Then and Now  

pragmaticCTcpl 63M/51F
3614 posts
8/31/2006 10:09 am

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9/4/2006 4:54 pm

Then and Now

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While out at some of the project sites this week, some of which are at high schools, I noticed that now that the kids are back at school, a few reminders needed to be forthcoming to the guys working at these sites.

As I walked from one area of work to another at one high school...classes were changing.

It's been a long time since I've been in close proximity to high school students...in school.

Maybe I am getting too old, but when did the high school girls start dressing like 20-somethings at a bar..????

We were just at a popular bar a few weeks ago for a CT Blogger's Meet & Greet, and the regular crowd...the 20-something women...were exposing as much flesh as is legally permissable.

Moving through a very tightly-packed crowd as I made my way to the bathroom, a few times...it's hard NOT to notice amply-shown cleavage and equally exposed midriffs. I'm sure a lot of them had taken great care and time with their hair, make-up, and stretching what little fabric they wore to maximize the whole effect, for the purpose of making a connection...or keeping a previously made connection interested.

But this was to be expected...at a bar...by women in their 20's..!

Not in a high school..!!!!!!!

Needless to say...and with complete professionalism...I reminded all of the guys not to stare...and to refrain from any comments...at any of the young girls who don't appear to be so young.

I realize that I'm old-fashioned when it comes to kids, ...but to me, this is wrong.

Why do kids want to grow up so fast..?

Why do the parent's let them dress like that...to school..?

I know...I know...I know..!

The kids always use the same arguments..."Do you want me to be the outcast or freak? EVERYBODY dresses like that..!"

And the parents relent because they're too busy with their own lives and don't want their kids thinking they're living in the "Dark Ages."

As I left the school around lunchtime and was driving past the front...I noticed that there were quite a few local policemen on duty there...directing traffic and overseeing the outside work. I had even seen several walking through the hallways earlier. Being a very affluent town, this made sense.

But, as it was a cloudy, overcast day...I wondered why ALL of the officers were wearing sunglasses.

All I can guess, is that their supervisor gave them the same reminder..!


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firestarter665 44M/40F

8/31/2006 10:20 am

My kids are still young, but when they grow up I want them to express themselves. However, I will tell them by dressing a certian way they may be endangering themselves.


pragmaticCTcpl replies on 9/4/2006 4:15 pm:
That's all a parent can do, I'm afraid.

MWWwantmore 52F

8/31/2006 12:19 pm

LOL You should see how they dress at the proms and dances! They are even dressing that way at the middle school level! Its scary that girls are trying to look so much older than they are!



I'll have a cafe, mocha, vodka, valium latte to go please!

Good girls go to heaven.....bad girls go down!!


pragmaticCTcpl replies on 9/4/2006 4:21 pm:
Because their entire lives revolve around the concept of the "fast food restaurants," it seems that everything is rushed to be attained...even trying to become something that will rob them of their teen-age years.

angelofmercy5 60F
17881 posts
8/31/2006 12:57 pm

I think it is sad sometimes to see that these girls are dressing this way. I don't think they realize what it does to the boys AND the men. And it does put some of them in danger that they are not prepared to deal with. I think that you can keep up with the times without looking like a slut in the process.


pragmaticCTcpl replies on 9/4/2006 4:29 pm:
I could probably list dozens of contributing factors to this sad reality, but all of the psycho-babble I've ever seen points to environmental influences being the underlying cause...in other words, from age 8 to 12, when 90% of everyone's personalities are developed, the major influences on that development comes from the home.

mysticdreamangel 62F
2759 posts
8/31/2006 4:29 pm

My question is, What are these girls eating to make them look like they do?! When I was in highschool we didn't look like these girls do today. One of my good friends daughter's is 13 and looks like she is 21...

Could it be fast food?!


pragmaticCTcpl replies on 9/4/2006 4:39 pm:
When we were in high school there were no Wonderbra's...Victoria's Secret's...or cleavage-exposing-acceptable fashions. With the exception of mini-skirts, then hot pants outfits...which paid homage to a girl's legs, rather than her boobs...I can't ever remember even the buxom girls "letting it all hang out..!"...except in a bikini, at the beach.

docdirk 49M

8/31/2006 5:39 pm

... and stay out of the malls too!!!

Ah, Its you again, Your Angel Feathers and your Blood Stains...


pragmaticCTcpl replies on 9/4/2006 4:43 pm:
Ah yes...the "mall rats"..!

Packs of roving pre-pubescents out to re-create the ancient rituals we used to practice at school dances..!

jlr774 45M
157 posts
8/31/2006 9:41 pm

Ever see the movie "Dazed and Confused?" There's a
scene showing a bunch of different HS kids getting
ready to go out. It shows a bunch of girls helping one
girl close the zipper on her jeans ...............................
.........................................................with a pair of
slipjoint pliers, I guess because they couldn't grip
tight enough with their bare hands.

How different is that?


pragmaticCTcpl replies on 9/4/2006 4:54 pm:
Fortunately, I missed that movie..!

I can remember back to my high school days and having to wait for my girlfriends unattached girl friend, while she tore stitching and re-sewed her jeans...repeatedly, to get the desired "look," before we could all go out.

I guess that as fewer and fewer high school girls majored in Home Ec...and the ability to alter clothing on an hourly basis was never learned...buying a pair of jeans two-sizes-too-small...and having to resort to the slip joint pliers-closure method, became the norm..!

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