to check back in on the off chance that someone might have commented back. And you must have selective vision, because you missed the several comments in which I pointed out that I am judging the action, not the person.
lilkimbo lilkimbo 8 years
And my comment about the quotation marks was because I was trying to understand what exactly was meant by freedom, since it was obviously not meant in the technical sense. If it's "classic" to try to better understand what someone is saying, consider me "classic."
lilkimbo lilkimbo 8 years
Classic. :oy:
lilkimbo lilkimbo 8 years
My point, which you obviously chose to ignore, is that registered users can subscribe, so they don't have to keep coming back and checking to see if someone has responded. And I rebutted the comments and just added in some of the other things you mention. I love how when somebody cannot rationally rebut a person's comments, they ignore the substantive parts and attack the person individually.
lilkimbo lilkimbo 8 years
Again, anonymous users checking back in! It's priceless!
lilkimbo lilkimbo 8 years
In your statements are implicit judgments about me, so don't pretend that you don't judge people. I was commenting on this one action, not on his overall skills as a parent or his value as a person. And I think that you should give whomever you're with your undivided attention, as I already stated. I don't care if you've been with them all day, I think it's rude to be doing something else when you're with someone.
anniekim anniekim 8 years
The behavior does seem odd, but I'd have to say that we don't have enough information to explain it.
lilkimbo lilkimbo 8 years
So, it's "a joke" to register, but not to comment and then keep coming back to check on other's comments? Gotcha.
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