The Cumberland is a-rising

Discussion in 'The Lounge' started by CRUDS, May 1, 2010.

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  1. RavensShallBurn

    RavensShallBurn Ruck the Favens

    I had some great memories of Opryland (theme park). I was only 7 or 8 years old at this point...

    I probably rode The Wabash Canonball over 100 times... and once Hangman opened up I had to ride it. There was only one problem though... I was 1/2" too short. My dad and I got in line, hoping they would let me slide since I was soooo close to being tall enough. We get up to the top, the dude measures me... I get no slack. They say I'm too short and have to leave. We had a back-up plan. My dad had brought enough socks to stuff my shoes with, giving me an extra inch in height or so.

    We got back in line and when we made it to the top, the guy gave me a really, really weird look... like "how the **** did this 8 year old munchkin just grow an inch in less than an hour?" Well, there's nothing he could say, and he let me on through.

    We rode Hangman at least 10 times in a row that day. That would be the only time I had the chance to ride it. The theme park was shut down a week or so later. Sad times.

    It's a damn shame they shut down Opryland and replaced it with a crap mall.

    For a while, Kentucky Kingdom was fun. Now, it's absolutely disgusting.
  2. Deuce Wayne

    Deuce Wayne Crap the booze out.

    In the correct perspective of natural disasters?

    You're absolutely right. You're welcome for the enlightenment.
  3. GoTitans3801

    GoTitans3801 Forward Progress!

    Plus, it didn't happen to Gloat, so it doesn't matter.

    You know, a lot of people have trouble seeing the bigger picture. Some people like to think that they can always see the big picture, but they've actually just distorted their own viewpoint enough so that they can't focus in on anything when they need to.
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  4. Deuce Wayne

    Deuce Wayne Crap the booze out.

    I'm seeing the picture BEYOND TENNESSEE.

    I know, it's probably hard for many of you- almost as tough as seeing beyond America's borders.

    I remember talking to folks here a long time ago about how they "felt it more" when it's "in your backyard". I don't. I try to see the trouble everywhere. If it's someone you don't know personally, that's easier to do. So again, this is tragic, but it's not as bad as current problems in the world. And in that perspective- it wasn't that bad.

    Do find it sort of ironic that this being the conservative/repub area that everyone's all about socialism now rather than oneself. Not that they'd ever admit that... but it's true.
  5. CRUDS

    CRUDS doodily doo ding dong doodilly doo Staff

    In a nutshell your argument is that if you don't greatly feel for things beyond your own backyard you shouldn't profess hometown pride but your real intent to try to look better or smarter than the rest here as usual. I find it funny that someone who tries to express such worldly compassion is the same person who is an unrelenting pr*ck to everyone around here. Probably because it's all boast...
  6. Deuce Wayne

    Deuce Wayne Crap the booze out.

    Nah, not really. And it has nothing to do with smarts- just perception. People for some reason seem to care more about their neighbor than the guy down the street. The guy down the street more than the guy 2 blocks over. That guy more than a guy in California. The guy in California more than the guy in Canada...and on and on...

    So I don't pretend to be compassionate about much like everyone else does. No one here probably did anything for flood victims before it hit Nashville. Yet, now they're willing to help people they don't know because it was close to home? In a city they like?

    Think about it. Without looking at my screen-name, actually think about it and you'll see the point. I'm pretty sure of it. Doesn't matter if you're smart or not.

    and I'm no "pr.ick" to everyone around here. I have my opinions- and usually they differ from what's popular. So somehow I'm the bad-guy, which is fine. I like it. I need enemies on the internet to make up for the zero I have in the real world, just like many here need friends on here because they probably have none outside the net.
  7. Alex1939

    Alex1939 Space Invaders Champion

    I don't see how you can type the above and not see yourself coming across as a pr.ick to posters here.

    It certainly doesn't help when you act like you know it all yet you have neither the experience or education to back up your talk.

    I'm also baffled by

    I mean, in a sense I get what you are saying. But I also understand the reasoning for why I care more about people living in my town then in another country. Many people in Nashville I either know, or they know my family, or some random friend, or I see them regularly. So yeah, I tend to care about those that are actually in my life and area more than those that are not. For one thing, it's easier for me to do something about those in my immediate area when in need. Plus I tend to care more about Americans seeing as I am American and I support this country. (You can save your anti-country retort)

    Its a pretty selfish attitude that you won't even help your neighbor and you justify that because "well people across the globe have had worse disasters".

    My office flooded. My basement and garage flooded. There's a $700 job worth of clearing debris from the shoreline. My friend's office flooded up to about 6 feet. Another friend's office flooded a few inches which again required moving equipment, making repairs, moving equipment back. My friend's street that was a raging river, luckily his house and a neighbor's didn't flood, but he had plenty of damage to his yard that needs repair. My uncle's basement flooded completely destroying a lot of furniture/stuff/junk. This was all in 3 different cities, one of which was Nashville.

    Seems strange how oblivious you are to the problems/damage this flood caused. And then instead of doing anything to help or even offer support or sympathy, you instead blast the community for taking pride in itself?

    I understand "shock posts", but this is pretty low, even for you.
  8. GoTitans3801

    GoTitans3801 Forward Progress!

    The difference is, some people care more and do more for the people closer to them. You don't seem to care about anyone else's problems, no matter how close or far away they are to you.

    Yes, we should all be able to recognize that huge problems exist that are worse than what we're dealing with. Yes, people die by the thousands every day, all over the world. People go hungry, people get sexually abused, and on and on and on. That doesn't mean that it isn't ok to work on smaller, more local issues. It doesn't make someone bad to do something good for something that is more accessible to them. If someone wants to give money or time to any cause to help others, good for them. It's the people that sit on the sideline and sneer that are really pathetic.
  9. Hoffa

    Hoffa Freak you you freakin' freak

    Think globally, act locally...
  10. Tuckfro42

    Tuckfro42 Frozen Donkey Wheel

    I'm curious. Just how many natural disaster sites have you physically visited? If you make it your mission to educate people about world disasters, one would assume you have been to and helped at several of these disaster sites. Or, is your 'research' strictly limited to the internet and television?

    BTW, I have been to and helped with recovery at Trujillo, Honduras (after Mitch), Pensacola (after Ivan), Pascagoula, MS and New Orleans (after Katrina), and Columbus, IN ('08 flooding). I'm sure I'll be up in Nashville pretty soon to help there, too.
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